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Deer

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Deer are such wonderful animals!  I saw these deer while on my trip to South Dakota (Custer State Park), and Wyoming at Yellowstone National Park, this past June.  Basically I’d spot the deer but they would spot or hear the vehicle and flee.  Usually when trying to photograph deer, one has to be very quiet and still or be far away.

Many of these deer were very young adults.  The males shed their antlers yearly and grow a new pair.  These deer are Mule Deer.   I saw deer in the Custer State Park of South Dakota and again in Yellowstone National Park.  The trio of young bucks were spotted while I was on a guided bus tour to the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park.  I recommend this late afternoon and early evening tour, called the Wildlife Tour to Lamar Valley.  It is a large group bus tour but you do see many animals and there are opportunities to get out of the bus for rest stops and picture-taking.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Elk in Yellowstone National Park

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These Elk were spotted in Yellowstone National Park while I was there last month.  I saw the two bull or male Elk sitting down beside some trees in a clearing not far off of a road.  I took these pictures while on a photo tour with an experienced guide.  These Elk seemed to be sleepy which makes sense as it was about 6:15 AM when I took the photographs.  During the mating season, bull Elk will use their antlers as battering rams and will butt heads with rivals during fights in order to win their mate (s).  The bulls shed their antlers every fall and will re-grow the huge antler racks during the next Spring.  Elk eat grasses mostly and also will occasionally munch on other low vegetation.

By the way, I saw very few Elk during this trip compared with my last trip back in August of 2011.  The Elk herds  last month may just have been in other districts of the huge park.   There were several Grizzly Bears in the same area I was taking pictures, so that is yet another reason why I likely was not seeing many Elk.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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A Boar Grizzly Bear

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This male Grizzly Bear was spotted in Yellowstone National Park early in the morning on June 15, 2014.  The bear was meandering around between a wooded area of standing dead burned Pines and a cleared meadow.  We were photographing this bear from the roadway but were a good distance from the magnificent bruin.  My husband and I were on an excellent early morning guided photo tour in the park that we booked through the park concessionaire.

I saw seven different Grizzlies in the five days I was at the park.  I have been told that the bears were at lower elevations because it was early in the Summer.  It was  however, quite cold.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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A Sow Grizzly Bear in Yellowstone National Park

 

 

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This Grizzly Bear is  a three-year old sow that was walking close to the road through a lot of dead trees.  We spotted this bear while on a morning photo safari tour offered through the official park concessioner in Yellowstone National Park.

This  younger sow (female) was known by the photography guide, Doug.  Doug was a seasoned veteran of many years of photographing Yellowstone’s wildlife and had also been familiar with this bear’s own mother.

I was quite happy to have seen this bear close up but far enough away to be safe and not disturb the bear.  I took these pictures on June 15, 2014.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Burros (Donkeys) in Custer State Park, S.Dakota

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Wild Burros or wild Donkeys which are descendants of miner’s pack animals from the 19th and early 20th Centuries, were happily occupying the roadway at the beautiful and really special Custer State Park in South Dakota.  These animals seem to love visiting with the tourists (I think many people have fed them – but not me)!

The Burros cause safe but sometimes lengthy traffic jams when they congregate on the road itself.  Sometimes I saw about eight Burro’s on the road or next to it.  Some are quite young.  They are cute and pretty safe – but do not depend on these animals being “tame”.  I took these pictures on June 9, 2014, and again on June 11, 2014 in Custer State Park along the “Wildlife Loop Road”.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Pronghorns at Custer State Park, South Dakota

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These Pronghorns were spotted in the gorgeous Custer State Park, a South Dakota state park near Custer, S. Dakota.  We drove along the “Wildlife Loop Road” in the large park.  These deer or elk-like herd animals are not antelope as many people have referred to them as.  There were several small groups of the handsome large Pronghorn roaming free (this is not a zoo), along the road and off in the distance.  These are grazing animals that eat grass and grains.  The males have a distinctive set of “Pronged” horns , which in my mind, resemble a cross between antlers and horns.

