This is a picture of the princess, sitting on her Rockies blanket on her 5th birthday. Notice her cowboy bandana.
Got a new camera a couple of weeks ago, a Nikon D 90 with a 70 - 300 mm zoom lens. I wanted a longer lens for pictures of wildlife on the prairie. I've been fortunate since, with pictures of hawks, eagles, pronghorn, and a full moon. I'll start with two pics of a golden eagle that's been hanging around the Plains Center for the past couple of weeks. It is a juvenile, probably born this spring, whose parents have kicked it out of their nesting area to find its own place to hunt.
This photo is of the underside of the bird as it glided past. It shows the typical "fingers" at the ends of the wing of golden eagles, a slight white area near the wing tips, and a white band around the base of its tail. The white band is a sign of a first year golden.
And last night was the full moon known as the Harvest Moon. It is known as that because it comes during the end of summer/fall harvest. Last night the moon rose at 6:45 and the sun set at 6:55, meaning that the moon was starting to light the earth as the sun's light was decreasing. I went out to PCC last night to take part in a full moon walk, and it was wonderful with that bright moon lighting the earth. Farmers relied on those longer days, lit by the full moon, to give them more light to get in their crops.
I took a couple of pictures of the moon with my new camera a few minutes after it rose above the horizon. The tipis are replica Cheyenne tipis, circa 1837, that we use to teach kids about those who lived on the prairie, the Indian cultures and the homesteaders. Beyond the tipis, out of sight, is a sod village with two sod homes and a sod chicken coop, blacksmith shop, one-room school, and a heritage garden.