Everyone knows the fastest land animal in the world is the cheetah, but not everyone knows the second fastest animal in the world is the North American Pronghorn Antelope. Pronghorns can run up to 55 mph for .5 miles. They can run 35 mph for up to 4 miles. In fact, they can run at high speeds for more sustained periods than African Cheetahs.
This is a puzzling ability because no predator in North America can run fast enough to catch a pronghorn, so why is it necessary for pronghorns to run this fast?
Biologists believe that pronghorns evolved to run these speeds in order to evade the now extinct American Cheetah.
During the Pleistocene era, there were twelve species of pronghorns in North America. By the time humans settled on the continent there were five.
We are now left with one remaining species. Pronghorns are in fact not antelopes at all but a unique species named Antilocapra Americana. Handsome creatures aren’t they?
Pronghorns range all over the American west, into Canada and northern Mexico.
They have the longest land migration of any species in the continental US.
They migrate 300 miles roundtrip, between Wyoming’s Upper Green River Basin,
and Grand Teton National Park.
Cheers to you from the fascinating Antilocapra Americana~
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Fascinating…love your posts.
Awwww, makes me happy to post them! <3
> Handsome creatures aren’t they?
Like these pictures, the North American Pronghorn Antelope are very beautiful. They must be good citizens too, for they don’t run faster than the typical speed limit of a two-lane highway – 55 mph… lol! 🙂
I could have said they evolved to race north american automobiles but it probably isn’t true! But who knows? No one drives much faster than 55mph and winding national park roads! 😉
What a gorgeous animal….I especially like the markings. But we’ll have to change the song:
O give me a home
where the buffalo roam
where the deer and
the almost-antelope play…..
Cracking up, where the deer and the Antilocapra Americana play! I wonder how you pronounce that? 😉
Aren’t they lovely.
They are, and no wonder they don’t worry when I creep up on them, they can easily leave me in the dust!
So graceful too, I bet.
Yes, extremely graceful, like impalas, but not good jumpers suprisingly.
Thanks for lots of cool facts that I never knew before with some beautiful pronghorn pics. That mirrored shot with the mountain and lake is gorgeous! I love armchair traveling with you! 🙂
I love having you along even more! <3
Beautiful photos and a terrific story, Cindy!
Awwww, shucks, thank you! 🙂
Cindy, you would make such a great nature documentary narrator! You sure know how to pair images and information in a way that makes learning facts fun and memorable! What incredibly beautiful creatures. So sad that we’re down to one pronghorn species. ~Lynn
You are such a good friend Lynn. I know from 12 species to 1. This leaves us no room for error with the remaining pronghorns. Plus, can you even imagine a north american cheetah???? That really gets my imagination going!
Yeah, I know! I just looked up pronghorns and the North American cheetah to see if there are any good approximations to what they looked like from what scientists can put together. However, nothing beats the real thing of course.
I’m going to do that now…….great minds…. 😉 😉
The eyes and eyelashes got me right away! Glad you see the beauty too~
Wow, think of all the calories they burn running that fast. 😉
That shot of the mountains with the reflection in the water is gorgeous!
I know, it’s not fair about the calories, plus they only eat grass. I like to eat mud pie. If I ran 35mph for 4 miles everyday, maybe I could eat some mudpie everyday! Of course, I’ve have to be WILLING to run 4 miles everyday…….I’m not of course, so I just have to settle on eating grass.
Yum, mudpie. Very tasty. 🙂
I make it in all these different iterations, about once every two months, when I can actually eat it! But I did just cheat and made two in a row. It was just for my son of course……. 😉 😉
This is so cool, Cindy! I actually wrote a picture book story about how the pronghorn is not an antelope. My former agent got some interest in it but ultimately, it was never bought and might have to scrapped. I really love your photos!!
Well that’s not right. What’s wrong with your former agent? Now wonder he/she is former! Pronghorns really are fascinating and little understood creatures. I want to read your picture book story!
Well, in her defense, she tried as hard as she could to sell it. It is mostly the fault of the editors who passed on the story. Some day, when I get more desperate, I may even try to self-publish. It’s a funny story with good back matter. I believe in it. Thank you for the encouragement! xo
That’s very interesting indeed, Cindy. I would have thought the second fastest animal would have been another big cat.