I took these pictures on June 11, 2014 in the park.  I also later saw several Pronghorn in Yellowstone National Park the next week.  There additionally were many sightings along the highways in South Dakota and in Wyoming.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  By the way, in the next few blog series, I will be highlighting various wildlife seen while I was out West in South Dakota and Wyoming.  I hope you will enjoy seeing the photographs I took.

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Central American Adventure

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Costa Rica and Panama are lovely countries.  I had the pleasure of being there for a very brief time last week while on a cruise.  I was thrilled to see several Caiman, which are a reptile similar to a Crocodile or Alligator.  I also saw huge Crocodiles (Caiman are shown above and the Crocodiles are seen below).

These reptiles were spotted in Lake Gatun in the Panama Canal, and on the Chagres River, that is a fresh-water source for Lake Gatun.   The large lizards eat fish, birds, turtles, frogs and smaller land animals.  The Crocodiles cannot chew and do all digestion of their food internally.  I took these pictures on Oct. 30, 2013.  I’ll have more to share regarding different animals from the region, in the next several posts.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Bison, Bald Eagles and Mt. Rushmore Views

This post is in memory of those who have lost their lives in the service of their country.  Here are a few shots I have never posted that I took in Yellowstone National Park  and Mt. Rushmore last September and also at my lake home  here in Tennessee (Bald Eagle) in December 2010, and also in January, 2011..  These are iconic  animals and views of the United States of America.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Have a good Memorial Day.   P.S. I accidentally did not press the “Publish” button and thought I had posted this morning, but apparently not.  So, sorry for the late post today!

White-Tailed Deer Crossing the Street

We were driving down the street about a half-block from our driveway when out trotted three White-tailed does.  The does are the female deer.  It is now deer season for hunting here in this county so I am sure that the deer are happy that they were on a street and in a neighborhood where hunting is not allowed  (nearby areas do have hunting on private land).  The deer here have lots of places to hide in thickets and woods.  These does were so pretty!  This is the second time I have seen deer close to our new home.  In fact, when we were looking at the place before buying it, we were told that the reason why the top rail in two small areas of the wood fence were down, was due to deer jumping over the fence to get to the garden.  So, I am sure we will need to additionally fence our garden plot next Spring.  I took these pictures from inside the car on Dec. 13, 2011.  The shots are hazy since I had to take the pictures through the closed windows and did so in a big hurry.   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Wild Burros

Wild Burros or Donkeys, cute little barking Prairie Dogs, Wolves, Pronghorn Antelope, Tundra Swans, Beavers, and majestic Elk were some of the wild animals and birds that I saw and photographed on my recent trip to the Plains states.  I took the pictures of the Pronghorn, and the Burrows or Donkeys in South Dakota’s gem of a state park, the Custer State Park.  The Burros are descendants of those used by the old gold miners of the Nineteenth Century and do roam freely.  I shot the picture of the little Prairie Dog at the Prairie Homestead Park just outside of The Badlands National Park, also in South Dakota.

The Tundra Swans were seen on the Yellowstone River in Yellowstone National Park, as was the Beaver.  I photographed the Elk in the Hayden Valley in Yellowstone National Park and also got the picture of the Wolf there as well.  The Wolves were mostly behind a low ridge and were just out of sight when I was there taking the picture.  This one individual Wolf was ahead of the others and I was thrilled to get the picture.  I saw many Elk in Yellowstone National Park and just missed taking a picture of a huge bull Elk with a fine rack of antlers (my camera was not out and we were in the car when the Elk crossed the road).

This wraps up my series of pictures taken during my recent trip this month.  Tomorrow I will be showing pictures from my own lake at home.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!    P. S.  Sorry about the alignment of the pictures.  That sometimes happens when I put on the captions.  One day I will learn how to do the process without the odd positioning of the pictures  :  )

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Swans (I think they are Tundra Swans?)

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Wolf

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