POTD: Magpie Choir

POTD: Magpie ChoirMagpie Choir
Bozeman, Montana
2015

After the “piano tuner” in yesterday’s photo was done, this choir of magpies began gathering and soon were belting out tunes as only magpies can do. If you wondered what kind of sound you could get out of a string piano, I can assure you it was fully compatible with the degree of harmony achieved by this raucous group, i.e., pretty much non-existent.

POTD: Air Time

POTD: Air TimeAir Time
Bozeman, Montana
2015

In 1878, via stop motion photography using what was for that time a highly technical and innovative arrangement of cameras,  Eadweard Muybridge definitively solved an ongoing debate as to whether or not a horse at a gallop ever had all four feet off the ground at the same time. They of course do, but up until that time artists had always painted running horses with at least one foot on the ground at all times. No such subtly of technique is needed to establish the same finding for bucking broncos, as this shot from the ranch rodeo at the Gallatin County fair easily shows. Let’er buck!

POTD: Convenient Target

POTD: Convenient TargetConvenient Target
Bozeman, Montana
2015

A grab shot from testing my new telephoto lens from a convenient perch on our porch. Rabbits are a sure subject matter around our house these days. We’ve had a rabbit or two living under our porch for several years but this year that’s turned into nearly a dozen of all ages. They’re all quite tame and hardly flinch when we come outside.

Everyone else we know is seeing lots of rabbits this year too. I read rabbit populations tend to run in cycles of about ten years. We’re obviously at or near (hopefully) the high point of one of the cycles. I also read that coyote population cycles follow those of the rabbits pretty closely. We’re still waiting for them to show up around the house.