I get little flocks of 10 to 20 Sharp Tailed Grouse, butt in this case…2 moons, one sharper than the other….
This grouse was WAAAAAYYY up a cotton wood tree, about 50 feet, add another 150 feet for my distance from the tree…. 200 feet….maybe….ALMOST enough distance to do this. Seeing the moon was hard enough lolol. Then I had to find somebody to cooperate long enough to set this up …. Location: Bliss Dinosaur Ranch, Wyoming/Montana.
Good Wednesday Morning from the Bliss DInosaur Ranch…
The Harvest Moon Setting on the Red Hills moments after sunrise last week. I get 2 days a month to work setting and rising full moons give or take. This moon was hidden from view up until the last few minutes before official moonset that morning. It took it less than a minute to disappear after this capture.
You all have a great day but be safe in all you do.
The image above of a Sunset on a 40 mile distant Ridge was taken last week. I can tell pretty closely now by the size of the trees versus the apparent size of the sun…in this particular lens, how far out something is lol.
I’m publishing this post on Sunday afternoon for autoposting on tuesday night but I answer post responses and questions live most mornings in and around my personal page. .
I took this on the road just north of Gillette Wyoming. It is in the Little Powder River Valley where that 6 foot across river (currently) eroded all this Alluvial Fan Deposit away…it’s actually traceable way back to the Big Horn Mountains 100 miles away. (Tullock Formation of Tertiary age).
This is located just north of the coal measures being mined at the surface.
When the geology is traced back, the undertanding that the hills on the other side of this valley connect layer by layer with this side. Lot of work for such a little river🤔
Anybody notice the small herd of antelope on the lower left??
Taken Saturday evening as I was on my way to photograph the sunset. Animal cooperation and good lighting only align now and then so I missed part of the sunset working this little cottontail. (not a jack). These are not big rabbits by nature but they are well adapted to this harsh/cold/dry/hot/wet climate here on the Border with Wyoming/Montana.
This Pronghorn bucks straight on look was a good portrait opportunity. Taking the time to turn the camera side ways can loose a capture like this one lol. They tend to be a bit “flighty” at times and you get their white butts running away as a photo…🤣
This is a big ol’ boy too. You don’t see many with horns taller than this.
This Sharp Tailed Grouse was staying warm at -20 degrees F. He was in a small wind sheltered spot and in the sun. Life was good hanging out NEAR MY CHICKENS where any “extra feed was policed up by a small flock of these guys every day.
Just another mooch off the ranching operations lololol.
The Great Horned Owl was indeed Watching my flock of Barnyard Ducks. It was around 11Pm and very dark. I used the LED lightbar on my ATV to illuminate him. He was very patient with me. He had bigger “fish” to worry about. (the ducks). lolol. I loose one now and then… That’s a good thing because I have too many currently…..Have to feed them all winter….. Just as soon feed the owl now and then
Being that it was one of the harvest full moons setting across the Wyoming/Montana border from where I was standing. I remembererd to look up right at moon set because that moon had just emerged from a cloud band directly above it. It popped out for about 3 minutes total. That’s about 4 cameras being involved in my world…forever lol.
With a Very Low to the horizon Bright Full Moon, I use “Filters” where ever possible to moderate the bright glare. Here a windmill filter (“Sneaky Pete” the photobombing windmill who I have no control over. He randomly jumps into my landscapes. Keeps odd hours apparently too. That’s another story though. It’s a years long narrative about the “Pete bros” windmills that “live” up here.
This 5X5 Buck was bedding in the deep snow. When the snow coats everything making snow noodles, it’s a winter wonderland up here. To come up on a pretty nice buck and not disturb him to get up out of his nice warm bed….priceless… Click..
I know, this is a little out of season but up here on the Montana/Wyoming border we can have snow any month of the year and it’s getting close to white season. We missed the brown season mostly up here this year.. It has been VERY wet all spring/summer.
Good Early Monday Morning from the Bliss DInosaur Ranch..
We’ve all heard our kids ask “Are We There Yet?” a time or two. I suspect the long walk across a few miles of grassy fields would engender the same reaction no matter who is in the back seat with no view lololol
Yup, the grass is tall this year. No wonder the herds are spending lots of time up on the windswept and relatively barren ridge lines.🤔
LOTS of rain this year. We got more yesterday than the monthly average. This = high grass + high fire danger if it stops raining or even a drought next spring will be challenging ….
The last mountain ridge is the Big Horn Mountains coming in at 13 thousand feet high. I am looking through a 130 mile long view through a weather window from my lens to the peaks… I maybe get one window a week that is worth taking photons from. This one is worth every converted electron …. Location: Bliss Dinosaur Ranch, Wyoming/Montana borderlands.
This image came out well lol. Some images just work better than others. I wish I could refine that process but it seems relatively random. . I have hundred of clicks on these birds but for several reasons this came out on top to post today.
It was 5 degrees F when I took this image a few weeks ago as this posts. A fairly good sized flock was hanging out in the side yard. This one flew up to an old lunch spot… Not much left…. A few were nice enough to sit for me in muted sunlight with a blue grey sky when I happened to have a 1200 mm lens with me. Up close and personal is of course the best way to see this wonderful feather patterns. Good camo too … The wind was calm for this capture. He was aware of me and considering his escape and evasion plan which he instituted shortly after this click.
I’ve worked these guys in 30 below windchill and they just hunker down. They seem to weather the storm quite well. They range up to Alaska and they mostly get as cold as we do there😜. As far as I can tell, they care not about snow. But they are heavy birds and fall into powder drifts readily lol. Also, being fairly plump birds which I consider flying boats. I sure wouldn’t want to get hit by one flying. They have come close to me before ..