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Woolly Bugger

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photograph of a wooly bugger or wooly bear caterpillar

I nearly stepped on this caterpillar while hiking in early January.  Legend has it the area between the black stripes on the woolly bugger or woolly bear caterpillar indicates how mild or harsh the winter will be.  The larger the area between the black stripes the milder the winter is supposed to be.  Since the rear black stripe can’t even been seen in this photo the caterpillar prediction is for a pretty mild winter.

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On The Prowl

photograph of a black bear in Yellowstone National Park

This black bear slowly wandered through a meadow while we watched it from a safe distance.  I wish the lighting had been better but that’s one of the challenges of wildlife photography.


Angry Ground Squirrel

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photograph of a ground squirrel barking in Yellowstone National Park

Late one evening I discovered a large colony of ground squirrels living around a tree.  I woke up early the next morning and quietly walked through their territory.  Doing so I began to realize the core group remained together near a tree but several individuals acted as perimeter security.  This one seemed to be warning the others of my presence.

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Blondie

photograph of a blond bison in Yellowstone National Park

 

This bison sat resting on a hillside in Yellowstone National Park when we saw it.  Since most of the bison are dark brown we nicknamed this one Blondie.


Forster’s Tern

photograph of a Forster's Tern hovering over a river

During a hike near the James River, I came across a group of Forster’s Terns flying above a stream.  I watched as they floated, effortlessly in the air above the water.  After a few seconds they would dive out of view and then come flying back up, circle around, and start over.  I assume they were catching small fish but I couldn’t get close enough to be sure.  The tern pictured here is hovering in position, waiting to dive.