Saturday, October 4, 2014

A Walk OnThe Wild Side

Week One

The trail cameras have been up for only two days now.
Hubbs and I took the dogs for an early morning walk into the 100 acre woods
to fetch the SD card from each camera.

With excitement and anticipation, we hiked the half mile through light rain 
to the cameras' locations, accompanied by Annie, Oakley, and Sam.

We found that there were 5 photos on camera one and two on camera 2....
I was hoping for much more!
We also found that there is a bit of a learning curve with this type of photography.

From camera 2, we downloaded this picture...
(this picture was snapped when the camera was turned on)

and this picture...

Yay! a deer...but not as much as I had hoped for.
The following photo shows the top of a deer's back.

Obviously, this camera is too close to the deer trail.
Today I will replace the camera card and move the camera to a different location.

Camera one's photo was this:

Apparently Sammy went for a run in the woods at 8 PM last evening.

For those of you wondering how trail cameras work....

Our camera is a Bushnell Trophy Cam.
It has the capability of shooting video or still photos.
You can choose how large a file you want to save each photo...
I chose 8M so that the photos would be very clear.

Each camera takes a dozen AA batteries. 
In order to get the longest battery life, I used lithium batteries.

The camera shoots a photo when it detects movement...
full-color photos during the day,
and black and white at night with infra-red technology.
You can set the camera to take one or several photos...
I set them initially to take 1, I will change this to take additional photos,
in case there are several deer passing by.

It's a learning process....and one I will share with you on a weekly basis.
Have a terrific weekend!
We are getting a load of hay delivered today when the rain stops.


  1. That's so cool. Live and learn. Won't take you long to get it perfect. Have a great weekend.

  2. Awesome idea ! I think lots of folk wonder what lurks in the woods at night I know I do ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good weekend !

  3. I haved learned through trial and error to aim my cameras down a trail, rather than across a trail, to give it more time to catch the movement. I also have mine set to trigger three times, nine seconds apart, then rest for one minute. The more, the merrier! Hoping for that bear!

  4. Aren't game cameras fun? Always the anticipation of what's on them. We've learned to make sure there are no waving shrubs or tall grasses in range either so we don't get a lot of landscape photos.

  5. Love the picture of the big deer ears! Maybe we'll see a bear one of these days??? :o)

  6. Now this is a great idea... Love the photos Beverly...

  7. We need one of those cameras on a tree at the end of our driveway. A man who lives on down the road said he had to stop his car one evening last week - a bear was crossing in front of him!

  8. An American in TokyoOctober 6, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    How fun! I wonder what other kinds of animals you will see?!
    Is it not feasible to use rechargable batteries? Since you are going out there once a day to check on the photos anyways, you could change the batteries then?
    I can't wait to see what comes up next!

  9. I'd like to look into these cameras. We've been shopping for security cameras and I've not been happy with anything I'd seen.

  10. Beverly, about those "Barn Bells", very interesting history you've given me, i had no idea about the world war 1 connection. What a rich deep ring they have. Mine has a broken piece and needs to be welded before I can hang it.


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