nature, photography, Uncategorized, weather

Winter’

snowflakes

Freezing rain and snow
Folks falling on their butts now
Mother Nature laughs.

My contribution to WPC – Repurpose…Mother nature is the ultimate upcycler…from water to snow to water again…

This is my first attempt at snowflake macro work.  And haiku, for that matter.  I should probably just stick to photography.

Teresa

nature, photography, Uncategorized

Fall in Love

Fall Leaf 1.jpg

Or should I say, love in fall?  Either way, autumn is here.  The leaves have begun their quiet transformation and descent to earth.  Pumpkin spice has taken over everything.  The boxes are on the bird truck, ready to release this year’s crop of pheasants.  I like summer, but I love fall.

Teresa

animals, nature, photography, Uncategorized

Struttin’

peacock-feather-3-cwThe stomach bug hit this Wyoming family with a vengeance the last few weeks.  First, it took Wyokiddo down for the count.  And just when Outdoor Guy and I thought we were out of the woods….blammo…

After three days of contemplating my own mortality from the floor of the bathroom, I’m back upright and ready to go.  I even broke out my new tabletop studio and took some glamour shots of the peacock feather Wyokiddo bought at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

I’m partial to pheasants, but peacocks have some awfully beautiful feathers, too.

Teresa

nature, photography, Uncategorized, Wyoming

On Gossamer Wings

Dragon Fly 2 CRWhat do you call a dragonfly with no wings?  A dragonwalk. 🙂

At least my 4-year old laughed!

This is my contribution to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Narrow.  Dragonflies are one of my favorite insects.  Not only do they eat other, more annoying bugs like mosquitos, but they are sheer beauty on the wing.  Their aerial acrobatics are stunning, especially considering their wings are one three-thousandth of a millimeter thick.  Yeah, I’d call that narrow!

Teresa

 

nature, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife, WPC

On the Wing

This is my contribution to this week’s WP weekly photo challenge “Seasons.”

When you are married to a man who works for your state’s wildlife management agency, seasons not measured in the passing of time or the changing of weather.  Seasons become about who can hunt what and where, or what animals are around.

We are in the midst of goose season here in Eastern Wyoming.  I have enjoyed the endless skies filled with rowdy honking Canada geese.  I love driving to town and seeing stubble fields dark with their fa bodies.  My favorite moments are when the geese fly low enough to hear the methodical flapping of their wings.  After a small flock of five geese buzzed our yard, Wyokiddo found this feather in their wake.  It marks our love of the season of migration.

Canada goose feather, Yoder, Wyoming.

Goose Feather Wet

Hope your weekend takes flight!

Teresa

 

pheasants, photography, Weekly Photo Challenge

Naturally Ornate

Ornate Pheasant Plumage“Forget about subdued and restrained. This week, let’s embrace the breathtakingly extravagant.” From the Weekly Photo Challenge – Ornate

I think most people associate the word “Ornate” with something man-made… a building, a dress, a sculpture.  But nature has some animals that are always dressed to impress.  And few creatures are more ostentatious than those living just outside my backdoor.  The Chinese Ring-Necked pheasant rooster is a study in extravagant plumage.  The males’ feathers are an iridescent mixture of copper, gold, black, purple, green and crisp white.  Their feathers glisten and shimmer in the sun changing texture and color as the rooster scampers about.  Pheasant feathers are popular adornments in home decor, hats, crafts and for tying artificial flies.  But I think the feathers are most beautiful in their original form, cruising the plains on a wing and a song.

Teresa

nature, photography, trees

Shaken, not stirred?

Russian Olive 2

30 Day Photo Challenge Day 4 – Something Green

These are olives…Russian olives, to be exact.

The Russian olive is a large, spiny, perennial deciduous shrub or small growing tree.  They are found throughout North America, but were originally from western Asia.  The Russian olive was purposely introduced to this country because it is a thriving landscape species. It is salt-hardy, drought-hardy, fast-growing and makes a great windbreak or privacy screen.  Birds use them for cover and forage on their “olives.”  They were planted all over the United States, often times with the blessing of agency that is now known as the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

What’s not to love, then?  The Russian olive, with its tendency to spread quickly, is actually a threat to native species like cottonwood and willows.  Russian olive out compete native vegetation and interfere with natural plant succession.  They can block out sunlight needed by other trees and plants.  They also choke irrigation canals and marshlands.  And they are water hogs.  In fact, they’ve become flora non grata in many parts of our country, with some states like Wyoming classifying them as noxious weeds.

We still have several Russian olive trees in the shelter belt around our property.  They were planted more than 30 years ago when everyone still thought Russian olives were great.  Eventually, we’ll do our part for conservation and replace these spiny, silvery beasts with more environmentally friendly trees and shrubs.

In the meantime, would anyone care for a martini?

Teresa