Friday, December 14, 2018

Winter Wildlife Photos: Moose




Winter is approaching. And with it comes opportunity for interesting if not fascinating wildlife photography.

Continuing the series on "Winter Wildlife" Photos: Moose




I was driving up a snow covered dirt road in British Columbia when I saw a brown spot in the middle of what was probably 10 acres of snow. I only got a glimpse because in was through trees that lined the road. I wasn't really in a hurry, so stopped and walked between the trees into the open space. Then it was clear, a beautiful female Moose. I slowly walked closer being careful not to scare her. She let me get about 30 feet away at which point I sat down in the snow. (I was wearing jeans over some long johns, so I didn't notice the minus 7 degree temperature). I sat with here for a good 30 minutes. She would occasionally dip her nose into the snow, but otherwise sat still. It was a wonderful experience and now fond memory.  Here is one of my photos:




This next photo was taken near Maligne Lake in Alberta. Mom and her "teenage" son marching through the forest:



On to Jackson County, Colorado and one of the highest concentration of Moose in the lower 48 states. Driving up one of Colorado's Rocky Mountains, I came across a Bull Moose in a meadow below. I had to drive a couple hundred yards to a spot where I could park. Slowly I made my way to about 75 feet and watched as this Bull Moose ate the oakbrush. Interestingly, as I turned to head back to my Jeep I saw an American Marten making its way through the snow. ( I'll save that photo for my next post).



Lastly, driving in Alberta I saw (from quite a long distance) what looked like a brown "speck" in a large patch of snow in the forest. I got out and started trudging through the snow toward what I then realized was a Bull Moose.  The snow was quite deep and there was no trail, so it was essentially "bush-whacking." Progress was slow and after a while the Moose seemed to be moving away. So I took one last photo and left the area: 


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Winter Wildlife: Grey Fox



Winter is approaching. And with it comes opportunity for interesting if not fascinating wildlife photography.

Continuing the series on "Winter Wildlife" Photos: The Grey Fox


Grey Fox from Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Monday, December 10, 2018

Winter Wildlife: Elk



Winter is approaching. And with it comes opportunity for interesting if not fascinating wildlife photography.

Continuing the series on "Winter Wildlife" Photos: Elk


Elk in Jasper, Alberta

Elk from Medicine Lake, Alberta

Elk in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Winter Wildlife: Coyote



Winter is approaching. And with it comes opportunity for interesting if not fascinating wildlife photography.

Continuing the series on "Winter Wildlife" Photos.

The resilient Coyote on the Columbia Icefields:





Thursday, December 6, 2018

Winter Wildlife: Raven



Winter is approaching. And with it comes opportunity for interesting if not fascinating wildlife photography.

Over the next few weeks I provide some "Winter Wildlife" Photos.


The Raven from the Columbia Icefields:


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Winter Wildlife: Caribou



Winter is approaching. And with it comes opportunity for interesting if not fascinating wildlife photography.

Over the next few weeks I provide some "Winter Wildlife" Photos.


Here are Caribou from Alberta, Canada:






Sunday, December 2, 2018

Winter Wildlife: The American Buffalo



Winter is approaching. And with it comes opportunity for interesting if not fascinating wildlife photography.

Over the next few weeks I provide some "Winter Wildlife" Photos.

Next, Bison from western Montana:




Friday, November 30, 2018

Winter Wildlife: Bighorn Sheep



Winter is approaching. And with it comes opportunity for interesting if not fascinating wildlife photography.

Over the next few weeks I provide some "Winter Wildlife" Photos.


Here now, Bighorn Sheep (photos taken in Alberta, Canada):




Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Winter Wildlife: Hummingbirds


Winter is approaching. And with it comes opportunity for interesting if not fascinating wildlife photography.

Over the next few weeks I provide some "Winter Wildlife" Photos.

First up, taken here in a couple of rare Tucson snowfalls, Anna's Hummingbirds






Monday, November 26, 2018

Fall Landscapes - 13



It's finally turned "Fall" in Tucson. So I thought I'd share some "fall photos." 