Your landscape shots are stunning. Especially the first and second-last ones, took my breath away!
It is always such a treat for me to hear from you Halim! Everytime I do, I pop over to your blog to make sure I am not missing anything, which I am going to do now! Be well my friend~
Oh thank you! Cheers to you, my friend!
Thank you! I learned something new about a little known American species!
So did I in doing this post. Fascinating aren’t they, with such a long evolutionary history!
That pic of the almost smiling antelope is priceless. Also the mountain reflected in the lake is extremely well done.. More Moose More Moose!
Cracking up! I love a lover of mooses! 😉
Are you ear frostbite falls Montana.. Bullwinkles stomping grounds?
I actually just google mapped this. LMAO! I couldn’t find it in Montana, although google maps put me in Glacier, so I almost responded to you incorrectly. Quelle Horror! But then I was thinking about Bullwinkle and remembered he lives in Minnesota. So no, I was not near Frosbite Falls Minnesota! I am home at The Holler now btw, but I just enjoyed the heck out of this whole episode! 😉 😉 😉
They can certainly make silly faces. Gorgeous landscapes.
Yes! Who knew??? Not me! 😉 🙂
Love the history lesson! And they certainly Are beautiful!
They are! Their coloration and big lashy eyes are gorgeous!
Wonderful photos Cindy. I love Pronghorn!
I do too and I don’t get to see them very often.
Stunning photos Cindy, especially the Upper Green in Wyoming one. I’d love to see that area. And I learned a lot about pronghorns! Thanks.
Thank you! There will be a test on Tuesday! 😉 😉
I’ll probably flunk, but you make learning fun. 🙂
Can’t you imagine the test:
The pronghorn is not an antelope it is a:
C. Antilocapra Americana
D. None of Above
E. A & B
These are the kinda classes, I took in college which is why I had such a high GPA!
Beautiful Pronghorn photos! They have a special place in my heart… Love all your photos – you have a great eye …
Well thank you! That is very thoughtful and much appreciated.
I love blogging, each and every day I learn more than I knew the day before and it’s thanx to amazing and informative blogs like this 🙂
I feel exactly the same way. Blogs provide my principal source of information now and I feel much better informed than I did when I read mass media. Plus blogs cover the depth and the breadth of the entire world. I love blogs and bloggers!
I know…. the saying that “The world is Your Oyster ” is very true in the blogging world 🙂
They say it (American) is more linked to cougar…very interesting reading about something I never knew about, including the fab Pronghorn. Love these type posts. Most good healthy animals will get away, predators need enough speed to get to the unhealthy, injured or young.
Very true about predators and about cougars. I so wish I could get a photo of a cougar, but it is highly unlikely. One walked down the street once where I used to live, but I wasn’t there. They do something like this occasionally, but sightings are very rare. Best chance is with a critter cam.
Like the leopards here…
They are so gorgeous and I was so lucky to see and photograph one!
Oh my! What a beautiful creature and at our doorstep. Photos are breathless.
Oh, you are very kind and glad you appreciate these beautiful and unique creatures. Cheers to you~
I love the bands around their necks. What absolutely gorgeous scenery! Thank you for sharing these beautiful shots.
Thank you more for appreciating them Laura! <3
So happy you like them! They are remarkable. Cheers to you~ <3
Wow, impressive. They are so beautiful. Wonderful photographs.
They are little beauties aren’t they! So glad you like them and happy Saturday~
I had no idea Cindy! Such fantastic photos to go with your informative post.
Merci beaucoup mon ami!
Bonjour, quel magnifique pays, magnifique nature ! L”antilope d’Amérique ! le guépard !
Merci beaucoup! Vous etes tres gentil! <3
What a beautiful area and the pronghorn antelope is a beautiful animal with striking markings.
Isn’t he gorgeous and his home territory is too! Glad you enjoyed & cheers~
Fantastic photos of Not an Antelope. What a beautiful creature, and I so loved learning about them. Lovely post Cindy.
Awwwww, thank you for your thoughtfulness!
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Hugs and gratitude! <3
Sempre belli i tuoi articoli. Molto belle le foto
Lei e un amico molto gentile!
