Twin Fawns

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I  wrote about the ‘Late Arrival’ of a small fawn with spots, our first we have seen of the year, back here… https://kritterspaw.com/2019/09/12/late-arrival/

That was month ago.  Fast forward to this past week, first week of October, and we were entertained by these fantastic little cuties.

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At first, I was delighted to see just one little spotted gem… then, came another; the spots along their back almost identical.

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This precious couple laid down beside each other and cuddled and ‘fawned’ over one another like baby new borns.

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They rested as their momma grazed, and relished in their environment and their natural surrounds.

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It was such a tremendous joy and gift to see this special sight.

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What a treat!

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You Must Have A Good Camera

People often ask me, “what kind of camera do you have?”  Or my favorite statement, “you must have a good camera!”

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It reminds me of a story I heard some time ago, about the photographer who goes to a gourmet chef’s house for dinner.

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The well known published photographer shows up at the woman’s house for dinner.  The home owner & chef goes on about how beautiful his photographs are and as she invites him in she adds, ” I love you photographs.  You must have a great camera.”

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After a lovely evening and an amazing gourmet meal, as the photographer is leaving, he tells the woman how wonderful the meal was, and in parting “you must have a great oven!”

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The right camera gear is essential, skill… is priceless.

 

Bob

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Sometimes, even when you’re not looking, you encounter the unexpected.

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Such was the case when we stumbled across this scrawny bobcat wandering through the woods after a morning snowstorm, looking for supper.

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He reminded me of a friend who recently lost her beloved cat, Lucky.  He was curious, intent, and full of life.

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I watched him hunt through the lens of my camera edging up to him ever so cautiously, trying to get as close as I dared.  He was much more interested in catching supper, than he was in me.

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I hope he finds peace, tranquility, and a fabulous supper.

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Snow Elk

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We got quite the winter storm this week…. and I don’t know what it is, but storms always seem to bring the animals.

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Of course, we are always delighted to see them.  I always tell them… ‘I’ll make you famous’… if only they knew!

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These poor little guys were hunkered down looking for warmth and food.

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Even the dry twigs seemed like tasty food for these guys who were rummaging through the snow looking for something to eat.

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Of course, kids will be kids, and all they cared about was playing in the snow!  Typical! : )

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You can check out more snow pix here…  https://kritterspaw.com/2019/02/23/snow/

 

Twin Bucks

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We have been getting some much needed snow fall this week… just in time for Christmas.  It’s hasn’t amounted to much accumulation, but we’ll take what we can get.

The snow has brought in this pair of twin bucks, who are just, pardon the pun, endeering.

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They have brought a smaller little buck with them, and they seem to be hanging out together in their own little pack.

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The little one has smaller antlers, but is definitely a new buck… and just as cute.

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He seemed to be enjoying his first snow and the wonder of this cool white stuff dropping from the sky.

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We so enjoyed their visit.

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Best of Animals, 2018

A year wouldn’t be complete without my wildlife photos that I strive so hard to capture.  This year has been especially unique with some terrific ‘up-close-and-personal’ shots of a wide variety of wildlife, including bison, antelope, and big horn sheep.  Picking the top shots is the hard part… what an awesome problem to have. : )

antelopelk_IR.jpg1.  Antelope   Greens Peak Loop near Show Low

blue_PS_IR.jpg2.  Blue Heron    Carneros Lake

ramtree_IR_IR.jpg3.  Big Horn Sheep    Greer, AZ

deersmirk_IR.jpg4.  Mule Deer    Grand Canyon South Rim

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bison fight_IR.jpg6.  Bison    Raymond Wilderness Area

Greatapproach_IR.jpg7.  Great White Egrets    Happy Jack, AZ

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daisibull_IR.jpg9.  Bull Elk    Happy Jack, AZ

pygmy on_IR.jpg10.  Pygmy Owl    Happy Jack, AZ

 

Elk Profile

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I remember when I used to visit my husband’s folks in Morman Lake, AZ.  They would be all excited to share ‘their’ elk with us.  With a binoculars in hand, if you squinted real hard, you could see the little dots of elk crossing in front of the fire house, about 1/4 mile away.

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John’s mom still remembers fondly how close they got to see the elk.  I laugh.

If she had any idea of how close we see the elk today!

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