Snow Birds

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We recently had a wave of 3 snow storms which all together yielded about 2′ of snow.  The birds huddled under branches to keep out of the intense snow blasting sideways with the strong winds.  You can see more of my Snow Animals on my photo blog…. here.

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The drifts piled high where the winds swept them against trees and boulders.  But it didn’t deter the big animals from trudging through.  We saw more than one limping as a result of tripping over unseen rocks and uneven terrain.

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It amazes me the treks these animals must take on a daily basis going from hither to yon incessantly.  It’s a tough life in these mountains and woods with their treacherous inclines and rough canyons.

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The one that got away

Unfortunately, despite our many trips to the Mogollon Rim looking for animals, we just haven’t seen that many.  I don’t know where they are, but they just aren’t here.  It’s rut season here on the mountain, so the bull elk are collecting their harems.  We did just see a small herd of elk the other day.

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We saw a few little babies born this year with fading spots, and few cow elk, along with a young single spike bull.

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But the one I really wanted to get a photo of was the one on the way out and I only got a fleeting view of this big bull.

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Darn.  He was just the one that got away.  It astounds me how these big boys can walk (not to mention run) through our tangled forests with those big racks on their heads.

Maybe next time.

Grand Tetons

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There is something truly majestic and spectacular about the awesome mountain range that makes up Grand Tetons.  It’s towering jagged terrain is awe inspiring.  It sets up the backdrop for the thick forests, willowy birch trees, and vast meadows.  With the Snake River winding through it, it’s no wonder so many well-off people call this place home.

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After leaving Yellowstone, we were happy to be in place that seemed more relaxed and friendly.  We loved the rugged environment, the more skittish animals, and the out going people.

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We saw some great animals… elk, deer, and finally our coveted moose.  The scenery was truly magnificent.

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For more photos, check out my photo blog, kritterspix.com