It was late in the day, on a dirt road to go visit friends I haven't seen since last fall, when I spotted a young pine squirrel. It was my best photo shoot so far with this particular kind of tree squirrel. They are usually behind branches and jumping from tree to tree and squealing the whole time. What a treat. They are such characters.
"Moose are solitary animals, which is why your encounter will probably
No wonder I like moose so much. They are solitary animals and happy alone. We're kindred spirits.
This is a re-post from 2014 with photos added through 2016.
The mother moose pictured here is a regular around where I spend the summer and fall. She feels like a special neighbor to me. These pics were taken about a mile from my cabin last night. The sun had gone down and it was sprinkling. Last week they were in the meadow even closer to my place. They were grazing with a deer nearby. Right after these photos were taken, I saw a large, gorgeous bull elk crossing a stream and running into the forest. I read where throughout continental Europe, what we call a moose has often been known as the "elk."
DID YOU KNOW?
According to EarthJustice.org, "Warming temperatures have led to an explosion of white-tailed deer population in northern Minnesota, which carry a parasitic worm that is deadly to moose. The worm damages the moose’s central nervous system, leaving it weak, disoriented and susceptible to predation. Global warming is also allowing dog ticks to expand northward in Maine, which hurts the moose population of the Northeast." [source]
More Moose Pics From Colorado
I think the moose antler I found in May 2017 was from the moose pictured above and below! The moose photos were from the same area as I found the antler and this moose lives year round in the area.
A little tiff between cormorants today.
The water at Belmar Park in Lakewood is getting too much algae it seems. Some stretches of water are pea soup looking. I hope someone in the city will look into it. This Black-Crowned Night Heron was a patient hunter. Each step across the small log was taken with the slowest movement, while his eyes were glued on a target I never did see. He could hold perfectly still for much longer than I could.
On my drive to Crested Butte to deliver my new children's book, FOR ALL THE ANIMALS, to the Rumors Coffee & Tea House for them to sell, I stopped to capture some of the gorgeous surroundings.
I have bird seed scattered throughout my yard and it draws in all kinds of birds. I'm loving the crows who are beginning to visit regularly.