This summer’s wildlife sightings

Posted by Patrice Rhoades-Baum


“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” For Mike and me, this centuries-old proverb hits the nail on the head (to use another well-worn proverb).

In our road trips and outdoor adventures, we always keep an eagle-eye out for wildlife. Take a gander at these fellows. (All photos and elk-sparring video by Patrice Rhoades-Baum.)


Mike and I got to witness a surprisingly close-up look at two bull elk sparring during rutting season in Rocky Mountain National Park. Listen closely to hear their strange bugling while they spar.


Mule deer with fawn--photo by Patrice Rhoades-Baum

Moose-photo by Patrice Rhoades-Baum










Tarantula near Beulah, Colorado (photo by Patrice Rhoades-Baum)

Wild turkey (photo by Patrice Rhoades-Baum)










Frog--photo by Patrice Rhoades-Baum

Big horn sheep--Photo by Patrice Rhoades-Baum










From top-left:

  • Mule deer with fawn (take a look at those ears!), Manitou Springs, Colorado
  • Moose, Brainard Lake Recreation Area, Colorado
  • Tarantula, near Beulah, Colorado
  • Wild turkey, near Catamount Open Space, Pikes Peak Region, Colorado
  • Frog in Lake Pueblo, Colorado
  • Mountain big horn sheep, Brainard Lake Recreation Area, Colorado
  • Sorry to say, I missed a shot of the pheasant crossing the road in Sioux Falls, South Dakota!



Jake--Photo by Patrice Rhoades-Baum

Jake the Hiking Dog--photo by Patrice Rhoades-Baum










Longhorn--photo by Patrice Rhoades-Baum

Thunderbirds--photo by Patrice Rhoades-Baum










From top-left:

  • Jake, after he got skunked and bathed — he’s not wildlife, but he smelled like it!
  • Here’s Jake the Hiking Dog in his natural element, pretending to be a big red fox.
  • This Longhorn charged us! It felt like being charged by a wild animal. So glad there was a fence between us!
  • Some people might consider the USAF Thunderbirds to be wildlife.  : )  They flew directly over our house in preparation for the halftime show during a US Air Force Academy football game.


Comments are closed.