Posts tagged: Jaime Johnson
WILDLIFE WATCHING — The great gray owl, widely distributed in the boreal forests of the north, also is found in a narrow swath of home range that runs south through far Eastern Washington, the Idaho Panhandle and Western Washington.
But seeing them is rare. I know birders who'd drive hundreds of miles to watch a great gray owl.
That's why Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson knew he was privileged to spend hours on three different occasions last week — shooting thousands of frames from his cameras — with a couple of the owls as they fed in a Montana forest meadow.
This particular bird kept flying and landing near me. She would then sit quietly listening. Often, she would look directly toward the snow and then lose interest.Every once in a while, she would not lose interest. She would silently fly and dive into the snow on the ground. She would go completely under the snow – Just her wing tips would stick out. Then, she would right herself and enjoy the fruits of her hunt. Sad for the mouse, but it is the circle of life.
She was probably 20 feet away on this dive. One cool thing, check out the bottom half of the beak – cool curve!
Even though great grays are huge owls, they have a taste for small rodents. They locate hidden prey with the help of large facial disks that funnel sound to their ears. Using their heft, they've been known to dive for a rodent with enough force to crash through a snow crust that's thick enough to hold a 180-pound person.
WILDLIFE WATCHING — Bighorn rams defy the concussion issue plaguing the sport of football.
With unbelievable power they reserved for the mating seasons, males prove their superiority with a challenging ram by squaring off and rising to their hind feet to “ram” their horns together. The impact sounds like the boom of a high-powered rifle. They usually back off to collect themselves, their eyes bugged out and rolling a bit — then they often do it again! And AGAIN.
Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson scored big time with bighorns this month as he found a group of rams vying for the distinction to breed.
He not only scored great profiles and head-ramming photos, but also one of the best photos I've seen of an unusually aggressive ram launching a foe airborne with a blow to the ribs. Ouch!
He also got a shots of the broken, or “broomed” ends of the tough horns on some rams after their breeding-right battles.
Finally, he visited the bighorns recently as the rut apparently had wound down, showing rams that looked a bit exhausted from the wear and tear.
PUBLIC LANDS — The calm before the storm that brings on winter. Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson reminds us why we love mountains with this scene of the Mission Mountains captured a few days ago.
One fish escapes, but look closely underwater to see the big one that didn't get away from the bruin.
HIKING — Since Congress overturned the Reagan-era restrictions on openly carrying firearms in national parks, we're seeing noticeably more heat on trails in and outside of parks nowadays.
Nevermind the research in Alaska showing that pepper spray is a much more certain defense in case of an attack by a grizzly.
But a hiker never knows what other critter might charge from the wilderness.
Here's a report from a recent hiking trip by outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson of Lincoln, Mont., to go with his photo, above. Trust me, this will leave you shaking your head.
“After a grueling hike of several hours off trail, we were set up (with our cameras) on the edge of this rockslide waiting for the pika’s to make their appearance. They seem to dislike the warm mid-day heat and become active just before dark. The entire hike in we walked through fresh grizzly digs that were made within the last one or two days.. we kept one eye watching for one to make an appearance.
“Instead, we heard approaching hikers. Yeah, I couldn’t believe it. We never see other hikers. They were trudging along the rockslide walking by. They had no clue we were even in the universe. Then to make things worse, a pika lets out a chirp right in front of them (they were about 50 yards away from us).
“The first guy draws his pistol and takes aim on the pika. Before he could shoot, I hollered out “Dude, don’t shoot the pikas.”
“Surprised by our presence, the guy jumped a foot. Then he sheepishly said, 'But he was coming right at me.'
“I said, 'Yeah, killer pika,' and shook my head.
“He seemed embarrassed, put his pistol away and continued walking.”
“ She's well aquainted with the touch of a velvet hand like a lizard on a window pane.”
- John Lennon
WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY — This photo was made last night by Lincoln, Mont., photographer Jaime Johnson, who makes more great outdoor photos in a week than most wannabe outdoor photogs make in a year.
Check out his website.
WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY — This whitetail buck should inspire some anticipation for September.
The photo was made last week by Lincoln, Mont., photographer Jaime Johnson, who makes more great outdoor photos in a week than most wannabe outdoor photogs make in a year.
“This is one of the highest whitetails I have even seen around this area – very nice,” he said.
Check out his website.