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Photo of the Week: River Otter Takes a Nap

Posted by on October 18, 2012

I stopped by the Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton, MA on my way home from work the other day. I was hoping to climb to the top of “Big Blue” to get some shots of the fall foliage for the digital photography club that Alex and I belong to.  As the image above would suggest, I became a little distracted by the museum’s resident river otter and never quite made it to the top of The Hill! I’ve been to the Trailside Museum dozens of times in the past but I’ve rarely ever seen the otter as active as he was this time. When I arrived he was swimming laps back and forth across his pool with perfect turns at each end. After about 20 minutes of swimming (an probably near 100 “river otter miles”) the little bugger climbed up onto one of his floating logs and curled up for a nap. The best part was that he started sucking on his tail in his sleep!

It was difficult to choose the “best” picture from this shoot so don’t be surprised if you see some more shots of the Blue Hills River Otter in the weeks ahead!

-Kayak Dave

Notes: This picture was taken with a Canon Rebel T2i DSLR camera equipped with a 55-250mm EF-S telephoto lens. The focal length was 125mm taken on aperture priority at f/8 and ISO 200.

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