Behold the female pronghorn! The animal was semi-corralled beside the fence, allowing me to ease the car quite close, but carefully, lest I frighten her into jumping over. She could probably do this—[nope, see comments!]—but you never know. I’d never had such a view of one and thought it looked quite strange, not at all the way I’d have imagined they were built from observing them at a distance. I suspect the mane and hair along her back are raised out of alarm. This was one of dozens we saw on May 4th on the edge of the plains between Rayado and Cimarron, about ninety minutes from home.
I appreciate that most of you have never seen what some folks call an antelope up close, nor even realized that such beasts are found on Earth and live completely free, demanding nothing of us two-leggeds. It’s still a wonderment to me, and as I’ve mentioned many times, another reason why we busted ass and took the risks and tore ourselves away from all we knew and loved to come here.