A Splash of Color
I just couldn't resist this brightly colored yellow flower against a background of small blue ones.
Things are Definitely Greener on the Other Side of the Fence!
I saw this young Blacktail in the roadway along Fox Hollow Road. If I were that deer, I would definitely seek greener pastures! I hope it got over that railing to safety. It is a cute little thing and looks quite healthy.
Oh, Those Beautiful Eyes!
I played deer whisperer today and took my favorite drive where I most often see deer. Sure enough, I saw several deer, and even was able to get out of the car and shoot some pictures as three of them grazed nearby. One raised up and looked right at me, long enough for a few photos, then went back to grazing. I just love their eyes! It was a fun morning.
One thing I love about deer is their curiosity. This doe is keeping an wary eye on me, but can't help being curious too. Their curiosity is a good thing and a bad one too. Why? Well, with the wrong intruder it can be a life and death matter. Many times I have seen them run a ways and then stop to look back out of curiosity. That can give anything that preys on them an opportunity, but it also can make for fun photographs.
Head For The Hills!
It's that time of year in Oregon, deer hunting season. So in Western Oregon, the Blacktail bucks are off and running, looking for safety. These two beauties were seen off of Fox Hollow Road to the south of Eugene. They look so beautiful and graceful as they bound over fences and through the woods. Much of this area is private land where hunting is not allowed.
I was impressed when I learned that Black Tail deer can communicate with each other by means of over 10 different vocalizations. I have always admired them for their beauty. They are gentle animals, wary but curious, which can be used to get their attention. I have talked to them many times when I get close enough and they sometimes appear to stand and listen. Other times they may run off a bit and then stop and turn to look. If I talk more, they have remained for some time seemingly staring at me, as this buck is doing here.
"The Columbia black-tailed deer is primarily located in California, Oregon and British Columbia. The forests that black-tailed deer occupy are characterized by cooler temperatures and a lot of precipitation. Black-tailed deer do not migrate due to seasonal changes, and stay in the same area most of the time."
"Black-tailed deer are herbivores and eat the variety of plants and herbs that are within their habitat. The animal will even eat poison oak without experiencing an allergic reaction. The deer communicate with each over using over 10 vocalizations. When startled, the black-tailed deer, according to International Hunter Education Association, "will run with high, stiff-legged bounce, like mule deer." Common predators of the deer include coyotes, cougars, bears, wolves and golden eagles." (And, of course, humans!)
The dark, rainy day added to the beauty of this 2000 Pontiac Trans AM. Pretty classy, I think!
I can see myself driving this around as I approach 80! :)
Flowers in a Frame
I know, these roses aren't really in a frame. They are behind a fence, but I thought it made a nice composition. And I like the nice soft colors of the petals. It's another find on a morning walk.
I Love a Rainy Day
We had just a couple rainy days recently. They make images like this possible. I find such images interesting and beautiful.
I love a rainy night too! -
One of my favorite things!
I can't help borrowing some words from the song, 'My Favorite Things' (Sound of Music) to explain my delight in getting photos like this. The words in this verse say it all:
'RAINDROPS ON ROSES' and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things
Blessed With a Bit of Rain!
I got soaked on a neighborhood walk. In the middle of my walk it started pouring! But I wouldn't have got this image if it hadn't rained!
They Serve a Useful Purpose
The turkey vulture is actually a very interesting bird, part of nature's sanitation squad. To me that is another amazing part of the balance of nature, the wisdom of which is yet to be humbly recognized by many. The vulture looks for its food while soaring over open or partly wooded country, watching the ground and also other scavengers who may be around. Something that few of us have known is that, unlike other birds. turkey vultures have a well-developed sense of smell and they can locate carrion by odor.
I had an interesting experience with a turkey vulture at one time while I was at the Fern Ridge Wildlife Area. As I climbed the steps to an observation deck, I noticed the vulture soaring overhead. While I stood on the deck, the vulture began to descend and then landed below the deck. I was surprised and watched it for a moment. Then I said to the vulture, “Hey, you can't land here! I am not dead yet!” It wandered around a bit and then flew off. I guess I had it convinced. LOL