Sharing moments in time…

Pronghorn Portrait

This good looking gentleman (males have the larger horns) was sitting on a hillside just above the road in the Lamar Valley of Northeast Yellowstone.  I caught a glimpse of him as I was driving by, stopped the car and climbed the small hill to see if I could get a good picture.  He kind of watched me as I approached but didn’t run off.  He posed long enough for me to get this nice portrait with the hillside in the background…

101 responses

  1. Handsome specimen and a superb shot!

    June 4, 2012 at 9:04 am

    • Thanks Madhu! He was pretty calm and just chilling out.

      June 4, 2012 at 9:27 am

  2. ed

    If you are still there look for the yellow suv with antennas to see wolves. That suv is tracking them. Hope you have fun in Alaska.

    June 4, 2012 at 9:36 am

    • Hi Ed! Nope – back home. I got the tip about the SUV and actually found some wolves just as he was pulling up. Got a few shots that I’ll post. We’re starting to get very anxious to get to Alaska again – I hope it lives up to (and exceeds) last years trip.

      June 4, 2012 at 11:29 am

  3. Lovely photo…and it is nice he was so co-operative.
    Siggi in Downeast Maine

    June 4, 2012 at 9:42 am

    • Thanks Siggi – its always nice to find them when they are resting peacefully.

      June 4, 2012 at 11:30 am

  4. Beautiful. I get the sense that he knows something…yet he’s not going to tell us.


    June 4, 2012 at 10:05 am

    • Mikalee – the thing that he knows is that he is MUCH faster than I am!! Thanks for visiting (and not correcting any of my grammar)

      June 4, 2012 at 11:36 am

      • Haha — yes, that’s DEFINITELY the look he’s giving. Thanks for the translation.

        And of course, you never have to worry about me correcting your grammar — as long as you don’t ridicule the photos on my blog! 😉

        June 4, 2012 at 11:55 am

  5. I love his expression! Very….astute. (:

    June 4, 2012 at 10:09 am

    • He seemed to be interested that this ungainly creature carrying a big black contraption had climbed the hill to visit him.

      June 4, 2012 at 11:40 am

  6. Stunning image! What a cutie

    June 4, 2012 at 10:27 am

    • Thanks Sujana! He looked freshly washed from some of the rain and was posing nicely.

      June 4, 2012 at 11:50 am

  7. Nice picture

    It was watching u calmly

    June 4, 2012 at 11:37 am

    • Thanks Nahed – it makes it much easier if they don’t “bolt” as soon as they see you 🙂

      June 4, 2012 at 12:02 pm

  8. Perfect shot! Did you have to zoom a lot to get him or was he pretty close by?

    June 4, 2012 at 11:48 am

    • Janice – Thanks. The camera data says that he was about 30 yards away. I used a 300mm lens to get the photo.

      June 4, 2012 at 12:01 pm

  9. Wonderful shot, as always! And congratulations on being freshly pressed – it’s much deserved!

    June 4, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    • Dounia – Thanks! I looked at the stats and they certainly jumped today – I figured that I must have hit the main page. Thanks for noticing AND being a “regular”.

      June 4, 2012 at 12:32 pm

  10. Nice! I’m moving out that way at the end of the week. Can’t wait until I can get shots of that area!

    June 4, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    • Carol,
      Good luck with your move! I’m sure you’ll love Colorado as a photographic venue. What part of the state are you moving to?

      June 4, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      • Thank you for the well wishes Scott. Northern CO. It’ll be totally different from where we are now (FL). I’ll be blogging about this “adventure” as everyone says it is going to be! lol

        June 4, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      • Carol,
        I think you’ll enjoy it. We take at least one road trip to Colorado every year (to ski) – and we always come back with great memories and even a few photos!

        June 4, 2012 at 4:25 pm

  11. Beautiful shot!

    June 4, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    • DogEnvy,
      My dogs are always jealous when I take pictures of other creatures….please don’t tell them!!

