This summer’s wildlife sightings
“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 (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!
OTHER “WILD LIFE”
- 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.
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