Wednesday, September 10, 2014

THINGS I SHOT DOWN BY THE RIVER

Just a half-hour walk from our house flows the North Fork of the Teton River.  Even though it’s on the edge of our busy town, it is the home for plenty of wildlife from muskrats, beaver and moose to a variety of birds.  If I can get to the area near the end of the airport before the sun gets too high I can occasionally see deer.

This morning I got late start but I took my camera to see what I’d find.

 The big full moon was sliding down the sky toward the horizon.

 The low angle of the rising sun put a glow on the down of the milkweed pods.

 Even the noxious bull thistles looked attractive in the morning light.

 There was still dew on the petals of the wild daisies.

 The wet weather we’ve had brought out the mushrooms.

A variety of birds were making a breakfast of a hatch of gnats and other insects flying above the water.

I heard the call of a kingfisher and got my camera up just in time to catch a flash of blue as it shot by.

 It came darting back and I got a fuzzy photo of its white chest.

 It flew to a perch among the trees along the bank but landed in the branches so I still didn’t get a good photograph.

I waited and in a few minutes it gave another cry that sounded like the clatter of a broken chain saw and then zoomed by again.  I took about five fast shots.

 One looked sort of okay.

10 comments:

joeh said...

I think all the Kingfisher photos are great.

Joanne Noragon said...

Those birds revel in tinkering with us.

gowestferalwoman said...

You are the first person in my life that actually made thistles look beautiful - infact that could be a watercolor easily!

But then the ranching side of me says "kill it, kill it alll in the hayfield!!!!!"

:p

xoxo

Val said...

Wow! You're faster than Quick Draw McGraw. Which maybe isn't saying so much. But those kingfisher photos are a marvel.

Delores said...

good shooting

Anzu said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful days.
Beauty =*^-^*=
Have happy weekend !

Terry and Linda said...

WOW! Your Kingfisher photos are just outstanding....and I like the blueish moon!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

Linda Sue said...

Well, Gal, you are a straight shooter and you hit the mark every durn time!

Carla said...

Now that would definitely be worth the walk! Great photos, even of the Kingfisher. They never sit still.

Alica said...

The chatter of a broken chain saw...now that's an interesting way to describe a bird's call! :) I've never heard one of those. The first action shot is fun!