THE SOUND OF SILENCE

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A hike through a snow laden forest, on a calm gray overcast winters day can be a deafening experience.  The snow and the heavy sky absorbs all the forest sounds and the only sound you hear is the cadence of snow shoes.

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SERENITY

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It’s winter time here in the Bitterroot Mountains as illustrated by this frozen beaver dam.

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As the cold winter months drag on, I think about the warm days of the coming spring.

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There’s nothing more peaceful or relaxing than spending time along a clear mountain stream.

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Some how the sound of falling water seems to wash ones cares away.

Happy New Year to All!

The Lookout

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I came upon a small band of Desert Big Horn Sheep, while fishing along the shoreline of the Columbia River.

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There’s always a sentry or watchman, such as this mature ewe that keeps an eye out for danger while the rest of the herd feeds or rests during the day.  More curious than afraid, I slowly passed by without raising an alarm.

Spring Time in the Bitterroot Mountains of Idaho

The winter of 2016-2017 in the Bitterroot Mountains was a lot harder on wildlife than first thought.img_8468

Close to record snowfall made foraging for food tough for some animals.

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The first signs of spring in 2017 showed that some, like this white tail doe barely survived starvation.

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However, with spring comes the birth of new life and it seemed to come on with a vengeance.

Cdy00026Elk calves were numerous and were always looking for a quick meal.

Cdy00031 Mothers were always accommodating.  Elk calves, on the average must gain over 4 pounds per day before weaning and the largest proportion of this weight gain is from its mothers milk.

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Even the deer are showing promising signs of a come back.

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In the spring, what mothers have to watch out for is the predator and in this case the black bear, who is always in pursuit of deer fawns and elk calves.

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The bears keen sense of smell will keep him close to his prey.

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During the first few weeks of an elk calf or fawn’s life, when left alone will lie flat and motionless as an ancestral defensive strategy from danger.

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I am blessed to be able to experience these adventures and share these amazing photographs.