Saturday, August 11, 2012

Amber waves of Grain


The Tiger

(Narration by Morgan Freeman)





This elusive Tiger crouches down in the tall grass.
 




She travels this route daily but today she is hungry so she stops and waits patiently.




Easily recognized by its coat of reddish-orange with dark stripes, the tiger is the largest wild cat in the world. 



They are mostly nocturnal and are ambush predators that rely on the camouflage their stripes provide. 


The powerful predator generally hunts alone, able to bring down much larger prey than themselves.



  The tiger sprints to the unsuspecting prey. 
 

Tigers occupy a variety of habitats from tropical forests, evergreen forests, woodlands and mangrove swamps to grasslands savannah and rocky country.


 
Tigers that live in cold northern areas are usually bigger and heavier than those that live in tropical habitats. 
  

 
A tiger's roar can be heard as far as two miles (three kilometers) away.






 
And can retract its claws as it walks, leaving no claw marks in its tracks.



 Next time you ride by tall grassy pasture land, beware, someone or something may be stalking you.



http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/animals/creaturefeature/tiger/

32 comments:

  1. lol - love it! Can just here that tiger rustling through the grass.

    So how long before the enraged farmer came and ran you out of his field.
    (don't ask me how I know farmers don't like folks tromping through their fields...or riding horses there either) ;)

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    1. This was on my regular route to and from work, so to build good relations I make it a habit to wave to all the neighbors working in the fields and their yards so they get to know me. I wasn't hurting anyone or their crop so it's all good.

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  2. Awesome pictures! The one you picked for your banner is perfect!

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    1. Thank you, oddly enough this is literally the same location I take a lot of my photos, just different seasons. Maybe that'll be my next post.

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  3. Fabulous story and pictures. I actually had Freeman's voice in my mind.

    I will have a different view on cornfields aware now, that a certain type of predator might be stalking me.

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    1. Ha, the power of suggestion.

      Never underestimate the sneakiness of the sneak.

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  4. LOL! Great post! Nice perspectives on the tiger. I enjoyed it immensely.

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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  5. Thank goodness you didn't capture the kill zone. Being nocturnal animals I'm glad you were able to capture it during daylight hours in such high grasses!

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    1. Hmmmmmm, that gives me an idea but it's too late, the fields are down now. Thinking, thinking.......

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  6. That first photo is a belter!

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    1. Thank you....

      ...I had to Google "belter"

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  7. Troubadour:

    those are GREAT photos ! I really liked them. I just wondered how you managed to ride into those fields. It must have been hot with all your gear, you have been getting lots of heat this week

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast
    My Flickr // My YouTube

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    1. It has been hot. I've been busy in the classroom and trying to help the instructors out on the range when I'm done to make it easier on them in this heat. It as 95º today.

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  8. I also like the pictures and the concept. Very imaginative.

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    1. Thanks Richard, every once in awhile I actually capture and convey what's going on in my head and it turns out well.

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  9. Troubadour,

    I loved your post! I am going to tweet it on twitter. Pictures are beautiful, love the contrast between the red and gold of the wheat. I could hear Morgan Freeman reading it in my mind, I guess power of suggestion and the fact that his voice is on every visa commercial for the Olympics.

    Loved your post!

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    1. Thanks Dar, I was having a little fun, glad you liked it.

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  10. Is it true that the Chinese value the parts of a tiger for their aphrodisiac properties? Do tell..

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    1. I can tell you that twisting the throttle certainly excites me ;)

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  11. Yes...They love a tasty BMWs (Big Meat Wagon)..and can verify that they enjoy snacking on larger Suzuki's...

    They smaller game has an agility, and weight edge in their natural environment that makes the energy expenditure and return too high to pursue....

    I love my Tiger......Can't ever imagine not owning one....

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    1. BMW, that's funny, and yes energy expenditure and return must be taken into consideration.

      This is the best bike I have ever owned, I too will always have a Tiger in the garage.

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  12. Creataive concept and fun photos.

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  13. Brad,

    I'm with Mike regarding that first photo. Something which I'd imaginr that Triumph would be proud to feature on their official sites.

    Well done, that man!

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    1. Thank you Geoff, maybe I should send it their way.

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  14. Great photos! Orange on wheat background. Nicely done.

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    1. Thanks Cesar, I was surprised how well they turned out.

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