WP:~Mule Deer~

Sheila’s Wildlife Photos: ~Mule Deer in Rocky Mountain National Park~


Mule Deer (male)
Mule Deer (male)

These Mule deer images were taken in September, 2012 in Rocky Mountain National Park. They were in a meadow munching on vegetation; it was fun to photograph  and  observe their behavior.


Close Up of his Big Ears
Close Up of his Big Ears


Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) are indigenous to western North America and are found west of the Missouri River. They are named Mule deer, because they have big ears like a mule.

A most handsome face
A most handsome face
"I might try this one"
“I might try this one”
"Go Away!"
“Go Away!”

Poetry:~Fall is in the air~

autumn harmonies 

resonance comes from a far

musical rhythms


classic “V” in view

unfurled across the sky

geese fly in formation


brave leader singing

honk-a-lonk notes

signaling fall migration

                              By Sheila: August 24, 2013

While having coffee yesterday morning, on the deck, Howard and I could hear Canada Geese honking. Two flocks flew directly over head, bringing signs of fall with them. I can’t believe I don’t have an image of a Canada Goose. Note to self  – take one!

(photo taken in Rocky Mountain National Park 09/2012)

Today is his birthday…..


On this day thirty-nine years ago, I met my honey.

Today is his birthday!


This was written on the birthday card I gave him:

Happy Birthday to My Husband

From the moment we said “I do”,

Somehow I think I knew

There is no sweeter life

Than being your wife

And Sharing forever with you.

Happy Birthday Babe!

SBS: ~Cedar Waxwing~

Sheila’s Bird Shots: ~Cedar Waxwing~

~ Onyx Eyes ~
~ Onyx Eyes ~

gazing down at me 

onyx eyes tell a story

leave me be, resting

            By Sheila: August 23, 2013

I photographed these Cedar Waxwings in March, 2013 at South Llano State Park. Waxwings are gregarious and true to this description I saw many of them. 

Red, waxy tips on secondary wing feathers are often indistinct and sometimes absent altogether. All waxwings have sleek crests, silky plumage and yellow-tipped tails. Where berries are ripening, waxwings come to feast in amiable, noisy flocks. [description taken from one of my favorite birding books “National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America.]

The “Smithsonian Handbook: Birds of North America, Western Region” states the description of the red, waxy tips differently.  It states – the purpose of the “red wax” is long-debated, but younger birds do not have it and the older birds that do often choose each other as mates and produce more young that the younger pairs.

Waxwings eats fruit, flower petals and insects; and drinks sap. One way to distinguish between males and females is the color of the throat. Females have a brownish throat, the males a blackish throat.

March, still looks like winter.
Still Looks Wintery
Berries and a shy Cedar Waxwing
Berries and a shy Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing [Hmm, taking a break]
Lovely Cedar Waxwing

I might have mentioned before, South Llano State Park in Junction, Texas is one of my all time favorites.

Sunset Colors ~On the South Llano River~ [this photo taken in November, 2011
Sunset Colors ~On the South Llano River~
[this photo taken in November, 2011
An Old Picket Fence (taken at South Llano State Park)
An Old Picket Fence (photo taken at South Llano State Park in November, 2011)

Berries in South Llano State Park.

Poetry:~Deeply Breath~

Bottomless Lakes State Park (photo taken April, 2013)
Bottomless Lakes State Park (photo taken April, 2013)


deep breathe, in and out

feel the sun upon your face

deep breathe, in and out

free your mind and heart of worry

live today with clear purpose


                                                       ~By Sheila 08/22/2013

Bottomless Lakes State Park (photo taken April, 2013)
Bottomless Lakes State Park (photo taken April, 2013)

Bottomless Lakes State Park is near Roswell, New Mexico. Howard and I currently enjoyed our stay there.

Something in Common…..

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

 This image was taken February, 2012 near Eastbank Campground, an Army Corps of Engineer park.


Neighborly encounter, on the trail

I observe binoculars around her neck

Ah, something in common


I am a birder you see

A wonderful hobby, a life long passion

We stop to chat


What birds have you seen today, I ask

New to this hobby, so I offer her an excursion

Other locations to search for birds


She exclaims

“Yes, maybe one day, perhaps in the fall

We’ll also do some hiking”


Now, I see her on the trail

Binoculars around her neck

Head down as she passes


How sad for her

She has no time for me

I had a birding mentor


She became my friend

Her name was Ann

A kind and gentle soul


She taught me well

I treasure those days, with heartfelt appreciation

For they are no more, she is gone now

                                                   ~By Sheila 08/20/2013~

White-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch

This image was taken, in my yard, last year about this time. I saw a Nuthatch last evening, pecking its way down a Pine to its base to then grab a seed out of a feeder. So much fun to watch.

Happy Birding!

SBS: ~ Red-tailed Hawk ~

Sheila’s Bird Shots: ~ Red-tailed Hawk ~

Red-tailed Hawk (rufous morph)
Red-tailed Hawk (rufous morph)

soar, soaring higher

show us your magnificence

sky graced beauty

A morning visitor…..

This morning I heard a loud unique call. I knew right away what was making this mournful cry. The sound of a predator. My bird book describes it as “a harsh, descending keeeeer.” 


This adult Red-tailed Hawk circled over my hill for several minutes (long enough for me to run get my camera)  The entire time while circling, it continued to “cry” out. 


Usually they are silent when hunting, so I wonder what was making this Hawk call out?

Magnificent red tail!
Magnificent red tail!

circling, hunting

your grandeur is observed

existence your purpose

Red-tailed Hawk (western rufous morph)
Red-tailed Hawk (western rufous morph)

Enjoying retirement: On The Road & At Home