I will not pretend to be a "Landscape Photographer." Certainly not like our dear friend Bill Hubbell who with his lovely wife Jean used to visit us here at The Azure Gate. Looking at his landscapes I remain in awe. I stand in front of the Grand Canyon, for example, and all I can think is that "this is un-photographable, it is so vast."

In a way photography is like sports. You can excel in Football but not necessarily in Baseball or Tennis. I feel like I am fairly good at Wildlife Photography, but I pale in comparison to Landscape Photographers -- or Portrait Photographers -- or Industrial Photographers. I'm a novice in that regard.

Nonetheless, I am going to share some "Fall" photos. So here we go:

#13:


Yellow Headed Blackbirds in Sulphur Springs, Arizona


Saturday, November 24, 2018

Fall Landscapes - 12



It's finally turned "Fall" in Tucson. So I thought I'd share some "fall photos." 

I will not pretend to be a "Landscape Photographer." Certainly not like our dear friend Bill Hubbell who with his lovely wife Jean used to visit us here at The Azure Gate. Looking at his landscapes I remain in awe. I stand in front of the Grand Canyon, for example, and all I can think is that "this is un-photographable, it is so vast."

In a way photography is like sports. You can excel in Football but not necessarily in Baseball or Tennis. I feel like I am fairly good at Wildlife Photography, but I pale in comparison to Landscape Photographers -- or Portrait Photographers -- or Industrial Photographers. I'm a novice in that regard.

Nonetheless, I am going to share some "Fall" photos. So here we go:

#12:


Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona


Thursday, November 22, 2018

Fall Landscapes - 11: Thanksgiving



It's finally turned "Fall" in Tucson. So I thought I'd share some "fall photos." 

I will not pretend to be a "Landscape Photographer." Certainly not like our dear friend Bill Hubbell who with his lovely wife Jean used to visit us here at The Azure Gate. Looking at his landscapes I remain in awe. I stand in front of the Grand Canyon, for example, and all I can think is that "this is un-photographable, it is so vast."

In a way photography is like sports. You can excel in Football but not necessarily in Baseball or Tennis. I feel like I am fairly good at Wildlife Photography, but I pale in comparison to Landscape Photographers -- or Portrait Photographers -- or Industrial Photographers. I'm a novice in that regard.

Nonetheless, I am going to share some "Fall" photos. So here we go:

#11: Thanksgiving in Madera Canyon, Arizona



Wild Turkeys braving the early snowfall


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Fall Landscapes -10



It's finally turned "Fall" in Tucson. So I thought I'd share some "fall photos." 

I will not pretend to be a "Landscape Photographer." Certainly not like our dear friend Bill Hubbell who with his lovely wife Jean used to visit us here at The Azure Gate. Looking at his landscapes I remain in awe. I stand in front of the Grand Canyon, for example, and all I can think is that "this is un-photographable, it is so vast."

In a way photography is like sports. You can excel in Football but not necessarily in Baseball or Tennis. I feel like I am fairly good at Wildlife Photography, but I pale in comparison to Landscape Photographers -- or Portrait Photographers -- or Industrial Photographers. I'm a novice in that regard.

Nonetheless, I am going to share some "Fall" photos. So here we go:

#10:


Joshua Tree National Monument


Sunday, November 18, 2018

Fall Landscapes - 9



It's finally turned "Fall" in Tucson. So I thought I'd share some "fall photos." 

I will not pretend to be a "Landscape Photographer." Certainly not like our dear friend Bill Hubbell who with his lovely wife Jean used to visit us here at The Azure Gate. Looking at his landscapes I remain in awe. I stand in front of the Grand Canyon, for example, and all I can think is that "this is un-photographable, it is so vast."

In a way photography is like sports. You can excel in Football but not necessarily in Baseball or Tennis. I feel like I am fairly good at Wildlife Photography, but I pale in comparison to Landscape Photographers -- or Portrait Photographers -- or Industrial Photographers. I'm a novice in that regard.

