Archive | September 2015

The Elk are Bugling~

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As fall descends in Yellowstone and the Tetons,
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painting the trees golden-yellow,
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the elk are rutting,
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bugling,
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and posturing.
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They become so exhausted by all this effort, they bugle while resting!
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The calves,
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and does,
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provide a peaceful contrast!
Cheers to you from the Tetons in the fall~

Boo Bear Loves his Berries~

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and he will go to great lengths to get them!
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If he gets jam on his head,
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he just takes a nap in the berry patch!

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There are lots of nice places to snooze,
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in Glacier National Park,
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and no one wakes you up!
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Humans like it too!
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Cheers to you from Glacier’s little brown bears~
Note: I miss you & your blogs! We have no wifi now in Yellowstone, so I will touch base when I can.

Grizzly Daze~

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Glacier National Park is Blackfoot ancestral land. The Blackfoot people believe that grizzly bears can see into a human heart and read a person’s intentions. This is mama grizzly and her cub when we first encountered her on the trail and she went into high alert.

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Here is mama after she looked into our hearts, approved our intentions, and took one of several naps. We spent several hours watching mama and cub, and have encountered bears every day since, both in Glacier and Waterton National Parks.

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Here mama and cub are both relaxed enough to nurse in our presence!
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She knew we were here, and looked at us regularly. We respected her space and never moved close enough to provoke any anxiety.
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We watched her forage,

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turn over rocks, hunt for rodents,
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and fish.
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We watched baby bear scratch his back on a little pine tree,
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and we saw mama yell at him!
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This is mama bear’s home. She is as magnificent as her surroundings. Grizzly populations have been decimated in the wild. I have a lot more bear and other wildlife photos to share with you, but wifi out here is far less present than bears! This my first connectivity in days and it won’t last!
I miss you and your blogs, and send you cheers from the wonderful wild grizzlies who see into our human hearts and look to us for protection~

America the Beautiful~

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with amber waves of grain.
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Fall is coming to West Glacier National Park.
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The leaves are turning,
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and although the days are still warm, the nights are quite crisp.

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Tomorrow we head over the ‘Going to the Sun Road,’ across the continental divide, to East Glacier.
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There is no internet in East Glacier so I will be out of touch for awhile, until we cross the border into Canada and Waterton Lakes National Park~
Until then, cheers to you from West Glacier

Road Tripping, Coeur d’Alene Idaho~

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Will I look fat if I eat this whole fish?
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Errrr, no, but, but you might look a little weird if you swallow it whole.
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On second thought, you are looking a tad chunky……
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and weird!
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It’s a gull eat fish world out here in Cour d’Alene!
We are road tripping again, and our next stop is Glacier National Park. I haven’t been able to read your blogs as much as I would like to since we are traveling, but cheers to you from the happy, albeit quite chubby, gull from Coeur d’Alene!

The Birds & The Bees~

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Can a Bee in flight balance on the beak of a hummingbird? You, betcha!
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Can a hummer skewer a Bee in mid-air? Yes, indeedy!
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At first I was worried the Bees would sting the hummers, but when I looked at the photos I realized I should be worrying about the Bees.
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It’s good to know this feeder is guaranteed “Bee and Wasp proof” as you can read on the label,
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but it is unfortunate Bees and Wasps cannot read.
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You do see this hummer stabbing another in the back of the head from behind, which unfortunately, proves I have been wholely unsuccessful in teaching the hummers any manners.
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But this is okay. I am accustomed to this.
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I am a mother.
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Cheers to you from The Holler birds & bees~