GETTING IN TOUCH WITH NATURE: Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves
of strength that will endure as long as life lasts." ~ Rachel Carson
When my bees were bearding in a large mass, I often sat down to interact with them. Bearding resembles swarming, but the bees are only cooling off outside the hive and not planning on leaving. The day I photographed these, my bees were unusually cozy and stayed on me after I "scooped" them. Typically, when I scooped them, they buzzed around on my hands and would soon, one-by-one, fly off. That day, they just wanted to stay on me. I spent an hour or so with them.
This bull elk was mostly around deer today. There were two other elk scattered on the hillside, but mostly deer.
Like all the wildlife at this time of year, it takes work to find food through the snow.
This bull was walking up and down the hillside searching for good places to dig and eat.
How many elk and deer can you spot?
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Just trying to fit in ....
Making valuable friends ...
White faced elk ...
White faced elk again and a little one with white mane topped with white.
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I took these photos today on the western slope of Colorado where snow fall has been breaking all time records. The sage and grassy hillsides are covered with thick blankets of deep snow and sprinkled throughout the vast whiteness are dark dots where elk and deer are digging to the ground for food. I saw hundreds of deer over an 8 mile stretch near town and two large herds of elk. I thought hay was being brought in for some of the wildlife, but a rancher said it was left over hay and the animals are not being fed by anyone or any government agency. Below is an elk who found hay with some horses.
The light was flat and the sky was white. I didn't capture the detail I wanted,
but it's never the least bit disappointing to see wildlife in any kind of weather.
These were taken yesterday.
The photo below is just as the hawk was going to take flight. Notice on the left how the wings look stapled. I wonder if this bird had been rescued with a broken wing and the staples were part of the medical procedure to help the hawk heal. Or maybe the hawk is tagged?