The Other Side of The Mountain & More

My favorite place to be, is the alpine tundra at 12,000 feet or above. Even in late summer there remains a remembrance of the snows of winter. Very likely, it snowed again not long after I left this locale.

Shadows can be your friend in landscape photography. Too many photographers run from them. Frankly, the sweeping shadow that visually divides this scene, made what is a very ordinary composition better.

There’s nothing quite like baby animals to make image viewers go ahhhhhhh! Take it from me, it’s even better when you are there.

These three Red Fox siblings were having a great time investigating their surroundings, while both mom and dad supervise just out of camera shot. They are displaying their curiosity by using their noses. They are learning a skill that will serve them throughout their lives. It might save their lives one day, or that curiosity might just end it. Life is a gamble for wild critters.

I feel so out of place. This Great White Egret is surely thinking that as it stands amidst a flock of American Coots. No bigotry here.

Always look for combination shots when photographing wildlife. How different species interact, or better said coexist with one another, is a part of the story.

Wildlife photographers needn’t always concern themselves with the “perfect pose”, when making images. This wild Mountain Goat is headed for the downward side of the mountain, or better said, the other side of the mountain. This shot was taken in Colorado above 14 thousand feet. I did not follow my subject as I am not quite as sure footed as it was, especially on the “scary side” of the mountain. Also, I could hardly breath in the thin air. Of course I was also a smoker at the time which made me less than fit for the high peaks of the Rockies.

Live (hopefully) and learn.

If you look carefully at this photo you will see that this Barn Swallow has been feeding a very hungry baby. This nest is inside of a picnic shelter. Watching Swallows feed is an amazing thing to see. All adults take part in the feeding and they will feed whichever youngster that they see begging for food.

Quite different from those non group living foxes, who are particular to take care of their own babies.

Let us finish the wildlife portion of today’s post with one of God’s smaller creatures. Below we have the Clarkia Bee.

There is nothing like getting up close and personal with a striking member of the insect world. Wildlife macros, do their best with plenty of detail.

As best as I can recollect, I have never been stung while pursuing an image of a poisonous insect.

As a photographer, I was always chomping on the bit for the next season. In this case, that would be autumn.

Maybe because I love autumn. A time of year I call the “quiet season”. I always began with the first vestiges that I could find. If a part of being a nature photographer is documenting the seasons, then certainly the initial signs are a part as well.

This was made somewhere in northern Wisconsin I remember not specifically where.

In this part of the world, it does not take long before the reds and gold of fall take over the leafy world.

I thank you for stopping by, and may God Bless,
Wayne

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