November 5 North Dakota’s autumn gold

Autumn in North Dakota

Autumn in North Dakota is characterized by warm earth tones of golds and yellows.  At the North Dakota-South Dakota border I pulled off the road and went over to a nearby sunflower field to shoot the colors and shapes of a mature field of sunflowers. (If you look back in this blog, North Dakota 365, you’ll see how sunflower fields have a different hue and color in August.)

Doe and fawn

The same warm earth tones are visible where a fawn waits for its mother in the dense cover of a North Dakota prairie. The air is warm and actually feels heavy on this day. Perhaps that is because of the amount of dust in the air caused by harvest and the material kicked in to the air from the drying plants.

If you don’t think farming, and harvest is a dirty job (that someone has to do) check out the rolling combines along the North Dakota-South Dakota border.  Deep in a sunflower field farmers are taking in the sunflower to be used for oil and other food supplies for people such as you and those on the other side of the world from where you are right now.

A warm autumn day, short lived before the cold season starts. Some people say autumn is their favorite time of year.  How about you?

August 5

Like mother, like fawn

This time of year, does are leading their fawns in to new territory. They’re leaving their birthing grounds, moving to feeding grounds. It won’t be long now until the pair separate.  For now they’re moving around, and creating a traffic hazard.  Sadly, I’ve seen more than one fawn carcass by the side of the road.  This pair, however,  cross ahead of me and gave me enough time to drive up a bit to shoot them before the exited from view.

That was not the case with this three-some. I had to stop and wait for them to cross the road, the fawns leading the pack.  They dashed up a hill and off they went.

All of these were taken late in the day along the Missouri River north of Bismarck.  I was unprepared for these kinds of action shots. Next time, I’ll be more prepared with my camera on my lap, set to a fast speed and auto-focus.

How often do you see deer where you live? How prepared are you to photograph them?