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on Nov 18, 2020 in Wildlife Photography

How They Can Blend

Pronghorn
captured by D6 / 180-400VR

When we look at critters, we often, at least I do, wonder why they have the coloration they do. Some, like the Rhino or elephant, don’t really need to blend so are just gray all over. The Polar Bear can blend when they are lying so they can catch their prey. Others like the Pronghorn especially when young need to totally blend in. But how does one blend in when they are partially orange and white? The answer is not always obvious.

Pronghorn
captured by D6 / 180-400VR

In the late fall when winter’s first snows have fallen and the last of the falls grasses are still exposed, you can quickly see why the Pronghorn have adapted to their color scheme. The further away they are, the more they blend, and when your predators have a finite range they can see, then they have a chance at survival. Though we saw one Pronghorn taken down on our latest travels, the rest of the herd was gone like a shot and quickly blending in a mile off with their butts all forming the heart shape of alarm. Want to show this evolution in your photographs, you gotta first think about it and then find the opportunity where it appears. It’s an elegant way of telling their story visually, how they can blend.

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