It's been extremely warm and dry in the Wind River Canyon. We haven't had measurable rain since mid-summer and the temps are still hovering near 90 degrees, with no rain or snow in the forecast. This is mid-September in Wyoming and it could be snowing right now, but instead it's downright sweaty-hot; not that we should complain but my snowblower is wondering what happened.
Despite this warm mountain weather, all the hummingbirds are long gone from the canyon; this is the Rocky Mountains and it may be 88 right now, but it could snow tomorrow. Any smart hummingbird is on their way south!
This morning I was awake long before the Sun. As I finished shaving all the important things, a glance out the window shocked me back to reality----one of my Great Horned Owls was still hunting, even though it was after 5:30 in the morning! How I managed to put on some clothes so quickly is a mystery. I grabbed the Canon with the 70-200mm f/4L lens and raced out the kitchen door.
Never did observe the owl again, but near the spring-fed creek were the three big stags having an early breakfast, and with them was our little, orphaned Bambi. He was still with the big buck deer, and they didn't seem to mind having him around. The little fawn really doesn't have any other place to go, and it's heartwarming to see them putting up with the little orphaned fawn.
I'd wanted to photograph the four of them together, but usually mule deer feed at night and I had gotten absolutely nothing up till this morning. Setting the ISO to 1000 and the shutter speed to 1/60th, f-stop was f/4; I hand-held multiple shots in the dim light; it was 5:44 in the morning! The best of the bunch I worked in black and white, because color doesn't register on the sensor in such dim light, and a flash unit would have scared them off permanently! I was finally able to document the orphaned fawn with his adopted trio of stags. 3 Stags and the Orphaned FawnThe three Mule Deer Stags and the Orphaned Fawn. For those readers that wonder if the little fawn can keep up with his big-buck baby sitters, have no fear, I've watched Bambi easily keeping up with these powerful stags. Honestly....it's kind of a wildlife miracle, right here in the middle of the Wind River Canyon.
The true-tale wildlife story about this poor, orphaned Bambi can be seen and read in the Wind River Canyon Blog of September 1st----hit either safe-link to read about this fawn on my website, HogbatsPhotography.com.
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