Short-eared Owl male on a old juniper fence post – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/2000, ISO 640, -0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited
It might seem strange to miss an old fence post but I do. The fence was made with barbed wire and what people here call cedar but it was actually made from junipers. The fence posts were worn, weathered, crooked, split and each post had a character of its own and they could have been there for 50 years or longer.
I loved taking photos of birds on those old fence posts like this male Short-eared Owl that was looking down to the ground for prey. I photographed him on the weathered fence post in mid June of this year with one of his young nearby.
I didn’t know then that it would be the last photo I would take of birds on the old fence or this particular fence post. I guess the old fence was good enough to keep sheep inside it but not good enough to keep cattle in it because that fence was torn down and replaced.
Stormy weather over Box Elder County – Nikon D810, f10, 1/800, ISO 320, Nikkor 18-200mm VR at 18mm, natural light
It was replaced with dark metal poles with bright yellow-green tips. I wasn’t happy to see the new fence at all and I still can’t look at it without thinking of all the birds I had photographed on the old fence posts.
I guess some people might think it is odd to miss those old fence posts but I do and I happen to know I am not alone. I know we will miss photographing birds on the fence posts that were torn down.
Life is good.