Pronghorn Stampede


The theme for these is action

Not really a stampede, but they were a-hustling. We came across a large herd, I’d say thirty or more, attempting to cross U.S. 285 just south of San Antonio Mountain in northern Taos County near the Colorado line. Fortunately we and a single pickup coming the other way—he stopped—were the only traffic at the time. A few of them made it to the other shoulder, but as I pulled the truck a little closer, they got spooked and turned around. The main herd had already reversed direction like the ones above. A good thing, too. I’d probably never seen this many, certainly not walking in a line, and a lot of them looked young to me. Now I’m opining on the ages of the goddamn antelope. Anyway, it was a magnificent show.

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  • judy February 27, 2018, 3:55 PM

    I remember seeing them driving (or from the train) in Colorado. Their white butts announce “antelope.” What luck that you found a whole herd. They are handsome creatures.

    • JHF February 27, 2018, 8:41 PM

      Bighorn sheep have easily spotted white butts, too. What the heck does this mean?

  • Pete February 27, 2018, 7:28 PM

    Magnificent animals. A beautiful photograph.

    • JHF February 27, 2018, 8:46 PM

      They are, aren’t they. The wonder of it to me is that we intersected. It’s like the thing you need the most, just turning up.

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