What’s going on?

There are days when I take myself too seriously. It never happens when I’m shooting wildlife.

There are so many things beyond my control that I just hope for the best and then wonder what just happened. I could keep plugging away until I get the perfect shot but where’s the fun in that? It’s far more amusing to share some of the lighter and offbeat moments. So here goes …

I was trying to get a shot of a bison with the colourful leaves and was happy to get this fine specimen in my sights. I thot I had most things covered from a technical and composition perspective. The one thing I didn’t expect was the bison trying to stick his tongue up his nose!_MG_0865

I remember playing leap frog as a child though I expect the practice may be banned these days as too dangerous. I thot that memory was long gone until these sandhill cranes brought the memories back. DT6C3028

You just know this muskrat is going to be telling his kids about how he had to swim uphill every day trying to get enough food to feed them all!DT6C3337

I don’t know whether this hawk was just a little nervous having his photo taken or whether he was showing his displeasure with the whole thing. Either way, I just had to laugh when I saw it. What were the odds?DT6C3608

It’s entirely possible I’m the only one who sees this but I’m hoping the power of suggestion helps. Doesn’t it seem odd that she’s flying upside down with her eyes closed?DT6C3975

If a couple has been married long enough, it’s entirely possible one spouse will feel the need to provide a lot more advice than may be helpful in the situation. To outsiders, it would look something like this!DT6C4621

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  1. doriswamyganesh says:

    Dear Lyle, The wordings of the pictures displayed are simply great.Mrs Crane was at it in my house a little while ago after more than half a century of married life.Ha Ha.!Thanks for the immense pleasure my friend.Regards, Ganesh.

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    • Lyle Krahn says:

      Yes, anyone who has been married for any amount of time can probably relate to both sides of that crane photo at various times. By the way, congratulations on being married over 50 years – that’s quite an accomplishment.

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the photos and commentary. It was fun to put it all together. Thanks for your comments.

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  2. caleephotography says:

    LOL!! Great pictures and captions, especially the last one! I’m not just writing “LOL”, I really am. 😀 Brilliant.

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  3. Mike Powell says:

    I suspect that if you photographed people as subjects, you’d get a similar collection of funny poses and embarrassing behavior. It’s a little easier to smile when we see animals in these situations (and they are less likely to file law suits against you).

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    • Lyle Krahn says:

      People might definitely have more out-takes but then they probably care a little more. That’s a great point about the lawsuits but do people promoting animal rights also have lawyers?

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  4. Steve Gingold says:

    Nice of you to share these, Lyle. We’ve all done it and all too often it’s the one shot that we got right only to see a bit of a disconnect. If you’ve noticed on my blog one of my friends calls me “Green Heron”. It is because I posted an image of the heron in the same behavior as your hawk. The heron’s expression along with the projectile voiding seems to indicate displeasure with the photographer.
    The muskie is just some artistic freedom on your part. 🙂

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    • Lyle Krahn says:

      Disconnect is good way to describe. It’s great to have a little fun with those photos. Glad to hear you do that too. A little artistic freedom is good for the soul!

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  5. adinparadise says:

    Fabulous pics, Lyle. I love the muskrat the most. He’s so cute, and your little story about him is so endearing. 🙂

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  6. melodylowes says:

    Only you would dare to stick all these in one grouping. 🙂 A very fun collection! I love the irreverent poses – reminds me of all my students, as natural as human interaction can get! I got a great shot of a calf the other day – but then thought it was a little too cheeky a pose – legs all splayed, licking his own behind. hehe Maybe I’ll find a poem in there somewhere…

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  7. Phil Lanoue says:

    Tremendous shots all Lyle, and as much as I enjoyed the bison and his comically placed tongue… I’m rooting for the muskrat in this series. Great capture of this guy!

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    • Lyle Krahn says:

      It’s all upstream for the muskrat but he seems to have a lot of supporters! It was just one of those magical evenings when the world and the light is right – that’s when the muskrat comes floating by.

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  8. janeslog says:

    Great shots. The bison is perhaps thinking you might make a nice meal! The bird shots are fantastic and the small Muskrat one is great. mIt is very hard to frame great wildlife shots.

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    • Lyle Krahn says:

      Thanks. The bison seems to have a permanent scowl so it’s hard to know what it’s thinking – if there is any thinking at all! There is certainly a challenge to framing good wildlife shots.

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  9. Deb W. Trotter says:

    Thanks for the laughs. 🙂

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  10. happyskips says:

    Love the bison shot. I have a shot of a bison trying to get to the other end. Didn’t realize it until I got home and put the pictures on my computer. I might have to post sometime.

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  11. sagescenery says:

    Love, love, love!!! The photos, the explanations of the photos..and the fact that you don’t take yourself too seriously!! Amen! I so enjoyed this post!

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  12. Honie Briggs says:

    Smiles all around this morning, Lyle. Some of your finest work.

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  13. westerner54 says:

    Ha! Each one is great.

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  14. Jeff | Planet Bell says:

    Thanks for making me laugh as always. I think I like the Bison myself. He’d be terribly embarrassed to know you captured this and put in on the internet.

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  15. Rick Alonzo Photography says:

    Funny shots! They are actually great and amusing as well!

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    • Lyle Krahn says:

      Glad you found them funny. I find it interesting that photos can be good even they are a bit off the beaten path and make people smile. Photography is sometimes about seeing or enjoying a different aspect.

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  16. Simone Lipscomb says:

    I saw that cranky crane wife in the natural foods store the other day yelling at her husband. She’s a bit on edge, huh? My favorite of these images is the bison. Reminds me of a kid picking his or her nose when you snap the shutter. Fun commentary!!

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    • Lyle Krahn says:

      That’s a great comment about seeing the cranky wife! Those people exist! The sandhill cranes have a some different and amusing body language. Glad you enjoyed this.

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  17. dapontephotography says:

    Great photos and as always the bonus is your story 🙂

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  18. Victor Rakmil says:

    Truly comic, thanks for the laugh and the great photography!

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  19. Gunta says:

    Amusing (as always). Your images alone would be enough to keep me coming back, but the humor is a bonus!

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  20. Foghorn The IKonoclast says:

    My favorite is the Muskrat.. I liked the pictures all of them but that one the best.

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