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Oct 23, 2013 22:23 |  #4981

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Oct 23, 2013 22:48 |  #4982

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A white dress

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taking a ride

That looks familiar;)

Ricardo, I love your cottage shot, too. I especially like the layered foliage; deciduous treetops down at cottage elevation, and evergreens up higher - classic!

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Oct 23, 2013 23:06 |  #4983

airfrogusmc wrote in post #16394484 (external link)
Love the tone and the mood..... Perfectly done..

Tom Reichner wrote in post #16394541 (external link)
Ricardo, I love your cottage shot, too. I especially like the layered foliage; deciduous treetops down at cottage elevation, and evergreens up higher - classic!

Bokeh Buck

Thank you both. Yes, it was one of those winter mornings that offer so much...I could hardly drag myself away to continue my car trip!

I love your "street stories" Allen...so much content, so well timed!

And that buck, Tom...in the wild? or do you have a game park nearby? Cool shot either way.


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Oct 23, 2013 23:18 |  #4984

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. . . that buck, Tom...in the wild? or do you have a game park nearby? Cool shot either way.

Oh, yes - in the wild. I only shoot wildlife that is non-captive, and completely free to roam wherever they want.

Deer, especially mature bucks, are really tough to get close to, so I really focus on photographing them in November, when they breed. The bucks tend to lose a little of their caution then because of hormonal changes. Plus, what really helps, is when they find a "hot" doe (a doe in heat) that does not mind being near people. Then, the bucks are "stuck" . . . they have to remain when I approach, or they will lose their doe. This gives me the chance I wait all year for! Gotta love those does, especially the ones that aren't very afraid of humans.


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Oct 24, 2013 00:38 |  #4985

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Oct 24, 2013 01:15 |  #4986

^ ^ ^ ^
Bob, that is insanely cool! Both the detail and the design of the eye are amazing.


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Oct 24, 2013 03:32 |  #4987

Tom Reichner wrote in post #16394602 (external link)
Oh, yes - in the wild. I only shoot wildlife that is non-captive, and completely free to roam wherever they want.

Deer, especially mature bucks, are really tough to get close to, so I really focus on photographing them in November, when they breed. The bucks tend to lose a little of their caution then because of hormonal changes. Plus, what really helps, is when they find a "hot" doe (a doe in heat) that does not mind being near people. Then, the bucks are "stuck" . . . they have to remain when I approach, or they will lose their doe. This gives me the chance I wait all year for! Gotta love those does, especially the ones that aren't very afraid of humans.

Ah Tom...good on you! Here in New Zealand before humans arrived there were no mammals apart from a species of Bat. The Polynesians brought some small domestic animals but they c reated no problems that I know of. However, the European settlers in the 18th and 19th century brought just about every form of animal they could...just to remind them of home I think. Everthing but the big cats and the larger African and North American mammals.

Sadly the balance of nature was completely destroyed and this land of forests and birds was put under grave risk...mostly from rabbits, possums (the Aussie kind) and deer. When I was a kid you could walk through miles of native beech forest and not find a young tree...the forests were dying though they looked okay from the outside at that time. So the government instituted a scheme of deer culling...hunters were given a block of back country land and shot deer for the bounty. Sounds grim, but it was sadly necessary.

The scheme was moderately successful, but only just in many places, until the 1960s when a market was found in Europe for wild venison, and all of a sudden there was some real money to be made. First by huinters on foot and in jet boats up the rivers, then in helicpters, shooting from the air. Within a few years the deer population was back to a manageable amount, and the forest has begun to regenerate.

I had the good fortune to be one of the last of the old style deer cullers, when I was a lad in the 1960s. I had 400 square miles of mountains, forest and tussock country, a few huts supplied on an irregular basis by the NZ Forest Service ranger for whom I worked, and the rest was up to me. It truly was a terrific life for a young fellow, sometimes not seeing another soul for a month at a time, and I learned those same skills you mention...getting to know the habits of the animals and trying to out guess them. My Dad had taught me to never pride myself on shooting at long range but to learn to get close, as that was to be a real hunter. And that way you make clean kills and don't wound animals.

If only I had had a camera with me! Now I only use a camera, but I'm not as agile as I was then!

(Sorry about the rave...but I was so intrigued by your post that it brought all those memories back!)


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Oct 24, 2013 03:48 |  #4988

Down at the airstrip.

Tom, just as a matter of interest, the mountain range in the background is the mountain block that was my hunting ground forty something years ago, mentioned in the previous post. All you can see there and a whole lot more...the Takitimu Mountains in Northern Southland, NZ.

In this pic we were waiting to be flown into Fiordland a few weeks ago.


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Oct 24, 2013 06:56 |  #4989

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Oct 24, 2013 07:41 |  #4990

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Oct 24, 2013 12:14 |  #4991

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Hmm. Around here it's "I be," "you be," "we be,"...


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Oct 24, 2013 13:29 |  #4994

Ricardo222 wrote in post #16394885 (external link)
I had the good fortune to be one of the last of the old style deer cullers, when I was a lad in the 1960s. I had 400 square miles of mountains, forest and tussock country, a few huts supplied on an irregular basis by the NZ Forest Service ranger for whom I worked, and the rest was up to me. It truly was a terrific life for a young fellow, sometimes not seeing another soul for a month at a time, and I learned those same skills you mention...getting to know the habits of the animals and trying to out guess them.
(Sorry about the rave...but I was so intrigued by your post that it brought all those memories back!)

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Tom, just as a matter of interest, the mountain range in the background is the mountain block that was my hunting ground forty something years ago, mentioned in the previous post. All you can see there and a whole lot more...the Takitimu Mountains in Northern Southland, NZ.

Wow, Ricardo - that does indeed sound like an awesome life for a young man (or an older one) to live!

I also spent much of my childhood outdoors in nature - back in the '70's and '80's. But I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, and had to make do with small undeveloped areas surrounded by suburbia. I always longed for great big expanses of "wide open", such as you had. So, a few years ago I finally moved - all the way across the US to Washington State. I am now far from any cities and have hundreds of square miles of natural areas to spend my time in. I guess when it comes to living one's dreams, late is better than never!


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