Juvenile Mourning Dove in morning light – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
Today the predicted south wind should clear some of the smoke out of the Salt Lake Valley and I hope that it does because not only has the air been unhealthy it is also quite ugly to look at.
When I can’t get out to photograph sometimes I look through my old files to see what I was photographing in years past, two years ago today I was up in southwestern Montana photographing birds in the Beaverhead County and these doves caught my eyes. The juvenile and out of focus adult Mourning Doves were perched on a lichen encrusted, slightly frosted fence rail near the road in the southern part of the Centennial Valley. As I recall the temps had dropped down pretty low overnight and the doves were probably warming up in the light of the rising sun.
I don’t believe I have ever shared an image of a juvenile Mourning Dove before on my blog or my photo galleries. The juvenile’s feathers look slightly “scaly” and that is how I can tell them apart from the adults.
Red Rock Lakes NWR September sunset at the Lower Lake – Nikon D300, f10, 1/50, ISO 400, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 18-200mm VR at 18, natural light
Two years ago today I was also enjoying the big skies of Montana, clear air and great views of Montana’s sunrises and sunsets.
Smoky haze over the Great Salt Lake and Wasatch Mountains – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 320, Nikkor 18-200mm VR at 18, natural light
This is a photo from yesterday morning taken from the causeway that goes out to Antelope Island, I was facing southeast when I took the image. Believe it or not this was an improvement from the day before. When I took this image if there hadn’t been smoke there would have been sweet golden light over the Great Salt Lake in the Wasatch Mountains in the distance.
I really do hope the south wind clears the smoke out of the valley today, it will probably only be a temporary respite from the smoky haze but it sure would be nice to see the valley without it.
Life is good.