Montana Outdoors

July 10, 2007

Dragonfly, foxtail & Whitetails

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, White-tail deer — montucky @ 8:38 pm

He’s an interesting little guy, but judging from his left front wing, not a great pilot!


Looks nice here, but this is a nasty little customer. Foxtails turning brown signal the start of fire season.


It costs a fortune to irrigate this alfalfa field, but these guys appreciate it. Some call it “eating up the profits”. If I could show a closer look at these guys, you would see that one is a pretty respectable buck with antlers still in velvet.

Alfalfa & White-tails

It’s always interesting to see what appears during a morning’s walk!


  1. I bet that alfalfa field attracts an incredible variety of animals, do you have all three of the elk, mulies and whitetail. And if you do have both whitetails and mule deer, have you ever seen any sign of them interbreeding?


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — July 11, 2007 @ 4:01 pm

  2. I think the middle photo is my favorite. Almost looks like optic fibers.


    Comment by Pinhole — July 11, 2007 @ 6:21 pm

  3. Bernie,

    This morning I talked to the rancher who owns that field. He said that he was there just as it got dark last night, and counted 84 deer and 34 elk in the field. Our mulies are at the higher elevations, but not that much higher.

    The two species do interbreed, but I can’t say that I’ve personally seen a hybrid for sure. A friend who lives not too far from here has though, but it’s fairly rare.


    Comment by montucky — July 11, 2007 @ 6:44 pm

  4. Pinhole,

    It has an interesting look to it. That’s actually a pretty effective way to propagate.


    Comment by montucky — July 11, 2007 @ 6:46 pm

  5. I never see anything this interesting or pretty on my morning walks! I love the dragon fly pict. I did see one recently when my daughter went to visit the horses for kids at risk place. It was a striking purple color–didn’t have my camera and doubt I could have gotten a pict of him anyway.


    Comment by silken — July 12, 2007 @ 10:10 am

  6. Dragon flies seem to be difficult to photograph because they never want to sit still.

    You never know what you’ll see when you get out around here. There’s always something!


    Comment by montucky — July 12, 2007 @ 3:09 pm

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