Whole Lotta Normal in Casper

I don’t know what you are seeing online, but things are pretty normal here. Yeah, people are camped out in the Walmart parking lot, but other than the long line for the women’s restroom, it’s normal. Shelves are stocked. Lines are normal. Just drove acrosss town, it took the usual amount of time. Cell service…

Eclipse Hooplah

If you live in Wyoming, I’m sure you’ve seen lots of references to Wyoming and the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.  In case you’ve been living under a rock ( a hunk of Jade, in this case), that’s because the path of totality will be directly across Wyoming. There’s been all kinds of hooplah…

Take a Break

Grab a cup of coffee- or your preferred beverage- sit back, and watch this video to see some of the most spectacular footage of northwest Wyoming featuring fascinating and intelligent content regarding elk migration.  

Return of the Lark

The Western Meadowlark is the first sign of spring. Around the second week of March we start asking, “Have you heard a Meadowlark yet?” Logically I know spring is coming, but there’s something very reassuring when that first Meadowlark song is heard The song of our Meadowlark is very distinct, and I think one of…

Deep Soul Happy

My friend uses the expression “deep soul happy” about the things that bring on that certain indescribable sense of contentment. For me it has to do with a place in nature where the only man made sounds are the voices of loved ones. The distant laughter of my kids brings the deep-soul-happy to my mother…

Imitating Nature

There are many considerations regarding when a rancher wants his/her cows to start calving. In the winter time, the native range just can’t supply the necessary nutrients for a cow,  let alone a cow growing a calf inside her, so most ranches in the Northern Rockies feed hay through the winter months. Feed is the…

I Fancy It’s Springtime in the Rockies*

“Warm sunny days, endless skies of blue, then without a warning another winter storm comes raging through” is a line in the song Springtime in Alberta by Ian Tyson. It’s a common phenomena throughout the Rockies. The native plants and animals are adapted to these quick changes. The grass is turning green: Just in time…

Sage Grouse Viewing

March and April mark the mating period for Greater Sage Grouse. The males’ sunrise courting display is very unique and takes place on an open piece of ground called a lek. the males and females return to the lek every year for mating. The males strut and puff up their chests by inflating air sacs….

Fog, Frost, and Floods

You may have heard parts of Wyoming are experiencing flooding due to river ice breaking up. Some great aerial photos of the Worland flooding can be found at Yule Photography under Brandon’s freelance photos. It’s possible to plan for high flow flooding, but ice jams are pretty unpredictable. However, sharp bends in the river, bridges,…

Most Photographed Mountains?

I don’t know if it’s true, but the Tetons might just be the most photographed mountains in North America. A convenient turn out on the highway running south into Jackson Hole is the place where most folks stop to photograph the Tetons and this past weekend I was one of  thousands. A quick run through…

Medicine Wheel, Bighorn Mountains

I visited this well known landmark many years ago.  At that time the  chain link and barbed wire enclosure resulted in an unwelcoming experience.  Everything about the old enclosure seemed to yell “stay out!” I’m glad we took the time to revisit the site on a recent trip to the area. In 1996 the Bighorn…

Gotta Be Tough

Spring time in Wyoming is defined by rapid changes in weather. The sun may shine, or it might rain or snow, or rain AND snow, all in the same day. Wet spring snows usually melt quickly into the warming ground. They may be inconvenient, but it’s good to know the earth is getting watered after…