There was a bit of an overcast, so we headed out for a drive and hunt. Overcast skies can make for really good lighting for photography. I'm still looking for the day I catch a big male Grouse in the sun, strutting as they do, with their tail feathers spread out, big black neck puffed up. I have a few pics, but have yet to get the one I really want.
And signs of summer still lingering on......
We decided to go up Elk Creek. It's a narrow canyon so we drive the road along the creek. We drove upwards for a little while then ran into a grouse in the road. We waited for it to leave the road then I started creeping up to get a picture.
Dan got Sport out for a little training. But before he could release him, the bird flushed. The hills are so steep here, that a lot of the times, the bird will choose to fly instead of run. So we let Sport run around for a few minutes just in case there were more birds. There were no more birds. ):
So we headed out again. In no time, we came across another one. This one headed of the road before I could get out. I got a few shots before she took off running and then flushed out and headed 40 miles South! Well, maybe it wasn't really 40 miles, it just seemed that way and it may as well been 40 miles because it was way to far for the dog to follow down hill.
Again, we headed out with no bird. Not in the game bag anyway. I think my gentlemanly grouse hunting husband is starting to lose his patience.
From here out it was : Repeat steps 1, 2, and 3.....3 more times and there you have it. An entire afternoon of that was enough. Oh, and it seems that most of the birds we found were along the creek bed, as expected, and at about the same elevation.
We did see some interesting stuff though.......
Mushrooms, of some sort. No expert here.
Maybe Casey knows what they are!
A friendly little Garter snake looking for some sunshine.......
And scenery that explains why I live here.
And at the end, the best part? This is the way home.