Archive for the 'Animals' Category

Nov 24 2017

Night Visitor

Published by under Animals,Wildlife

Imagine glancing out the window and seeing this. Many mornings I have noticed the feeder at the window had been licked clean. I had suspected a raccoon was responsible. These critters do most of their foraging under cover of darkness. Who monitors their bird feeders after dark? I entered the kitchen lit only by a dim night-light. There was a movement outside the window and I brought my camera into use. The startled raccoon beat a hasty retreat and disappeared into the night.

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Mar 19 2017

A Groundhog Myth?

Published by under Animals,Miscellaneous,Wildlife

I spied this little fellow a couple of days ago. It was my first sighting of a Yellow-bellied Marmot this Spring. It must have seen its shadow and scurried back into its barrow. The next day the weather turned wet and the weatherman predicted stormy conditions the next few (six?) days.

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Mar 10 2017

From the Days of Yore

Published by under Animals,Wildlife

This picture was taken seventy-one years ago.

My attitude has changed over the years. I now feel sorry for the bear.

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Jul 04 2016


Published by under Animals,Miscellaneous,Scenery

Cows curious near Ola, Gem County

Occasionally when I stop along the road a group of onlookers gather nearby.

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Apr 27 2016

Lunch Time

Published by under Animals,Miscellaneous,Wildlife

Chipmunk (3) copy

Yesterday I saw my first chipmunk of the season. This prompted me to browse through my photo files. I came across this shot of the greedy little beggars stuffing their cheeks with food I set out for the birds. The birdseed soon disappeared. Would you call this a herd of chipmunks, a gaggle, or a flock?

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Dec 28 2015

Fox in the Snow

Published by under Animals,Snow,Trees,Wildlife

Red Fox

The day after Christmas I made a visit to my daughter’s home near Cascade. A view from the window revealed a sleeping red fox laying curled up sleeping on the snow in an open field below the house. It remained there for several hours shifting position occasionally. Late in the afternoon it aroused itself and trotted off toward some nearby trees where it paused long enough for me to shoot the above picture. I was shooting through a double pane window, using a 30 power zoom with the subject several hundred yards distant. This was just before sundown evidenced by the long shadows.

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Mar 15 2015

Winter Shelter

Published by under Animals,Miscellaneous,Snow,Wildlife

Rodent nest (1)

Snow piled up under the eaves of the house this winter. Warm weather melted all of the snow in the yard except for this drift next to the house. The center melted away exposing this rodent nest. Some species of rodent had built itself a nice warm place to spend the winter.

I am wondering how this nest could have been built beneath the hard packed snow. I suppose that a cavern seven or eight inches in diameter was excavated and long grasses hauled in through tiny tunnels. This is in an area that I kept grass short with a lawn mower during the summer. I never cease to be amazed at the structures these creatures build.

Rodent nest (2)


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Nov 01 2014


Published by under Animals,Wildlife


I came upon this fellow about ten years ago in Owyhee county. I stopped and at a distance started shooting with my camera from my car. I advanced and periodically stopped for more pictures until I was about 20 feet away. I got out of the car, leaned over the hood and got some good close pictures. The badger seemed to sense my presence but continued to excavate his burrow. This was a very satisfying ten minutes of my trip.



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Oct 11 2014

Mountain Olives?

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Elk Scat

When you find this in the yard you know an elk has paid a visit.

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Sep 15 2014

Wood Frog?

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Wood Frog

Imagine my surprise yesterday morning when I stepped out of the house and found this little frog on the step. The temperature was near freezing. The sun had risen high enough to cast a beam of warm light on the stone step. Cold blooded though it was the frog had crept out of its sleeping quarters to this warm beam of light. It remained there motionless while I passed by several times. At one point I advanced the camera within inches of this cold creature. A short time later the frog moved out of sight.

This encounter made me thankful that I could generate my body heat from within and not depend on an external source.


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