Dico solo la verità 🙂
I can’t believe how vivid and vibrant your photos. How close were you? Truly amazing. 🙂
They let you get kinda close because obviously, they can run away if they want! Thanks so much for your kindness Rebecca~ <3
Now these were very interesting facts for sure Cindy and it’s such a gorgeous animal! I am glad it is able to outrun the Cheetah. Such a beautiful animal shouldn’t be eaten. They are handsome indeed and you took the most amazing shots of it. I love those beautiful rings around the neck. Absolutely adorable! 😀
Wow! Those sights make me want to jump in and just go and sit by the lake. Hubby would definitely enjoy some flyfishing there for sure. Excellent captures Cindy! Thanks for sharing all this beauty. 😀
Thank you much more for your very kind appreciation & cheers to you my friend~
You are very welcome Cindy. 😀
Beautiful! How big are they?
They are smallish, a bit smaller than African Impalas, and definitely smaller then deer.
Thank you – I’d never heard of the before; they’re beautiful creatures.
They are delicate and gentle, but fast as lightening!
Es muy interesante lo que nos cuentas del berrendo. Yo desconocía que fuese tan rápido. Y, además, es un animal bonito y elegante. Las fotos nos muestran un lugar paradisíaco. 😉
Son increíbles animales verdad mi amiga? Tan contento que ellos y feliz Sabado gusta a tu! <3 <3
I loved the first pic most…. it is tooooo cute… <3
He is a darn cute critter, glad you like him!
Beautiful markings Cindy and the head reminds me a bit of an alpaca. Stunning scenery with just a tinge of autumn.
He is like a less furry alpaca. I think they may have walked over the Bering Strait and came originally from Asia back in the dawns of time.
That would be quite possible millions of years ago
Thanks for the beautiful photos and the fascinating information Cindy. I never would have guessed that that was the fastest animal we have.
It was news to me too!
I learn something new every day!! Thanks Cindy! Would you just look at those beautiful eyes!
I know the eyes and the lashes are pretty amazing!
It may be the second fastest animal but what pretty markings – beautiful!
Yes, a lovely gentle looking creature!
Cindy, these are wonderful photos of this handsome fellow and his gorgeous habitat 🙂 I’m assuming you used a pretty hefty zoom lens? Thanks for the lesson too. I love learning new things 🙂
These guys don’t require too much zoom, since they can run so fast, they let you get pretty close if you are quiet and slow. They always have a male guard and the flock just contentedly munches!
That is amazing to know. I guess without the need for such speed, they will loose that over time. Nice pictures of them. They are cute.
Yes, I suppose they may de-volve! 😉
Looks like that one Antelope is saying: “Hey are taking my picture???” 🙂 I love the wonderful facts you include in your photographs! Beautiful animals!!! Hugz Lisa and Bear
They do have comical facial expressions don’t they!
Thanks for sharing the sweeping landscapes and precious wildlife.
Thank you more for appreciating both! <3
Again such stunning scenery ~ and you capture the heart of the antelope so well ~ you really do amaze me with some of the shots you are able to get. Brilliant 🙂
Honored, and touched. Thank you Randall.
Imagine the scenery they see on that 300 mile trek.:D
I think that is why they have such wide eyes!!! 😉
Those are some fantastic photos, Cindy!
Thank you! Very much appreciated.
What beautiful creatures! And thank you soooo much for both the photos and the interesting information. Wow, who knew?!
Not me, that’s for sure! I learn from writing and reading blogs everyday! 🙂
The pronghorns are delightfully charming!（★￣∀￣★）
I need to take a class from you! When are you teaching it?
Lesson 1: Highlight my emoticon, then copy and paste it. (￣▽￣)ノ
Oh, duh! Why didn’t I think of that. It seems like stealing, but since you told me how to do it……….Thank you! (￣▽￣)ノ
I always thought the Gazelle was the 2nd fastest land animal… next to the Cheetah. Was I mistaken? Lovely pics and great post as usual, Cindy. 🙂
Yeah, I probably thought this too, but gazelles are not as fast as pronghorns. I guess the theory with the gazelles is numbers. There are so many thousands of them, that the majority survive.
It’s interesting all the same.
Glad you think so too!
Nice place !
