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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Wild Animals: Week Four

I am very fortunate to live in an area that buzzes with wildlife. This time of year the deer and the elk are out. The Canadian Geese are all up and down the highway with the little goslings starting to hatch. Osprey are plentiful as well along the highway. The marmots have started sunbathing along the road, though they tend to sunbath ON the road sometimes and end up, let's just say, not as alive as they used to be. If I'm lucky, I may catch sight of a bald eagle. Then there are the wild animals that you wish you didn't see on a daily basis, such as the numerous vultures that have started populating the area. I'm always thankful to have such a beautiful drive to and from work.
Yellow Finch

I've always enjoyed taking pictures of wildlife. Sometimes you have to take a lot of pictures to get a good one. This photo was taken in Island Park on Joyce's back porch. I sat out there for at least an hour, probably longer, taking pictures of the birds. The color on this finch was so vibrant.

It's also great to have a sister who lives so close to Yellowstone National Park. We go at least once a year, usually more, and have seen many wild animals as a result. This photo of
Black Bear
this black bear was taken from quite a distance. I've been fortunate to see a good number of black bears in the park over the years.

Whether it's something as simple as taking a photo of some ducks in the creek behind our house, or chancing upon a moose on a hike, the wild animals around us give such pleasure.

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