A Simple Morning

Prairie Dog

It was a simple morning, a short hike close by… no exotic animals in sight. It seems unfortunately that some guy with his loose dog has been beating me to the trail and scaring away all the wildlife 😦

Today I only saw a couple of chipmunks, a prairie dog and a mountain bluebird which I couldn’t see to get a shot of. He was just too elusive for my slow reactions!

The prairie dog and the chipmunk were more cooperative though, each giving me a lengthy and cute pose 🙂

Cute Chipmunk

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Be Like the Birds

Deer at First Light

It was an exceptionally quiet day on my mountain this morning, no wind, no other people, only the sound of the birds happily singing about the beautiful Colorado mountain morning. I was walking along worrying about going back to work with all the new virus related issues and rules when I found myself thinking, the birds know nothing of the Corona Virus or social distancing, nothing of the murders, riots and homelessness that permeates the news and our minds these days. They are just enjoying life, minding their own business bringing joy to everyone they come in contact with.  As I pondered the birds and life in general I was reminded of Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:26,

Deer at First Light

Behold the birds of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?”.

The familiar verse helped me to resolve the dilemma cluttering my mind and I was able to finish my hike with peace in the knowledge that as always I was not walking alone. It occurred to me that we all might be a better off if we could be a little more like the birds!

Soon I noticed a few of my furry friends staring curiously out from the brush at me. I quickly checked my shutter speed

Sagebrush Sparrow

and steadied the camera for a shot. The deer herd slowly shifted their positions giving me an opportunity to shoot individual portraits and then a group shot 🙂

Eventually the small herd disappeared into the dense pine forest and I was left with some sage sparrows and baby prairie dogs who also were in a mood to cooperate with a little photo session 🙂

Prairie Dogs

 

 

 

Winter in May

Clouds on the Sangre de Cristo Range of Colorado

It was definitely winter when I was loading my camera equipment into the truck for my hike on the mountain today! Yesterday afternoon a cold front came through and we got snow, hail, thunder, lightning and wind! This morning the ice was all still present and it took me about 15 minutes just to scrape out a place to see through the windshield!

It was also winter when I started my hike through the fresh snow at 11,000 feet. The

Baby Prairie Dog

wind was blowing and I was glad I had a hood on my jacket, which I quickly pulled over my frozen and aching ears. Eventually I cleared the ridge and thankfully the wind subsided. The Sangre de Cristo range soon came into view in all it’s glory, still sporting storm clouds from yesterdays weather. I stopped there for a while to take in the sound of the wind blowing in the tall pines and the chirping of happy song birds, and of course to capture a few images of the magnificent snow capped peaks.

By now the it was warming up quickly and spring had returned to the Rocky Mountains. The prairie dogs were chirping out their happiness to see the sunshine and luckily for me this one little fellow stuck around long enough for me to get his picture. I moved around to the sunny side while he warily kept a little black eye on my movement. I was able to get two captures before the diminutive creature retreated back into his den.