Nonetheless, I am going to share some "Fall" photos. So here we go:

#9:


Tanque Verde Wash, Arizona


Friday, November 16, 2018

Fall Landscapes - 8



It's finally turned "Fall" in Tucson. So I thought I'd share some "fall photos." 

I will not pretend to be a "Landscape Photographer." Certainly not like our dear friend Bill Hubbell who with his lovely wife Jean used to visit us here at The Azure Gate. Looking at his landscapes I remain in awe. I stand in front of the Grand Canyon, for example, and all I can think is that "this is un-photographable, it is so vast."

In a way photography is like sports. You can excel in Football but not necessarily in Baseball or Tennis. I feel like I am fairly good at Wildlife Photography, but I pale in comparison to Landscape Photographers -- or Portrait Photographers -- or Industrial Photographers. I'm a novice in that regard.

Nonetheless, I am going to share some "Fall" photos. So here we go:

#8:

Great Egret


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Fall Landscapes - 7



It's finally turned "Fall" in Tucson. So I thought I'd share some "fall photos." 

I will not pretend to be a "Landscape Photographer." Certainly not like our dear friend Bill Hubbell who with his lovely wife Jean used to visit us here at The Azure Gate. Looking at his landscapes I remain in awe. I stand in front of the Grand Canyon, for example, and all I can think is that "this is un-photographable, it is so vast."

In a way photography is like sports. You can excel in Football but not necessarily in Baseball or Tennis. I feel like I am fairly good at Wildlife Photography, but I pale in comparison to Landscape Photographers -- or Portrait Photographers -- or Industrial Photographers. I'm a novice in that regard.

Nonetheless, I am going to share some "Fall" photos. So here we go:

#7:

Southwest Arizona


Monday, November 12, 2018

Fall Landscapes - 6



It's finally turned "Fall" in Tucson. So I thought I'd share some "fall photos." 

I will not pretend to be a "Landscape Photographer." Certainly not like our dear friend Bill Hubbell who with his lovely wife Jean used to visit us here at The Azure Gate. Looking at his landscapes I remain in awe. I stand in front of the Grand Canyon, for example, and all I can think is that "this is un-photographable, it is so vast."

In a way photography is like sports. You can excel in Football but not necessarily in Baseball or Tennis. I feel like I am fairly good at Wildlife Photography, but I pale in comparison to Landscape Photographers -- or Portrait Photographers -- or Industrial Photographers. I'm a novice in that regard.

Nonetheless, I am going to share some "Fall" photos. So here we go:

#6:

Below Mount Baker, Washington


Saturday, November 10, 2018

Fall Landscapes - 5



It's finally turned "Fall" in Tucson. So I thought I'd share some "fall photos." 

I will not pretend to be a "Landscape Photographer." Certainly not like our dear friend Bill Hubbell who with his lovely wife Jean used to visit us here at The Azure Gate. Looking at his landscapes I remain in awe. I stand in front of the Grand Canyon, for example, and all I can think is that "this is un-photographable, it is so vast."

In a way photography is like sports. You can excel in Football but not necessarily in Baseball or Tennis. I feel like I am fairly good at Wildlife Photography, but I pale in comparison to Landscape Photographers -- or Portrait Photographers -- or Industrial Photographers. I'm a novice in that regard.

Nonetheless, I am going to share some "Fall" photos. So here we go:

#5:



Padilla Bay, Washington


Thursday, November 8, 2018

Fall Landscapes - 4



It's finally turned "Fall" in Tucson. So I thought I'd share some "fall photos." 

I will not pretend to be a "Landscape Photographer." Certainly not like our dear friend Bill Hubbell who with his lovely wife Jean used to visit us here at The Azure Gate. Looking at his landscapes I remain in awe. I stand in front of the Grand Canyon, for example, and all I can think is that "this is un-photographable, it is so vast."

In a way photography is like sports. You can excel in Football but not necessarily in Baseball or Tennis. I feel like I am fairly good at Wildlife Photography, but I pale in comparison to Landscape Photographers -- or Portrait Photographers -- or Industrial Photographers. I'm a novice in that regard.