Nicely done. Great pics and knowledge in snippets that I can cope with. 😀 😀
That is the only way I can cope with knowlege either! 😉
I keep staring at those beautiful eyes with the long lashes! Lovely post, Cindy!
Aren’t those soulful eyes! Giraffe has these limpid, gorgeous eyes, with long lashes too~
What a beautiful animal Cindy 😀
I thought so too!
Amazing photos, and thanks for the history. It’s so wonderful to learn about the American Pronghorn. I had no idea.
I was learning as I was writing!
Beautiful wild country these animals roam. The sweet face reminds me somewhat of a llama; the way the eyelid comes a bit over the eye, Fascinating creature.
Yes, Pauline mentioned alpaca, and I agree, both in the coloring and the limpid eyes with long dark lashes!
Kim Novak [although I was too dense to know who she was and thought nothing to running all over in my VW with her when we lived in Monterey] had a large heard of llama. She introduced us to the loving nature of llamas and from there to alpacas. We kept 2 alpacas for a little over a year and it did wonders for Tom’s depression. They’d follow him everywhere [his little dog wasn’t amused but he got used to it]. Of course the move to DC meant no to the alpacas but I still think we could have hid them in our backyard:) Let’s face it – they make no noise and their poop doesn’t stink. We lived in an area with zero outside noise – – – from DC we went to Oregon and then N.C. so it would have worked out and I could be cuddling one right now!!! What wonderful memories you help me recall — I swear, you’ve become a therapist again through your photos. I’m sure you thought you’d left that field far behind with your fabulous life as a photographer. You have the ability to stir some of my strongest emotions with your photography but they are the good memories that have been dormant. I’d forgotten about the alpacas bringing us such joy in a time of such sadness. Thank you, my dear friend.
Oh Sheri, you are such a lovely person. Yours sentiments moved my heart.
The vegan grazers, giraffe, impala, deer, pronghorns, alpaca, etc., have these incredibly gentle, beautiful eyes. When you look in them you sense this gentleness of spirit that is intuitively calming and even spirtual to some humans. People who sense this and respond to it have gentle hearts, as you do Sheri, and does Tom. Animals sense this reponse in humans and respond with trust, which is why the alpacas followed Tom around. Even wild grazers do this. They are curious about humans whom they perceive as non-threatening and they let you get close. I am not at all suprised that you raised alpacas, or that you were friends with Kim Novak. She loves the wild creatures and can see in their hearts, which is why she wisely chose you for a friend. <3
interesting – I didn’t know. Good to learn new things every day! Great shots as usual.
Mil grazi and happy weekend!
Happy weekend to you and yours!
Oh, it is an amazing and magnificent creature! I never heard of it before.
American Cheetah? When did they disappear? Never heard of that, either. I must be living in a cave somewhere.
Cindy, your shot of the mountain reflected in the lake is marvelous!
This is a special post, thank you!!!!
You know I just found out this morning that I deleted 50% of the images in my posts, hence I deleted half my posts. Pffffffffst…….gone with a backstroke. I am working on Zen-ing myself right now. All is impermanent…..ommmmmmm. So thank you for saying this post is special and I didn’t even delete it!!! Whoooopeeeee!
Eek! That is not a fun thing to happen!
Cindy, I am ever paranoid about this kind of computer mishap.
So, every 2 months I create an XML file.
It is in the “Tools” section of your Dashboard.
It says “Export Blog”& you export a copy of your entire blog onto your Desktop. It is in a Zip File. It does not disturb your blog….everything is still there.
I copy the XML onto a USB stick, & hide another copy on my hard drive.
Thanks for reminding me! It’s time to create an XML of my Art Gowns!
Oh my gosh! I will do this. Thank you! It is like closing the barn door after the horse ran out!
Such a gorgeous creature! Your photos always make me marvel at the wonder of nature and your descriptions often remind me about the destructiveness of humankind (5 species down to one).
Yes, both these competing images and concepts are always at the back of my mind. Thank you for articulating it so clearly. <3
Your posts speak volumes.
I am honored. Thank you.
Beautiful animals and what an environment. I was all ready to pack up and move.
xxx Massive Hugs xxx
Well, you certainly could visit! 😉
These fast charmers have such beautiful eyes, with long lashes a little bit like giraffe’s. Thanks for the introduction Cindy!
