I haven't been able to take my camera out lately due to scheduling and weather conflicts. This opened up an opportunity for me to go back and look through my old files. On average I snap about 100-200 shots on my excursions, but only post between 2 and 4 of the images. That leaves dozens of images filed away to be forgotten as the next batch of pictures are uploaded. I spent several minutes with this bullfrog at the pond but ended up using another picture for my post later that day. Today I found I was drawn once again to his nonchalant gaze.
Porcupines used to be a common sight along the roadside in the evening, but construction eventually drove them deeper in to the woods. This was the first sighting of the prickly critter I've had in about 4 years. He was sleeping high in a cottonwood tree and completely ignored my attempts to rouse him so I could shot of his face so I had to settle for a shot of his Mohawk hairdo instead.
Mourning dove are no dummies. They know when dove season is and are scarce then, but during the off season they are as thick as mosquitoes. I used to have a pair of collared dove and mimicked their cooing to catch this dove's attention. I'm sure I didn't make any sense at all to it but the dove sat there and tolerated me and my camera without any apparent fear.
I know, I know... don't feed the animals, but he was looking at me with hungry little squirrelly eyes and I just had to share my granola. I love watching squirrels handle objects, their paws are more like little hands with hairy fingers.