The best and safest habitat for wildlife to thrive is a combination of factors, the harmony of colors, enough plant life for sustenance or protection and an optimal predator/prey ratio. Mother Nature creates a natural balance of all of these factors to sustain perfect harmony.
Conservation and preservation of wildlife habitat has been seriously compromised over the last several decades due to increasing destruction for human occupation. It is up to us to begin to live more mindfully and compassionately to create the necessary balance for a harmonious existence for humans, nature and wildlife by restoring and maintaining wildlife habitat.
One thing I missed most living in Florida was the beauty and majesty of mountains. There is something so impressive about the ruggedness and the vastness of them to me.
The combination of a beautiful national forest in front of the snow covered mountain peaks was a perfect combination for me to photograph.
This was taken in a canyon created from tectonic plate shifting, it ranges from about 300 million to 2.8 billion years old. This is fall in the canyon, it is a spectacular sight to visit and photograph.
We drove to Thermopolis to spend some time at a museum, on the way we passed some beautiful landscapes that just spoke to me. The snow on the ground is light at the moment, but that is likely to change in the next few days.
The Red Hills
I am learning so much with my new camera, a first for me is photographing the sun before sunset. I spent about 25 minutes working on the settings before I captured this image. It was the only one, but I am excited.
As we searched for buffalo, we came up to this beautiful setting, the contrast of colors and the prairie grasses were my motivations for this composition.
It’s amazing to see how farm and ranch life are dealing with modern-day issues to do their job, and how hard their work really is. As I was out photographing the sunset, these guys were clearing the field, the beautiful afterglow of the sunset made it a poignant moment.
As I walked and chased this beautiful sunset, I noticed the flames and the curls of smoke rising against the beautiful sunset, I loved the combination. These field burns are often called “prescribed burns” because they are used to improve the health of a field.
On a recent winter morning hundreds of cattle were being driven down the highway in front of the house backed up by a few horsemen and pick-up trucks, it was an amazing sight to see. It’s definitely not the best photo, but this happened so fast there wasn’t any time to make it up to the road before they disappeared down the highway.
Delicate and vibrant, I hadn’t seen a Painted Lady Butterfly before, what a beauty.
Status: Conservation not required.
Bumble bees work very hard to gather as much pollen as they can in the fall before winter arrives.
Status: “Bumble bees are dying off, vanishing from our farms, gardens, and parks, where they were once found in great numbers.”
“Large parts of the Eastern and Midwestern United States were once crawling with these bees, Bombus affinis, but the bees have suffered a dramatic decline in the last two decades due to habitat loss and degradation, along with pathogens and pesticides.” (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
Zinnias are such hardy flowers, they were still full of color and life until the end of October.
These pronghorn antelope roam the fields and the hills of the badlands from spring to late fall. I was fortunate to see a herd in a field one afternoon.
Status: Most pronghorn populations remain stable, but have experienced a historic decline. Pronghorn follow the same migration corridors year after year, generation after generation. Today, the thoroughfares that link the summer breeding grounds and winter grazing areas are being fragmented by roads, cities, fences and energy development. These fragmentations threaten the migratory routes and survival of pronghorn.
This beautiful desert landscape was taken on the way to Cody.