Pronghorn doe in Spring

Outside my window the winds are howling this morning and there is a thick layer of gray clouds hanging low in the sky. It isn’t a good day to be out in the field so I have been going through my image archives and pulled out two images of a Pronghorn (Antilocapra americana) doe from last spring to post. The green grasses and yellow blossomed Gray’s Biscuitroot (Lomatium grayi) remind me that this weather will soon be gone and spring growth will appear.

Pronghorn doe in SpringPronghorn doe in Spring – Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/800, ISO 400, +1.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR at 330mm, natural light

This Pronghorn doe was one of several does feeding on a slope that had new grass poking out of the ground and dotted with Gray’s Biscuitroot in bloom on Antelope Island State Park. Gray’s Biscuitroot are among some of the earliest blooming plants on the island and the Pronghorns seem partial to it. I guess after a winter of foraging on dried vegetation the fresh leaves must taste good. Sort of like me and the difference between store-bought tomatoes in winter and the garden grown, sun-ripened ones that I enjoy so much in the summer.

Pronghorn doe nibbling on Gray's BiscuitrootPronghorn doe nibbling on Gray’s Biscuitroot – Nikon D200, f7.1, 1/800, ISO 400, +1.0 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

As I recall the day I photographed this doe there were clouds overhead which is why I used some positive exposure compensation, had it been sunny I would not have needed that at all.

I enjoy looking through my archives on days like today, they bring back so many great memories of time spent in the field with the birds and animals, camping trips out in the wilderness and watching the sunrise with a steaming mug of coffee in my hands. Windswept grassy plains, marshy valleys, streams lined with willows, sandy deserts, red rock walls in the canyons, Pinyon Pines in the high country and huge open skies. The smell of bacon cooking in the crisp air. The sounds of the night. Sitting on a sun warmed rock and contemplating the glorious wonders of the natural world. Sunlight dancing on a crystal clear mountain lake or the musical sound of water bubbling over rocks in a stream bed.

Soon. Very soon.

Mia

12 Comments

  1. Tammy Karr March 17, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Beautiful photos! The does are gorgeous animals! Your camping trips sound heavenly!

    • Mia McPherson March 19, 2012 at 7:40 am

      Tammy, the camping trips are great. So peaceful and the scenery is tops!

  2. Susan March 17, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Lovely post, you make me want to go out right now. Beautiful photos of a lovely creature.

    • Mia McPherson March 19, 2012 at 7:40 am

      Thank you very much Susan.

  3. judy watson March 17, 2012 at 10:09 am

    I’m not a camper but boy! you make that sound soooooooo wonderful!!
    Fantastic description!!

    • Mia McPherson March 19, 2012 at 7:40 am

      Judy, I absolutely LOVE camping and getting away from all the noise & craziness of everyday life. Thanks for your comment!

  4. Carol Mattingly March 17, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Mia, I found your blog a few weeks while surfing blogs of other outdoor photographers. You’re on my blogroll now and every day is a treat to see what you have put up for me to view. Thanks. Carol

    • Mia McPherson March 17, 2012 at 8:50 am

      Thank you so much for visting and commenting on my blog Carol. As nature photographers we have the most amazing subjects!

  5. Linda Rockwell March 17, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Lovely thoughts of spring, and beautiful Pronghorn photos. Such a pretty girl!

    • Mia McPherson March 17, 2012 at 8:49 am

      Thanks Linda! Just a few days now until it is officially spring.

  6. Julie G. March 17, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Lovely spring thoughts and photographs! The pretty female pronghorn doe looks especially stunning against the blooming Gray’s Biscuitroot. A perfect way to start my morning viewing such beauty.

    • Mia McPherson March 17, 2012 at 8:49 am

      Thank you Julie, the doe is a beauty and the Biscuitroot is a very lovely plant. I’m glad you enjoyed starting your day viewing these.

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