GETTING IN TOUCH WITH NATURE: Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves
of strength that will endure as long as life lasts." ~ Rachel Carson
If you pay close attention to wildlife siblings, you'll often notice how different each one reacts to unfamiliar experiences, especially potential danger. In the photo shoot below, I've posted the pics in the order they were taken. The fawn on the right in the first photo will be the one who makes his way to mom. The one on the left will remain curious and assesses me long after her sibling has left.
I was told by a farmer who raised goats, that the bonding each new life makes with their mother dictates this behavior. The fawn on the left is more independent (likely didn't have a strong bond) and will exhibit this bolder behavior on subsequent encounters. The one on the right will be seen nearer his mother for comfort more often than not.
After the sibling has made his way to mom, this little one is still 'eyes on me' trying to figure things out.
I have seen this pattern over and over.
Even when this one begins to move toward mom and sibling, she is still willing to find something to eat and was willing to explore around her before joining them.
It is extraordinary to see Blue Herons this high (10,000 feet/3048 m)
in the Colorado mountains. I've seen this pair twice in two days. I've
only seen these birds up in this area a few times in my life.
From my office window, I photographed this bull after some head butting with another bull. I was on a business call at the time, so didn't pull my camera out until this bull began kicking up dust. This was after seeing a mommy moose and her baby and two blue herons. Perfect way to start my day.
I saw this moose last night after my deer family shoot, but it was too dark for photographs. I went looking for her this evening and found her again! She was calm and eating in between looking up to see me. I whistled to get her attention. She was completely content with me being there. I left before she did. This is about a half mile from where I'm staying.
These geese were out on the same pond as the pair of blue herons. Both are unusual for this elevation in the Colorado Rockies.
I put this cup filled with various nuts way up high so that the ground squirrels and chipmunks couldn't get it. A tree squirrel could, but the one around here is more interested in the stashed mushrooms he found under the cabin.
It took these Clark's Nutcrackers a dozen or more tries of flying to the cup and falling off before figuring out how to land on the wire and balance while getting the nuts. Once they figured it out, they could fly with perfect precision from any point and were masters in no time. When they spilled some of the seeds and nuts, they would compete with the little critters in retrieval efforts and then fly straight up like a helicopter to land back on the wire!