Yep, your African knownledge shows. That I exactly what I thought when I saw the eyes. Gentle grazer eyes!
Educational and aesthetically perfect! I had no idea that antelopes were so fast.
Neither did I! I lear a lot from reading, and writing, blogs!
Stunning photos, absolutely beautiful!
Awwwww thank you. I deleted 50% of my blog photos today, hence 50% of my posts. Gone poooooof! Isn’t that clever of me? So I was feeling sorry for myself. Your comment cheered me up. Thank you!
If done immediately, Ctrl Z will undo or restore what you just did. Youngest son told me this. I said it wasn’t working, after a few weeks. Ha! I was mashing Ctrl X. Guess what that does. For a few hours, sometimes more, some items are cached in the trash file, or the history files, and can be restored. A couple of times I found that the camera itself had a history seperate from the memory card. I found it by accident … and lost it again among all the multi-function icons … maybe the images are stored somewhere? The ones you have used are so gorgeous.
The year I was 4.5 – 5.5 we lived in Montana. I remember flying over hills in a jeep following Pronghorns in the fall. I still have rocks I picked up in the Grand Tetons after the spring thaw.
Thank you for high lighting nature’s glory with your own unique and beautiful vision. Thank you.
Oh, I wish I knew this. I lost 50% of my posts, and a few of the remaining posts had missing photos so I had to go back and substitute photos that weren’t from that actual time frame, which I didn’t like doing. It seems ungenuine somehow. I like accuracy. The error happened with WordPress’s Media Gallery. I had a gazillion photos in it and I decided to clear some out and free up some space. So I deleted a bunch of photos. After deleting, I saw that this permanently removed photos from already posted posts. So I have a bunch of links to posts out there with no photos in them. I wonder if this means, that when we stop paying for wordpress, all our photos will disappear from out posts. Maybe our posts themselves will be deleted once we stop payiing. If so, this is not a very good deal. Because posts that we paid for shouldn’t be deleted. Aw well, all is impermanent……
What a memory of chasing the pronghorns in the jeep! How thrilling! I spent some childhood summers in The Tetons. I remember the wolves howling us to sleep in our cabin and riding my horse Moose all the over the place, including back and forth across The Snake River. I also used to lie in the meadows, playing dead, hoping the eagles would fly down to investigate me. They never did of course! 😉 The Tetons in the summertime are made for kids and memories! Love it that you have these memories too~
And pack rats … hahaha
Do you keep an email copy of your posts? Copy paste to another file..quick. The link might not work, but copy paste will … unless you have one of those alarm anti-copy whatsits Try. Maybe someone with an email follow instead of reader has them? Your husband or son or someone like that?
Yep, I need to do something. Thanks for the prompt and the good ideas. <3
More amazing creatures captured so beautifully by you. And fascinating facts of the Pronghorn and the Cheetah. Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend! 🙂
I keep thinking about what it would be like to have cheetahs in the western US!! Happy Sunday Linda~
Except we couldn’t outrun them! Beautiful creatures though! 😀
No, we couldn’t, but they are not super aggressive to humans.
Wonderful pics and I didn’t know it was the second fastest animal, thank you for sharing Cindy! <3
Neither did I!
I didn’t know this about the pronghorns. They sure are fast, Cindy. They also have a gentle look about them. Great photos, as always.
Merci beaucoup mon ami~
Grazie a te per il tuo bel blog! ☺
Grazie ancora per la vostra meravigliosa blog! <3
Beautiful pics once again! Sad the American Cheetah is extinct – looks like the Antelope won that one. 😉
Yes, I want to have cheetahs at The Holler!!
I didn’t know the American Pronghorn is the second fastest. What a beauty!! The last two images are breathtaking. 🙂
Awwww, thanks Amy and happy Sunday!
I didn’t know this, an antelope-goat! They are truly handsome and the scenery is so very special. I particularly love the shot of the Grand Teton National Park.
Thank you Hilary, we have some pretty amazing national parks!
Beautiful and informative post, delightful images, Cindy!
So when are you coming to the American West? I hope you do. My kids are planning a Switzerland/Germany trip next year, so it’s a fair exchange!
