Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Me and the Little Junk Yard Dog


Lenore and I spent the last two days over on the coast celebrating our anniversary so when I woke up this morning I was pretty tired. It was misting outside. Perfect day for some bird photography! But I knew that would have to wait because I had other plans. First I wanted to set up a portable blind in an unused pasture on the north side of the Burris Ranch to see if I could get an image of the Gray Fox I have been seeing in a more natural setting. I set the blind up next to the pond and I was shocked to see that the pond was already dry. So much for my thoughts of photographing animals when they came for a drink. Oh well. I left the blind there and walked over to snake heaven in the junkyard where my photoblind was set up.I was excited to see a flock of Goldfinches at the feeders when I arrived. I never saw them again! I did the mundane task of restocking the bird feeders and then climbed into the blind.A few House Finches came and went and then an Acorn Woodpecker arrived of which I got a great photograph. Then I heard the fox barking in the creek not far from my blind. It got closer and then stopped. About ten minutes went by and then I heard the high pitched screams of some animal being killed up the hill. The hair on the back of my neck went up.It got quiet again and then the fox started barking on the other side of the fence from me. I finally decided to get out of the blind and take a look. The fox was sitting on it's haunches in the grass looking at me.The big problem was that there was a fence post between us.I took a couple of images and then it ran up the hill into the forest above the ranch. That little dog and I have a photo date in the near future.I'm going to keep trying.I never did find out what got killed up the hill from me.

God's love and blessings to all,

chris

26 comments:

  1. Great photos and great patience. Should I tell or not...years ago at a fair...I bought a red fox pelt that I've enjoyed. It shows how gloriously God created foxes....the man that trapped and sold pelts I believe said he only trapped pests ....who knows. I just know it was a done deed and for sale...and oh so beautiful.

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    1. Maggie Ann thank you for your compliment on my photos. Now I need to find a Red Fox to photograph!

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  2. the woodpecker picture is just brilliant keep up the good work

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    1. Thank you very much sportsdude. Acorn woodpeckers are really a cool bird.

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  3. cool! the fox is soo awesome!

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    1. Thank you very much, Adeayu. I think it's an awsome little critter too.

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  4. Chris, I love photography and have seen some great shots. Your photos are exceptionally good, I've enjoyed browsing through your blog! :)
    Cj

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    1. I'm glad you took some time to browse through them Cj Hunt. It is a lot of work but it is fun to do!

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    1. Thank you very much for stopping in for a look, Z. I love that fox too.

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  6. Beautiful photography!

    xo single girl @
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    1. Thank you very much anaon. I appreciate the comment.

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    1. Well put. I hope next time I'm out at the ranch it returns again!

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  8. I do hope you can get more pictures of that little guy. I'm betting there are some kits close by as well so your patience could be well rewarded. Do you video at all or just stick with stills?

    My site is www.ramblingretiree.blogspot.com

    My last few posts are not very good as I had lighting problems but I hope some of the posts will be interesting.

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    1. I just do still photography. I haven't got the editing skills for doing video.I enjoyed you images from Hatley Castle. What a cool place! That would be a great place for a fashion shoot even though I'm not that kind of a photographer!

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  9. Recent numbers show that 63% of US households own a pet - that's 71.1 million homes and families with dogs, cats, iguanas, parakeets, fish, ferrets, potbellied pigs, etc, etc., Taking care of a pet is tougher than taking care of an infant, since our pets can't speak. Hence, making sure your pet is safe and happy when you leave it alone at home should be a priority for all pet owners. One of the simplest ways of watching over a pet remotely is by using some sort of webcam software like GotoCamera www.gotocamera.com that is easily available online these days. Thanks to technology and some very smart people who are working on making things easier for us, you can now use your basic webcam to monitor your pets while you're away from them.

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  10. amazing shots! and great luck to catch the fox. Maybe he will come back tempted by the thought he can become famous via your blog ;)

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    1. Now that would be amazing.Thank you for stopping by for a look, Agnes.

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    1. Thank you very much, Judy. I think so too.

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  12. I am visiting from Knitter Kat! Wonderful blog! I used to want to have a photo blind when we lived in Texas on a 200 acre ranch. The coyotes were all over the place, and lots of other wildlife. Here. we just have a yard, but one of these days, may have a bigger place again and can do it. Love your fox pictures!

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    1. I agree a ranch in Texas would be fun. You can always use a photoblind in your own yard. They work great for birds and squirrels!

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