- animal husbandry
- animal rights
- climate change
- Defenders of Wildlife
- Earth Day
- Edward Abbey
- Endangered Species Act
- Firehole River
- Grand Tetons
- Heart Lake
- Idaho Department of Fish and Game
- loon calls
- mental health
- Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks
- national parks
- National Park Service
- solar system
- the Bible
- The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
- the holocaust
- Turner Classic Movies
- U.S. Department of the Interior
- U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
- W.O.L.F. Sanctuary
- wild wolf encounters
- wolf hunting
- Wolf Lake
- wolf management
- World War II
- Wyoming Game and Fish Department
Wild Wolf Encounters
Songs for a Beloved Friend
Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge was an early stop on our 2-week backroads trip to Yellowstone. This migratory bird refuge is part of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System. Located in Colorado on the Green River close to the Utah border, it’s a quiet, magical place of stunning beauty. Decades living in Colorado, and I never knew it existed. Butch Cassidy and his outlaw band retreated to this remote location. Wildlife of all shapes and sizes find habitat, food, and shelter here.
Otter family visits our backpacking campsite at Heart Lake in Yellowstone
The beginning of the end of World War II…
When I last posted for D-Day, I used web photos. Couldn’t find mine, taken 20 years ago. Turns out I had placed them in an album. What a concept!
Here are just a few. It’s hard to imagine the majesty, unwavering determination, courage, and selfless devotion to decency, country, and community which conceived and carried out this breathtaking endeavor.
Look to the empty sea and visualize the armada.We stayed here, too, 55 years later.Pointe du HocRanger Memorial
The Cliffs of Normandy
Fifty years after, walking on flat ground above
the water, vast to the sight and empty yet, steel blue, placid
like the black cows grazing on the furrowed field
sky a colored mirror
watching, waiting, breath bated –
for an eye blink’s vision clicking quickly into clear focus –
armada of liberation, filling the sea
idea so daring, it stuns still
conceived and carried out with brilliant care
burden of risk bearing great hope
present sacrifice agreed exchange for future life
Moose tracks in dirt or snow and knotholes in pine – We are all connected to each other and to this beautiful place we call home.
2 poems from Songs for a Beloved Friend, Poems and Essays for the Planet,
which explore this connection:
Birds fly across the sky
in the shape of clouds.
Continents form from vapor
and drift with the wind.
Fluid, fire, air, and core
are bound in intricate design.
The universe weaves the pattern,
and we are one stitch.
COLOR OF EARTH
Collie color of earth, lamb and lion
throat echoes shark’s jaw
human hand revealed in paw
bird feathers trace ear edges
fur swirls in exact pattern
of wood grain on my table
as I look and see
the universe sing harmony.