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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Colorful Path

Colorful Path

Colorful autumn leaves line a winding path through the woods in the middle of a forest in Tennessee.

Summer Buck

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

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.

Guarding Her Nest

eagle3wordI took one of my spring trips down to Shiloh National Military Park a couple of weeks ago to see the new eagle chicks.  There are two eaglets this year.  I did not see them, but their mother sat on this limb for a long time protecting her nest and her young.  Witnessing amazing animals like bald eagles in the wild make spending time in nature worth every minute.

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“Majesty”  A whitetail deer buck stands in an open meadow.  Autumn in the United States is a perfect time to photograph deer.  The deer are plentiful in Pinson Mounds State Archeological Park, especially in the fall.  There are only a few large bucks and they are extremely hard to capture in a photograph.  Part of wildlife photography is about patience and persistence.  It took me several weeks of trying to capture this deer before I was lucky enough to get this shot.

Shiloh National Cemetery

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Shiloh National Cemetery sits within the battlefield of Shiloh National Military Park in southern Tennessee.  It lies along the Tennessee River at Pittsburg Landing which was the crossing point for the Union Army during the battle.  It is a quiet and scenic memorial that was once a spot filled with rage.  The cemetery stands as a reminder of not only what happened there on April 6 and 7 of 1862, but also what happened along the Tennessee River.  The cemetery was established to bury Union dead, but now is a resting place of several soldiers from many American conflicts.  The picture above is looking out of the cemetery toward the battlefield.  Two flags fly above the cemetery, the POW flag and the flag of the United States as memorial to all the fallen.