Unruffled Ruffed Grouse

October 30, 2014 at 9:00 am (Bird photography, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildlife) ()

Ruffed Grouse showing the ruff blown by the wind

Ruffed Grouse showing the ruff blown by the wind

You’re more likely to hear rather than see the ruffed grouse.  The drumming of the males to attract a mate is a common sound – bum, bum, bum bum bum, bumbumbumbum.  But they tend to stay hidden. Read the rest of this entry »

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Horse and Bison Calf Make Friends

October 29, 2014 at 9:09 am (National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildlife) (, , , , , , )

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A herd of bison hangs out on Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.  A beautiful horse was in a pasture next to the bison and a calf took an interest in this strange looking “bison.”

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Of course, the horse was also curious. Read the rest of this entry »

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Trumpeter Swans, Jackson, Wyoming

October 28, 2014 at 8:48 am (Bird photography, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildlife) (, , )

Trumpeter Swan

Trumpeter Swan

I stopped at the National Elk Refuge in Jackson, Wyoming hoping to see bugling elk in the time-honored tradition of fighting for the right to mate with as many lovely cow elk as possible.  I saw not one elk, but I did see some geese and ducks.  While reviewing the photos I had taken – which cuts into my actual photography time mind you and which I questioned whether or not I should be doing – a family of HUGE trumpeter swans flew by. Read the rest of this entry »

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My Last Visit to Echo Park

October 23, 2014 at 5:40 pm (Bird photography, Colorado, Colorado birds, Dinosaur National Monument, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Photography) (, , , )

Hikers and golden cottonwood

Hikers and golden cottonwood

Actually, these photographs are from my last two trips to Echo Park.  I bought a “new” used AWD Toyota Sienna and broke her in on the Echo Park Road.  Then a week later, I took my friend Marilyn  there since her little (and heavily loaded) Honda Fit wouldn’t make the trip.  Marilyn is a volunteer for several wildlife refuges, and I met her last year at Okefenokee NWR.  So, like me, she moves from place to place with all her possessions stuffed in her long-suffering car.

Marilyn and Steamboat Rock

Marilyn and Steamboat Rock

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Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, and Farting

October 2, 2014 at 7:26 pm (Colorado, Nature, Nature photography, Photography) (, , )

Pikes Peak framed by aspen

Pikes Peak framed by aspen

I had an opportunity to visit a childhood friend and her family in Colorado Springs last week, and they took me to the two most famous places there – Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods.  (If you tuned in to find out about the farting, keep reading.)

Garden of the Gods at dawn, with Pikes Peak to the right

Garden of the Gods at dawn, with Pikes Peak to the right

I dragged them out of bed to watch the sunrise tint the strange rock fins that are the featured draw of the Garden of the Gods.   Read the rest of this entry »

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