The peak of summer fishing in the greater Yellowstone region is fast approaching, as the next few weeks are going to see some of the glory bugs of the year. Salmonflies, Green Drakes, Goldenstones, are all on the menu this week. What a great time of year to be fishing the Gallatin, Madison, Yellowstone, and Henry's Fork Rivers. I hope you have plans to be in the area, because hold tight the fish are biting!
My annual photos of Quake Lake. I can't seem to resist the reflections that occur among the dead trees of Earthquake Lake. I actually snapped this photo only a few days prior to a 4+ quake that rumbled the Yellowstone region.
The last rays of light from a summer day, glisten off the translucent water of the Firehole River. It was a quick fishing window this year as the heat of summer has pretty much closed off oppurtunities at finding good fishing on this unique river until September. PMD's were strong for less than two weeks this year, but for those who were lucky enough to be here for it , the fishing was grand.
Every year for the past 4 to 5 seasons, I have been watching these Sandhill Cranes raising their annual brood. I was pleased to once again see them this year, and this time with two chicks. Cute little fluff balls! I just missed a shot of the adult feeding a juicy fat worm to the chicks. I hope that when I return to Bosque Del Apache in December later this year, I will get to see this whole family fully grown. In the meantime, I will be watching them grow along the banks of Montana's rivers and ponds!
The summer 2016 guide season for the Firehole Ranch in southwestern Montana has started with a bang. 80 degree days have the last remaining snow in the mountains rushing down the rivers. Fishing is solid from the Madison to the Henry's Fork as the annual aquatic insect parade has started in earnest. The colors of early summer are at their peak with blooming Mule's Ear, lushes grasses, and deep intense blue skies. Gotta love Big Sky country during fishing season!!!
Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge
The 2016 in Bowdoin NWR trip was dominated by rainy weather. Just a few miles away mass amounts of snow were blanketing north eastern Montana, eventually leading to knock down power lines, and major flooding. Despite the rain, wind , and cold the birds kept doing what birds do.
Grebes don't care that it is raining and blowing.
Mating display of Horned Grebes
Slight size difference between these two shorebirds visiting Montana for the spring.
Subtly beautiful shorebird. The shades of violet and purple are striking!
Rain, snow, sleet or wind, nothing stops ducks from flying away from Cameras as fast and far as possible.
We surmised that the cold front pushed some migrating birds down as Bowdoin seems to have even more than the usual amount of warblers and sparrows. I love seeing the first of the year of these bright small warblers with their sweet sweet sweet song.
It seemed every bush, twig, and stick-up had a trilling singing clay colored sparrow gracing its foliage.
First time I have ever seen one of these warblers. Its fleeting movements in the understory allowed very brief glimpses of its striking black and white plumage.
These ever present summer residents were in great abundance art Bowdoin. It seemed as if there were dozens of them no matter where you looked.
Bowdoin NWR is just one of many special places that are dotted across Montana. This one in particular is one of my favorites. I already cannot wait to go back.
Early morning light glancing over the Tobacco Root mountains west of Three Forks Montana.
Teasha's New Pilates Studio-Grand Opening Today
Two of my oldest and best friends have a new addition to their family. Dogs are simply awesome!
Another gorgeous Red Fox in the northern range of Yellowstone. We waited about an hour for this fox, as it spent most of its time snoozing. Occasionally it would shift, crack open the eyes, and reposition, very reminiscent of our own lazy dogs. After a bit of time, the temptation to see what the numerous other foxes in the lamar region were doing was too much, we headed off. It is very fox heavy in the Park right now. Extremely fun!!!!
Very warm in Yellowstone country for February, but the foxes are loving the heat wave.
A small slideshow of Bird images for Valentines Day!
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The Snow Goose, the other main attraction at Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. By the thousands, and tens of thousands, these birds can feel the air and airwaves wight heir presence. It is a sight and sound to behold.
Snow geese set against a cold winter blue sky of New Mexico's Rio Grande Valley. Bosque NWR is a jewel lying in the heart of one of the west's iconic river valleys.
A new bird for me at Bosque NWR, was this beautiful Curve Billed Thrasher. The intense orange iris and the distinct arc of its long bill, seem to aptly fit its thrasher moniker.
Raptors abound in Bosque NWR, but these small raptors made a frequent showing this year. Loving to hover above the corn fields before descending with intense precision and speed, the Kestrel is a fierce hunter. I loved the fanned out tail and upright wings of this Kestrel, even though it appears to b e missing its head.
The Western Meadowlark, one of my all time favorite birds. A sign of spring all across Montana, the meadowlark is quite abundant at Bosque. The only thing missing, is the melody.
Sandhill Cranes-The highlight of Bosque Del Apache NWR
A recent trip to Bosque Del Apache in New Mexico yielded another incredible time immersed in the world of birds. I simply love this incredible National Wildlife Refuge, and consider myself especially lucky to be able to enjoy this special place.
Drake Pintail Duck in the golden grasses of Bosque Del Apache NWR
I have never been anywhere like Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. It is managed for the birds, and the abundance and diversity of bird species that at one time or another call this home is impressive.
Northern Shrike looking for a meal-Bosque Del Apache NWR
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It has been a cold, and very wintery, season so far in Yellowstone (the 2016 edition). A good mantle of snow blankets this part of the park. I hope to add many images in the coming months from some significant time spent exploring the park this winter.
Some fall color on the aspens on the Beartooth Highway.
A Bull Moose munching on the last of the green leaves before the Autumn season changes his meal to a more yellow flavor.