Fall Visitors

 

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Lots of excitement around my home this morning. While soaking in the outdoor jacuzzi, I spotted what looked like cows next to my pond.  After a few seconds I realized that I was watching a Mom and calf elk.  So I darted out of the jacuzzi and grabbed my camera.  However, by the time I fetched the camera, they had disappeared.  I decided to hop back into the jacuzzi and enjoy the memory.   Just as I entered the jacuzzi again, I heard a loud “KABOOM”.  Uggg-a gun shot!!!!

My original thought was that a hunter downed one of my visitors.  I quickly dried off, grabbed my keys and camera, then jumped into the truck.  As I reached the end of my long drive, I spotted one of the moose but not the other.  My heart sank,  However, I did not see a hunter.

Then movement caught the corner ofmy eye as the young elk was trying to free itself of a barbed-wire fence.  )I had once learned that wildlife can get their legs caught in the wires of fencing and break them.)  Luckily this youngster didn’t break her stuck leg.  She struggled to get free and then once free she had a hard time jumping over the barbed fence.  The youngster made several painful attempts before clearing the fence and reuniting with Mom.   Both were safe and wandered up the creek.

Needles to say, later in the day, I cut down the dangerous barbed-wire fencing.

It’s been two years since I’ve seen moose in the yard so seeing them today was quite a treat.

 Raven

Raven’s have been literary omenes forshadowing evil, danger, and death. This Raven, with an orange backdrop and perched on a thisty cactus lives up to its reputation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Halloween!  Thought this would add to your holiday spirit.  I took this on the coast of Baja California.  We were actually taking cactus photos but I saw this little critter and thought he was posing for a perfect, iconic Halloween photo.

The quote is from “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe.   He too used the Raven as a symbol of  the foreboding:

“Prophet!” said I, “thing of evil!—prophet still, if bird or devil!—

Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,

Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted—

On this home by Horror haunted—tell me truly, I implore—

Is there—is there balm in Gilead?—tell me—tell me, I implore!”

      Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.” 

It’s a rumor that someone raised a raven to mimic the word “Nevermore.” While that may be unlikely, ravens are extremely smart.  I’ve seen them hunt in pairs–one distracting the prey while the other attacks.  I’ve seen them outsmart bald eagles, and I’ve heard them mimic the calls of other birds.

 

First Year, First Snow

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The first snow of the season fell yesterday and the Big Horn Sheep came down from the mountains to shelter and graze.  Although I didn’t see any large rams, several ewes and calves were riverside along the North Fork of the Shoshone.  Fall colors still clinging to the trees make a delightful soft background.

Pelican Parade

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It is always a good idea to have your camera ready for action.  This image was captured  last week from my patio.  I spotted a white biomass in the distance floating down the river, and by the time they reached my location I had a camera ready.

Open Range Gallery

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I’m one of the featured artists at Open Range Gallery in Cody, WY.  Please join me for a reception on Thursday, July 2nd, 5-7pm to jump start your holiday weekend.  Would love to see you!

 

Thank You EagleMed!

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EagleMed (an amazing medical flight transport service) is a premier sponsor for West Park’s Hospital charity function “Where the Buffalo Roam.”   Happy Me!  They chose my buffalo to sponsor. The donation will help the hospital build a community education center.  If you live in the “boonies” like me, you might want to grab a membership–assurance to get you fast where you need to go (the hospital) when you need it most!   Thank you EagleMed! 

http://www.flyeaglemed.com/about/membership