Funny story: Two of my goals when photographing wildlife are 1) See them before they see me, 2) Once they see me, they remain comfortable enough to not care that I am there. While recently exploring Lake Pueblo State Park, CO I saw this muley doe approach a lake cove and begin to drink, so I climbed the back side of the bluff next to the cove to be able to view the deer from above. Goal 1 was met perfectly. I was thinking, “I see you and you don’t even know I’m here!” Then when she started to move up the draw, I thought I’d be smart, sneak around to the top of the draw and wait for her. The wind direction was right, she’d never know I was there! I positioned myself very discreetly and waited. And waited. Perhaps she had found a yummy bush and was busy eating. I waited some more. Suddenly, there she is! She is directly below me about 50’ away, staring right at me!! Ha! She had walked up behind a burm of small Aspen trees out of sight. Tables turned!! I bet she was thinking, “I see you and you don’t even know I’m here!” Hahahaha…. I really did “lol” !! Goal #2 was also met because after seeing me she did not run off but continued to mosey and eat her breakfast, and I got several nice shots. It’s such a privilege to share space with those different than us. Sure, we may come from different cultures, but that doesn’t mean we can’t live together in peace.
This time of year, the big bulls group together. The cows and young bulls, seen here, group separately. This gang was huddled tighter than usual. It could have been for warmth due to the extreme cold, or perhaps for safety if they had heard an unusual sound. Animals are always more skittish in the wind. There wasn’t a distinct leader in the group, yet they seemed quite organized and unified in their response. Whatever it was, it was more threatening than me because my presence did not distract them.
Rocky Mountain Elk
“No man ever achieved worth-while success who did not, at one time or other, find himself with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure. ” -Napoleon Hill
(How many do you see?)
“In his face there came to be a brooding peace that is seen most often in the faces of the very sorrowful or the very wise. But still he wandered through the streets of the town, always silent and alone.”
― Carson McCullers, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Waterton Canyon, Colorado
“Wherever we go in the mountains, or indeed in any of God’s wild fields, we find more than we seek.”― John Muir
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
“I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.”
Find yours and let it out!
“We cannot control the way people interpret our ideas or thoughts, but we can control the words and tones we choose to convey them. Peace is built on understanding, and wars are built on misunderstandings. Never underestimate the power of a single word, and never recklessly throw around words. One wrong word, or misinterpreted word, can change the meaning of an entire sentence and start a war. And one right word, or one kind word, can grant you the heavens and open doors.“ ~Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
You’re going to fight a lot of battles – maybe a thousand, perhaps against the best of the best. Your greatest battle winner will be in conquering the most difficult of them all, yourself. Wage it well, warrior. Wage it well.