February 15, 2016  •  2 Comments

Last week held massive high drama, including the death of Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia and subsequent idealogical warfare, as well as the multi-ring circus of the debates. It leaves the American populace (myself included) deeply unsettled about the future.  The new normal is extremely abnormal.  We are in a time of massive transition. Times of change like these frequently call existing structures into question, with shifts that can be anything from minor to seismic.  But even if transitions leave us quaking, they also create opportunities.  In the history of humankind, that has always been the case.

And underpinning us are our surroundings - nature and its cycles - that flow regardless of the tidy messes into which we place ourselves.  Nature keeps going in one form or another and we are part of it.  

Writer and editor Barbara Feller-Roth recently asked about weather and temperatures, and I said that frequently there is a February thaw in New Mexico.  Even though it can lull us into a feeling that spring has arrived, it is usually followed by wild March weather. Regardless, the animals and birds are absolutely certain that the transition to spring is happening.  A time when the coats of the coyotes change to match the landscape, as shown in the pair of photographs below.

Nature animals winter coyoteNature animals winter coyote spring coyotespring coyote

Then, the puppies arrive in all of their glory.

coyote pup, springcoyote pup, spring Both the Rocky Mountain and western bluebirds are having lively discussions about the bird boxes and who will settle where.  Bluebirds are relatively quiet compared to some of the other birds, and their liquid and melodic whispers let us know when they start the nesting process. The Cassin's finches have begun to arrive, and in the next month or two the ruckus in the grove will fill the air.

Cassin's finchesCassin's finches

The scrub and Mexican jays have begun collecting seed and other tidbits for the future broods that will soon populate the pinon-juniper life zone.

scrub jayscrub jay In transitions, as is the case in wildlife photography, patience is one of the keys.

until next Monday,


a passion for the image


Steve Immel(non-registered)
You have it going today, Daryl. Every image is top notch. They're sharp, beautifully lit and engaging. Just the thing in the hard to fathom dissonance of our political world. Thanks for this post.
Terry Thompson(non-registered)
Well done Daryl. Words and pictures of the highest caliber... As always.
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