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    Strolled out to the meadow to take a pee early this morn, my custom.
    4:15 AM
    The clouds are gone.
    Standing there, looking up, scratching my hind end, peeing.
    A brilliant sky, chock full of heavenly bodies.
    My have had my mouth open.


    A wolf wailed.
    Not a coyote
    I know the difference
    We don’t get many
    But we get ‘em
    Some tagged
    Some hybrid
    Some wild
    Saw one
    Last winter
    Loping across the meadow
    Right where I was standing this morn
    The next wail sounded a bit closer

    My stroll back to the cabin may have quickened a bit
    I wasn’t carrying
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary O' View Post
    Strolled out to the meadow to take a pee early this morn, my custom.
    4:15 AM
    The clouds are gone.
    Standing there, looking up, scratching my hind end, peeing.
    A brilliant sky, chock full of heavenly bodies.
    My have had my mouth open.
    A wolf wailed.
    Not a coyote
    I know the difference
    We don’t get many
    But we get ‘em
    Some tagged
    Some hybrid
    Some wild
    Saw one
    Last winter
    Loping across the meadow
    Right where I was standing this morn
    The next wail sounded a bit closer

    My stroll back to the cabin may have quickened a bit
    I wasn’t carrying
    Gary, your "Meadow Run" reminded me of a story about Will Atkins, a legend in Oxbow Maine, and beyond. and how, in 1918, he shot 11 wolves in minutes with 7 shots. The History of Oxbow Lodge.

    "He left Oxbow in June of 1918 and went to Edmonton, Alberta, with a supply of traps and equipment. Following the Athabaska and Slave River waters, he traveled to the MacKenzie River country where he worked during the winter. He enjoyed that season on the MacKenzie River, and got along well with the Indians who lived in the area.

    That winter he not only accumulated a great number of fine pelts but also collected bounty on twenty two wolves from dumfounded authorities. He was even offered - and refused - an opportunity to work for the Canadian Government and to make wolves a specialty. Eleven of his twenty-two wolves were shot in a matter of minutes - perhaps seconds. He was moving from one camp to another at the time and thus had both his .35 Winchester rifle and .38 pistol with him. He heard a pack of wolves coming his way and hurried into a nearby opening in the woods, where tracks indicated that the wolves were following some caribou that had recently passed through.

    He had just taken off his pack and pulled out his pistol when the wolves ran into the clearing. His shouts at the animals slowed their progress towards him only momentarily. He dropped to one knee so that he could put his bullets through more than one wolf at a time, and succeeded in hitting "double" several times. The last of the wolves was shot within a range of a few feet. Altogether, a total of only seven shots were fired. "They thought they were master of their job, but i knew damn well I was master of mine," Will later commented about the wolves. A lifelong experience as a woodsman was doubtless the source of his cool-self confidence".

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    Gary, I haven't spotted any wolves in my travels, but I may have heard some in the distant woods. Coyotes are increasing by me, and the sight of one or more of those close by will hasten my step.

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    Wolves are beautiful. I was privileged to see a wild Canadian grey wolf years ago while I worked at the Banff Springs Hotel. We stared at each other from across the ice. Spiritual moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeaBreeze View Post
    Gary, I haven't spotted any wolves in my travels, but I may have heard some in the distant woods. Coyotes are increasing by me, and the sight of one or more of those close by will hasten my step.
    SB, I saw a critter run out from under our small side porch a good while back. It looked like a coyote...recently while painting the foundation, I found an old dried up, chewed up rib bone of sorts. I love this Don Edwards song.

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    Thanks for the stories and song, folks



    The one I saw last winter was a fleeting glimpse
    Thought maybe I was seeing things
    Then traipsed out to the meadow atop 4 ft of snow/ice pack and examined the prints.
    No doubt

    Not sure if native, but wolf
    not coyote
    not coywolf





    my tracks back to the cabin


    (jus' kiddin'...I mean who'd be takin' the pic? Wolves don't have cell phones....probably)


    Shared this with an old (real) 83 yr old cowboy
    Said there was a wolf lady years ago about 50 mi outa K Falls
    Raised ‘em
    Then got in trouble
    Let ‘em all go
    Odd lady
    He did some logging for her
    She tried to jump on his skidder
    Naked


    Anyway
    thanks for the stories

    I so love a good story

    Puts me to sleep most nights
    Bukowski keeps me up
    a rough read
    but worth it


    cheers
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shalimar View Post
    Wolves are beautiful.

    We watched over my son’s wolf pup for a few weeks
    Them pup teeth are sharp
    Cute little mean rascal though

    Gonna get one ‘fore it’s all over
    Gotta be raised from early
    Nursing early
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Prolly last of a clear sky for some days


    The forecast is snow
    Snow
    Light snow
    More snow


    kinda pretty....the first few months

    our tinsel


    the stillness is calming to one's soul


    I didn’t pay much attention to the avian fauna when we first came out here
    Maybe due to staying on task with the build schedule
    Whenever I’d sit to rest and hear some strange noise in the trees I’d just go ‘whuzzat?’ then back to work
    Now? Proud to say I’ve got a handle on some of my new friends

    …and their seasons

    Nutcrackers appear in winter
    Have yet to see ‘em this fall

    The nuthatches (now my favs) have come back
    Their little minion like ‘beeps’ give me a smile
    They are the only bird that commonly walks down a tree, or so says my avid friend up the path
    Seems true






    The chickadees are always with ‘em




    Some pics








    heh, my buddy up north thinks he's funny

    ...I owe him



    Y’all keep a fire
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    “I have, as it were, my own sun and moon and stars, and a little world all to myself.” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden


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    Thoreau inspired many

    However, I think Heimo said it best 'spend to much time alone, you go nuts'


    I do love the stillness of a heavy snow
    First few days of that are spent shoeing thru deep paths, camera in hand











    month later
    shotgun in hand
    needing some noise
    any

    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    What beautiful photos, Gary, Thanks. I loved the magazine cover!

    I don't know if I could get through a winter like that without going a bit stir crazy or claustrophobic though. I think one must be comfortable with one's self to a great degree, which is an admirable quality.

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    Amazing photos Gary, love to see them and happy you have the camera with you and share them with us! A real treat for folks like me who love the outdoors! Like your shotgun bug-eyes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RadishRose View Post
    I think one must be comfortable with one's self to a great degree
    I tend to agree

    Thanks RR and SB

    Opportunities are fleeting

    I've taken quite a few pics

    So far, these two are my favs;



    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Absolutely beautiful!

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    hey, pard, thought I'd dust the webs off this thread, to show you a simple trick to split firewood: "The Splitinator"!Note use chain 3/4 of log diam and shorter bungie)
    Last edited by Meanderer; 11-14-2017 at 07:19 PM.
    Jim

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