Glorious Nature by Janine Donoho

Mountain lion in snow

Mountain lion in snow

Black bear and cub

Black bear and cub

Where we choose to live speaks volumes about who we are. That’s especially true of the wildlife sanctuary where Intrepid Guy and I live. After more than a decade in this space, we continue to coexist with the natives.

Weasel, eater of eggs

Weasel, lover of eggs

Except for a few aggressive yellow jackets, no critters have been harmed during this sojourn and, by enhancing our landscape, more have benefited. We minimize disruptive interactions and remain courteous. In retrospect, human exchanges prove much more challenging.

Please enjoy this pictorial view of a few striking critters in our ‘hood.

Red-tailed hawk landing

Red-tail hawk landing

Deer in silhouette

Deer in silhouette

Flock of wild toms

Flock of wild toms

Immoderate Blue Grouse Male

Immoderate Blue Grouse Male

Coyote eyes

Coyote eyes

Young Kestrel

Young Kestrel

Mountain goat

Mountain goat

 

Osprey with fish

Osprey with fish

Goshawk

Goshawk

Bald eagle

Bald eagle

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. marialberg
    Jul 27, 2015 @ 13:39:09

    Did you take all these pictures? I am so impressed. As a nature photographer in the Pacific Northwest, I found Northwest Trek to be a photographer’s paradise, but when I see amazing nature in my local wild, it is usually long gone before I can capture a great shot.

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    • janinedonoho
      Jul 27, 2015 @ 18:50:46

      Many are my shots, heavy on the zoom. Others are carefully sifted from G+ images and representative of what I see here, but am too captivated to photograph. There are times when the camera can come between the experience and the shot, don’t you think?

      However once, when confronting a young cougar that had just pounced toward my IG, my hands were simply too full of pepper spray and my 9 mm. Luckily, a stern demeanor and definitive expletives chased him off, so no animal was harmed, including moi. He was glorious, though.

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      • marialberg
        Jul 29, 2015 @ 18:32:16

        I agree that sometimes the camera can come between the experience and the shot! Today, I was reading outside and looked up to see a squirrel hanging by her feet and stretching out to pick a cherry plum just over my head. I had never seen the eight teets of a lady (momma?) squirrel before. My body wanted to run for my camera so badly, but I knew if I did, I would miss the experience and she would be gone.

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