First time out with new camera

We are giddy with our new camera – a Nikon D90! I haven’t even read the manual yet but today we took it for a ride to town, bought a case for it, and then took a little drive over to the Canso Causeway to look for seals.

We saw several! The first one was a dead road kill on the side of the road 🙁 We saw 3 dead ones by the end of the drive.

The Causeway connects mainland Nova Scotia with Cape Breton Island. It is less than an hour from here. One side of the causeway is frozen and the other is open water. On the ice side there were a number of seals all spread out over the ice. Exciting! I hadn’t seen so many seals!

There isn’t a place to stop on the Causeway, but just past it there is a little pull off. From there we saw a seal that was close to shore so we tried out the new zoom lens and snapped away. It was very frigid – the winds there are so cold it feels like they’re trying to take a bite of your flesh.

Speaking of taking a bite of your flesh, we didn’t want to get too close to the seal because they have big teeth and will bite! Another woman was stopped taking a photo and she was getting close enough to make him growl. Jeff warned her to not get too close but she said she was sure she could out run the seal.

(Have you seen how fast these guys can move? I was impressed)

Here are a few photos.

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We think that she/he was trying to get up and over the Causeway to get to the water so I hope it wasn’t the next roadkill seal. We left so we didn’t have to watch that happen.

Lisa

Lisa (Verkley) Schuyler is a blogger reporting live from her new home in Canada’s Yukon Territory. Often found wearing a hoodie, covered in pet hair, Lisa is a mis-placed forester who now spends her days engineering happiness for WordPress users. Lisa loves nature, animals, and most importantly, her handsome husband Jeff.

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