Friday, January 21, 2011

A Change of Plans

After considering the weather forecast calling for 2-5 inches of snow overnight we decided to scrub our plans to visit Pennsylvania's elk country today.  Staying close to home seemed a better option.  Only a light dusting of snow arrived overnight but shortly after dawn the wind kicked up as an intense snow shower filled the air.  These bucks seemed undaunted by the wind-driven snow.

With snow laying on her back; a yearling alerts at a strange sound emanating from the woodland.  The sound was an animal call, one that I am unfamiliar with, but it certainly gained the deer's attention as the entire group left the meadow sneaking away in the opposite direction.

The snow shower was so intense that my camera's auto-focus refused to function.  With the auto-focus confused by the falling flakes I switched to manual focus and to capture these images of the deer and the falling snow.

8 comments:

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I like the way you captured the snow as well as the deer.The weather looks pretty wild.
Ruth

Montanagirl said...

The snow falling makes these photo so beautiful. I've had a lot of trouble getting my camera to focus properly too, with all the snow we have. It just can't lock on very well.

Bob Pelkey said...

Consider recording wildlife sounds. It's a plan of mine in retirement.

Arija said...

Such beautiful images with the falling snow. I've had that same auto=focus trouble when trying to capture a rainstorm.

Meggie said...

Brace yourself, Coy, the frigid temps are headed your way...on top of the snow from today. I hope the yearlings in your post can stay warm.

troutbirder said...

It has a haunting look. The wildlife here in Bluff Country is under a lot of pressure with the extreme temps and feet of snow...

Kjell T. Evensen said...

Again, beautiful images. I just love the last one. We are looking forward to some winter images soon, too.

Misty Dawn said...

Amazing! I'm always afraid to take my camera out in the snow... paranoid and over-protective, I guess.