"A Sand County Almanac"

"THERE ARE SOME WHO CAN LIVE WITHOUT WILD THINGS AND SOME WHO CANNOT."
"FOR US IN THE MINORITY THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE GEESE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN TELEVISION.".....Aldo Leopold

"THE TABLES TURNED"

"COME FORTH INTO THE LIGHT OF THINGS. LET NATURE BE YOUR TEACHER"....William Wordsworth


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Grand Teton National Park, Week Two


Our second week in the park has been full of bears.  Mainly grizzly bear #610 and her two cubs of the year.  They have been hanging out within sight of the road almost every day, providing many photo opportunities.  The first image is of #610 emerging from the willows...


#610 spends a lot of time in the willows hunting for food...

 
 while the cubs play nearby...




One morning #610 crossed the road only a few feet in front of us which allowd me to get a portrait of her...



When a bear appears near a road the result is often a "bear jam" as everyone tries for a photo or a look...

 
There are other bears around such as this three year old sub adult grizzly...
 
 
This black bear was photographed near Signal Mountain Lodge where our daughter works...
 
 
On a recent evening I took this photo of #610 as the sun was setting. I like the effect of the sunlight rimming the edge of her fur...
 
 
I have many more photos to post but I must say that the internet service in north west Wyoming is the worst I have ever experienced.  This may be my last post until we return home.
 
Thanks for visiting, be well, and come back....in a month or two.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

First Week In Grand Teton National Park

We have been in the park for 8 days so I thought I would share some images.  First is a Great Grey Owl, the first that I have ever seen even though they are common in this region...
 
 
 
 
In the small village of Moose we encountered, what else, but a...
 


Near the willow flats area a sandhill crane was feeding...
 

This coyote appeared from the fringes of willows and began howling...

 
The next image is of grizzly bear "399", probably the most famous grizzly in modern times. Just Google "bear 399" if you want to learn about her...


 
 
I photographed this coyote in the Grand Teton National Forest on Pacific Creek Road'''


A male pronghorned antelope was feeding in the sage brush along the Snake River...


One of the highlights of the week was the discovery of a family of red foxes in our campground at Colter Bay,,,







This final photo is of a pair of young fox at another den in the park...

 
Internet access may be spotty here so my updates might not be as reliable as usual. Please keep checking back, be well and thanks for visiting. 
 
 

Friday, May 8, 2015

The Light Of Day and Red Fox Kits

I was fortunate to spend some time observing and taking photos at a red fox den recently.  The first three photos began early in the morning, before the sun was visible on the horizon...


The kit plays with the remains of a groundhog that one of the adults brought to the den...


When interest in the groundhog waned it began looking for it's litter mates...


When the sun reaches the horizon a little more detail becomes visible and the overall scene is brighter...

 
 
Then, as the sun clears the horizon, comes the "golden hour". The time when the light is from a low angle, is soft and has that golden look...
 


 
Sunlight later in the day is less interesting but does provide for more manageable exposures...




Most wildlife photographers do not have the luxury of selecting the light of their choice.  When we see a potential subject we must take the photo then, or risk losing the opportunity.  The golden hour is available twice each day, just after sunrise and just before sunset.  Many photographers do not venture out at other times.

Thanks for visiting, be well, and come back soon.



Saturday, May 2, 2015

Canada Geese on Catoctin Creek

I saw these Canada geese engaged in some serious communication recently.  I don't know what they were saying to each other...







After listening to all that the gander had to say the female turned about...

 
She led the male to a rock...
 

Where they preened for a while...

 
Next, the gander tried to impress her by offering her different views of his head and neck...

 
 
 
After that display, they both began talking at the same time... 




 
 
I guess they got everything settled because they left together, a lot more quietly than they arrived.