July, 2010

Jul 10

Pelicans On The Dock

Photograph of pelicans on a dock, Moss Landing, CaliforniaPelicans perch on a refrigeration unit on a dock in Moss landing, California. A fishing boat is on its way out in the early morning fog.

Jul 10

Pelicans Grooming

Photograph of pelicans grooming each other on the Moss Landing breakwaterAnother photograph from the Moss Landing breakwater. Although pelicans are a frequent sight in Moss Landing, they are an endangered species. They were placed on the Endangered Species List in 1970 due to a drastic population decline caused by the pesticide DDT. There are between 4,000 and 5,000 breeding pairs in California.

Jul 10

Brown Pelicans On The Moss Landing Breakwater

Photograph of brown pelicans On The Moss Landing breakwaterBrown pelicans are a familiar sight in Moss Landing, often sitting on jetties , wharf pilings and breakwaters. They are more gray-brown than brown and have a yellowish crown on white heads. They are gregarious creatures, as shown here on the breakwater at the entrance to the harbor. Two pelicans seem to be eye to eye.

Jul 10

Cutting Horse At Work

Photograph of a cutting horse and a calf in southeastern Washington
A demonstration of a cutting horse working with a young calf. The location was an arena at a ranch in Dusty, Washington.

Jul 10

Future Cutting Horses

Photograph of  horses in southeastern WashingtonCutting horses are trained to keep a single cow from returning to the herd after the horse and rider have separated it out. In competitions, both horse and rider are judged on their ability to separate a single cow and keep it away from the herd for a short period of time. Cutting horses are athletic animals.

Jul 10

Horse, Cowboy And Working Dog

Photograph of  horse and rider and dog in southeastern WashingtonA scene from the roundup.