Untamed Land

Untamed Land
Untamed Land

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Day of the Ram, etc.

Did I already post this photo? Forgive me if my mind is not so sharp as it once was. This is a pair of Pintails that Bart photographed at Potter Marsh.
Bart and I both photographed these Gadwalls at Potter. This is Bart's photo..
A Greater Scaup.
A pair of G. S.
Twin Peaks in the Chugach Mountains.
Falls above Windy Corner in the Chugach Mtns.
Bart climbed well above the Seward Highway overlooking Windy Corner. This is too much physical exertion for my poor old body to endure.
He climbed up the steep slopes to visit the Dall Sheep that frequent those heights.
This ram showed more curiosity than fear. Dall Sheep do not get hunted in this area so close to the highway.
Bart even managed to get above the sheep.
I guess this ram did'nt like that so it climbed higher.
I envy Bart for getting so close to wild Dall Sheep.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Some Recent Sightings

About a week ago I went to Westchester Lagoon and the Coastal Trail. Almost immediately I found a nesting pair of Red-necked Grebes. They were only about 15 feet, (5 meters) from shore. I did not want to disturb them so I sat down well back from the shore..
I made the assumption that the sleeping grebe on the nest was the female although I have no idea whether it was the male or female. The male?, gently nudged the sleeping grebe.
She looked up....
Then she stood up. This is the first time that I have seen a grebe on its feet. I could not see far enough into the nest to  see any eggs.
In a flash the female was gone and the male took her place.
The male proudly took his place on the nest. As I carefully got up to leave I noticed another photographer on  the other side of a bush. He was right next to the nest but apparently did not disturb the grebes.
Further along the shore I sat down again trying to photograph Arctic Terns in flight. This is very difficult for me to do because I am too slow on the trigger. I cannot seem to be able to find the fast moving birds in my viewfinder.
The terns seem to be fearless of people.
Case in point, this tern landed about 12 feet from me.
As I sat there photographing terns a Lesser Yellowlegs landed very close to me.
This bird was also fearless.
It came very close to me. All of these photos were shot with my old Fujifilm camera. It is so much more versatile than my expensive DSLR.
 I have many more photos to post at a future time.

Friday, April 29, 2016

A Wildlife Kind of Day

A week ago I went south to Portage to the Alaska Wildlife Preserve with Bart and Sandy. All of these photos were taken by Bart. I took my own photos but I like Bart's photos better. He has a better lens.
As they say, Good fences make good neighbors.
I have passed by this place numerous times but have never stopped. It lies at the end of Turnagain Arm.
Anchorage lies about 50 miles to the north.
A bull Moose just sprouting its antlers.
While I fumbled to set up my tripod to photograph this Hairy Woodpecker, Bart managed this hand held photo with his new Canon 100-400mm lens. It is a great lens.
The Gulls have only been back in town for a few weeks. These are Mew gulls.
Meanwhile Bart went up to Powerline Pass above Anchorage.It is still  winter up there.
The Willow Ptarmigan have really started to attain their breeding plumage.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

A New Post

Considering that this is my first post since January, you may have thought that I had died. I may be mostly dead but there are many reasons that I have not posted. Everything from health issues, a job loss due to those health issues, computer problems,(it died), and a new move to a better place.
I also have not lifted a paint brush yet this year nor pulled my camera out of the closet until last Monday. These photos were all taken by Bart Quimby. The photo above is Bart's wife Sandy in Archangel Valley above Palmer. Yes, it's still Winter up in the mountains.
Do you see what Sandy is looking at?
These are Willow Ptarmigans.
If they don't move you are likely to pass them by without ever noticing them.
They are delightful birds and often very tame around humans.
They can produce very pleasant soft clucking noises and also a demented cackle that sounds to me like they are saying, "go away".
They are good eating although I have never eaten one.
Sometimes they burrow deep into the snow to keep warmer.
This male is showing the first hint of the changeover to breeding plumage. They retain a lot of white all year.
They have black tails although they are often covered by white feathers.
Bart also got some nice shots of Mt. Denali, (formerly McKinley).
The mountain is seldom visible because of the unstable weather that the mountain creates..

Saturday, January 16, 2016

End of an Era

It was with great sadness that I learned the news that my oldest art gallery has closed down. I have sold my paintings there for more than 30 years. It is called  the 'Treasure Art Gallery, located in Sedona, AZ. The gallery's owner Mary Juharos has been having some health setbacks and had to retire.
These paintings are just a few examples of work that is, or was in the gallery. I do not remember which have sold and which have not. I know that I sold the top painting and that I made a lot of money from this black Bear. It got reproduced as a plaque and sold many copies. It was called, 'Welcome to Our Den'.
A Sea of Grass.
Cat Walk.
A Tired Old Bear.
In the Fox Hole.
Spectacled Eider.
Golden Dog.

Christmas Sunrise. Sitka Black-tailed Deer.
A cool Drink.
Lark Sparrow.
Along the Ridge.
There are more old paintings that will eventually be sent back. I look forward to seeing rhose that I have forgotten about but do not know what to do with them.