Hope for Declining Groundwater Aquifers?

Recent efforts to recharge groundwater in Idaho are showing positive results. “Last winter, the state of Idaho succeeded in recharging 317,000 acre-feet of water into an important aquifer, enough to serve 700,000 homes for a year. It was an important milestone in an ambitious program to restore a groundwater source that had been overtapped for…

Pink is the New Orange

A number of laws were passed in this last session of the Wyoming legislature. One of those being that fluorescent pink is now acceptable as hunting attire. I’m actually glad about this. Not because I love pink, but because last hunting season it was hot, and all my blaze orange is for cold weather. I…

The Borrowed Days

This year March is spilling over into April. I grew up with the farmer’s lore regarding March “coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb” and vice versa, but this March the lion has been greedy, occupying the coming, the going, and then some. Irish folklore tells of March borrowing three days from April to…

Boys in the Hood

With low light, a zoom lens, and no tripod there wasn’t much chance of a stellar shot, but I thought you might enjoy the “boys” I’ve been seeing every morning. For those unfamiliar with agriculture in the Rocky Mountain West, it’s worth mentioning that it is estimated 80% of Wyoming’s native animals depend on private…

My Fog is a Cloud

Phrases that denote the heavy, depressing influence  of foggy days don’t resonate with me. I can understand how a grey fog hanging over a city for days could have that effect, though. With well over 200 days of arid sunshine in my location, and fog a rare occurrence,  a foggy day seems an intriguing invitation…

Well That’s Frustrating

Frustrating if you’re hunting elk, that is. These elk found a safe spot as elk season opened a few days ago. They have situated themselves on private land with a highway on two sides and houses on the third, it’s illegal to take a shot under these circumstances and they seem to know it.

The Deer and the Antelope Play

While the antelope spend most of their time in the lower elevation sagebrush steppe, the mule deer spend this time of year in a variety of habitats. Driving along some brushy, deep creek bottoms and riparian areas I witnessed the muleys in their pre-rut frolicking. The “rut” is the period when the males are actively…

Old Style Rodeo

After some exhilarating polo, the expanse of groomed grass becomes an old time rodeo ground at the annual Don King Days south of Sheridan, Wyoming. Don King Days is held in honor of Don King, renowned saddle maker and founder of Kings Saddlery. In the early days, rodeo events were simply friendly contests between neighbors….

Polo and Cowboy Hats

Despite the  extreme haze from wildland fires, I managed to get a few  good shots of the happenings at Don King Days 2017. The annual event takes place at the Big Horn Equestrian Center, in Big Horn, Wyoming where the polo field is a spectacle in and of itself. Outside of a golf course, it’s…

Whole Lotta Normal in Casper

I don’t know what you are seeing online, but things are pretty normal here. Yeah, people are camped out in the Walmart parking lot, but other than the long line for the women’s restroom, it’s normal. Shelves are stocked. Lines are normal. Just drove acrosss town, it took the usual amount of time. Cell service…

Hazy Skies for Much of Wyoming

While the large Lodgepole Complex fire is in mop up phase, there are still fires burning in other parts of Montana, the Pacific Northwest and Canada. According to Don Day of K2Radio, it doesn’t look like we’ll see the skies clear anytime soon.  

Eclipse Hooplah

If you live in Wyoming, I’m sure you’ve seen lots of references to Wyoming and the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.  In case you’ve been living under a rock ( a hunk of Jade, in this case), that’s because the path of totality will be directly across Wyoming. There’s been all kinds of hooplah…