Wednesday, April 20, 2016


I love watching the osprey. They're birds who seem to tolerate humans pretty well. They allow us into their space and sometimes I like to think they are visiting with me.

This osprey was near Charlo, Mt. I take photos of them when we visit my parents. I got to watch this osprey fishing, he dived into the water five times, then he was exhausted and took a rest. He hadn't caught a fish yet....finally on the sixth dive, he caught a huge catfish.

We've always wondered when we see them flying with a fish, why the head is gone,but they seem to eat the head first. I don't know if that is for practical reasons, or if it's a delicacy to them. I did notice he scooped the eyes out first of all.

I know, poor fish.

It was pure fun to watch this guy fluffing up his beautiful feathers.

Hope you enjoyed seeing him as much as I did!
Donna Ridgway

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A bit of Montana for you....

We found these deer along the Dearborn.  They were young, and curious, and downright perfect for my camera!

We live near the Sun River, which is a popular place for wild geese.  They're nesting now, so there's a lot of activity on and near the river.  I love to sit and watch them posturing, fighting, nesting and raising their families in the Montana landscape.

Not all my photos are about animals....this is a common scene in Montana, an old, junk vehicle. Some people will say, that's junk and needs to be hauled in to the scrap yard, others of us will say, it's cute, leave it alone!  I say my photo tells a great story of older days and older ways...leave the truck alone!  But if you do haul it into Pacific Steel, at least in my photo, it's going to be in this place forever.....

A recent visitor to our bird feeder.  There are days when Robert and I are content to remain at home.  On those days, I entertain my camera with the critters outside my windows.  The curtain at the window in front of this bird feeder is pinned into such tortured patterns!  Most people would enter this house and wonder why on earth someone would do that to a curtain!  But it's the perfect camouflage for me and my camera.  If I don't hide in some way, the birds and squirrels don't stick around very long and I can't catch anything!  Some days, I wear my camo clothes inside the house so I'm hidden from their view. :)  It does help.

I hope you've enjoyed the photos.  If you'd like to purchase my work, you can find it here, in Donna Ridgway's Gallery.  Photos can be ordered in many sizes, on paper or canvas, or as notecards.  The pricing is affordable and shopping is easy and secure.  If there's an image you see on my blogs, or on my facebook page, that you would like to order, but it isn't on the site, let me know and I can upload it.

Wishing you a wonderful day...

Monday, January 3, 2011

Osprey looking down at you!

How'd you like to be supper for an osprey?  Here's a bit of how it would feel...

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Autumn Leaves, Forces of Nature, a card design.

Here's a link to purchasing this card...

I captured this image at a lake near Helena, Montana, and it inspired these words:
Wind and water
Waves and the sea
Limbs and leaves
Part of the tree
Forces of nature
Like you and me

I've combined the image with the words to create this card on my Red Bubble gallery.  Hope you like it and if you have occasion to need a very special card for someone you love, remember this one kindly...:)

Today, I'd like to give you, the peace which being in nature brings me.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Antelope photos.

We found these little guys just north of Cascade, Montana. They ran alongside the truck for a while, then they stopped to look at us. They blend into the prairie so well, their coloring is exactly like the land where they live.
Donna Ridgway

Eagle on a post. Nature photos.

Watching this eagle take flight was so interesting. As it happens, I captured the instant his talons left the post. That was exciting. He was so huge, standing on the ground, he probably would have come up to my chin! These guys give you such dirty looks when you try walking toward them, it's fun to imagine what they might be thinking.
Donna Ridgway
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