Nonetheless, I am going to share some "Fall" photos. So here we go:

#4:


Barn Owl at Whitewater Draw in Southeast Tucson, Arizona


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Fall Landscapes - 3



It's finally turned "Fall" in Tucson. So I thought I'd share some "fall photos." 

I will not pretend to be a "Landscape Photographer." Certainly not like our dear friend Bill Hubbell who with his lovely wife Jean used to visit us here at The Azure Gate. Looking at his landscapes I remain in awe. I stand in front of the Grand Canyon, for example, and all I can think is that "this is un-photographable, it is so vast."

In a way photography is like sports. You can excel in Football but not necessarily in Baseball or Tennis. I feel like I am fairly good at Wildlife Photography, but I pale in comparison to Landscape Photographers -- or Portrait Photographers -- or Industrial Photographers. I'm a novice in that regard.

Nonetheless, I am going to share some "Fall" photos. So here we go:

#3:


Greenlake, Seattle, Washington

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Fall Landscapes - 2


It's finally turned "Fall" in Tucson. So I thought I'd share some "fall photos." 

I will not pretend to be a "Landscape Photographer." Certainly not like our dear friend Bill Hubbell who with his lovely wife Jean used to visit us here at The Azure Gate. Looking at his landscapes I remain in awe. I stand in front of the Grand Canyon, for example, and all I can think is that "this is un-photographable, it is so vast."

In a way photography is like sports. You can excel in Football but not necessarily in Baseball or Tennis. I feel like I am fairly good at Wildlife Photography, but I pale in comparison to Landscape Photographers -- or Portrait Photographers -- or Industrial Photographers. I'm a novice in that regard.

Nonetheless, I am going to share some "Fall" photos. So here we go:

#2:

That's a little Ruby Crowned Kinglet in the Middle

Friday, November 2, 2018

Fall Landscapes - 1


It's finally turned "Fall" in Tucson. So I thought I'd share some "fall photos." 

I will not pretend to be a "Landscape Photographer." Certainly not like our dear friend Bill Hubbell who with his lovely wife Jean used to visit us here at The Azure Gate. Looking at his landscapes I remain in awe. I stand in front of the Grand Canyon, for example, and all I can think is that "this is un-photographable, it is so vast."

In a way photography is like sports. You can excel in Football but not necessarily in Baseball or Tennis. I feel like I am fairly good at Wildlife Photography, but I pale in comparison to Landscape Photographers -- or Portrait Photographers -- or Industrial Photographers. I'm a novice in that regard.

Nonetheless, I am going to share some "Fall" photos. So here we go:

#1:
This photo was taken at Turkey Creek on the East side of the Rincon Mountains


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Goldfish Thief



We have a gold fish pond/fountain in our oasis. It has had two residents over the past 16 years. The first was Wyatt who died after 8 years. We immediately put two new goldfish in the pond. After a couple of years one (Virgil) "disappeared -- without a trace." We never knew what happened to him.

Yesterday, our remaining goldfish (Morgan) who we've had for over 8 years, was taken from us.

One of our guests was sitting outside when this happened. He had his camera with him at the time. Here is what he saw:



On the far wall
On the near wall

On the patio deck near the hummingbird feeder

Above the fountain
Checking everything out above the fountain


Eyeing it's prey from above the fountain

And then in a flash, speared Morgan, and took off.

Photos by our guest Gene.

P.S. Thanks to Gene for sharing and solving the mystery for us.

Gotta go now and get some new goldfish.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Great Horned Owls



Having nesting Great Horned Owls across the street from us, and hunting from our Aleppo Pine trees at night for the past 16 years it, shamefully, becomes so common that I don't take photos anymore. I suspect I have a hundred or more "keeper" photos.

It's also been quite a while since I made a post about them, so yesterday I took a few photos:

Female Great Horned Owl

Male Great Horned Owl

Female Great Horned Owl

Saturday, October 20, 2018

El Rio Open Space - Part II



Although I was focusing on the Reddish Egret, I did take a few other photos:

Great Egret

Great Egret

Green Heron

Green Heron

Vermillion Flycatcher Female