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
My heart melts when I witness kindness. My dog is so sweet around wildlife. He's the best bud a wildlife photographer could have.
It's that time of year for these little ones (chipmunks) where they are busy making sure to have a huge winter stash. Rather than hibernating clear through winter, they will sleep a few days at a time and wake to raise their body temperature and then they turn to their summer/fall savings rather than fat reserves to get through the long, snowy, cold months ahead.
I spent an hour with this bull moose today. What was extraordinary (beyond the hour long visit) was watching him wallow. This happens during the mating season, usually by the dominant bull of the area. I watched him paw and scrape the ground and then he marked it over and over. I have video of this too. I didn't see him lie down, which is something they will do to get the scent on their body. He wallowed in two locations. If one was a good wallow, he will likely visit it frequently during the breeding season to see if the pit has attracted any cow moose. If a cow finds one of these moose wallows she will stay in the vicinity and await the bull. What's cool is both wallows are right near my cabin! Moose wallows are randomly placed and are seldom in the same location year over year.
I have some video of him going up the road to the meadow. I photographed him all along the walk to where he made two wallows. He got to meet my dog after about 45 minutes. All was calm with both of them.