Category Archives: SHOT FROM THE FILE

Desert Tortoise – Anticipation

Anticipation

Anticipation

     While photographing Desert Tortoise in California’s Mojave Desert, I caught this slow-paced reptile in a moment of anticipation as it was about to grab a bite of wildflower cuisine. For several months from Spring to Summer, I spent days in the early and late hours crawling around on my stomach, at tortoise-ground-level, recording the creatures’ life style. By the time Summer’s heat rolled around, the Spring forage of flowers and grasses had gone over and the tortoises became less active, spending much of the time inside the coolness of their underground dens. A remarkable creature well-adapted to the desert environment.

~ Anecdote and Desert Tortoise capture, Anticipation © Jerry L. Ferrara

Raccoon – Full of Banditry

Full of Banditry

Yesterday morning my Better Half suddenly exclaimed, ” What is that?”  as she peered from the kitchen window toward our pond.  An entity waltzed across the frozen water’s surface and then agilely scooted up a nearby tree.  When I went to investigate the mystery visitor, this is whom I encountered.

Full of Banditry

Here now am I, oh do you see,
some mischief brewing in a tree?
My impish eyes and bulbous nose,
reveal so much and quite disclose
just exactly what I be,
a rascal full of banditry.

~ Raccoon image and poem Full of Banditry © Jerry L. Ferrara

Bobcat – The Essence of a Cat

The Essence of a Cat

The Essence of a Cat

Immersed in sneak
It nabs a peek
The cat stalks with great care

For if you be
A rodent wee
Beware the feline stare

     We spent nine full days searching and waiting for this Bobcat near a meadow that was richly populated with Pocket Gophers.  During this time magic happened as we experienced two sessions with the secretive feline.  One encounter lasted about 3.5 hours and the second was 1.5 hours for a total contact time of approximately 5 hours out of those 9 days.  The long waits were so worth the experience of meeting this exceptionally beautiful creature … on its terms.

~ Anecdote, poem and Bobcat capture, The Essence of a Cat © Jerry L. Ferrara

Steller’s Jay – The Jay and The Hawk

The Jay and The Hawk

The Jay and The Hawk

     A Steller’s Jay deviously plotted to learn a Cooper’s Hawk’s vocalization techniques. The goal of the self-absorbed jay was to steal and mimic the hawk’s calls in order to scare smaller birds away from a nearby seed feeder. By doing so, the jay thought it would gain an advantage for itself by reducing competition at the backyard tray. The hawk, on the other hand, would lose because the small birds it hunted would scatter when hearing the jay’s ruse. “Wow!” said the disingenuous jay to the hawk one day. “You sure have a wonderful call. We need to get together and have you teach me how to sound so awesome.” “Sure,” replied the unsuspecting predator. And so the Cooper’s Hawk freely taught the jay its repertoire of sounds. Later, when the hawk visited the feeder expecting to make a kill, there were no small birds present, just the unprincipled Steller’s Jay … and so the raptor made a meal of the jay.

It doesn’t pay to use someone else for personal gain.

~ Fable and Steller’s Jay capture, The Jay and The Hawk © Jerry L. Ferrara

Moose – The Watery Trail

The Watery Trail

The Watery Trail

     Concentrating on the eaglets in the distant nest, I was momentarily distracted by a loud splash emanating from the swollen creek below my position. A Moose had decided to ford the stream and took the plunge. Turning from the nest, I fired at the Moose catching it swimming, its reflection and the watery trail in its wake.

~ Anecdote and Moose capture, The Watery Trail © Jerry L. Ferrara — selection from the book, Wild North Idaho:  Photos and Reflections

Brown Bear – Strolling The Littoral Line

Strolling The Littoral Line

Strolling The Littoral Line

     The morning was direfully dark. Far off on the heady horizon, though, a hint of elegance was gathering as the lake licked, lapped and plashed the rocky waterfront.

     In time, a new element magically materialized … a gentle padding of paws. The bruin was merely strolling the littoral line.

~ Anecdote and Brown Bear capture, Strolling The Littoral Line © Jerry L. Ferrara

Elephant Seal – Battle at Sea

Battle at Sea

Battle at Sea

     Abruptly the big bull Elephant Seal woke from an apparent deep sleep and charged after the intruder to his harem.  The chase went on hurriedly down the beach and into the surf.  It became a battle at sea.

~ Anecdote and Elephant Seal capture, Battle at Sea © Jerry L. Ferrara

Eurasian Otter, Hooded Crow – The Opportunist

The Opportunist

The Opportunist

     While an Eurasian Otter gustily consumed a recently caught meal, a Hooded Crow patiently watched for an opening to steal a morsel.  The crow played the role of “The Opportunist”.

~ Anecdote and Eurasian Otter/Hooded Crow capture, The Opportunist © Jerry L. Ferrara

Canada Goose – Flying Wild

Flying Wild

Flying Wild

     Like this Canada Goose, we’re busting loose and flying wild.  Cedar Glen Gallery [300 N. First Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho, USA] re-opens Friday, May 1st, Noon to 4pm.

~ Canada Goose capture, Flying Wild © Jerry L. Ferrara

Coyote – Sneaking Through The Brush

Sneaking Through The Brush

Sneaking Through The Brush

     It was calving time on the Columbia Plateau and the cattle were dropping their young.  There were other entities present, too.  Some sneaking through the brush looking for the afterbirth or other opportunities.  A Coyote on the prowl.

~ Anecdote and Coyote capture, Sneaking Through The Brush © Jerry L. Ferrara