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Monday, December 12, 2011

The leap and the animals

Soaking up quiet times of sunrise and sunset in the mountains keeps me happy. I especially love sharing them with my K. The sunrise behind K made everything glow, including her fur and the snow.
Although the world is peaceful as the sun rises, the sun itself is fiery, making K look like a red lab!
I like trying new things with my camera, especially in the special light of sunrise. Lately, I've been playing with backlighting. I decided to take a photo of K on a boulder with the sunrise behind her.
For some reason, she decided to leap off the boulder while I was taking photos of her.
When I saw her peeking over the edge, I told her to "stop, stay" in an emphatic voice. I didn't want her to leap. For those of you new to my blog, K had a toe amputated from her left front paw last year. That paw gets sore when she leaps. That's why I tried to stop her.

You can see just how effective my shout was in the next photo. Her front paws had left the boulder. I made the snap decision that I might as well keep pushing the camera shutter if she was indeed going to leap.
And, she stuck the landing, with an amazing "flying nun" profile.
She seemed extremely proud of herself after landing. Unfortunately, she paid a price later with a sore paw. We use the miracle drug, Rimadyl, when she does something silly like this. It seems to make her feel all better.

At the end of our sunrise snowbike ride, I checked a wildlife camera on our property. A bobcat had hurried past it at a trot. A trot is equivalent to a human run. You can tell that the bobcat was trotting because each pair of diagonal limbs (e.g., left front and right rear) moved in sync. His ears look much more flattened back than usual. I wonder if something scared him. It was at 11:30 last night.
When I snowbiked by myself after dropping K at home, I found this photo on a wildlife camera. This young buck was fascinated with the camera. Initially, he reacted fearfully, making me wonder if he was able to hear the shutter click inside the camera. This photo shows his fearful reaction. Notice how he's leaning backward, ready to flee.
The buck didn't stay scared for long. He proceeded to spend a very long time sniffing the camera and staring at it. I captured about a hundred photos of this guy. Maybe he wanted to be a blog star!


  1. What a great series of shots of K on the jump. I am glad the toe wasnt hurt to badly.

    My Jamie uses the rimadyl all the time now. It really is a wonder drug.

    Great pictures of the buck....

    Bert and My Vickie

  2. That buck is so handsome - we think he makes a great blog star. BUT not as fantastic as Ms. K - such beautiful photos. We hope the meds made her feel better.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  3. Well, who wouldn't want to be a blog star? He's a handsome fellow! I'm sure he'll have an agent in no time!

    I guess we all pay the price of not realizing our limitations from time to time, but even if you reach for the moon, you'll land among the stars. I'll bet K thought that moment of flying was worth it, even if she felt the landing a little later! ;)

  4. How beautiful is K?! WOW, I think I am in love. I don't listen to my MOM sometimes as well. Mostly it has to do with "NOT CHASEING THE SKUNK". I don't see the problem with it.
    As always you has made my MOM smile with your glorious photos.

  5. Maybe that buck would like to join my couch potato protest. He does seem to like the camera.

    Your pal, Pip

  6. I love those red lined outlined highlights around K's body while she sat and jumped. Very, very cool!!

    Hope you had a great biking through the white! :)

  7. I love how you experiment with your camera! Beautiful shots!!

  8. Hilarious! Blog Star Buck. Sounds like the makings of a rock band if I ever did hear one! Lovin' your backlit shots, and your Flying Nun!

  9. Isn't it so fun to experiment with your camera and then capture those awsome action shots!
    K is just so beautiful. We can never get enough of seeing her enjoy life!
    The snow looks sooo cold!
    The buck and bob cat photos are just awsome!

  10. Sometimes we canines don't think bout da consequences until afters da fact...but da photos are awesome and well worth da flyin' nun.
    Hope K is feeling betters after her "flight"...and tells her not to do dat again:)


  11. Great pictures of K with sun. Sorry to hear her foot was sore. I can just imagine the buck inspecting the camera, he does have a curious look in his face too.

  12. I loved them all, but the photograph of K as the Flying Nun is priceless.

  13. I think blogger just ate my comment...So if you're seeing this twice, my apologies for the rerun...Just in case you haven't I'll just say that I continue to be in awe of the pictures that come from your wildlife camera and those you take of K are stunning as well!!

    Kim at Life at Golden Pines

  14. Hi Everybuddy, wonderful photos again. We can't get enough of them. Mum says she remembers the Flying Nun too. Glad K's foot was ok. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

  15. Hi Y'all,

    K, the film star! and a new Blog Star! Amazing!

    Y'all come back now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  16. I didn't realize that jumping like that would aggravate K's foot...what a shame. Thanks goodness for the drugs!

  17. The sun really lights up her beautiful fur. I hope her paw is all better now.


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