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
This link will take you to info about yaks on the way to Mt. Everest.
I saw two solitary moose tonight about a half mile apart. Both were young, but one was very young -- too young to be without mom. I'm hoping mom was in the forest nearby. It's the first time I've ever seen one alone that was so young. Moose are weened around five months, but stay with mom through the first winter and up until the breeding season the following fall.
Below was from last fall. A mom with two babies and a bull moose all hanging together.
I saw the mom and her baby a few days ago and then the young bull the following day.
Below taken in early June 2021.
A young (Cooper's) hawk below taken today.
It was early; the sun had not yet landed on my solar panels, and just as I sat down with a cup of coffee this morning -- and I mean JUST sat down -- I looked out my picture window and caught this young Cooper's Hawk landing in a tree in what you could call my 'front' yard.
At first, the hawk was hunting. I took some unremarkable portrait shots, but eventually the hawk stopped surveying the land for breakfast and turned attention to herself. This was August 2013, the summer I was building my cabin.
She knew I was there. After I felt like she wouldn't fly off from being spooked, I whistled and made bird sounds to try to communicate. My dog was intently watching (it's the same tree a baby squirrel entertains him most mornings), and my cat was circling my feet, yet the hawk by this time was so comfortable; enough so to preen like this. To witness live nature shows is one of the best parts of living so close to the earth. It's never ho hum and I never tire of the wonder and beauty of life.
I took the photos below in 2011.
One of the first times I got out during the pandemic lockdown of 2020, I went to a suburban park in Denver called Bluff Lake. I saw my first and only hawk flying with a snake.