Fun Friday: Practice Time

In a small meadow near Moraine Park, a group of 5 Mule Deer bucks were busy grazing. Every now and again, a couple of the bucks would face off, lock antlers and “playfight” as they get ready for their upcoming rut. After jousting for a few minutes, they would return to grazing. Here are a […]

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A Velvet Morning

Yesterday morning, while traveling the Going-to-the-Sun road in Glacier NP, a pair of White-tailed Deer bucks, both in velvet, were casually walking down the side of the road. Fortunately, I had some room to pull over and the traffic was light, allowing me to grab a few images as they passed me: While an antler […]

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Curious Doe

Yesterday morning, I kayaked for only the second time in the last 12 months. The reason … our drought of 2012 left some of the area waterways bone-dry and we’re just now getting some reasonable amount of water back in them. Actually, we’re about 4″+ behind where we should be right now, but we have […]

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Badland’s Mule Deer

Besides the bighorn sheep, the bison, and the prairie dogs, the Badland’s prairies also have a large concentration of Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus), which also happened to be in rut during my visit. Here are a few images I collected in the early morning drives through the Badland. A rather large buck, with a small […]

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My, What Big Ears You Have!

On my last day in Waterton Canyon, I was able to photograph some Mule Deer (Odocoileus bemionus), appropriately named due to their large ears. They sometimes are also known as Black-tailed Deer. These deer were likely around me on my earlier hike into the canyon, but the snow that was present on my last day […]

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A New Fall Sport

I’m now back home after a short photo project. While I work at downloading everything and editing the last few days’ work, here is a post I published a couple of years ago, from my kayak: Late last week, I was photographing Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa) as they flew about … one of my favorite local […]

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Meadow Birds & Critters

While in the meadow the other morning, I found and photographed several bird species. The first one I ran across appears to be a young Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis). The dark patch on top of the head, as well as the black on the tail leads me to believe this is a recently-fledged catbird:   […]

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Velvet … For Only a Buck!

During my recent Montana visit, while visiting the National Bison Range, I came upon 7 Mule Deer bucks, all in velvet:   These photos were taken at mid-day, when the deer were grazing in a wildflower-filled prairie. The harsh sun at this time of day is not the optimum time for photographing, but seeing antlered […]

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White-tailed Doe With 3 Fawns – Update

First, I’d like to officially welcome my new subscribers that signed up for my nature blog e-mail subscription at this past weekend’s Artfest Midwest art festival in Des Moines, Iowa.  I enjoyed meeting and talking with you at the show and I sincerely hope that you find my blog posts both interesting and educational. If […]

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Supermom!

Yesterday morning, I decided to check out one of the nearby natural prairies to see how the wildflower display was progressing. I was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of different wildflowers in bloom. Over the winter, this area was expanded by brush-hogging a lot of the invasive plants (esp. sumac and wild plumb) down. […]

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