AKA Racoons, these were by the creek either catching minnows or washing food. Actually, it isn’t that they are so fastidious with their food, but rather they cannot supply enough saliva of their own so must add water to eat properly.
Pond Sliders is a sort of catch-all name for several species that love to bask in the sun, mainly of the genus Chrysemys. They are difficult to approach. These older gentlemen are probably either Yellow-bellied or Red-eared turtles.
Here’s a good example of why you should take your photos in raw format. It was late into sunset one recent evening when I looked out my window. Down below were a doe and fawn white-tail deer. Quickly, I grabbed my camera and took just one photo before they disappeared into the woods. But I didn’t have time to adjust anything so when I looked at the image, it looked like this:
If you look closely, you can barely see the outline of a deer! This was at 1/160 sec., F11 at ISO400; hardly enough to get the job done.
Fortunately, that can be fixed, although one this underexposed is really pushing the process. Here’s how it turned out after adjusting the exposure in Lightroom, plus a couple of other development settings. I notice that that much exposure change sort of limits the effectiveness of some of the other settings.
Leon Lipscomb Grocery was one of the original grocery stores along Gasoline Alley in east Morgan County and maybe the last one still standing. Closed long ago, it would be wonderful if someone reopened it!
Gasoline Alley thrived back in the mid-to-late 20th century. This was due to lower taxes just across the Tennessee River from south Huntsville and so gas was cheaper. It declined when the taxes in Morgan County became nearer to Madison County taxes, so not much reason to cross the river anymore.