When no one is looking, it’s okay to scratch your butt, right? 😀 I couldn’t resist but this American white #pelican seemed to take advantage of the fact his cormorant buddies were sounds asleep.
One more for Mothers Day. Taken last July in Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska.
This brown bear sow and her three cubs were working their way down the river. She would eventually stash them in some tall grass then go fishing where she proved her prowess as the provider for the little ones.
Try as we might, we never could get a decent shot of her with the three of them but it was a thrill to see them. She was large and in charge and definitely ready to protect her cubs if need be. Those little ones, well, they definitely were cute although here they were pretty soaked having just swam across the river.
Whether wildlife or human, it is usually the mother that provides the glue that keeps the family together. Such was the case with this Canada goose family as the proud parents took their little ones on a family outing. Mom dutifully kept the little ones rounded up as they made their way across the lake.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there!
A bit of Old West meets the new west as a bison strolls along the plains with the Mile High City and the Rocky Mountains in the background.
I’ve taken hundreds of pictures of the bison in front of Denver like this but every time I just get excited. Such a cool scene and one that helps me to remember why I love living in the Centennial State.
This handsome fellow wasn’t about to stick around for pictures on a recent visit to the Pawnee National Grasslands in northeastern Colorado. We crested a hill and he was right there but there was no hesitation on his part to put some distance between us. Off he went, probably running at 40mph or more.
Sometimes jokingly referred to as “speed goats”, pronghorn are the fastest animal in the western hemisphere and the second fastest in the world. Unfortunately they tend to use that running ability to put distance between them and me. 😉
This is the same owl I recently posted that has a home in a magpie nest of all places. She clearly did not appreciate the camera pointed at her, a recurring theme with many of my photo targets. 😀 I hear she has at least two little ones in there so I will have to see if I can spot them soon.
Just an eye-pleasing image of my favorite photo subject.
Taken a couple of months ago on a cold morning on Colorado’s eastern plains. I and this eagle sat along the shores of a lake, just taking in the scene of a rising sun. The silence was profound and a welcome break from the din of the city. Mornings like that are ones that I treasure and I welcome.
Hope you all had a great week and enjoy your #FreedomFriday.
Here’s kind of a fun bird I snapped some pics of last weekend.
It and a couple dozen of its friends were hanging out in a low-lying area that rain and filled up. They worked their way through the marsh-like grass, nabbing little insects as they went along.
We usually only see them on the plains during migration so it was fun to captures some pics of them during that window. Their iridescent coloring is just way too cool.
A fun event just a bit ago as the Colorado National Guard and 140th Wing did a flyby of hospitals all along the Colorado Front Range. I was unfortunately almost directly under them and light was horrendous but still fun to see and a great way to honor the police, fire departments, and hospital workers keeping us safe during the pandemic.
Oh my, goodness! I so needed this photo encounter this past Sunday. I felt like I had been in a bit of a “photo funk” lately. With the virus I had been limiting where I was going for pictures and I was getting burnt out on photographing the same stuff over and over.
On this day I went to an area I frequent in Boulder County, Colorado and almost didn’t go to this particular spot as I hadn’t seen my golden friends in quite a while. I decided to give it a shot anyway and thank goodness I did.
When I arrived, the male was hanging out in their favorite tree and he gave me some good poses, a nice launch and a flyby. He then went and perched on a pole on a hillside they like so I followed. Soon after, his mate, pictured here, showed up!
She tried to knock him off his perch and when that didn’t work, gave a beautiful flyby and then landed on the pole nearest to me. Wow! My heart pounded with excitement at the opportunity and I furiously squeezed my camera trigger.
In the end, the pair gave me some fantastic shots over an hour’s timespan, some of the best golden eagle captures I have ever gotten. The encounter was just what I needed to shake off the cobwebs and renew my photographic soul. When they left for their home on the mountainside, I made sure to tell them, “thank you.”