Another day another hike

We’re running short on daylight these days, and one really should go for a hike anytime that the weather allows it.

Northern Shrike
Northern Shrike
Juniper berries
Ground juniper
Mule deer stotting
Mother mule deer and this year’s fawn.
Seeing them out in this dramatic landscape makes them even more prettierest.
Wonder why some aspens go gold and some go orange.
Grasslands are some of the rarest of ecosystems in all of Canada.
And the land stretched out forever. An adventure hidden in every draw and valley.
The bears have been working this great grandfather tree over and over.
Although I have only known this tree for four years now, it always seems like seeing an old friend when I make the hike to it.
Gold amongst the grass.
Winter is knocking.
This tree evokes a sense of history whenever I visit it.
The stump out here is a bit of a mystery. Too few stumps to make it economical as a logging operation.
Sheperdia canadensis – also goes by the name of soapalallie, buffalo berry, and hushem (sp?). this is an important berry for both black bears and grizzlies.
I wonder what happened in its youth to make it so bent and twisted.
Moose sign – fresh, I’d say ten minutes old.
When playing hide and seek it is best if you don’t move. There was a cow and a calf here.
The bear(s) have been climbing on this tree for many years.
Blue skies and rolling grass hills.
Spiders in amongst the cattails.
I have an affliction where I have to see what is over the next hill.
My cup runneth over.
Pictures are a pale second to life.

3 Responses

  1. Trevor Goward

    My God, Frank, how this brings me back to the early 70s – a time when my family still lived in Dallas and I used to hike the grasslands obsessively any time I was home from university. Many dreams dreamed on those outings, as you can well imagine. Knowing that places like this still exist is a real uplift. Thanks much for the memories.

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