pronghorns

Original Inhabitants

pronghorns outside Cimarron, NM

Shot beside the Santa Fe Trail

We saw these pronghorns just beside the road a few miles outside of Cimarron a couple of weeks ago. Sometimes I think about the life force that produces living, breathing creatures like this out of oxygen and dirt. They don’t look worried. Why did I wake up at 3:00 a.m.?

pronghorns east of Raton

Close encounter just off the road

We came upon them suddenly at the top of a hill, clustered at a waterhole just twenty feet from the road. I immediately stopped. They immediately started walking away. The buck stood guard between us and them, forcing me to choose which ones to photograph. By the time I’d gotten out and aimed my camera [...]

High Joy

Pronghorns in a sea of grass in northeastern NM

I think these are females. Both sexes shed their horns. »Buy This Photo!«

The pronghorns are here because you’re not. We sat parked by the side of the road for for about ten minutes, watching. Not another car came by. That’s the way it is in northeast New Mexico. Being close to wild animals like this is such a privilege. It’s more than the beasts, though. I told [...]

Earth Called

Prongorns near Cimarron, NM

Pronghorns (antelope) on the old Santa Fe Trail »Buy This Photo!«

Oh my god yes. I’m driving and shouting about the vistas. There is almost no one with us on this highway. The open space is so exhilarating. It’s not too hot and not too cold. The air is indescribable but you want it. To be a part of this! About halfway between Cimarron and Rayado, [...]

More Pronghorns

pronghorn antelope near Cimarron, NM

Telephoto shot, of course. They’re very skittish.

Most Americans call these antelope. I know we do. That’s not what they are, though, and it would be more accurate to call them “pronghorns.” Although Antilocapra americana evolved under the same conditions as Old World antelope and (except for their horns) are physiologically very similar, the animals are unique. According to Wikipedia: [The pronghorn] [...]

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