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Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. – Frank Lloyd Wright
Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. – Frank Lloyd Wright

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I Love You, Little Bear.........

It's amazing to witness the love between Raspberry and her now 2 1/2 year old cub, Snow. The pair are incredibly close, but I imagine that's what it's like for most sows with cubs. I remember when Raspberry first appeared with her two spring cubs in 2015, she didn't seem to know quite what to do with them. Now, it's hard to imagine one without the other. I know it's almost time for Snow to start life on her own, but with no signs of aggression from Raspberry and all the snuggling, nursing and playing, I'm hoping Raspberry will keep Snow for another year. Life is difficult for young grizzlies and one more year with Mom may help Snow's chances of survival. Whatever happens, I know we all hope for the best for these two amazing bears. 
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"Wolf Moon"

As June's Strawberry Moon lingered above Yellowstone Lake last week, a lone wolf appeared on a high ridge. For a few moments, the wolf walked along, silhouetted against the morning sky. And as quickly as he appeared....he was gone. Although this event lasted only a few seconds, it's one that I'll remember for a lifetime.
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"Quartet"

A quartet of fox kits pauses in front of their den under an old barn in northwest Wyoming. 
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Fearless.....

Bruised and bloodied after battle, the stallion, Major, turns to face another challenger. Stallions are very active this time of year, fighting to keep their band or to win a mare of their own. I watched Major take on three different stallions within 30 minutes and although he was cut and bleeding he continued to challenge any stallion that crossed his path. Thankfully, Major wasn't seriously injured, but with so much fighting it's inevitable that one or two of the stallions will be forced to give up their mares to a stud who is younger and stronger. It's difficult to watch the older band stallions lose their ranking, but such is the way of the wild ones.
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Black Magic....

With all the snow we've had over the last few days, I thought I'd take a drive to see if I could find some wildlife to photograph. I'd heard that a bear had been seen recently and was hopeful that he'd pick this morning to make an appearance. I glassed the hillside looking for the bear for a few hours, but he was a no show. After my unsuccessful bear search, I decided that I might as well return home. As I turned the car around, I noticed a large, brown animal in the snow and thought I had finally located my nemesis. I couldn't have been more surprised when I realized the brownish-black fur belonged to a wolf.

I was certain the wolf would flee into the trees once I slowed down my vehicle and that's just what she did. But there was a carcass in the area, so I decided to wait to see if she would come back. I figured I'd be waiting until dusk, but that wasn't the case. The wolf quickly returned to her meal and made numerous trips to the carcass, carrying off pieces of meat into the thick pine forest. I wondered if the wolf might be bringing food to pups in a den, but I couldn't be certain. Once the carcass was picked clean, the wolf disappeared, leaving me to wonder if she was returning to her pups. Hopefully that's the case, but I guess that's something that I'll never know.
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Heartbreaker....

Although all the horses on the range are magnificent, some are just a bit more magnificent than others. One handsome young stallion, just coming into his own, is the flashy grey pinto, Thor. Thor turns 6 this year and although I've seen him interested in the ladies before, this year he seems to have his heart set on the very pregnant mare, Shakira. Shakira is currently with the injured, older stallion, Utah. Utah, will have a hard time holding onto Shakira with this young stud constantly dogging him. Still, I'm hoping Utah can keep him at bay, at least for now.
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Seasons of Change.....

Just when you thought you've seen the last of the snow, in comes a winter storm covering the landscape in a layer of white. This western meadowlark, having recently returned from his wintering grounds in Mexico, was a bit flustered during the storm. He flitted about from shrub to shrub then nestled under a large sage, not coming out until the last flake fell. Can you blame him?
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Sometimes it Snows in April....

We had a bit of a snowstorm that left 3+ inches of the white stuff on the ground this morning. As is the norm when it snows in spring, the songbirds were in a bit of a panic. Bluebirds, finches, sparrows and robins gathered in large flocks, flying frantically from branch to branch as they searched the area for food.

Not surprisingly, all this bird activity didn't go unnoticed. Many raptors gathered hoping to catch their next meal. But when the raptors arrived, the songbirds quickly disappeared. After their prey left, most of the raptors flew off, except for this kestrel who continued hunting in the falling snow. I didn't see the kestrel catch anything, but I have a feeling he'll be successful...eventually.

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Farewell to the White Wolf.....

Today is a sad day for all of us who love Yellowstone. One of the most beloved members of the Yellowstone family passed away yesterday - the beautiful white alpha female of the Canyon Pack.

She was the first wild wolf I'd ever seen when I encountered her and her pack near Cascade Meadow in 2008. After that early encounter, I'd catch occasional glimpses of her and her mate, 712M, but the pair always seemed to elude me.

One morning in August of 2012, as I was photographing a heron along the Firehole River, a group of wolves suddenly appeared. It was the white female with 712M and one of her pups. Aside from Steve and I, there was nobody else around. The wolves didn't seem to mind us and walked right past as they headed to the river to drink.

After they drank, the white female and 712M began to run along the shore of the river. I'll never forget that moment as we watched them run, seemingly just for the joy of it. I'd like to think that's what she's doing now....forever young, forever wild, forever free.

https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/news/17014.htm
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"Horses-if God made anything more beautiful, he kept it for himself."
~ Anonymous

The stallion, Sundance, issues a challenge at McCullough Peaks.

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