Wild Burros

Red Rock Canyon is full of wildlife although I saw very little on this winter day.  Literature mentions Desert Tortoises (I’m sure they were hibernating for the winter), Big Horn Sheep (saw one as a speck in the distance) and wild Horses and Wild Burros.

As I was leaving Red Rock Canyon, down by the small community of Blue Diamond, I ran across some Wild Burros along the hillside.

Wild Burros“Burro” is the Spanish name for Donkey.  Burros were used heavily in this area for mining in the olden days.

Burro behind Fence“Wild” seemed to be a misnomer.  This one seemed to be very tame and friendly – probably fed too often by visitors (against the law and punishable by a fine).  A barbed wire fence separated the Burros on the hill from the highway.

Burro behind Fence 2I wanted some photos up close of the critter but having fence wire in the picture seemed to bring into question the idea it was “Wild”.  I had to walk away for the Burro to lose interest and walk his way too.

Burro CloseupThis Burro liked having his ears scratched.  Each time I quit, he showed his displeasure and let out a loud “bray” which showed his teeth.  Those dirty chompers look like they could really do some damage if your fingers got too close.Braying Burro

Take a look at the other photos in the gallery.  I liked how his nostrils flared just before he let loose his tirade.

FalconFor a short time my attention turned to this beautiful falcon (just guessing since I flunked Audubon school) and I tried to capture a decent image of it.  To get closer images, most bird photographers have those $7,000+ long bazooka sized lenses that is beyond the scope of my daily needs.  I have to settle for hoping the predator flies closer.

Falcon 2When I looked back to locate my wild friend who liked his ears scratched, I was surprised to see it walk through a break in the fence to cross the highway towards Blue Diamond. This looked like a tragedy about to take place.

Potential Tragedy

Apparently automobile -burro collisions are a fairly common tragedy in this area.

Wild Burro and CarsMotorcyclists at risk hitting the burro here.

Wild Burro and MotorcyclesHe seemed to know how to wait for traffic and look both ways before crossing.

Wild Burro Crossing HighwayAs I drove through Blue Diamond, I ran across this humorous sign. SIGN.  Since I was driving and didn’t take my own photo, I linked to someone else’s picture.

More Burro & Falcon photos in this gallery: Red Rock Canyon

Next up – Valley of Fire

About Ron Ludekens

God created a marvelous world full of wonderful sights and people. He is the Creator and it is His Palette of beauty that Ron Ludekens tries to capture as photographic images. Images of nature or images of people and their lives - both reflect the handiwork of the Creator. Ron is a photographer living in Visalia, California - part of the great Central Valley. He is immediately surrounded by agriculture and all the hard working people that feed our world. A short distance away are the grand Sierra Nevada mountains, impressive National Parks and, wider still, the vast diversity that California has to offer. Ron is one of the family owners of the L.E. Cooke Co Wholesale Nursery - a leader in the horticulture industry of North America. Even on the job, his camera is always near by. His photos for the nursery trade have been published in print and around the websites of nurseries across America. Ron is also a leader in his church and its missions. Ron's photography has been a resource the church uses in its communications and message. Plus photos of all the fun things we do are shared among members and friends. Ron also loves capturing precious moments in lives of people. Weddings, senior portraits, graduations, family gatherings, maternity and special events. Ron will not shoot more than four weddings a year to provide the attention to detail and followup that is required for such an important milestone event in the lives of the couple. Ron can be reached at 559-732-7165 or cell 559-967-5370.
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