Very much appreciated!
Completely loved this entire piece.
Awwww, thank you! Made my night. <3
Wow these are gorgeous pictures!!!! first, simply beautiful animals, you have captured every detail for us to enjoy! I can’t believe they are so fast. Second, the pictures of the water, the mountains, reflections,ohhhh really what amazing photos. Thank you so much for sharing such beauty!!!
Thank you much more for taking the time to tell me such nice things. People like you are why I love to blog!
You are most welcome! your pictures bring things to me I would never imagine seeing!!
The pics of the pronghorns are fantastic. As far as their running, I think they just like to show off…, that, and maybe they just like the feel of the wind on their faces. The pic of the mountain reflected in the lake remind me of one of my secret Montana trout fishing holes. It was just on the east side of Yellowstone, southeast of Waldo (Yes ! I found Waldo !). A 3 mile hike from there was a place locals called Emerald Lake where there were golden trout, one of the most beautiful fish I’ve ever caught. Anyway, thanks for dredging up memories of beautiful places and things with your pics and posts. The biology lessons are nice too ! Hugs !
I remember an Emerald Lake well from when I was young. The baby trout would nibble your toes and it tickled. I wonder if it is the same. The east side of Yellowstone is pretty amazing. I haven’t done the Yellowstone scenery pics yet. You can definitely tell we are related, because we love these same gorgeous parts of the country. My other cousins, Mike and John, love Yellowstone and The Tetons too and fish there all the time!
Fantastische Aufnahmen liebe Cindy. Danke fürs zeigen und liebe Grüsse. Ernst
Herzliche Gruße an euch, liebe Ernst und danken Ihnen auch!
What an amazing animal. Great photos!!
So pleased you like him too! Thank you~
Wow! Fascinating full of information I did not know. Maybe they run for the joy of it? 🙂
Yes, I think so! I had a dream about them full of joy at a full run!
Don’t we have mountain lions and bear? Maybe they run so fast because they enjoy it. Or maybe it helps them migrate somehow. Fascinating.
We do have mountain lions and bears, but they can’t run 55mph, poor dears! I think they must enjoy it and I had a dream about this last night. I dreamed of them running full tilt acorss the plains just for the joy of it! <3
That was you running across the plains just for the joy! 🙂 I can see you in my mind’s eye.
…and it looks gracefully!
Very delicate looking and graceful creature, I agree with you!
Love these animal posts!
Yay! Cuz’ I sure love taking them! <3
Who knew? I certainly did not Cindy! They are delightful!! And what an amazing landscape they live in. beautiful captures!
They have to be so pretty, I bet, so they blend in with their surroundings! 😉
I like that perspective Cindy! xo
Beautiful animals! I once saw some of them near Jackson, WY. They were running very fast. By the time I raised my camera and tried to focus on them, they were gone.
This is where I saw them too, and on the approach into Yellowstone. This is part of their migration route. Wonderful creatures aren’t they!
Okay Cindy….bear with me while I go on my rant & Cindy worship, lol 😉 First off, the pictures of Wyoming…SPECTACULAR!! So much so, that Inion just informed everyone she’s moving there!! lol Secondly, I’m going to show my dummy-side. I had no clue that there even was an “American Cheetah.” For real!! So I Googled it and sure enough, just as you said, extinct. So you’ve taught us something. They were beautiful creatures, how sad!! As for the Pronghorns, they are such beautiful creatures as well. But our favorite by far was the pictures of Wyoming. You’ve left us once again in awe of your artful eye and magical gift!! 😉 xoxo Sharing this now!!
Blogging is so much fun for me because it lets me make friends with people like you two! I would never meet such creative, brilliant, supportive and fun friends like you if it weren’t for blogging! I have wanted to move to Wyoming since I was a kid! So if Inion moves there, that’s it, I will too. (Don’t tell my husband yet though!) Love you both & cheers! <3 <3
Inion, here. And, I’m so ready to pack my bags. Matter of fact I’ll pick you up on the way there. 🙂 Have to say, Cindy I use your pictures as wallpapers for my computer and phone. They literally take my breath away. Funny enough you were the inspiration for one of our lines in Nightwalkers: The Secret of Jessup. The MC moves from Southwest Florida to Northwest Oregon. When she sees the grandeur of the mountains she says, “I used to have this kind of scenery on my desktop as wallpaper, but that was the limit of my experience with Utopias.” That’s how we feel when we look at your pictures. Love you!
