Feb 152012

My eyes were bigger than my stomach….

I hear that often when dining with friends.  In the wild the critters fools us.  They can take on some big meals.  I’ve witnessed it many times.  One in particular is the California Gull.  Found in great numbers in Utah.  These guys can take on a meals that appear greater than just the shear size of their throats.  Recently at FBBR the annual carp kill has taken place.  The carp are floating everywhere some near death and putting in their last efforts…….

The Gulls are out in numbers sizing up the free meals.  Amazing to watch them pick fish that seem too large to intake.  The Gull will make several attempts to ingest.  Sometimes they give up.  Other times they succeed…..


 Posted by at 9:44 PM
Jul 052010

What an incredible week!  With my bride at my side Wyoming, Idaho, Montana and Utah was covered.  Mostly work.  If you know me I will get in some photography somehow.  My heaven on earth – Yellowstone National Park.  A wildlife mecca.  In one day we saw, deer, elk, grizzly, squirrels, chipmunks, rainbow trout, pelicans, bald eagles, mountain swallows, geese, marmots, and others.  WOW!  So much to so little time to shoot.

Here is the pronouncement – Never, ever leave your second camera body, extra batteries, battery charger, flashes, and flash extenders at home when going on a photo excursion.  Kinda spoils things a little.  Thank goodness I was there for one day only.  A small record for me.

So here is the first of many fun shots I was lucky to get.  Most all may have been better with my flash and flash extender.  A little weird  because I always carry the gear and use it a little.  But on the this trip almost every shot could be better with some fill flash………

rainbowjumpAt the falls near Nez Pierce I was testing my water fall photography.  It was more like cascades not falls.  While setting up I noticed a fish jump a big rapid.  (directly behind me was a sign describing the fact that in June and July the fish travel up stream) Then I noticed another jumper.  Both in a similar area in the rapids.  After a long wait and tons of patience this one shot was made.

 Posted by at 9:38 PM