Early Spring Wildlife Photography


In early spring I returned to the east side of the Columbia River Gorge to do a little hiking, and photography. The first destination was the Dufur area, and later the Columbia Hills State Park.

The lower hillsides were beginning to show a few golden flowers of arrow-leaf balsamroot. Get ready! – – – The big wild flower show will occur in a few weeks.

At higher elevations, blacktail deer and wild turkeys were taking advantage of the sunshine to find some tasty treats. And, at lower elevations, a few groundhogs were enjoying fresh shoots of grass.

Soon there will be fawns, turkey poults and young groundhogs to see.

What a fun time of the year.

 

Groundhog (She will breed in a few days, give birth at the end of April and push the young ones out of the den by late June)

Groundhog (She will breed in a few days, give birth at the end of April and push the young ones out on their own by late June)

Tom Turkey

Wild Turkey Tom

Magpie

Magpie

Blacktail Deer

Blacktail Deer

A view across the Columbia River

A view across the Columbia River

Balsamroot blowing in the wind

Balsamroot blowing in the wind

A Groundhog on the alert

A Groundhog on the alert

Basalt cliffs

Basalt cliffs (lots of Yellow Desert Parsley in bloom)

Yellow Desert Parsley

Yellow Desert Parsley

Blacktail Deer sneaking away from me

Blacktail Deer sneaking away from me

Coyote Wall

Coyote Wall

 

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6 comments

  1. Absolutely delightful spring photos in this gorgeous place in the world. Thanks so much, John, for this visit to the Colombia Gorge.

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  2. Terrific photos of wildlife, John. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. What a beautiful state you live in!

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