Ahhhhhhh……Tell me when you think you will arrive and I’ll be packed and ready! So looking forward to reading your book. It makes me very happy to think what I do might make someone feel good. I am just parlaying Mother Nature’s eternal message. Thank you so much for hearing her. <3 <3
Interesting tidbit – I didn’t know that Pronghorns were that fast.
Your pictures are gorgeous. They make me want to hop in the car and take a loooong drive westward.
Do it, please! It will make you happy~
I am sure!!
Aren’t they lovely animals. I didn’t know about their migration patterns or speeds. Thanks Cindy. –Curt
I didn’t know about this either.I am still tripping on the American Cheetah!!
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Wonderful photographs of the pronghorn – North America’s antelope!
So very thoughtful and very much appreciated! Happy Monday~
That’s fast for that long? Wow … Hi Cindy!
We must of had some very speedy predators back in the dino days!! 😉
And you got that close?! I am in awe! Beautiful shots, too!
I think the trick is to only approach the guarding male and completely ignore the female harem and fawns. The male will watch you, but if you only are looking at him, he may hold his ground. They never ran off. Of course they just could have been tired, or hungry or both, or maybe I just looked very non-threatening. I think it’s the latter……. 😉 😉
Beautiful shots of nature Cindy!
Awwww, so happy you enjoyed! <3
The pronghorns are so cool! It was getting close to the rut when we visited Yellowstone and what a job he had to try keeping his harem in one spot…hehe. It was quite entertaining to watch him chase the girls back into his little harem:)
That was just like the elk in Yellowstone during the rut. These guys run themselves ragged, and the females just wander off chewing their cud! Bugle, bugle! More females wander off! 😉
You are so right:) I can just visualise that scene playing out on the lawn in Mammoth:)
#2 – who knew It’s rare that #2s get remembered.
Cheers to #2s!
And – wow on that landscape!
2’s rule!!! Cheers my friend!
Simply amazing! Thank you for sharing this. ~Rita
Thank you more for the appreciation!
Lovely animal and great photos!
Thank you and most appreciated!
Amazing photographs! I have never seen them running – they didn’t have to, I guess. Thank you for sharing all these beautiful posts!
I have seen them running. They are like lightening. It was a bigger thrill to have them let me get near though!
Wow, I would love to see that. I saw them on Antelope Island, not far from the road. So beautiful.
They are exquisite creatures like gazelles. In Africa people would say, “it’s so comman it’s just a gazelle.” To me they were magical and so beautiful!
Those landscape picture are just breathtaking!!! 🙂
Your kindness is much appreciated!
No problem 🙂
Good facts that I never knew about. I’m going to look into the American cheetah more.
Beautiful landscape. Just remarkable.
Yes, I googled the cheetah too. Amazing that we had these gorgeous creatures here. Wish we still did!
Fabulous! 🙂 🙂
These are breathtaking photos, Cindy. Wow.
So very pleased you enjoyed them Cynthia and be well my friend~
Interesting information, Cindy. Thanks for sharing. Beautiful pictures. 🙂
Very pleased you enjoyed and cheers to you!
Great facts and gorgeous pictures! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you more for appreciating the Pronghorns!
If they can run faster than a speeding bullet that should help their survival since there is a predator out there that doesn’t have to run to catch its prey.
Exactly, although I don’t think evolution has worked quickly enough to have adapted them for escaping cars, it is still in their best interest to be able too!
Gorgeous! I’ve always loved pronghorn. Can’t believe you got so close that you could capture their beautifully long eyelashes!
Aren’t they gorgeous! Their eyelashes are much like giraffes who have the prettiest eyes I’ve ever seen.
Oh I agree! I had the opportunity once to get a close-up of a baby giraffe’s face with extra long eyelashes. Classic!
What a beautiful story! And Antilocapra is very cute! Also, a good runner.
So pleased you like him!
On my bucket list
Yay! You will be very glad when you go~
Lovely basin. Wishing you all things good this year, C.
Thank you & Happy New Year to you my friend!