View of Nature
Update: Last year was eventful, between health problems and selling our home
of 42 years in Stillwater. We now have a home on the west side of Albuquerque, NM.
It was goodbye to Northern Cardinals and Blue Jays, hello to Curve-billed Thrashers
and Gambel's Quail. The cranes and geese of Bosque del Apache are now only 90
In 2000, I retired to pursue an interest in
nature photography. Here are my best images: animals (especially birds),
scenics, and wildflowers that portray the beauty found in nature. I welcome
comments and questions, so please contact me by e-mail.
January 2009 An Incident near Fort Supply
photographer soon learns that this pastime offers brief triumphs
amid long stretches of tedium and disappointment. I had traveled around western
Oklahoma for two days, mostly experiencing the latter. The
landscape of wheat fields and rolling grassland that extend to
the horizon held few birds. All were remarkably wary.
|Finally one courageous
bluebird, the catalyst if you will, would alight within range of my camera. In
seconds I had a dozen or more posing for me. Some lingered for a photo; others vanished from the field of view as they swooped back down to their juniper berry feast.
Mountain Bluebirds nest in the majestic setting of the Rocky Mountains, amid soaring peaks and verdant forests of pine and fir. In winter they spill out into the decidedly un-majestic southern plains, trading breathtaking mountain vistas for bleak rolling monotony.
But I do not think these bluebirds feel the less for it, or judge Fort Supply as I do. Perhaps for them, western Oklahoma is Palm Beach and the French Riviera rolled into one. Here the sun shines brightly even in January; snowstorms are rare; and a bounty of juniper berries feeds them until the Rockies beckon them home. In return, they enliven a place desperately in need of beauty and joie de vivre. Among our winter guests here, few are more welcome than Mountain Bluebirds.