Denizens of the west Texas plains

Here are three residents of the west Texas plains that you may see in your travels through the area.  But first I digress to my post of yesterday.  I have received various comments after saying that I felt twenty something years younger than I feel.  I credit that to my sense of humor that many of you have noticed.

I have always had more talents than any of my six siblings.  I don’t know why I am so different from them.  I was the only one with any creative talents.  I was the only one with musical talents.   I was so different that I asked my mother if I was adopted.  She said “Yes, but they brought you back”. 🙂  Also, I think I may have been a preemie.  I don’t think my folks had an incubator, so they tossed me into a crock-pot. 🙂

But enough about me.  Here are those photos that I mentioned above at the beginning.  You may have seen these before.  In any case I came across the originals, and re-edited them.  I hope you like.  Just click on any image to see an enlargement.

Pronghorned Antelope

The Pronghorned Antelope can be found in the high plains around Marfa, Alpine, and Fort Davis, Texas.

  • Canon EOS 40D
  • Canon 100-400mm zoom lens
  • 1/2500 sec. @ f7.1
  • ISO  400
  • Lens focal distance  365mm
  • Metering – center weighted
  • Aperture priority

Red-tailed Hawk

The Red-tailed Hawk is seen in great numbers.  Usually perched high atop utilital poles, sotol cactus, or trees.  One of the larger hawks found in the area.  Always beautiful to see.

  • Canon EOS 40D
  • Canon 500mm IS lens
  • 1/800 sec. @ f6.3
  • ISO 400
  • Lens focal distance  500mm
  • Metering – partial
  • Aperture priority


The Bobcat can be found almost everywhere in Texas.  They stay hidden, preferring to be loners.  So you can be very lucky, as I was, to see them in the wide open.

  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon EOS 100-400mm zoom lens
  • 1/1000 sec @ f5/6 – plus 1/3 EV adjustment
  • ISO 640
  • Lens focal distance  400mm
  • Metering – partial
  • Aperture priority