Archive for the 'Animals' Category

Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Posted in Animals, Hill Country, Texas on May 25th, 2015 by judy

Black Swallowtail

So happy to see a few butterflies this year!  In the first few springs we lived here there were SO MANY butterflies!  It was wonderful.  Then things went wrong for them I guess.  Hard winter frosts made many of the plants they like die back to the ground and hence bloom much later.  Other things have been blooming earlier due to warmer weather.  Whatever it was, there have been very few butterflies.  This year a few more, and I was very happy to find this black swallowtail yesterday.  It is not perfect — it seems to have lost one of its tails…   It is enjoying a Mexican Hat flower.   We planted some wildflower seeds in the yard a few years ago and the Mexican Hats took over.  They are beautiful this time of year — a sea of yellow and green.

Stilt

Posted in Animals, Birds, Texas, Water on May 14th, 2015 by judy

Stilt

We were in Rockport, Texas, for a quick trip and Nan and Donald took us birding for a couple of hours.  They had had a huge deluge 2 nights before.  There was water everywhere, on the roads, in the fields.  And one of the birding sites was closed.  But we did find a few at this location, including this Stilt.

Domestic Turkeys in Chiapas

Posted in Animals, Birds, Mexico on March 18th, 2015 by judy

Turkeys

Just returned on Monday from a 10 day birding trip to Chiapas.  Birds and culture and archaeological sites.  Great trip organized by Chiapas Birding Adventures.   I love to take pictures of the domestic animals, and they are everywhere!  Most are not constrained.  Even in our hotel close to downtown San Cristobal de las Casas we were woken up every morning early by a crowing rooster and a gobbling turkey who lived in the yard next door.

Vultures on a pole

Posted in Animals, Birds, Nature, Texas on January 18th, 2015 by judy

Vultures

Taken in Port Aransas, Texas

Chestnut Horse

Posted in Animals on November 20th, 2014 by judy

Chestnut Horse

La Villita, Alcalde, New Mexico

Dapple Gray Running

Posted in Animals on November 17th, 2014 by judy

Dapple Gray Running

Peruvian Paso Horse, Ranch El Villita, Alcalde, New Mexico

Mother and Child Moose

Posted in Animals, Nature on November 6th, 2014 by judy

Mother and Child Moose

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Bear!

Posted in Animals, Nature on November 2nd, 2014 by judy

Bear!

Taken from the car near Moose, Wyoming just outside Grand Teton National Park.  You can tell when wildlife is spotted because of stopped cars.  You are not allowed to get near wildlife.  In this case, this young bear was quite close to the road climbing trees eating aspen leaves.  Pretty quickly park people come along to politely keep the people far enough away from the animals — in this case kept people from climbing the hill to get to the bear…  I stayed in my car.  Not a great shot, but fun to see a bear!

Surprise!

Posted in Animals, Landscapes, Nature on October 31st, 2014 by judy

Surprise!

Tetons in Snow with Pronghorn Antelope.  That little spot a little left of center on the berm?  That’s the pronghorn.

Bison Head Shot

Posted in Animals, Nature on October 20th, 2014 by judy

Bison Head Shot

Yellowstone National Park. Shot from the car, of course. The beast later crossed the road in front of the car.