Wild Critters

(New Mexico)
I often camp way up in the mountains or out in the desert. When there I expect to see wild creatures. I sometimes do; but, it is rare to sight them while I have my camera in hand. Here are a few photos taken over the years when I was prepared.

Jackrabbit next to Navajo Lake

These were taken in all parts of the state, and in different environments. Surprisingly, many of these animals were found in not so remote areas. Kind of the opposite of what I would expect.

Chipmunk in the Organ Mountains
Snake on West Mesa near Albuquerque
Birds in the Little Florida Mountains

Unfortunately, the big game I would have liked to have photographed also seem to have been too quick, or surprised me while hiking and I wasn’t able to recover in time to get a picture.

Prairie Dog in Animas River Park
Roadrunner inside Pancho Villa State Park
Barbary Sheep in the Guadalupe Mountains

The most exciting ones seen, but missed by the camera, were elk, deer, prong horns, and a mountain lion that ran across the trail in front of me while I was hiking in the Canadian River Canyon.

Cottontail Rabbit by Clayton Lake
Mountain Goat in the Sandia Mountains
Canada Geese by the Animas River

Mostly, the critters try to void contact. I have to remind myself that I’m the visitor in their home. Whatever the circumstances, I feel privileged to have encountered them in the wild.

Lizard by Caballo Lake

I’m really not that good at capturing good shots of live subjects. However, I thought I’d share what I could. Hope you enjoyed them.

Camp: Various
Scene: Animals, birds

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8 Responses to Wild Critters

  1. Nancy August 27, 2020 at 12:02 pm #

    Very cool

    • Pleinguy August 29, 2020 at 9:13 am #

      Glad you liked them.

  2. Steven Crisp August 27, 2020 at 12:05 pm #

    Great shots David. Nice of you to collect them in one post.

    Love them all, especially the lizard. Nature is so cool.

    • Pleinguy August 29, 2020 at 9:14 am #

      I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

  3. Richard Rousseau August 27, 2020 at 7:43 pm #

    Looks like you did a great job of photographing those critters.
    Be Safe and Enjoy taking more pictures.

    It’s about time

    • Pleinguy August 29, 2020 at 9:17 am #

      Thanks for the compliment, Richard.

  4. Rosie Bailey August 28, 2020 at 12:49 am #

    Good photos of animals I don’t see here. I also find it hard to get good photos of wildlife as the camera is not always handy.

    • Pleinguy August 29, 2020 at 9:27 am #

      Happy to provide you with some unfamiliar wildlife.

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