Bear River Birds

September 10, 2014 at 7:15 am (Bird photography, Dragonflies and Bugs, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Southwest Birds) ()

Western grebe pair

Western grebe pair

Although my trip in July to the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Utah was a bust (child-rearing was already over) I did get a few nice images.  The Western grebes look similar to the Clark’s grebe, but the black on the head covers their eyes.   See the difference.

Clark's Grebe

Clark’s Grebe

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Western grebe

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Western grebe

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Western grebes

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Clark’s grebe

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Western grebe on a late nest

Sandhill cranes

Sandhill cranes

One spot on the wildlife drive had all three species of swallows on one patch of reeds.

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Barn swallow

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Barn swallow

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Cliff swallow

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Barn swallow

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Bank swallow

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Barn swallow, with bank swallow in background

The yellow-headed blackbirds are quite stunning.

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Female yellow-headed blackbird

A video interlude:

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White pelican

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White pelican

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Black-necked stilt

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Young black-necked stilts

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Caspian tern

Birds weren’t the only critters of note.

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Invasive carp – these large fish often run out of room to swim in summer

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Carp

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Muskrat

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Eight-spotted skimmer

I found a male marsh wren protecting his nest.

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Marsh wren male

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Marsh wren nest

Canada geese

Canada geese

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Sand Wash Horses – September 2

September 9, 2014 at 2:34 pm (Colorado, Wild Horses of the Southwest) (, , , , )

Photographs and videos of my favorite herd of wild horses – in Sand Wash Basin Herd Management Area near Maybell, Colorado.  Heather Robson, a New Zealander and member of the Sand Wash Advocate Team (SWAT), who keeps track of all the names and lineages from afar, has helped me with the names.  I hope I put them with the right faces!

Stallions at play

Stallions at play

PJ, bachelor stallion

PJ, bachelor stallion

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Femor, bachelor stallion

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Kanoa, bachelor stallion

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Brownie races by Silverado, band stallion, in background

 

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Brownie & dam Nahmana

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This foal Corazon was either trying to swat flies on its belly, or stepped into an ant nest. (See “Horseplay” video)

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Tasca and her colt Caramel

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Corazon 

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Silverado, band stallion

See the video of Silverado’s band

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Silverado playing with a bachelor stallion buddy

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Marty, bachelor stallion

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Marty and Kanoa

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Hurricane, a gorgeous copper penny bay, leader of another band (see “Horseplay” video)

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PJ and PAZ

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Hurricane

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Long live the Sand Wash Basin wild horses!

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Sand Wash Basin Foals in June

September 1, 2014 at 11:43 am (Colorado, Photography, Wild Horses of the Southwest) (, , , )

A tender moment

A tender moment

I will be leaving soon for another visit to the Sand Wash Basin near Maybell, Colorado to watch my favorite herd of wild horses.  I kinda got behind in my editing from the last visit in late June, so I’ll share what I’ve got before the next batch hits.

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Even though I went to the Sand Wash Basin’s Facebook page to study the albums, I could not identify all these horses by name.  And the ones I did I hope I got right!

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This herd has a large fan base and several Facebook pages devoted to it, including Sand Wash Advocate Team (SWAT), Sand Wash Basin,  and Sand Wash Basin Wild Ones.

Pinyon (colt)

Pinyon (colt)

We’ve had a lot of rain the past two weeks so some of the roads won’t be passable by my aged minivan, but I’m sure I’ll be able to see a lot of action anyway.

Pinyon

Pinyon

I’ve met two photographers who are active in SWAT who have visited Dinosaur National Monument, and I always tell our visitors they can visit the herd on their way to the Monument’s Gates of Lodore.

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Ouray colt

Juniper's family with Pinyon

Juniper’s family with Pinyon

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They’re not foals, but it is still a sweet interaction.

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Ouray colt and Madeline

Long live the Sand Wash Basin wild horses!

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McKee Springs Petroglyphs

August 26, 2014 at 9:28 am (Colorado, Dinosaur National Monument, fine art photography, National Parks, Photography) (, , , , )

McKee Springs - the most famous panel in Dinosaur National Monument

McKee Springs – the most famous panel in Dinosaur National Monument

After three months of looking at the replica of this famous Fremont culture petroglyph panel in the visitor center, I finally got to see it in person.  We can only make educated guesses as to what these figures represent.  Someone told me that this largest figure is of a woman.  If the figures are solid in color, they are male. This one is “hollow” and the three stripes on the bottom of the torso supposedly represent the number of children she had.  I am not sure if this is true, but it’s the only story I have.  These figures are done in the Classic Vernal Style representing a culture that ranged widely in the Southwest 800 to 1000 years ago.  They are likely ancestors of today’s Utes and other modern Native tribes.

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The spiral is a common object in petroglyphs, as well as in art of modern tribes.  It probably represents the life cycle, or the inner journey.  Round objects may also be shields.

