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on Dec 27, 2019 in Wildlife Photography

What Happened to Those Canoes?

“What happened to those canoes?” If you’re looking at a bull moose with no antlers, it looks like a cow moose and this time of year, that’s what you’ll see. You can tell it’s a bull without its antlers because you will see the buttons, base of the antler (like in the above photo). If you want that bull moose shot in deep snow with its canoes, you gotta be in the right place in late fall, early winter where there is snow and the bull moose still have their antlers. They shed them during late fall/early winter to get rid of that extra weight so they don’t have to fight them and the deep snow. Moose, deer, elk have antlers and shed them (they are called sheds) and Bighorn Sheep, Mtn Goat, Bison have horns because they don’t shed them. In the late fall, the Bull Moose needs those big racks, or canoes, to better hear with. While they do use them in “battle” (the clashing a sound...

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on Dec 20, 2019 in Wildlife Photography

Nature’s Beautiful Chaos

The sun has just hinted it’s going to appear over the horizon when the calm and quiet is shattered with a sonic boom of flapping wings! The Snow Geese who had just landed in the pond just minutes before had barely begun to mill around before lifting off again in an explosion of life. In fact, that’s what I’ve come to call it, an explosion as that best describes the chaos that seems to insue. One has to wonder how there aren’t a bunch of casualties left from midair collisions as a thousand Snow Geese dash for the heavens in less than a second! Within a heartbeat or two, the geese in all that chaos have a path up and out. They form up their flocks to fly to their next destination. The sight and sound have drawn me back to Bosque for nearly forty years, it’s a spectacular wonder that is brand new every time I witness it. It brings warmth back to the heart and soul, nature’s...

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on Dec 12, 2019 in Wildlife Photography

Morning Glory

It was one of those mornings at Bosque del Apache where the dew point was just right to create some ground fog. Not a ton of it, some in small patches so the game plan was to find those patches and hope, hope the birds would perform. That’s always the game plan though, put yourself in the right place but just because you show up, doesn’t mean, the critters will. Well this morning, they did! I did my usual, got to the ponds early, rolled down the windows and listened and watched. Long before sun up, the Snow Geese made their move and so did we. The formula was simple, move to a locale where when the sun would broke the horizon would light up the ground fog. We did and the Snow Geese were off to our right. but when the sun actually broke the horizon, they had floated over between us the sun. Magic, it was morning...

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on Nov 22, 2019 in Wildlife Photography

The Call of the Wild

There are just a handful of critters that simply hearing their name or and image brings up visions of vast, untamed wilderness. There is only one I know of that simply by hearing it, you are transported to that place and time. The Gray Wolf is the critter and is such an intriguing and mystical creature. I was very fortunate to just have spent time with them again, hours in fact, just listening to a pack at point-blank range express their love of family and country. The cold air nipped at our nose and the sun warmed our being as we watched them run the ridgeline in the trees and then when they stopped, sang, and then sprang off down the line. That glimpse of them running, their singing for hours, it can’t be contained in a close-up photo when they are so much a part of the land in which they...

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on Nov 6, 2019 in Wildlife Photography

Mom, They’re Pointing them Things at Us!

Spring lambs are simply the cutest thing and heading towards their first winter, they transform into Rocky Mtn Bighorn Sheep adults. These masters of the vertical world are simply a fascinating critter to watch and photograph. I’ve done so for nearly forty years and they never cease to amaze and entertain me as they go about their daily lives. The small ewe band had a number of spring lambs who were as interested in us as we them. This leads to fun moments as they kept an eye on us photographing the downslope migration. It was really easy to add human thoughts to their facile reactions. The entertainment Bighorn can bring to your...

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on Nov 5, 2019 in Wildlife Photography

Don’t Mess With the Moms!

Bison are truly amazing critters! The vast majority of the time though, I focus on the big, loan bulls cause they are such icons of the American West. The cows tend to have that “weathered” look which doesn’t translate as well as that icon. The other morning we came across this herd and the temps, light, and background made their breath pop so I had to stop. As I scanned the herd for bulls, this trifecta of cows watching me caught my attention. I think the photo says the rest, don’t mess with the...

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