Archive for March 20th, 2010

20
Mar
10

Yesterday’s Hike, Today’s Weather

I went hiking for about four hours yesterday.  I went at eleven o’clock in the morning and got back home around three.  Not the best time of day for shooting photos, but since I knew what the weather had in store for us, I knew later in the day – around sunset – would be even worse.  So I went to the park knowing I would see geese and got a surprise visit from a Muskrat.  Then I hiked for several miles trying to find deer.  I had tracked several including a buck for about a mile, but somehow they figured out I was there and doubled back on me, escaping on my flank.  While the light won’t always be perfect, I know the deer can offer shots that I and maybe others will enjoy.  Like the shot below.

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Shortly after finding these deer yesterday, the wind changed direction and as sailors would say, the air freshened.  I have spent a good deal of my life in the outdoors, especially during the times I’ve lived in Wisconsin.  I know what a change in wind direction and freshening breezes mean.  Time to find shelter, or, as was the case yesterday, go home.  Like I said a few days ago, it is spring but we may still get a snowstorm or two.  When I woke this morning this is what my backyard looked like.

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This should melt today and with a little luck we’ll have some sunshine around sunset.

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20
Mar
10

Whitetail Deer: Relaxing Doe

When I go hiking in my local state park, I admit I leave disappointed if I don’t see deer.  Sometimes they make seeing them easy.  Now with the snow gone they can move through the forest quickly enough to elude most people, which means venturing into the more remote parts of the park to see them.  I found four does relaxing in one part of the park.  Here’s a photo of a doe resting that I saw on my hike yesterday.

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