I learned a bit about the macro feature of the camera and made use of it with this guy on the porch today:
During the afternoon the pest control man came by the Center so I left the cottage for awhile, checked e-mails at the Common Room and also made more photos. Then, later in the afternoon, around 4:45 or so, I was weaving on the Penland sampler back in my cottage and heard a rustling and running in the yard... when I look out I saw a half-grown black bear! Immediately I leapt up and closed the front door to the cabin and then I called the Director, since they have a tiny dog they walk during the day. I hoped Robert and Bailey (the dog) wouldn't be surprised by this uninvited guest to the Center. I didn't grab my camera to take a photo because first, I was interested in getting my front door shut! And secondly... I just didn't think about it until after I'd called the Director to give her the bear alert. Some "breaking news" journalist I'd be, huh--sitting safely here behind my closed door! Although, now, because of how hot it is, I've now opened the door again. Bear sighting was a couple of hours ago and he's miles from here by this point, I'm sure!