Category Archives: Photo

The Curious Case of the Meandering Meadowlark

One never knows what they will see on a ranch, and I don’t mean when you are visiting. Live there for years and shovel enough muck (both virtual and literal) and eventually you will experience things that are just downright odd.

This morning I was standing in the barn waiting for the bottle calf to finish eating and I was in deep la-la land daydream mode. Suddenly there was a whirring of feathers and a bird flew through the open door and almost slammed into my face. Once my heart rate came down and I established that nothing was trying to kill me and eat me, I took a look and I saw it was a young meadowlark, no doubt testing his wings for the first time.

Now here’s the curious part: close on his heels was another bird. No, not his anxious mother, but a plain old house sparrow. The meadowlark flopped and flailed around for about five more minutes inside the barn and where ever he went the little sparrow followed.

I’ve never seen anything like it and I have no idea if:

1. the sparrow was simply curious.

2. the sparrow hatched the meadowlark egg and thought it was her own baby

3. the sparrow was ticked off and chasing the meadowlark away

4. the sparrow was going to eat the meadowlark

5. the sparrow owed money to the cat and was out calling in loans (“Yeah, Mrs. Meadowlark, about those grasshoppers I loaned you last week? Well, I’ll take payment in the form of your firstborn chick. What can I say – inflation!”)

I have no idea, and frankly, not knowing is much more fun.


Hipstamatic Controversy?

New York Times photographer Damon Winters has come under criticism lately for using his cell phone and the Hipstamatic app to take a series of photos of US troops deployed in combat overseas.

For the life of me, I can’t see why. Since when have photographs not been manipulated? Even in the olden days of film you could wildly distort reality with exposure times, manipulation during developing, cutting, pasting, and on and on. Perhaps everyone has their panties in a bunch because Mr. Winters won third place for feature picture story from Pictures of the Year International?

I say bravo to Mr. Winters for an excellent series of photos honoring an under-recognized group of very brave people: our troops on the front lines.

See the photos and read Mr. Winters’ reaction to the “controversy” here:

Winter Goose 2

Winter Geese

Think Spring! Part Two

Think Spring!

A Touch of Frost

Frosty Grass 3

Frosty Tree 2

Frosty Grass 2