Going Into Hiding

Going into Hiding

I shot this several weeks ago after a morning out photographing.  I had seen this buck around, but had been unable to get in a good position to get a shot of him.  As I was leaving the park I saw a doe standing in a grove of trees.  As I was taking some pictures of her I saw something move out of the corner of my eye.  I got this shot just before he disappeared into the woods.  I have not seen this buck since.

Wildlife photography often involves as much skill as luck and time.  I have spent countless hours in the woods and walked away with nothing.  Then there are times when you least expect it that you get the opportunity to get some great shots.  A good lesson is to always be prepared and be persistent.

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Summer Buck

Summer BuckA buck stands in the meadow showing off his new antlers that still have the fur on them.

Yosemite Bear

Bear

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”

John Muir

A day after hiking up onto a bear in Yosemite I had a little more comfortable encounter with a male cinnamon black bear.  While driving the upper back country on our way out of Yosemite National Park we went on a little used back road this bear walked out in front of the vehicle.  I rolled down the back window and took a couple of shots as the bear slipped through the shadows of the forest.

Sign of the Change in Weather

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An American Toad took cover on the side of the trail on one of my early spring hikes.  As these small animals become more abundant it is a sure sign that the warm weather is here to stay.

Waves of Geese

Taking Off

This goes with my last photograph and video.  This was taken at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge as thousands of geese took off at the same time.  This picture was taken early as the huge wave began to lift from the water.

Waves of Canadian Geese

Here is a video I shot last weekend of a huge wave of Canadian Geese taking off from one of the marshes at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge in Missouri.  I had my camcorder set up while I was snapping pictures when all of the sudden all of the geese took off in a wave.  This is one of the most fascinating experiences I have ever had doing wildlife photography.

Thousands of Geese Take Off

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Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge sits in northwest Missouri and is known for it’s large concentration of Bald Eagles during the winter and spring.  It is also known for the large number of waterfowl that migrate through the area before and after winter. Here is a close up of a large group of thousands of Canadian geese that took off at the same time on a recent trip to the refuge.