Thursday, December 28, 2006
While riding through farmer Steve's woods headed toward the Missouri River, I happened to notice this thingie strapped to a tree. It had a red eye and looked a little like a camera.
I posted this picture on a message board asking "what is it?", and got this reply:
"Game tracker, Deer walk by it takes photo, records time of day he/she were there."
Another fellow had this to say: "They've become very popular over the last few years as they've came down in price. You can now pick up a bottom-end model that takes regular 35 mm film for as little as $50. You can also spend several hundred for a digital model with all the bells and whistles. We have half a dozen of various sorts at our hunting camp, and have got some very interesting pictures, not just of deer, but raccoons, bobcats, turkeys, coyotes, and bears. Bears don't seem to care for the flash much--the last picture on one of the cameras was of the inside of the bear's mouth! It didn't do the camera any favors--we sent it in to the company (which I don't recall off the top of my head) and they kept it for display on their 'wall of fame'."
So I have a mental picture of Farmer Steve or his boys watching their film and seeing me taking a picture of them taking a picture of me.
Thank goodness they know who I am, and I have permission to ride on their land.
You can bet I'll be looking around me carefully when I have to make a "pit stop" during the course of a ride, from now on.