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.
There is a bit of Fall in the air the first few days of September. The stream side vegetation has quickly begun to shift to hues of orange and yellow as we have dipped below freezing most nights. Rumors of snow this weekend should push most of the aspens towards this shift into the fall season as well.
Fly fishing the Lamar River in Yellowstone National Park is a treat for any angler. Native Yellowstone Cutthroat abound, and freely rise to dry flies. The opportunity to fish and stand knee deep in the cool waters of "Americas serengetti" is memorable!
Gazing over his kingdom, the Bull Bison of the Lamar Valley! August is rushing to a close and the Bison of Yellowstone Park are still causing quite a stir. The grasses have mostly turned golden yellow, a few aspens are showing signs of the upcoming fall season, and the large mature Bull Bison have sporadically started to disperse from the herds. Love these big bulls covered in dust and grass, with their full summer coats just begging for a photo!
Ruffed Grouse using a tree trunk for cover. Not bad my friend, but I can kinda still see you.
A constant chorus of Osprey chirps and calls serenades the streamside angler these days, as this years newborn ospreys take the wind for the first time. One of all time favorite birds that dive into the areas rivers and lake from high above, talons first, to snatch a meal. It is quite a sight to behold.
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August is "that" time of year for Yellowstone's Bison herds. Bull Bison are in full glory, with their majestic manes of hair and fur, long beards, and mantled legs, they are a sight to behold. Take a trip to Hayden or Lamar Valleys to witness these 2000lb behemoths. Or, continue to stay updated through this blog for the next couple of weeks while I try to highlight and share my best experiences with "King Bison". Very Cool!!!
Quick flurries of sunny yellow burst through the stream-side vegetation along the many rivers of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. The Yellow Warbler is a constant companion singing its sweet song all day long, while it hunts for the various aquatic insects emerging from our local waters.