“H” Challenge: Happiness Is…

Nature Comes To You
Nature Comes To You, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  Click on photo to enlarge.

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Happiness is…

…when nature comes to you!

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Have you ever experienced a welcome approach from nature’s critters when you’re not even trying to approach them?  Serendipity!

When the fawns were first making their appearance last month, which is the usual time they are born here, I selected a spot in our backyard where I could sit with my camera and zoom lens, and hopefully get some photos.  Unexpectedly, two sibling fawns that were only a few days old started walking towards me.  I didn’t try to approach them; I didn’t extend my hand out to them; I just stayed in my spot taking photos.

One fawn seemed very curious about this two-legged creature with a funny box in front of her face, and came in for a much closer look.  Inquisitive Bambi came so close to me that my camera couldn’t focus in for a photo!  Now how often does that happen!  (Usually my problem is that they are too far away to get a good photo.)  She/he was just over a meter (four feet) away from me.  The other sibling maintained more distance and came as close as about three meters away.

I find the same thing with some of the birds in our yard, especially the hummingbirds, chickadees and scrub jays.  When we don’t try to approach them, they come closer to us.  Some of the hummingbirds get close enough for me to capture a photo with a macro lens…and just a few days ago, hubby and I were on our back deck talking when a chickadee landed on his shoulder!  I wish I had my camera with me at that time!

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Happiness Is…

Skyline Sunset
Skyline Sunset, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (click on photo to enlarge)
Linking up with Rural Thursday.
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…a summer sunset picnic high in the mountains!

A couple of weeks ago, hubby and I took a drive up a popular mountain trail in northern Utah, USA named Skyline Drive to have a sunset picnic and capture some sunset photos.  This trail is a 24-mile rocky dirt road located along the beautiful Wasatch Range mountains between Bountiful, Utah, and Farmington, Utah.  The starting altitude is about 4,550 feet and climbs to about 9,200 feet.  Along the way, you can see great mountain scenery, forests and spectacular views of the Great Salt Lake.  We started this trail on the Bountiful side and were at the very top of this trail when we took the photo above.  It was quite windy at the peak that day, making it difficult to hold the camera and tripod steady, but we still got some nice photos.  (Bountiful is Utah’s second settlement after Salt Lake City, which is the state’s capital.)

This post is also for Island Traveler’s theme this week of Weekly Image of Life: Breathtaking.

If you happen to have an image or posting with your own interpretation of “Happiness Is…”, feel free to include the link in the comments below.

Happiness Is…

Hummingbird Peek-a-boo
Hummingbird Peek-a-boo, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (click on photo to enlarge)
Linking up with Nature Notes and Rural Thursday.
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…playing peek-a-boo with a hummingbird!

I am submitting this photo for the weekly photography challenge at the Digital Photography School website.  The theme for this week is “movement” (the hummingbird wing represents movement).

If you happen to have an image or posting with your own interpretation of “Happiness Is…”, feel free to include the link in the comments below.