Monday, May 30, 2011

Changing Seasons

After an unusually cold and wet spring, summer arrived on the tail of a series of vicious storms that downed trees and knocked out power across our area.  The heat began to build on Saturday and by today those spending Memorial Day outdoors were greeted with a heavy morning ground fog giving way to bright blue skies and +90 deg temps by afternoon.  This doe seems to be taking it all in stride as she watches other deer drift into the meadow.

This is the season of newborn fawns.  I have yet to observe a newborn this season but one look at the udder and thin flanks of this doe tells me that some fawns are about.

Wednesday evening the 25th I experienced my last encounter with the red-breasted mergansers who seemed reluctant to continue their migration to the summer breeding grounds.  I happened upon them just as the sun was caressing the western horizon.  I love the pose and the lighting, a fitting last photo.  I looked for them Friday and today without success.  No doubt they have headed out on the last leg of their journey as the seasons change calling them northward to continue their part in the never ending cycle of the season and of life itself.

9 comments:

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

The doe in the fog is a gorgeous shot,as are the mergansers.

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful shots of the ducks and deer. The first shot on the deer in the fog is my favorite.

*Honest Abe said...

Gosh, these are beautiful photographs.

We are having some hot weather here in Ohio now. I suspect it will get to you today also.

Everything is very lush and green here owing to the rains we have had this spring. My oak tree is simply flush with leaves and is growing a lot already.

Birds, though, have not returned or passed through my backyard like they normally do. I hope that changes and that there is nothing wrong with the local bird population.

I have had starlings and now they are bringing their babies here to eat or introduce them to our place. I saw twins here with their parents yesterday. Usually the grackles follow so I am expecting some of their own to show up with parents before the end of the week.

Elaine said...

Lovely series of shots! You did get an excellent last shot of the mergansers. The lighting is perfect.

Chris said...

Excellent post Coy. I hope you will get more sun now, and hope we will get more also ;-)

Ken Conger Photography said...

Nice. Expect that you will be seeing fawns shortly. Great histograms.

Joop Zand said...

Wonderful nature pictures on your blog, my compliments !!

greetings from Holland, Joop

Darren said...

Many, many great shots but the doe in fog is my favorite. Nice job, I will now be following your blog. Thanks.

Darren
http://takingawalkonthewildside.blogspot.com/

Lois Evensen said...

Beautiful images, especially of the doe.