01 May Leaving the town of Ennis traveling along Hwy 287, you have miles and miles of scenic lands that snake along with the Madison River. About 45 minutes east of Ennis is located Beaver Creek and as a result of beaver activity there is a nice pond on either side of the road. It's up to interpretation as to whether the road split the pond or the ponds were created after the road was put in. There is no signage to help so you can tell the story either way. The northern side is more pure pond and the southern portion more of a marshy area. Both are beautiful although the marshy area is adulterated by several phone/power lines traversing the rear portion making photography difficult. The pond area however offers many photographic opportunities, today's submission of a nesting Sand Hill Crane included. We took this shot a couple years ago and it is the only time we've seen one of these birds nesting in this particular area although there is a large group that nest behind the condo. If you aren't paying close attention to the surrounds you would likely drive right by and not see this critter at all. I shot this at 300 mm standing right on the edge of the pond so that should give you some idea of where the bird is situated relative to the highway. From this spot on, all the way into the park, you need to be aware of animal activity starting with Big Horn Sheep about 5 miles from this location and then shortly thereafter American Bison. It's quite a treat and unlike many travelers on the road we find animal traffic jams both a real treat and wonderful photographic opportunities.
Ive cropped a fair amount on needless stuff off the top, and that was it. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/500 sec @ f / 8.
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