The Slightest Change

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An entire landscape can change with the slightest movement of the sun. Such was the case this evening here in southern Wyoming during that interesting moment between afternoon and evening. It seemed every time I blinked, the gradient of colors between the grasses and the sky would shift. And indeed, no evening is ever the same.

Brilliant in Blue

2017-07-08 Blue-Eyed DarnerWhile in Wyoming two weeks ago I happened upon this stunning flier; a Blue-Eyed Darner I believe, perched on a sprout of wildflower.

The weekend was baking hot on the plains. It was so bright, I couldn’t make out if the dragonfly was in focus, even cupping my hands over my LCD screen on my camera. I took a chance and triggered several shots in sport mode, hoping one was clear and frankly, I got lucky. Even in the bright heat, the blue stood out amongst the sand and the rocks and the scrub and is the first such dragon fly I’ve seen. A beautiful little gem.

White Prickly Poppy

IMG_2298These reminded me of something like a moon flower or an open hollyhock (and yes, a poppy) from back east, except of course it’s a thistle plant here in Wyoming and other neighboring states too. It’s really quite an impressive bloom (given it’s growing somewhere you don’t need to pull or move it).

IMG_2300The blueish hue of the stems is a nice contrast with the green buds and white frilly blooms. A very fragile-looking bloom but in actuality, it’s one tough plant.

A Rocky Runner

2017-07-08 Earless LizardThis was my skittish visitor who regularly frequented our target shooting location two weeks ago on a hot afternoon in Wyoming. On checking a few websites, it seems this fast sprinter is a Great Plains Earless Lizard. It was quite humorous to see it race up to us and back away again over and over. I’m not sure if it was simply curious or posturing but it certainly was a brave thing.

2017-07-08 Earless Lizard 2This second photo admittedly I had to edit extensively. Yours Truly ignored all intelligent thought and left her aperture on the wrong setting for a squint-worthy bright group of pictures. But this one I was able to edit back to a more realistic brightness and contrast to be able to post. I was hoping to keep this one as it made us chuckle to see it scurry over and then stand up to watch us a time or two before disappearing back into the scrub.

Coldscape

2016-11-19 Egbert SnowA cold November day this past winter to be target shooting in Wyoming.

It was windy. And not the simply gusty kind of windy; no this was the kind where my cold-weather coat was on, hood was up, gloves on, wool base layers on and my eyes still teared and ran from the whipping cold air with sunglasses having zero effect in shielding them. It was a definite no-go. But I still snapped a few quick shots because even though it made for a miserable short time, our favorite shooting spot was ever beautiful in the strong and unforgiving way that Mother Nature is. Have to respect that.

A Vedauwoo Venture

Earlier this month, a camping trip happened in southern Wyoming at Vedauwood campground (part of Medicine Bow National Forest).

I would never have expected to run into a number of hummingbirds here.

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Talk about a goldmine of a view.

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Even two herons showed up (what’s next? Flamingos?).

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The campsite itself was something to behold set up on the top of this rocky hilltop in total privacy at sunset.

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Large, flat boulders made for a comfortable spot to stretch out and watch the sun go down.

The sunrise though. Wow.

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I truthfully don’t know if I’ll ever see a glorious morning that stunning ever again in my lifetime. It took my breath away. That kind of natural beauty will make you stand quietly and thank all that is precious you were given the opportunity to witness it.

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As I sat on a boulder near the edge of our site, I took notice of the many flowers that grew out of the slightest of crevices. Purples, yellows, whites and pinks abounded.

 

And little chipmunks were everywhere! They eagerly announced their energy and excitement to the world by flitting about and chirping loudly with their tails twitching this way and that.

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I sincerely hope to come back to this exact spot again soon to experience this special place over and over.