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Bats

Turning off the main paved road onto the dirt mountain road my headlights sweep across the rouged rocky nighttime landscape. With each switchback we gain altitude going higher and higher into the Arizona mountains. Recent rains have left sections of the dirt road washed out and very rocky making...

Hibernation

Winter is upon us and many parts of the country are covered in a blanket of snow. Even though the official start of winter is yet to come, it hasn’t stopped all the animals from getting ready for winter. For example, the raccoons in my yard have put on so much extra weight they look like...

Tundra Swan

Stepping out of the house I immediately hear a familiar and wonderful sound. A sound that I only hear at this time of year. It is a high pitched and smooth bugling call, given over and over. The sound is always distant and comes from high up in the sky. If you don’t stop and look up and...

Meadow Vole

If you have followed any of my columns over the years you no doubt know that I love all animals, from the tiny shew to the mighty moose and everything in-between. I find fascination and amazement in all the critters not just some of the cool ones. Recently I was photographing a super cool...

Blue Jay

I’ve been waiting and planning to capture a very specific image for over three weeks. I put a fair amount of time and effort into the making sure that everything would work out. Now I just had to wait for the leaves to change color from summer green to autumn yellow.

The time has...

Raccoons

It wasn’t easy carrying the oversized dog kennels. The cargo inside where shifting from side to side throwing off our balance. Now and then, a tiny furry hand would reach through the metal bars grasping at the air. We carried the boxes containing the wild contents through the woods and...

Beavers

Walking on gravel in the dark, I was doing my best to not make any noise. I could kind-of-see where I was going but when you are carrying heavy and expensive camera gear and tripod, you always want to be extra careful. Approaching the edge of the clear-water pond, I sat down and started to...

Brown Bears

Every trip I take to Alaska is special. When it comes to wilderness and wildlife, Alaska is the real deal. This year’s trip was no exception. Moose are often what I spend my time searching for but this year I concentrated on bears: Grizzly bears to be more specifically.

We have...

Short-tailed Weasel and Snowshoe Hare

I come to Alaska every year for a variety of reasons. I come for the wide variety of wildlife. I come for the amazing adventures. I come to connect with the mountains. This year is no different from any other year, but on the other hand, everything IS different.

In the natural world...

Sphinx Moth

“Look, it’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s SUPER MOTH”. Late summer brings an amazing insect to our flower gardens across the United States. It is the Sphinx Moth, also called the Hawk Moth or Hummingbird Moth. No matter what you call it, this is a large nectar...

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