A Tale of Two Turkeys

The kids had a half-day at school, so we packed up a few things and drove out to one of our favorite locations, Hornitos California. The kids like it because there is a playground and they can walk the streets and not get hit by a car. I like it because of the old houses.

We fist stopped at the Saint Catherine’s Church. We walked around the old graveyard a bit. Didn’t take any photos here, just wasn’t “inspired” I guess.

As we drove down the hill, I saw a Turkey walking around. I had to stop and grab my camera.

Why Did the Turkey Cross the Road?

Wild Turkey at Hornitos
Wild Turkey at Hornito

Since the kids ALWAYS have to walk down the street and check out the local store, I decided to stay by the car. I saw this lone tree earlier when I was at the church but it just didn’t “work”. Maybe it was boredom or just looking at that tree from a different location, but it seem to “fit” this time. Seeing a few Turkey Vultures soaring above really helped complete the scene.

Turkey Vulture over Hornitos California
Turkey Vulture over Hornitos California

Mike Matenkosky

Mike is a Central Valley California landscape and nature photographer whose subjects include scenes from Merced County, Yosemite, SeKi, and the eastern Sierra. He is currently living in Atwater, CA.

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  1. Hey Mike great turkey picture, glad to see you posting on your blog again, I have to get mine going one more time.


  2. I really like the turkey vulture picture, it just all fits together perfectly!


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