Dinosaur National Monument doesn’t just have dinosaur bones. It also has petroglyphs made by the Fremont people, who were a different sort than the Ancestral Puebloans of Mesa Verde where I worked three summers ago. This series is found along the Cub Creek Road on the Utah side of the monument. All are easily visible from the road or a short walk. Read the rest of this entry »
Continuing my fascination with infrared imagery – I bring you the Utah side of Dinosaur National Monument. Read the rest of this entry »
The funny feeding frenzy of this unique bird
While traveling to my new home at Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado, I was enamored with the beautiful Midwestern skies with their puffs of white floating on a sea of cerulean. Those skies lend themselves well to landscape photography, but I’ve been carrying around an infrared filter from my film days and got a hankering to use it. Those images will be in another post. Today I’m showing you my most recent images at Dinosaur National Monument. Read the rest of this entry »
Since I will need to expand my repertoire to include dinosaurs now that I am working at Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado for a few months, I felt it appropriate to show some living dinosaurs – BIRDS! Yesterday morning was my first in my new one-bedroom apartment in the housing area, and it was an exceptional one. There were dinosaurs everywhere! Read the rest of this entry »
While exploring the high country of Laramie, Wyoming on Thursday morning, I saw a most unusual turn of the tables. At first I saw only the herd of pronghorn antelope running in a tight bunch, their white haunches flashing in the sunlight. Then I saw a smaller animal running quite a bit ahead. It looked big enough and furry enough to be a wolf, but it was probably a coyote.
Sometimes I find the neatest birds at truck stops. After my disappointment at not being able to fit in a detour to a couple of National Wildlife Refuges in northern Nebraska, I was amazed to find a flock of interesting birds feeding like whirling dervishes in a little pond at a truck stop in southern Nebraska. Read the rest of this entry »
One place I really wanted to visit in Nebraska was the Platte River area where the sandhill cranes gather by the thousands on their Spring migration north. But since this happens in March and early April, there wasn’t a single one to be found by the time I got there. But I did see some cool birds such as the Harris’s sparrow, and added a new bird to my life list – the clay-colored sparrow.
Plus it gave me an opportunity to walk for several hours to ease the backache from long periods of driving. Note the gray cowl the clay-colored wears on its neck. The male’s insect-like buzzing call is distinctive as well. Read the rest of this entry »
Several years ago I made a point of going through Eastern Kansas on my way back to Maine from Texas, as it was the only state besides Hawaii that I had not been to. To my surprise, that region known as the Flint Hills is actually quite lovely. I had intended to re-visit the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve and the Konza Prairie Biological Station near Manhattan, KS this week, but the weather was cold, rainy, and very very windy. However, I did make it to the Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge near Emporia before the cold front came through.
I was very happy to add a new bird to my Life List – the handsome Dickcissel (often misspelled Dicksissel). The males were busy setting up territories, and if they faced me, their bright yellow breasts made them easy to find. They look like a cross between a sparrow and a meadowlark. Read the rest of this entry »
Enroute to Colorado, I stopped at the Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge north of Macon, Georgia. I met two other ladies who wanted to watch birds, and we helped each other find some good ones. Read the rest of this entry »