Two years ago today I was in Beaverhead County, Montana photographing Cassin’s Finches foraging on the seeds of dandelions on a morning that had sunshine and plenty of fog. I was fortunate that when I had the finches in my viewfinder that I had beautiful light because just a mile or two further east and the heavy fog obscured my view of many of the birds I saw.
Cassin’s Finch males look like their heads and shoulders have been dipped in raspberry juice and that always makes me smile because one of my favorite things to eat as a small child and farmer’s daughter was “berries & cream”, home canned raspberries and fresh cream skimmed right off the top of the milk in the milk tin. Only I pronounced “berries” as “burries”. I liked that for dessert more than ice cream as I recall.
It was great to photograph the Cassin’s Finches but it was also interesting to watch them stretch out to grab the dandelion seeds from the barbed wire fence. Normally I would delete this image because I can’t see the eye of the finch but I kept it because of the bird’s pose as it reached for a seed.
There weren’t many seeds left after the small flock of Cassin’s Finches finished foraging on the dandelions near the fence. The finches took off very quickly but I sure enjoyed them while I had them in my sight two years ago in Montana.
Life is good.