"A Sand County Almanac"

"THERE ARE SOME WHO CAN LIVE WITHOUT WILD THINGS AND SOME WHO CANNOT."
"FOR US IN THE MINORITY THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE GEESE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN TELEVISION.".....Aldo Leopold




"LOOK DEEP INTO NATURE, AND THEN YOU WILL UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING BETTER".....Albert Einstein


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Rocky Mountain Elk in Pennsylvania

Many of you know that our 2017 trip to the Rocky Mountains was cut short when I suffered a stroke in Wyoming and had to be air lifted to a hospital in Idaho.  Thanks to good fortune, and good medical care, I have recovered very nicely.

I go out often seeking wildlife to photograph in our local environs.  Unfortunately, foliage is thick and impenetrable making it difficult to spot wildlife until the leaves begin to fall.
 

I am looking forward to visiting the town of Benezette, located in Elk County, Pennsylvania later this month to photograph the free roaming elk herd that the area is known for.  Here are some images taken in Elk County during pat visits…


It is eerily haunting when a mature bull emerges from dense fog bugling to signal his dominance...





Bulls pursue cows and attempt to gather harems at this time of year...





Young bulls spar, but have almost no chance of breeding until they are older...



Mature bulls fight in earnest for the right to breed...


While some bulls make other displays to gain the attention of the cows...



This young bull displays an antler abnormality called "helicopter antlers"...


The next image is a mature bull with the same condition...


Antlers come in all shapes and sizes...


While searching for elk we will be off the grid.  New images will be coming when we get to an area with internet service.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Grizzly Sow and Cub

I am often asked if I have a favorite animal to photograph in the Rocky Mountains.  The honest answer is "whichever species that will allow me to get good images" is my favorite for the day.  On the day these images were taken, a grizzly bear sow and her cub were my favorites...



These bears live on the east side of Yellowstone Lake and are often seen near Lake Butte Overlook...



On this day, we first spotted them feeding on a hillside above the road.  Due to the amount of downed trees in the area they often use the road as a convenient way to get around...



It can be intimidating to see them coming down the hill to road where one is standing...



The bears followed the road for a short distance before climbing the hill again...



As the sow passed my location she paused for a bite of grass...



In the next image she is passing behind a tree.  Can you see her eye?



On the hill above the road they resumed feeding...







In the last image the cub seems pleased to be leaving the road and all of the humans behind...



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Monday, September 4, 2017

Often, Birds Save The Day

The foliage is thick and daytime temperatures have been high.  Both conditions contribute to a lack of wildlife sightings.  Now is the time that birds can determine whether an outing is successful or not.

This nest of ravens was photographed just outside of Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone...


  
Also in Yellowstone was this yellow-headed blackbird...





This junco was found in Grand Teton...



Closer to home were this great horned owl and chick, photographed in April...





Brewsters blackbirds feed and bathe in a small stream...





Belted kingfishers feed nearby...





This barred owl was located not far from Jefferson, Maryland...





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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Landsape Snapshots in Jackson Hole

The interesting wildlife in Grand Teton National Park and surrounding areas usually holds my attention to such a degree that I overlook the scenery.  Here are a few snapshots of the landscape...



The red rock area of Gros Ventre canyon is so named because of the quantity of iron in the soil...



A closer look reveals a small herd of big horn sheep relaxing in the sun...


This view is from a turn-out a short distance up Signal Mountain...


The view from the top can be even more breath taking...


Willow Flats is an area at the foot of the mountain...



Ox Bow Bend is a well known spot on the Snake River...



This view of Mt Moran was snapped from the Cattleman's Landing Road...


I was surprised to see that the aspen leaves are brilliant gold in the spring as well as the fall...


The community of Kelly is made up of many Yurts as well as standard homes...


Some of the residents live in Yurts year-round...


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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Red Fox at Yellowstone Picnic Area

While stopped at the Yellowstone picnic area in June, we saw a fox hunting for ground squirrels.  The first image caught the fox as it pounced...



Rather than eating it's prey, it went searching for a place to leave it...



It found a suitable location and stashed it for later...


Then it continued to hunt.  There must have been multiple mouths to feed back at the den and one rodent just wasn't going to be enough.  She passed very close, barely bothering to glance my way...




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