Saturday, August 18, 2018

Morning visitor

We had a room overlooking the pond at Boulder Mountain
Lodge and watched for visitors. This is my first Great Blue Heron at the pond. Lots of Coots live there along with a few Pied Bill Grebes and the ducks and geese stop by in season to have their kids.


Friday, August 17, 2018

Cottonwoods..

Walking under old cottonwood trees always yields some neat surprises, sometimes animal bones, sometimes patterns and sometimes transcending leaves!





Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Hiking by the Fremont River

We took a hike yesterday morning in the sandy country through and next to the Fremont river just below Calf Creek campground. A nice breeze in the cottonwoods coupled with their shade made that part quite nice, but the sun in the open was a bit warm.
On the way back we met a family at the river crossing and a small girl who excitedly captured a small frog! Much fun to watch and see her glee!







Tuesday, August 14, 2018

One more hummer...

The hummer appears to have bent his beak(s) perhaps due to too much sword fighting! Cute little mean guy!






Monday, August 13, 2018

Feeding Frenzy

We're at Boulder Mountain Lodge for two nights with friends and as I checked in there was this going on outside the window....


Sunday, August 12, 2018

Morning visitors..

A couple of backyard visitors this morning - Sharpie and Rufous!



Saturday, August 11, 2018

More from the zoo

There are a lot of subjects to photograph at the zoo and we made the most of it - in between dodging strollers and kids. Here's a few more for your enjoyment..















Friday, August 10, 2018

Visiting the zoo..

Randy and I visited the zoo this morning and found quite a few opportunities to take photos. It's the time of year for new kittens so we saw kittens in the Pallas cat family and a very young one Amur Leopard, in addition to other cuties like the Sand Cats. Big cats were also in focus today, along with polar and brown bears.
A very young zebra started us out as we entered..



















Thursday, August 9, 2018

A few more

Here's a couple more that I enjoyed finding at the refuge..

Teasels backlit


Black-crowned Night Heron staring at me


These guys are hard to see


Crane with the various layers of grasses behind it.


Great Egret incoming..


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Refuge Wednesday

I spent much of the morning at the wildlife refuge and boy, is it quiet out there! Not a raptor in sight despite trudging through much of their territory.
But, as usual, there were plenty of beings to keep me occupied, including stalking a sandhill crane for about 30 minutes to get a photo. It was worth it!

Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Black-necked Stilts, Pelicans, White-faced Ibis, Common Terns, along with a bunch of juvenile Black-crowned Night Herons in the trees. The swallows kept me company as I trudged through the marshlands, listening to the night herons croak and the Cock Pheasants squawk at me. Very peaceful.

Here's a few of the shots I liked..

White-faced ibis eating - the colors in the murky waters around it are real. As water level diminishes and heat rises the 'putrefaction' quotient rises also resulting in some cases in very cool color combinations.


Solitary hunter - Great Egret.


For some reason Great White Pelicans like to line up - whether on land or swimming they are often in lines.


Pelicans - another view.


Colors in the marshland...


Snowy Egret and it's disheveled hair..


My first glimpse of the Sandhill Crane that I spent so much time stalking.


It slowly moved away from me, hunting as it went.


Great Blue Heron, Great Egret and Black-necked Stilts..


Someday I'll get a real closeup of the egret like this...