|A lone black wolf crosses the Lamar Valley|
Monday, December 31, 2012
Sunday, December 30, 2012
|Bighorn sheep climbing slopes high above the historic Roosevelt Arch of Yellowstone National Park|
Still, they are cautious. As the group of approximately 15 ewes and lambs moved across the slope, the first adult would check over the edge.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
|Dead Indian Pass, Wyoming|
This is part of a series of posts on wildlife observed in Yellowstone National Park in September 2012. To see more posts, select "Yellowstone" in the Sightings box in the right column.
|Wolf reconnoitering a pond in Yellowstone National Park.|
It was loping along at a good pace, crossed the road, and as I popped out of the car, it headed down a ravine.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
|Pronghorn antelope in Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park|
From the distance in September in Yellowstone National Park, I enjoyed spotting the white rumps of the pronghorn antelopes in the wide vistas of Lamar Valley. First I would see one white rump in the binoculars and then check for the oddly-shaped horns, head in profile and chest; then I would spot another white-rumped pronghorn; then many, even without the binocs.
Monday, December 24, 2012
|Coyote in Yellowstone National Park - collared and ear tagged|
Sunday, December 23, 2012
|A gray wolf in Yellowstone National Park showing the wolf's broad face and white hairs around the mouth.|
The Lion Hunter said, "Wolf. Get out!" and without thinking, I obeyed. I grabbed my binoculars and camera and walked along the top of the river bank. I didn't see anything but studied where the crowd of people were looking between the pine branches. Then I saw movement on the other side of the river and suddenly I was looking at my first wolf ever. Its fur was streaked with white but somehow it looked young to me.
|Yellowstone National Park - sky, land, water. life.|
This summer, I took a trip to Yellowstone National Park where I was saw an extraordinary amount of wildlife - amazingly, we saw wolves four times. Under the guidance of a wildlife biologist friend, I learned about animal interactions in the Yellowstone environment. I've read about Yellowstone ecology and wolf reintroduction since then, but I've got a lot more to learn.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The California mountain kingsnake has been elected by popular vote to be the Dipper Ranch snake featured on the 2012 Dipper Ranch walnut label. Thank you readers for your votes and delightful comments. I can see that you relish the diversity of snakes in our California coastal mountains as much as I do.
NEWS FLASH - I've seen two more snakes since November 18th when I predicted the California nightsnake would be my last 2012 snake sighting on the Dipper Ranch. The snakes should be tucked away in their winter beds by now, right? Until a series of intense storms shook things up in late November. At times, the rain was falling so hard that the slopes became super-saturated and slipped and oozed beneath themselves.