Another for Throwback Thursday… Taken July 11, 2007 in Yellowstone National Park. This little one was curious about the people but also making sure not to stray too far from its sibling and mama.
One for Throwback Thursday. Taken in August 1996 while in the Persian Gulf conducting Operation Desert Strike. The ‘island’ of the massive aircraft carrier and F/A-18 Hornet and EA-6B Prowler aircraft are silhouetted by the rising sun.
Combat operations were taking place against Iraq to stop Saddam Hussein’s genocidal attacks against Kurds in nation’s north. Tensions were further heightened by the Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia two months before that killed 19 U.S. service members.
For those that don’t know, I served six years in the +U.S. Navy primarily working on the electronics on S-3B Viking anti-submarine warfare aircraft. Lots of stories from those days and I am proud to have served my nation.
Taken at Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge back in July. This doe was leading her fawn through the grass but the young one really seemed to want to stop and watch me like I was watching it. 😉
‘Ooh! This looks yummy!’ A bull moose at Brainard Lake, Colorado looks rather pleased with his breakfast. Taken from the relative safety of my truck, getting this image was quite easy as the big guy had no problem walking right up to the shrubbery next to the road. These massive animals are surprisingly fleet footed being able to run at 35 mph for short distances and trot steadily at 20 mph.
One benefit of going to 12,183 feet in altitude is the skies get clear, the blues bluer and the #moon clearer. Taken this past Saturday atop Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, the mountain landscape is accented by deep blue skies and a waning gibbous moon. Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous road in the United States and over 8 miles of it is above 11,000 feet.
“Really? Pictures while I am eating breakfast?” This handsome bull elk was munching on some grass in Rocky Mountain National Park this past Saturday. Without a harem along, he was quite calm and more than willing to pose – even if that meant I was interrupting his meal. 😉
I haven’t been able to visit with the nearby eagle’s nest as they haven’t been around much since their eaglet passed away last month. This morning though Dad was hanging out and as always, he put on a show for me. Almost seemed like he recognized me…
Like he always did this past winter and spring, he called as I entered the area, then gave me a flyby to check me out and went right back to his perch. I was so happy to spend some time with him. Hopefully Mom is somewhere nearby and the two will give it another shot this winter and spring.
Female ?osprey? gives a picture perfect flyby near Lake Granby, ??Colorado?. This gorgeous bird was enjoying its breakfast on the top of a pole when we came along. It calmly finished its meal and then obliged us with a great flyby complemented by the deep blue, high-altitude Colorado skies.
With temperatures dropping and snow having fallen nearby this past week, the osprey will soon begin their migration to their winter grounds along the coasts of Mexico and in South America.
Following a first attack, a deer and coyote size each other up. Absolutely amazing sequence of events this morning at Rocky Mountain National Park. The story is a bit lengthy but worth reading.
We were just starting out on a hike when we hear what almost sounded like a bird screeching or a kid making sounds. Didn’t give it much thought initially then there is a burst of motion behind us and a young deer is running through the grass with one coyote running alongside trying to latch on, another not far behind.
The deer smartly ran to the edge of the parking lot for safety while the coyotes were too skittish to follow near humans. Naturally I didn’t have the right lens on for this type of thing as I was planning to take landscapes (UGH!). I ran to my car, swapped lenses and captured this image.
The deer thought it was safe so bounded out the other side of the parking lot while the coyotes looked on. Unfortunately the deer chose to circle back where it originally came from and the wily coyotes did as well.
We hear more ‘screeching’ from the other side of a bunch of trees and here comes the deer toward us again at full speed. Again the coyotes backed off not wanting to come close to humans. They kept their distance as they worked their way around us, closely watching the deer.
Last we saw, the deer was bounding over a hill with the coyotes in pursuit. Just amazing to witness!
Taken during a storm chase in June 2011. Late spring and early summer is severe weather season here in Colorado and Mother Nature always puts on a show. This particular storm was near the town of Last Chance and for a time had a tornado warning. It never did generate much more than some mean looking skies, a dust devil and hail but the imagery was still pretty neat.