Category Archives: Wildlife

Mourning Dove


Caught this one on my fence in the backyard. I’ve always found these birds to be quite shy and prone to flying off quickly, but this one surprised me. It had been perching itself on the same spot of the fence near my back door at the same time every day. I hesitated to take its picture for fear that I would scare it away. Strangely enough, when I first decided to go outside, it stayed on its perch! It even allowed me to approach! I decided to push the envelope and see how close I could get. I moved ever so slowly, watching for reactions and tips as to when I was getting too close. By the time it got nervous enough to fly off, I was probably within 5-7 feet! Awesome stuff!

Deets: 1/125; f/5.6; ISO400; 100-400 @ 260mm. It was around 5 or 6 on a summer evening, but it was a cool and cloudy day, hence the high ISO.

Until next time,
PG

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Pole Dancing Bear


Been away for a bit – nothing serious, just everyday life getting in the way of blogging.

I thought I’d post this video from the USGS. Some enterprising individual put it to music and I thought it was cute.

Until next time,
PG


Mountain Eastern Bluebird


Watching and photographing this little guy was a treat. It started with his not-as-colorful mate, flying out of the nest-hole to a nearby branch when she realized I was close by. Then this guy came by, first delivering some food to the nest and then taking her place on the branch. While the female flew back into the nest-hole, he obliged me by keeping still, occasionally hopping to a new branch, but mostly just watching me and effectively moving me away from the nest. A true protector.

I love the detail in this photo. Not much info to reveal – taken on Father’s Day 2008. 400mm, with a monopod, 1/30s, ISO100. I don’t remember if IS was on, but it probably was, since this was one of the first images I took with my set-up.

**Update** – I have since learned that this is actually an Eastern Bluebird, and not a Mountain Bluebird. A simple Google Images search will show you why.

Until next time,
PG


Gorillas and Elk and Baseball are Mutually Exclusive, You Dope!


2008 elk rut

2008 elk rut

Another question I might get is why the elk header when your blog’s name is Photogorilla? Well, the short answer is that I’m an idiot. The long answer:

The elk photo is there simply because I don’t have a gorilla photo that I can use as a header with this particular theme. Yeah, I know. It’s nowhere near as funny as the gorilla story. But I’m working on it. Getting the photo, that is – I don’t want to come up with a funny elk-photo-header story. Because it would be lame. I’d rather let you folks come up with the funny stuff down there in the comments section. Where it’s dark and dreary, maybe even a little lonely (for now) … but funny. And Cheetoh-ey. Because you have to have Cheetoh’s when you bring the funny, don’t you??

Anyway, the elk photo was taken during the 2008 rut at Rocky Mountain National Park. Which is a great event for you to see if you ever get the chance. Now, the locals may not be too happy with me advertising the rut, because it’s already pretty darn crowded up there at that time. But it really is one of those great moments in life, and everyone should experience it at least once. The sheer number of elk that show up on a nightly basis is pretty impressive. But then it gets better; the first time you hear the bugle, well, it’s one of those “wow” moments. You won’t forget it either. Because the next time your at the ballpark, someone is going to blow on one of those long plastic trumpets. It’s not the same thing, but it’s close enough. And what better way is there to ease the pain of watching your 2007 National League Championship team getting their sorry butts kicked over and over, than closing your eyes and remembering the elk and the rut.

If you want to see a larger version, simply go to my Smugmug account. You’ll find it in the wildlife gallery.

Until next time,
PG.
**Update** – Since posting this, I’ve changed my blog theme, thereby making references to the header photo irrelevant.
I told you I was an idiot.