Saturday, April 16, 2005

MORE LOCAL WILDLIFE

Another late afternoon photo excursion with my husband.  This time we stayed right in town, or at least within about 10 miles from the house.  My first picture of the day was of this cloud.  I call it a 'fluffy cloud', but my more intellectual son says its a 'cumulus cloud', which is just a scholar's way of saying 'fluffy cloud'.

Hawks are very common, even in my neighborhood.  This one is watching over a field for small rodents, possibly mice, chipmunks, and young rabbits or pairie dogs.  I don't think I will ever tire of watching the magnificient raptors.

Its spring turkey season in Colorado, but these turkeys seem to know that we aren't armed.  This is a flock of Rio Grande turkeys.  The large tom in the center is in full strut.  The young jakes around him are too immature and intimidated to challenge him for the favors of the hens.

Pronghorn antelope are plentiful out on the plains near my house.  This lone buck wasn't overly alarmed by my presence.  The pronghorn have big, beautiful eyes.... can you see his long eyelashes?

NOTE: to those who have inquired or wondered, no, I am not a professional photographer but I appreciate the compliment.  I am just very fortunate to live in a place full of photographic opportunity.  Most of my pictures are lucky shots.  For instance, today I shot 400 exposures, and maybe only 50 were worth keeping.  I'm just glad that I have a digital so I can virtually shoot as many pictures that I want, but only print out the best.  I'd be broke, and the owner of hundreds of lousy pictures if I were still doing this the old fashioned way with film!

8 comments:

boiseladie said...

Great shots!

mkolasa101 said...

I love Colorado....great pictures.....the cloud also has a wild animal in it, center front, almost looks like it's waving at you.  Keep up the good work and keep showing up more of Colorado Please.  Thanks you.

Marlene-PurelyPoetry

http://journals.aol.com/mkolasa101/PurelyPoetry

demandnlilchit said...

Dorn fantastic photo's...........I have to go to the zoo to get the wild life shots you are able to get there in Colorado!

astaryth said...

Hey Dorn... I know a couple of professional photographers. One does horse photos and the other a little bit of everything. BOTH of them take a Lot of shots to get a few really good ones. Especially if they are doing action stuff (i.e. horse running across pasture, or someone performing). I like the photos you've been showing us!
http://journals.aol.com/astaryth/AdventuresofanEclecticMind

angelbluei2 said...

I can't tell you how much I just love getting this in my mail box. I can't wait to see what you have for me next. All the pictures are GREAT. Thanks so much for bringing your hobbie to my back door. Keep them coming you do a great job.

cw2smom said...

Wonderful shots!  I too, just love the raptors, especially Red Tail Hawks...which are so meaningful in my family!  Thanks for sharing all of your great photo ops!  Lisa

cneinhorn said...

dorn i do the same thing, shoot hundreds and am lucky if I end up with a few worth keeping!  fantastic nature photos...have been enjoying your photo blog very much :-)

smjr43 said...

I love the cloud photo.  I took an awesome one on top of Mt. Evans.

I thought I had taken pictures of most of the wildlife there, except for the mountain lion, and don't care if I ever get that one, but I don't know that I got one of a pronghorn antelope.  Who knows?  I still have 30+ rolls to be developed, so we shall see!!!!

To see my cloud photo, go to this entry:

http://journals.aol.com/Smjr43/Colorado/entries/167

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