Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Medicine Bow National Forest

Greetings from Laramie, Wyoming

Me sitting on a rock after making a difficult climb. It was only difficult because of course I had to have my tripod up there.

Since my last post I took a quick trip into the Snowy Range looking for Brown-capped Rosy-Finch without success. I along with another field tech, Thomas, hiked around in the deep snow of up to 6 or 7 feet where it was drifted making birding difficult. Over the past day I have been working and hanging out in the Medicine Bow National Forest. After being in Laramie for the afternoon I drove up the mountains to my camp. A storm had moved in and dropped over 3 inches of hail in some places. Some fellow campers told us that the hail had been golf ball sized at times.

I really liked the texture on this dead tree against the rock. (the tree in the background is an Aspen)

To do one of my bird surveys I hiked into an area about 2.5 km from the nearest road. It was a very cool place and had many birds. But the highlight was the numerous Elk, many of which were just starting to get there antlers. Cool birds included Steller's Jay, Red Crossbill, and Hermit Thrush. I also heard a Canyon Wren but was unable to find it making the score Canyon Wren: 35, Eric: 0. I still have yet to see this bird but have heard it many times. On my hike back to my car I found a Green-tailed Towhee nest with four eggs in a small sage bush. Unfortunately I did not have my camera so I can not share it with all of you.

This was taken in the Vedauwoo area. Common Ravens and White-throated Swifts nested on the rock walls.

The rain and sleet have now moved in so my photography has suffered a bit. I found an amazing place that is a very popular climbing area called Vedauwoo. It is also an awesome place to see and photograph. If only the clouds would thin out a bit.

The fog and rain moved in this morning making my work impossible so I went to the Vedauwoo area to photograph some rocks in the fog.


2sweetnsaxy said...

What a beautiful location. Love the shots. I like the texture of that wood too. Reminds me of the swirls in marble cake. :-)

storyteller's other blog said...

Lovely photos of your hike. Thanks for sharing these beautiful views ;--)
Hugs and blessings,