Well That’s Frustrating

Frustrating if you’re hunting elk, that is. These elk found a safe spot as elk season opened a few days ago. They have situated themselves on private land with a highway on two sides and houses on the third, it’s illegal to take a shot under these circumstances and they seem to know it. Advertisements

The Deer and the Antelope Play

While the antelope spend most of their time in the lower elevation sagebrush steppe, the mule deer spend this time of year in a variety of habitats. Driving along some brushy, deep creek bottoms and riparian areas I witnessed the muleys in their pre-rut frolicking. The “rut” is the period when the males are actively…

Old Style Rodeo

After some exhilarating polo, the expanse of groomed grass becomes an old time rodeo ground at the annual Don King Days south of Sheridan, Wyoming. Don King Days is held in honor of Don King, renowned saddle maker and founder of Kings Saddlery. In the early days, rodeo events were simply friendly contests between neighbors….

Polo and Cowboy Hats

Despite the  extreme haze from wildland fires, I managed to get a few  good shots of the happenings at Don King Days 2017. The annual event takes place at the Big Horn Equestrian Center, in Big Horn, Wyoming where the polo field is a spectacle in and of itself. Outside of a golf course, it’s…

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…

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…

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,…

An Unusual Sight- Even in Wyoming

I’m used to seeing any number of animals on early morning backroads, and it’s not unusual to see the occasional cow or horse on the road since many of the smaller backroads are not fenced off. It’s what’s known as open range. But this morning I had to take a second look and make sure…