My apologies, this post was suppose to go out yesterday – you know, the whole Valentine’s Day and the “Cute” theme. Unfortunately, some unplanned issues came up that required me to spend extra time on the phone discussing flight schedules from Florida. For the record, I can’t believe the price of air travel these days. So basically you get to be treated as public enemy #1 and have the pleasure of paying a premium for it. (To keep my spirits up during air travel I mentally replay Tracy Morgan’s SNL skit on profiling.) Figured it would be prudent to get this post out while there was some free time.
This set of pictures is from our Yellowstone vacation (assuming you were not surprised about that) but they were not actually taken at the park. Instead, they were shot at a stop off on our way there and another one on our way back. Need to make the most of the photo opportunities when you are heading out West. Since the VDay theme doesn’t really apply anymore, let’s start with the “Pissed”. Spearfish south Dakota is a favorite stopping point for us when we are heading to Yellowstone. Beyond the cool name, this small little town has some gorgeous waterfalls in relatively easy walking distance from parking lots. Linda’s nature photography specialty are the “silks” and she once again produced some very nice shots – guessing she will be putting these head to head with my wildlife shots during the competition season. While she is off playing with the shutter speeds, I generally entertain myself by stalking the local wildlife.
Well, to be honest the word stalking is better served by “annoying the living crap out them” in this case. Imagine the insane racket reserved for raccoons protecting it’s young packaged up in a large golden brown hamster with a long fuzzy tale. Rather than simply state displeasure and carry on with the comfy life of a forest rat, this squirrel would come running at me (in full rant of course) and take up a defiant posture in the nearest tree. 10 seconds later it would scamper off into the trees only to repeat the cycle as I continued walking along a trail. Thanks to confidence from earning 2nd degree black belts in multiple martial arts discipline I stood my ground against this upset furball.
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