      June 4, 2012 at 12:48 pm

  12. hah! such a nice shot, he has such a hilarious look on his face!!

    June 4, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    • Thanks Emma – he probably thought the same thing about me!

      June 4, 2012 at 12:47 pm

  13. Reblogged this on Makais Blog and commented:
    love this creature

    June 4, 2012 at 12:39 pm

  14. What a cutie! A brave young fellow to have not run off.


    June 4, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    • Katie,
      He probably saw my 62 year old legs and figured I wasn’t much of a threat…

      June 4, 2012 at 1:19 pm

  15. Magnificent pic – congrats on being FP!
    About how far away were you, and, if I may ask, with what gear did you shoot this shot?

    June 4, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    • Thanks William! The FP selection was a surprise. The camera data says that he was approximately 30 yards away. I shot this particular shot with a Nikon D7000 and a Nikon 300mm f4 lens. Hope that helps.

      June 4, 2012 at 1:23 pm

  16. YOLO

    June 4, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    • Chris – trying to keep that in mind and enjoying what we can

      June 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm

  17. Estupenda foto!!!

    June 4, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    • Thanks Pedro – you have some great photos on your site as well!

      June 4, 2012 at 4:28 pm

  18. Nice job getting a photo!

    June 4, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    • Thanks Dominique – I actually got quite a few good pronghorn shots while I was there 🙂

      June 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm

  19. Congratulations making freshly pressed!

    June 4, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    • Thanks Melody – its hard to believe all the traffic its generated….Fun!

      June 4, 2012 at 4:35 pm

  20. I don’t think anyone can disagree this is a mighty fine portrait of a mighty fine beastie.

    June 4, 2012 at 4:35 pm

  21. Excellent shot! And congrats for being “Freshly Pressed”

    June 4, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    • Thanks Mike! I find good creature photos easier to come by than good stocks….

      June 4, 2012 at 5:38 pm

  22. Ah, that perfect moment. You got to love it, eh? 🙂

    June 4, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    • Ishg – you got that right! I envy your time in China – that is still on our “list”

      June 4, 2012 at 5:44 pm

      • Aww, thanks for dropping by my blog! If you want tips, just drop me a message, will be happy to share. 🙂

        June 4, 2012 at 5:50 pm

  23. Alyssa

    Beautiful shot, it’s a good thing you brought your camera with you. 🙂

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    June 4, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    • Thanks Alyssa – don’t go many places without it these days. I imagine you see these guys frequently in your area.

      June 4, 2012 at 6:00 pm

  24. Pronghorns are so awesome! Great capture!

    June 4, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    • Thanks Judy!

      June 4, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    • Hey
      Fresh Pressed….Congrats! wowza

      June 4, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      • Thanks Judy – unexpected first time!

        June 5, 2012 at 10:38 am

  25. fantastic shot, but seriously, how many megapixels are cameras these days, the pictures are huge (not complaining though)
    thanks for sharing, and you have great luck to get that pic

    June 4, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    • Thanks Ron – You’re right – this was taken with a 16MP camera – but you still have to convince the creature to cooperate.

      June 4, 2012 at 6:56 pm

  26. Thanks so much for sharing. Once you get the ins and outs down in WordPress, it is quite enjoyable to Blog regularly and share pictures. Look forward to seeing some more of yours posted here.
    You Matter! Smiles, Nancy

    June 4, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    • Thanks Nancy – I’ve got a lot I want to post 🙂

      June 4, 2012 at 8:08 pm

  27. He’s photogenic!

    June 4, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    • He must have practiced that look for hours…. 🙂

      June 4, 2012 at 8:05 pm

  28. Yes. He post for you. Nice photo.

    June 4, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    • Thanks Nelly! Its nice to have good models

      June 4, 2012 at 8:04 pm

  29. Congratulations onn being “Freshly Pressed!” 🙂

    June 4, 2012 at 7:06 pm

  30. Wonderful shot!!

    June 4, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    • Thank you! – I liked your flower shots on your site.

