Gifts From God
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Today I was the grateful recipient of many gifts from God by way of interactions with wildlife.
The day began with a fresh dusting of autumn snow and sunshine. While enjoying those conditions I saw whitetail deer and trumpeter swans. The buck photo came after a doe ran across the road in front of me. Since the rut is on, I expected a buck would be following, so I was ready when he appeared for a second or two.
Today I also noticed a turkey vulture on the ground, in the snow. Since there is an old adage that turkey vultures don’t like snow, I approached the bird with the assumption something was not right with it. I quickly saw that its right wing was dragging, so the bird could not fly. I made my best effort to catch the vulture, but somehow it vanished. Even when I returned I could not locate the injured bird. The future does not look good for this turkey vulture.
Turkey Vulture in Snow:
Later in the day the sun was hidden by clouds pushed in by strong, cold winds that also dropped the temperature. For some unknown reason I caught sight of a couple of blue flashes in our backyard. In less than a minute I saw two eastern bluebirds with a cedar waxwing. Cold or not, I dedicated some time to photographing both species. Eventually I set-up my blind and brought out a heater, but the winds overpowered it. Since the birds spent most of their time eating berries in asparagus, many of my pictures have natural, out-of-focus vegetation framing around the subjects.