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This is a combination of petroglyphs (pecked or scratched into the rock) and pictographs (painted on the rock with natural dye such as ochre.)

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The rock formations themselves are art objects, and this is a zoomed-out view of the previous panel.  Finding smaller petroglyphs can be challenging.

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McKee Springs Petroglyphs are on the Rainbow Park-Island Park road to the north of Split Mountain on the Utah side of Dinosaur National Monument.

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Coming from Maine, I can’t help but think these figures are carrying lobster buoys!

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If the solid-vs-hollow indicators are true, there are two male and one female figure of the larger people.  We can tell that neck adornments were popular.

McKee-Springs-Petroglyphs,-DINO-UT-(1)-copyHeaddresses may be ceremonial, such as those worn by Hopis during ceremonies.  On the other hand, Hopi women were known for their traditional “butterfly” hairstyles, which is similar to what this female could be wearing.

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Some petroglyphs are less refined than others.  Well, practice makes perfect!

 

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All the Pretty Horses

August 25, 2014 at 5:40 pm (Colorado, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wild Horses of the Southwest) (, , , )

I spent an evening and a morning in late June in the Sand Wash Basin near Maybell, Colorado watching the beautiful wild horses.  I made three videos, and I have some stills yet to edit, so hold your horses (hee hee).  In the meantime, enjoy these videos showing these gorgeous mustangs going about their morning, as well as the sunset from Lookout Mountain.

 

 

 

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My New Favorite Place

August 20, 2014 at 8:28 am (Dinosaur National Monument, fine art photography, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Night Sky, Photography) (, , , , )

Rainbow over Rainbow Park

Rainbow over Rainbow Park

I had my weekend (Mon-Tues) all planned out:  get my aging minivan serviced at the Ford place in Vernal, Utah, visit the nearby McConkie Ranch’s petroglyphs, then swing south through Nine Mile Canyon (really 70 miles long) to see more rock art.  Car muffler repaired, check.  Car engine problems – still ongoing.  (Sigh!)  Drive up Dry Fork Canyon Road north of Vernal, Utah to McConkie Ranch.  Scramble up to see a handful of unimpressive petroglyphs.  Climb a ladder over a fence to follow a trail that mysteriously ends at a gate to see the more impressive Three Kings petroglyphs.  Give up on that idea since there’s nobody to ask.  See a magnificent peregrine falcon.  Then head west and south through several miles of oil/gas fields with muscular turbo-charged diesel trucks impatient to pass on these tight turns.  Feliciana (my 2000 Ford Windstar) has already whined and complained about going down this road, and my gut instinct tells me I don’t really want to do this.  When the road turns to gravel I realize I don’t have the heart to deal with the oil field traffic for who-knows-how-many-dirt-miles.  I turn around and pick another destination from my long list of places I want to see before my job at Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado ends in six weeks. Read the rest of this entry »

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Stars 1, Satellite 1, Meteors 0

August 13, 2014 at 7:35 am (Nature, Nature photography, Night Sky, Photography, Time-lapse)

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Satellite streaking through the stars in 15 second exposure

I went to the High Uintas in Utah (north of Vernal) to watch the Perseid meteor shower.  The moon rose an hour after sunset so I thought I might have a chance before its brilliant light washed out the visibility.   I did several hours’ worth of time lapse photographs to capture any that might streak by.  Zip.  Nada.  I did catch a satellite though.

See the stars move through the sky – 50 minutes in 22 seconds

Dusk settles on Spirit Lake, the stars appear, then the moonlight tints the lake and trees onshore.

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Rain Showers and Sunbeams

August 9, 2014 at 6:57 am (Dinosaur National Monument, fine art photography, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Photography) (, , , )

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Monsoon season in the Southwest brings an ever-changing skyscape as pop-up storms build, wring themselves dry, and scoot off into the sunset.  The light after a desert storm is brilliant and clean, and it enticed me to an east-facing overlook on the side of Plug Hat Butte in Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado. Read the rest of this entry »

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Hummingbird

August 6, 2014 at 7:08 am (Bird photography, Colorado birds, Dinosaur National Monument, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Southwest Birds) (, )

Rufous Hummingbirds - a mating pair, or dueling males?

Rufous Hummingbirds – a mating pair, or dueling males?

When I heard what sounded like a hummingbird singing, I went to the back porch with my camera and found two rufous hummingbirds locked in an aerial battle.  Although some of these photographs aren’t sharp, it shows the Ninja-like dance before they dropped to the ground, still locked together. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lightning, Stars, and a Meteor

August 5, 2014 at 4:04 am (Dinosaur National Monument, fine art photography, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Photography) (, , , , , )

Lightning, stars, and a meteor

Lightning, stars, and a meteor

I’m one of those people that generally wakes once in the night and can’t fall immediately back asleep.  I also like to check the night sky while I’m up, and when I saw that there were several lightning storms in the distance, I drove 8 miles north to a good viewpoint.

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