A morning ski on the Blacktail Plateau in Yellowstone National Park. Tracked by nature yet not trampled.
Introducing Winter Bunn 2022.
Each winter we seem to have a single Rocky Mountain Cottontail that call our surroundings home. This year she makes an appearance every couple of days or so. Sometimes seeming right at home with us invading her surrounding. This day she munches away on the stalk of an old Holly Hock plant whist giving me the eye. Thus far she has seemed to avoid all those which would like to make her a meal and hopefully will make to spring to produce another batch of spunky young rabbits.
Perched at their watchtower high at the tippy-top of a blue spruce a mountain chickadee takes in the view.
On a recent very chilly morning while the rest of the house finches were visiting the feeders one very curious gentleman decided to take a minute and see what was going on inside the house. It was a short but nice chat, but given the quantity of seed a little bird needs to eat to keep warm at -10, he was quickly went back to his business at the feeder.
Thus far our winter has been more gray then sunny and much less snowy than we would like it. However looking out and seeing this Rocky Mountain Cottontail provided us that proverbial sunshine on a cloudy day and a smile to our faces.
On a morning that dawned without fanfare and the sun decided to hide.
A female mule deer endures light snow and minus 8 on her quest for a winter meal.
Even looking into the sun on a cold winters afternoon did little to warm the body.