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I’m sitting in a meadow near Harrison Lake, watching a pair of Short-eared Owls courting high above me. Their soft “wup-wup-wups” and the wing-clapping of the male is surprisingly loud, even when they’re hundreds of feet away. A pair … Continue reading
Blowing snow, blowing wind….freezing my tush off. Springtime in Yellowstone. A ghostly coyote wanders through the blowing snow. I don’t imagine he’s too impressed with the weather, either. The trade off, of course, is an empty park. And … Continue reading
The snow geese are landing, the eagles are in their nests, and the meadowlarks have found their favorite fence posts. Nature keeps on truckin’, and all’s well in this little corner of the world… Happy spring!
Cacti have spines. I know that. I mean, it’s really pretty obvious. What I didn’t know until too late is that some cacti have really tiny spines: so tiny that you don’t notice them. It would have helped to know … Continue reading
Breaking trail on a perfect winter day in Yellowstone. See you in the Spring, Yellowstone!
Yesterday’s task was to try and find a Great Horned Owl that we knew was hanging around some old cottonwoods not too far from our house. We tramped around the slushy woods, looking for that distinctive owl silhouette on … Continue reading
Grizzly bears are some bad ass critters, no two ways about it. But pound for pound, the wolverine wins the One Tough Critter contest, hands down. And it’s not just because they’ll take on animals many times their … Continue reading
We all know that you’re not supposed to make eye contact with wild animals. Or even with the neighborhood dogs. Or cats. Which must be why it is so disconcerting when a wild critter makes eye contact with us. … Continue reading
Some of our best friends are people. We like them. And sometimes we even like to go camping with them. But more often than not, we* prefer to camp alone, and we’re perfectly happy if we don’t see … Continue reading