Sunday, August 7, 2011

Magical Moment 547, "Life Among the Rock"

The Grand Canyon is a bird lovers paradise. But MAN, they're hard to capture well! This blue jay flitted from branch to branch.

Ravens are quite common here, and larger than normal it seems. I thought this one was a vulture when I saw it soaring through the air.

Mule deer are quite abundant also. They're as large as horses! This female was mid-munch when I snapped this photo.

And the males are even bigger!!! (or maybe they're elk?) When these 2 made eye contact with me and took a few steps my way, I took that as my cue to find a different place to take photos! Eddie was warning me they're about to charge, but I kept insisting it was a bluff. Either way, we didn't stick around long enough to find out for sure!

The plant life is vibrant among the barren rocks.

This single tree reminded me of a Joshua tree.

You know you're in the desert when...

This colorful little butterfly let me snap pictures for several minutes. He was in no hurry.

Countless creepy crawlers I can't identify.

I was so excited when I saw this lizard. I told Eddie, "That shadow just moved!" I stared hard at it for a few seconds before I realized, I was staring at a lizard! Way to go with the camouflage, God!

Tomorrow will be the final Grand Canyon post, and unintentionally I've realized that I've saved the best for last! Hope you enjoyed these critters, crawlers, and plant life!



TexWisGirl said...

beautiful! love the mule bucks! but, yeah, don't get too close to them!

Linda said...

Such wonderful pictures, Elizabeth. The raven, the butterfly...ALL of them. But I think your "mule deer" might actually be elk. :)

Elizabeth Grimes said...

TexWisGirl, they're very intimidating and magnificent creatures!

Linda, thank you! And you could be right about the elk...I'm honestly not sure. :)

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Hilary said...

Your photos are just fabulous, Elizabeth.. the next best thing to being there.

Steve Gravano said...

Beautiful photos, I feel like I'm right there.

holdingmoments said...

What a great collection of pictures.
I particularly love the tree and the yellow flowers; the mountains in the background really put them in context.

Susan in the Boonies said...

What an awesome trip for y'all to be able to enjoy together!

Leontien said...

Call me crazy but i loved the raven! haha yep, out of all the gorgeous pictures i picked that one!

don't know why....

But thanks!

missing moments said...

Great photos ... feels like I'm there with you!