Thursday, July 19, 2018

Fire, rain, cranes,

Day 2 started out sunny and warm - hard sleeping up here when it is warm. After my walk with Molly I headed down to the wetlands to see the Sandhill Cranes. And boy, did I see them. Probably 4 pairs and a couple of little ones and 4 or 5 singles. Gargling and flying around, they see you a long ways away which limits your options on trying to get a decent photo. But what the heck - we tried anyway!
The other thing I am finding on hot days in open areas that the heat messes with long distant shots - they are never crisp.  I've seen this before at the refuge on hot days and finally read about it on Moose Peterson's blog. Well, you work with what you have - and plan to get up earlier next time.
A lightning caused fire started over the mountain just about 12 miles from here - and the smoke was terribly beautiful. But a decent rain storm came through and things appear to have settled down.
Here's some shots from both last night's sunset and today..enjoy!

Spectacular sunsets are the norm here...


Our walking road...


Moth in the rocks..


The interior is awesome..


Red-tailed soaring...


Fireweed..



Female rufous



Molly hasn't see him yet..


Sandhills..



Fire..


Berries in their various colors - the tanagers eat the red ones.


Patterns - manmade and natural..



Wednesday, July 18, 2018

July in the Manti-LaSal mountains

We're spending a couple of days at our friends cabin with Molly during the middle of the week. Very quiet up here compared to weekends which aren't all that noisy anyway.
Molly and I saw lots of deer this morning on an early walk. She loves the freedom being up here gives her - sitting on the deck most of the time, taking long walks where she roams chasing whatever strikes her fancy.  Hasn't caught anything but still tries.
I filled the hummingbird feeder when we got here and they haven't stopped buzzing since! Rufous and Broad-tailed are the two I recognize; with the Rufous taking on the role of guardian of the feeder as usual. There's times when I am standing out there and three or four are flying around my head VERY close!
A Yellow-bellied Marmot, a Western Tanager, hummers, and just a wonderfully beautiful place makes it so relaxing.  Thanks Ruth and Gary!

Wildflower are still wonderful.


Shadows...


Early morning skies..



Marmot...



Western Tanager in the berry bush..


Western Flycatcher


Rufous


Female Broadtailed...



Meditating butterfly!


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Uinta Saturday

I spent some wonderful time in the Uintas with my daughter who took me for a belated Father's Day picnic to one of our favorite spots. We started off with Sandhill Cranes in a meadow in Francis and then lots of deer in the mountains. Wildflowers are awesome.
Enjoy!




A curious raptor, this Red-tailed Hawk just kept circling us.


Caught in the act!


Lisa spotted this buck and doe - the doe showed herself after the buck crossed the stream. You can see her back behind the buck.




Aging Brody took a few walks with me..


Looking up the canyon towards the rain clouds.


A Spotted Sandpiper caught my eye as it bobbed around the stream.



This cutie popped up in our face -


High Uintas to the west of us..


Friday, July 13, 2018

Refuge Thursday

I took a brief trip to the refuge yesterday after working our northern garden. Pretty much the same characters, GBH, Egret, Night Heron, Ibis, Greater Yellowlegs, ...



These appear to be a late goose family waiting for their feathers to come in so they can fly..







Thursday, July 12, 2018

Day of the Ungulates!

Sounds like a good sci-fi movie!
The day trip was full of deer and moose - so many deer I stopped taking photos. They all looked in very good condition but two of the bucks only had one antler showing.
The moose were all in one place, the two female and the baby together and the bull slunk off when we showed up. He needs his antlers to come out!
A small breeze and a few bugs, biting flies were the worst. Lots of wildflowers to see and admire. One could take a day trip and just photograph flowers and have a full day.
An osprey soared above Mill Fork and a whistling red-tailed hawk greeted us at our stopping point. A wonderful way to spend a day.

They don't get much prettier than this.


A stationary Mountain Bluebird - a real treat.



Bid Daddy


The dark spot in a sea of green.


Am I cute or what?


Mountain Mama


Afternoon clouds in the mountains.