This past weekend I found myself having a free Saturday for the first time in over a month, due to the closing of turkey season. I try and do something fun with my daughter on any Saturday morning that I can. Our usual outing includes breakfast and then repeated requests from my daughter to “go see animals.” These never ending requests all started when I brought her into a local outdoors store to pick up some archery accessories. The impressive array of mounts in the store really captured her attention, and anytime we are in that part of town the requests begin to fly. Obviously it isn’t very hard for her to talk me into stopping by and outdoors store. This past Saturday was no exception; breakfast and then the outdoors store. However, we didn’t stop there and decided to take a little drive over to Lone Elk Park to try and spot some real live animals.
The weather was overcast, and wet. I was hoping that the slight rain would push the animals out in the fields to feed. Upon arriving all was quiet at first, but rounding the bend the fields came alive, and so did my two-year-old daughter. With giggles, smiles, and a repeated “Daddy, look!”, I could tell my daughter was definitely enjoying the wildlife.
I was able to snap a few photos with my new camera, but uncomfortably the ancient lens that I was trying out turned out to be a bust. My 18-55mm, and my 50mm f/1.8 lenses are great lenses, but the ancient 85-200mm lens that I was trying that day wasn’t too good. Nevertheless, I did get some decent shots to share with you…
It was interesting to see the new antler growth that the bull elk were putting on, and the winter coats that they were shedding off.
Apparently this Bison wasn’t all that trilled to see us, giving us the cold shoulder as we drove by.
This whitetail deer stuck his tongue out at us, as if to say “Ha ha, you can’t hunt me.”
As sad as I was to see turkey season come to a close, I wouldn’t have wanted to spend this last Saturday any other way than spending it with my daughter…showing her God’s great creation.