Saturday, May 30, 2009


In the spring I love to go wanderobo on the prairie. Actually, you can't do all that much on foot in these parts, and usually I fire up the Rhino and use it for transport.

But today I took a camera and walked for a bit outside the compound fence where the oldest cottonwoods, mostly deadfalls now, are. As I moved through the weeds I saw a bright red object ahead. Then it was gone. Then it was back. Then gone again.

It was a turkey, of course, crouching down in the weeds. I only had a relatively short lens with me, so when it got up to move away I only had one crack at it. Wish I'd had a longer lens as the result was not all that good.

I backtracked as quickly as I could so as to put it at ease. It never got really excited. I'm sure it was back in its bed before it had a chance to get cold.


The Hermit said...

As flat as it is there, and seeing that you can get a 360 degree view to the horizon, I guess you don't have to worry about going out and losing yourself. If I go fifty feet into the woods this time of year, there's no sign of a trail, house , or anything. I have to be careful of that.

Rio Arriba said...

Actually, we're not all that flat. It's rare to have a straightaway 2000 yard view. Lots of relatively high high hills all over. But it is easy to get lost if you aren't familiar with the country. Each hill looks just like the last one.

Turkeys don't seem to have that problem.