Happy Thursday (Blizzard)!
I had lunch with some great Friends yesterday at Thunder Hills and on the way home I decided to take the back roads in hopes of seeing some deer or other wild critters.
I drove past a large heard of deer on my left side but when I slowed down they started moving so I just kept driving until I could get to a place where I could stop and get my long lens set up. Then I turned around and drove slowly to where I had seen the heard. There were only two or three left and this one was the only one that was standing in the clear. The rest were in behind the trees.
I saw a lady taking a big bag of food out to where I first saw the deer and filling up a container for them to eat. I can’t imagine how hard the Winter is on the deer population.
The good news is I now know where to find the deer and will be better prepared next time.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have four images for you today and a long rambling story.
I was off work yesterday and had nothing on my “to-do” list. I was looking forward to a wasteful day of rest and relaxation. While sitting in front of my computer trying to decide if I should take a photography lesson or play some Xbox. I hate to admit that the Xbox was winning the debate when I got a text on my phone reminding me I had a pre op appointment at 10:00 a.m. I was certain it was for Monday but decided I had better check the patient website and sure enough there it was. So I got a shower, packed some cameras, and decided that I would head down to the clinic a little early. This turned out to be a good idea.
So I get to the clinic and stand in line waiting impatiently, I might add, to announce my presence and finally get to the “gate-keeper” who has a puzzled look on her face when I tell her that I had a ten o’clock appointment for a physical. She says your physical is for Monday not today. Of course I indignantly showed her the text on my phone and she said, “That appointment is with Ophthalmology!” Ugh, it is now 15 minutes before my appointment and I have to drive clear across town to get to the Ophthalmology department. So I apologized to her and hastened to my car, which was at the far end of the parking lot. The good news is I made it with a couple of minutes to spare and spent the next two hours getting all kinds of measurements and testing done to my eye.
After my exam (fortunately they did not dilate my eyes) I decided to head out to see if I could find some images. It was a gray day and after an hour or so of exploring I stopped at this little cafe North of Durango for lunch. Very small place with lots of regular customers there. It was funny because people who came in after I did and ordered got their food before me. 🙂
Growing up in a small community I fully understand that you take care of your regular customers before a passer-by.
After 4 hours of looking at some new territory and trying to find something of interest these are the four images I came up with. Thankful that I found something but of course disappointed that this was as good as it got.
That’s it for today. Thanks for listening to me ramble on. Hope you enjoy your day and be careful.
Interesting day yesterday. Had four employee benefit meetings scheduled so I did a fair amount of road time getting to the different locations. The last meeting was in Monticello so I took the “Caves Road” and this little deer tried to get very familiar with my car. I was able to slow down and avoid hitting her and once I got pulled off the side of the road I grabbed my camera and got off a few shots of her running away. I didn’t have the right lens on for wild life shots but you go with what you’ve got.
I got back to the car and was sitting on the side of the road putting my camera back in it bag, when I looked back at the road I saw this Hawk sitting on a power line keeping a sharp eye on me. So back to the camera bag I went and was able to shoot this image from the car. I got off three clicks and he took off and offered me nothing but a butt shot. I’ve stopped wasting sensor space for butt shots anymore. 🙂
This final image occurred when I rounded a corner and out in a harvested corn field sat five eagles. Three took off as soon as I pulled over. The fourth one flew off as I slowly moved my car forward trying to get a clear shot of the eagle. This guy didn’t seem to mind me at all. I suspect if I had gotten out of my car he would have spread his wings but I shot about 10 images with him not paying any attention to me. He was far enough away from me to not be of any perceived threat to him.
So with only the 300 mm lens I couldn’t get any real close-ups but you get the idea. Our meetings were over at 6:00 p.m. so driving home in the dark I saw hundreds of deer. At least I thought I did. Boy I hate this time of year for commuting.
That’s it for today. Hope you enjoy your Thursday. The weather is supposed to improve as we move towards the weekend. Big birthday coming up in two days. Joshua turns 3. Got to be one of the most photographed kids around. Well maybe that title belongs to his Mother. I can’t imagine how many images I took of her growing up and that was with a film camera. I wonder if digital had been around then how many would have been on my hard drive today. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by. Be careful. There are deer everywhere.