Photo of Da Day @ Da Pine #351

Just another day in the neighborhood. My always alert friends, Hugh & Carolyn are quick to give me the heads up when they sight something around their pond. A couple of weeks ago, Hugh had left a message on my phone letting me know that a baby fawn had been born in their backyard. Unfortunately, I was out of town and the little guy had made off with his mom a few days later. Hugh called me around noon today and told me the little fellow was back.

I loaded up my 300mm and headed his way. Hugh pointed out where the little fellow was hiding and I walked to the far side of the pond and stalked my way to the spot. I was right where the deer was last seen and I could find nada. In stillness I scanned near my position and there he was, about 18″ from my feet.  I was frozen in awe. I could hear him breathing and  watch the rise and fall of his lungs. He was way too close for my 300mm so I just watched. It was a true Abba moment. We made eye contact and he was gone.

I watched him run to another spot 30 or so yards away. I didn’t want to spook him or force him to become overheated in the 100º temperature. I crawled on my belly to his new position and managed a few frames before he curled into a small ball and went to sleep in the deep grass. A true golden moment.

Let your breath & fall in sync with a fawn on your journey, it will do ya good!††††††nada te turbe††††jim

Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #139

Once again, another marvelous day at the Bosque Del Apache Wildlife Refuge south of Soccoro, NM.  The refuge is known for its bird population, and while we photographed a good number of them, we wanted to show you something other than just more fowl. You will be seeing plenty of birds in the future. Yesterday, we saw a family of well-fed coyotes (much fatter than our West TX variety)  and today came around a corner and were presented this herd of deer with a massive 8 point buck leading his brood. They let me come closer than I really wanted to be on foot. This guy was big.

We had actually prayed last night that we might get to see a bald eagle. Our prayers were answered. We ended up seeing all five that had been counted. Once again I was not specific enough in my prayers and while we got to watch them for near an hour, they were at their closest about 150 yards away. Quite a bit further than the deer. Next time remember to ask for a full frame bald eagle, you probably will get it!

Prayer up on your journey††nada te turbe††jim

Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #94

I was a short walk through the woods near a cabin in Ruidosa NM. This mother deer and her fawn walked out in front of me and posed. I had my point & shoot and grabbed a few frames before they wandered off like I was the lesson for the day of what to avoid. I could hear Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young singing in the trees……enjoy….nada te turbe…..jim†

Teach Your Children
Graham Nash

You who are on the road
Must have a code that you can live by
And so become yourself
Because the past is just a good-bye
Teach your children well
Their father’s hell
Will slowly go by
And feed them on your dreams
The one they picks
The one you’ll know by.
Don’t you ever ask them why
If they told you, you would cry
So just look at them and sigh
And know they love you.

And you, of tender years
Can’t know the fears
That your elders grew by
And so please help them with your youth
They seek the truth
Before they can die.

(Can you hear and do you care
And can’t you see whe must be free
To teach our children what you believe in
Make a world that we can believe in.)

Teach your parents well
Their children’s hell
Will slowly go by
and feed them on your dreams
The one they picks
The one you’ll know by.
Don’t you ever ask them why
If they told you, you would cry
So just look at them and sigh
And know they love you.