Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Bighorn Sheep of Yellowstone National Park

On this trip to Yellowstone, the Bighorn Sheep were the first animals we saw in the park. 


Because their population isn't as plentiful as the buffalo that I featured last week, it's such a thrill to see a few. 


The bighorn sheep population in 2012 was 379 so we consider ourselves lucky when we see them.  

The average life span of the male is 9-12 years and for the female 10-14 years. 



The adult male (ram) weigh 174-319 pounds, including horns that can weight 40 pounds. 


The female (ewe) can weigh up to 130 pounds. The rings on their horns are counted to determine their age. 



Thanks for stopping in for a glimpse at the Bighorn Sheep - Judy. 

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Reconnect With Nature Wednesday at Living A Good North Coast Life

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Buffalo (Bison) of Yellowstone



We recently visited Yellowstone National and were just amazed at the number of buffalo (bison) we saw this year.




Did you know that Yellowstone is the only place in the US where buffalo (bison) have lived continuously since prehistoric times?



Seeing the herds of bison in the Lamar Valley area of the park reminded me of a old western movie. They comprise the nation's largest bison population on public land. 



The male bull can weigh up to 2,000 lbs. and can live 12-15 years and some up to 20.

Love how this buffalo is kicking up a little dirt and dust.



The buffalo roan freely in the park. Cars stop and cameras start clicking. People get so excited to see buffalo or any of the wildlife in the park. I'll share some of the other wildlife next time. 



We found some buffalo fur one day when we stopped for a picnic.



We saw several baby calves with their moms in the large herds.



Check out this proud Mom and her calve.



The buffalo seem to move slow but are very agile and can run up to 35 mph. It's always important to remember they are wild animals.



Thanks for stopping in and hope you enjoyed the buffalo of Yellowstone - Judy.

Linking to: 
Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage
Mosaic Monday at Lavender Cottage
Metamorphosis Monday@ Between Naps on the Porch


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Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern Daydreamer
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life 
Reconnect With Nature Wednesday at Living A Good North Coast Life 


Sunday, August 10, 2014

A Mexican Fiesta Party




I'm planning an end of summer Mexican Fiesta Party for a few friends. I've got the table ready and working on the food. 







My party idea started with this tamale dish that my SIL ordered at a small restaurant while we were in Custer, WY. It reminded me of back-in-the-day when our young adult church class would make and sell tamales. I am hoping I can bring back those tamale-making skills from the past for my party.



My table in set in the festive colors of red, yellow, and blues. Great colors for a Mexican Fiesta. 



The dishes are a mix with aqua goblets from Michael's (last year), aqua chargers from TJMaxx , yellow plates and bowls from $store, the napkins and napkin rings are from Pier 1, new this year.


The centerpiece and large square plate on the breadrack are pieces from Southern Living at Home umpteen years ago. I can't believe they haven't gotten broken in my moves.



The napkins and napkin rings were the perfect colors for the table. I didn't go in Pier 1 with them in mind but sure glad I found them. I just love the dragon fly napkin rings.


We could start with a few chips and pico de galllo or salsa.



A salad loaded with protein is next. To the crisp romaine lettuce, grilled chicken, guacamole, pico de gallo, avocado ranch dressing, cheddar cheese, reduced-fat sour cream, Latin rice and slow-simmered black beans are added.



These Sombrero cookies from Big Fat Cook.com could be a hit and look fairly easy to make. 



I found there are lots of ideas and recipes on Pinterest boards. You can check them out for great ideas.




Thanks for stopping by for a little Fiesta - Judy.


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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Throw Back Thursday - Relaxing On The Porch and A Bite of Chocolate

Around this time last year, I found myself running in circles and in much need of time to relax. The back porch became my refuge.



My Dad (age 91 at the time) was ill and nearly died from a bleeding ulcer. I was traveling back-and-forth from Kansas City to Illinois and found myself exhausted and stressed.



The porch was the perfect place for me to regroup. My husband and brother were there to help with Dad and I needed to help with my grandkids in Kansas City.



The yard and the flowers gave me a new sense of well-being.




For me, chocolate always helps.









I am happy to report that Dad is doing well this year at 92. After just spending three weeks with him, he still enjoys playing cards and has a great sense of humor.




Thanks for stopping by - Judy.

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Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine’s Corner

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Devils Tower - Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Do you remember the movie "Close Encounters of the Third Kind?" This 1978 blockbuster film was written and directed by Steven Spielberg and stared Richard Dryfuss and Teri Garr.



In the movie Roy Neary (Dryfuss) experiences a close encounter of the first kind by witnessing UFOs flying through the night sky. He is subsequently haunted by a mountain-like image in his head and becomes obsessed with discovering what it represents. Then there is a close encounter of the second time by government agents who discover evidence of military vehicles that went missing decades ago suddenly appearing in the middle of nowhere. Roy and the agents follow the clues and have a close encounter of the third contact.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075860/plotsummary 

You can watch a clip from the movie here

We recently visited Devils Tower National Monument near Sundance in northeastern Wyoming where parts of the movie was filmed. 


The tower is a geologic feature protruding out of the rolling prairie that surrounds the Black Hills. 



Piles of rubble, broken columns, boulders, small rocks and stones, lie at the base of the Tower, indicating that it was, at some time in the past, larger than it is today. http://www.nps.gov/deto/naturescience/geologicformations.htm 

That's Mr. Bigg standing on rocks at the base of the tower. 



The site is considered Sacred to the Lakota and other tribes that have a connection to the area. Prayer offerings of bundles and cloths are seen along the trail. It is asked that you do not disturb the offerings.


This one-of-a-kind natural wonder looms 1200 feet above Wyoming's prairie. The parallel cracks make it one of the finest traditional crack climbing areas in North America. 







We saw climbers while we were hiking the tower trail. Climbers must register with park officials before their climb and check-in after. 






We weren't there to climb but did hike the trail. Our grandson's enjoyed climbing on the smaller rocks along the trail.

At one point long the trail, you can see the beautiful valley 



and the Belle Fourche River. 



I love this shot of the setting sun behind the monument.


Thanks for stopping by for a quick visit to Devils Tower, which was established in 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt as the first National Monument - Judy.

Photos from the Movie: http://derekwinnert.com/close-encounters-of-the-third-kind-classic-film-review-306/ 

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Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Metamorphosis Monday@ Between Naps on the Porch


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Your're Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe With An E

Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern Daydreamer
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life 
Reconnect With Nature Wednesday at Living A Good North Coast Life 


Photos from the Movie: http://derekwinnert.com/close-encounters-of-the-third-kind-classic-film-review-306/