Sunday, June 11, 2017 at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

I woke up very early on Sunday, so I could head out to Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge to see if I could get some fun pictures of birds, animals, etc…  I had not been back since Spring has sprung, so I wasn’t sure what was happening out there.

What a beautiful place in Spring!  I loved it during the Winter months, but it’s even better in the Spring.  Instead of large open fields of marsh land and dying grasses, there are large open fields of marsh lands filled with beautiful wildflowers!  I was so happy I drove out there.  Not to mention all the beautiful birds I saw.  Most of my time was spent in the car on this trip, because there were so many things to see on the “Auto Tour.”  I’ll have to hop out and hike a few of the hiking trails next time I go.

I had a hard time making it all the way down this road to the Oil Derricks. So many sweet baby Geese with their parents hanging out. I got a little too close though – one of the females began chasing me when I was walking towards the babies!

The only bad part of the visit, was when I was cruising along the road at about 15 miles per hour, and something very big ran right in front of my car!  I slammed on my brakes, and poor Midnight (my camera) rolled off the front seat onto the floor.  Not again!  I had “dropped” her again?  Oh boy…this was not going to be a fun phone call home.  Lucky for me though, Midnight seemed fine when I picked her up off the floor as quickly as I could.

Not to check on her, but to try and get a shot of whatever had crossed in front of my car.  Have you seen The Lion King?  If so, I’m sure you know who Pumba is – the Warthog who hangs out with Timone?  Well…I think it was Pumba that caused me to slam on my brakes.  I just got a quick glimpse of him, because he crossed right into a thick marsh and just like that, he was gone.  So…no picture, but I have a great story to tell, right?  And possibly a damaged camera…again!

So many beautiful birds to photograph! I just love this place.

If you haven’t been to Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, you should go visit sometime.  Take your camera with you, but watch out for stray Warthogs crossing the road without warning!  If you want to read up on Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge or about the first time I dropped Midnight (my camera), you can click on the links below!  Have fun!  Until next time…

Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

The Day I Dropped My 5D Mark IV 

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