Da Bear

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When we moved up north, I think we had seen a grand total of 2 bears in our entire life time in the wild… and those were pretty fleeting and far away (except that one in Alaska – OMG, but never mind that!).

Since we’ve moved here we have seen 5 bears on the rim alone, including that one we found getting into our bird feeder on our front deck as we looked out our dining room window while having dinner!  But this one, we saw yesterday on the rim, was the biggest and best yet.  He stood on a log and looked right at me, as the light lit up his side.

Awesome!

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Best of 2016: Second Cut

My Best of 2016 post, posted ….here and Honorable mentions …here, have been such a huge hit they have even inspired a Best of 2016: Restaurants post … here.

Many have asked if these are your Best of 2016, what kind of photos didn’t make the cut?  So, by popular demand… here are a few that didn’t make the ‘Best of’… the Second Cut, as I call them.

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crwn clsPS_IR.jpg4. Mt. Hood, Oregon

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6. Fall on Mogollon Rim, Northern AZ

 

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SnowBurst.jpg9. Snow Burst, Happy Jack  AZ

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This is been such a fun exercise for me… it’s actually made me feel better about my photos.. so thanks for all the likes and comments.   What I have found most interesting has been the differences in people’s taste.  Some liked some of my Honorable Mentions better than my Top 10 picks… including my husband, who liked some of my Second Cut (didn’t even make Honorable Mentions) photos best.  And that… is what makes it so difficult to choose ‘Best of’, because depending on your tastes or moods of the moment, one might pick different favorites.

Next up, I’ll collect a Best of Animals post to highlight all the amazing animals we saw in 2016.

If you didn’t see the original posts that this is a sequel to.. check them out here, here… AND here.

Feel free to choose your faves… I love to hear what people think. :)

 

 

 

First Fall

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Living in the woods, I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite season, as we have all 4 of them.  They all have their own beauty.  Having said that, I do love Fall.  As a photographer, Fall provides such photographic possibilities.  While it is a grand subject, made busy by the very trees and leaves that make it beautiful.  The trick is to separate out the color from the busyness, while maintaining the intent.

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Our Fall has only just begun, but it is coming fast.  The temps are dropping, as are the leaves.  So these are the first Fall photos of the year, but there promise to be more…. and I can’t wait for the challenge and the beauty that comes with it.

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OMG! It’s a BEAR!

John and I often go out to the Mogollon Rim for dinner, sunsets, and in search of a bear.  I would so love to get a photo of a bear.  Little did we know when we sat down to dinner this evening we would get more than we bargained for…. dinner and entertainment.

For whatever reason, we decided to have dinner in our dining room.  So here we were enjoying a lovely meal, chattering about our day, when we looked out our window and saw a bear on our front concrete pad.  This ‘little guy’ was standing on two feet getting into our bird feeder.  OMG!  It’s a BEAR!  He was maybe 30 feet from us.  OMG!  It’s a BEAR!  Holy cow, errr BEAR!

We watched him (or her) from the comfort of our window until he just sauntered off toward our neighbor, where he again stood on two feet and got into their bird feeder.  Finding them both empty he cruised down to our neighbor down the hill, hoping to find more success.

“Quick, call Pat!  I’m grabbing my camera” … and with that I was chasing this bear through our neighborhood.

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He didn’t go far.  He found Pat’s feeding trough just right as he lied in it and wallowed, shoveling food into his mouth.

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These pix aren’t going to win any awards, but OMG!  It’s a BEAR!

Elk babies

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I’m thrilled to report… the elk babies are back!  It’s that time of year.  Here on the mountain June / July brings babies.  Baby chipmunks, bunnies, wood ducks, heron’s,  fawns, and elk.  If we’re lucky we get a glimpse of them.

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On days that I get to see these beautiful animals and witness nature at its finest, it’s a GREAT day!  I feel so very fortunate to live in amongst these many animals… and be able to have such great photography fodor.  I just hope I can do them justice.

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Milk Ranch Road

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Last I blogged, I spoke about the Mogollon Rim and it’s many faces.  We continue to explore it’s personalities and strive to find new places to capture it’s essence.  This week’s trip took us to Milk Ranch Rd, which is kinda on-the-rim-off-the-rim.  You still get those great views, but not the great winds (if you’ve been to Mogollon Rim you know what I mean, it’s always windy).

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We found a great spot and stayed overnight to get sunset and sunrise shots.    The sun casts shadows across the canyons creating dark lines, making it ever challenging to capture.  But I’m up for the continued challenge.

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Unfortunately, on this particularly trip I forgot my tripod.  Pretty humorous that was an issue for me, as I have never been a tripod shooter.  It always seemed such a pain.  Now that I have embraced it, I can’t live without it.  I can set up the tripod and take those low light photographs (sunrise, sunset, stars) while maximizing my aperture to let lots of light in but still keeping my ISO low to avoid noise.  Star photos were a bit dicey though taken on a sweatshirt.  The glow of our fire cast a orange hue on the pine trees above.

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Rim Pix

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We have been trying to capture the Mogollon Rim.  While it is a drop dead gorgeous landscape, it is so vast it is hard to capture.  But we’re determined to build a collection of photos that do it justice.  So be prepared… this is not the first, nor will it be the last post on this topic.

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spirecPSi.JPGIt has so very many faces, both in terms of blue blue skies… and storm clouds on the horizon.  It’s got gnarly trees and craggy ridge lines.  It has endless personalities with tons of character.

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For us, it’s our all time FAVORITE place to have dinner.  I don’t know what it is, but we’ll pack up a dinner and head out to the rim… and the food always tastes better.  The scenery is surreal and of course, the company always fantastic.

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And when we’re lucky… we even get visitors (of the furry kind).  Last week we saw a bear.  Too far away to photo, but a bear nonetheless.  For us… that was a thrill.

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