      June 5, 2012 at 10:37 am

      • Thank you! I’m so glad you stopped by!

        June 5, 2012 at 6:43 pm

  31. i love it. super shot.

    June 4, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    • Thank you. I always appreciate a photographer’s view. I really like the gallery on your site!

      June 5, 2012 at 10:40 am

      • thanks for stopping by! cheers 🙂

        June 5, 2012 at 5:19 pm

  32. Reblogged this on Art, animals, and the earth.

    June 4, 2012 at 10:12 pm

  33. What a beauty, and what a wonderful photo!

    June 4, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    • Much appreciated from another devotee of traveling the world and seeing as much as possible!

      June 5, 2012 at 10:43 am

  34. This was particularly interesting to me as I have a fascination with artiodactyl animals – I don’t see many where I am, so the gemsbok, springboks etc are of interest to me. Now I learn something new – pronghorn! Thanks for this and congrats on FP!

    June 4, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    • RR – Thanks for the visit from a fellow traveler! The pronghorns are incredible creatures – the fastest land mammal in North America. The surprising thing is that they can’t jump well. You would think that speed would enhance jumping ability but I guess it doesn’t work for these guys.

      June 5, 2012 at 10:48 am

      • Interesting! That I didn’t know indeed. I’m coming back for more, love the pictures! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

        June 5, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      • RR – glad you’ll come back – if you like animals, I think you’ll enjoy it – lots of photos still to share and some great “expeditions” coming up.

        June 6, 2012 at 6:57 am

  35. What a lovely shot. I took one of a dragonfly recently. It was good when he was still but moving shots are really difficult.

    June 5, 2012 at 2:51 am

    • Kerry – thanks! The moving shots are always more difficult but somehow more satisfying if you catch a good shot – at least thats what I find. Thats why I am always searching for animals in their habitat and people being people….

      June 5, 2012 at 10:50 am

  36. nice blog dear i like ur blog

    June 5, 2012 at 3:43 am

  37. “In the hurting pronghorn, the vanished predators have left behind a heartrending spectacle. Through the smoking displays of wild abandon runs a desperate spirit, resigned to racing pickup trucks in its eternal longing for cheetahs.”
    ― William Stolzenburg
    Amazing photo!!! Perfect composition!!!
    I’m also trying 🙂
    Hope you like them.

    June 5, 2012 at 6:21 am

    • Thank you! Your photos of Patagonia are great. I hope to go there someday.

      June 5, 2012 at 10:58 am

      • Patagonia is a must !!
        Thanks to you !!

        June 5, 2012 at 6:40 pm

  38. He is gorgeous! Until now only a few visitors to yellowstone knew that, but thanks to you we can all enjoy him! Thanks and great shot 🙂

    June 5, 2012 at 6:23 am

    • Jason – thank you – that is very nice thought. Looking at your site, you make me want to get a macro lens….something I haven’t really tried…..yet.

      June 5, 2012 at 11:00 am

  39. Wow very beatiful picture! I like it.

    June 5, 2012 at 6:32 am

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    June 5, 2012 at 6:40 am

    • Subham,
      Thank you for your kind comment.

      June 5, 2012 at 11:02 am

  41. Anjana

    I hope i can take pictures as good as you can some day… congrats on making it to freshly pressed… I’m only 12!

    June 5, 2012 at 11:31 am

    • Congrats on Blogging at 12!! Keep it up – it will open many doors (and friends) to you.

      June 5, 2012 at 11:46 am

  42. niki

    Love the look! Great shot 🙂

    June 5, 2012 at 11:50 am

    • Niki – thanks for visiting and the uplifting thoughts on your blog – keep it up!

      June 5, 2012 at 11:56 am

  43. John Saddington

    Reblogged this on 8BIT.

    June 5, 2012 at 12:33 pm

  44. Cool blog, keep it up! The photo is nice.
    Steven Wade, Edinburgh and Dundee

    June 5, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    • Thanks Steven! I love your town – we visited there back in 2005.

      June 5, 2012 at 3:52 pm

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