September 20

Red Tail Hawk

There’s a reason they’re called “Red Tail Hawks.”   See the tail?  And getting a photo of one is quite a challenge for me.  They move fast, they stay away from humans and their movements are unpredictable.  So for me personally, I take it as a challenge to get better at photographing hawks.

Equally challenging are deer.  A few dumb ones are known to stand by the side of the road with that “huh” look on their face. Most of the time you catch glimpses of them on the move.  On this date,  in Burleigh County, I caught two sets of deer moving to new feeding ground. But alas! I got only one set even reasonably clean and in focus.

Autumn in North Dakota abounds with life.  Farmers are harvesting grain and that kicks off the wildlife movement in to the valleys and protected cover.  While I bad-mouth autumn for its identity as a bridge between summer and winter, I do like the colors and the contrasts that present themselves for photography.