Life on the Little Fork: Still Winter

11 Apr

by Jared

Yes we are ready for Spring.

Yes we are planning our garden and a new greenhouse this year.

And yes, these pictures were taken just Monday morning.  I know we aren’t alone, as the heartland is shivering under yet another substantial spring snow.

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Since we can’t really jump right into the gardening posts, I thought one more post about our adventures this winter would be fitting.  Forewarning, the following photos depict the very raw reality when hungry wolf meets deer in the bleak midwinter.

I awoke in the dark of morning sometime in January and noticed a shadowy silhouette on the river that seemed out of place.  After a moment, I realized it was a large animal struggling to drag something through the snow.  As I strained to get a better look the beast must have sensed my movement and quickly strode out of sight.  I shared the story with my family, and after we ate breakfast we scampered down to the river to see what remained (and yes, our children are well aware of what happens in the wild; no need to euphemize).  The rest of the story tells itself.

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These final three photos were taken around lunchtime the same day we had discovered the deer carcass.  Shortly after we came in for the afternoon we noticed the wolf had returned to once again carve his canines into the freshest venison in the area.  It was a fascinating thing to observe.

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2 Responses to “Life on the Little Fork: Still Winter”

  1. Emily April 11, 2013 at 8:37 am #

    Such a wonderful catch of wildlife in all its beauty!!!

  2. Tonia (@IttyBittyImpact) April 18, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    I love that Aleah and Sophie understand about the circle of life. When we were visiting and they asked me if we still have our pig, I wasn’t sure how to answer. Then Caitlyn said something like, “You can tell them you ate her. It’s OK.” 🙂

    We still have snow here, too. This long winter reminds me of how winters used to be, when we were growing up. The ice on the lakes were never out before May 1st. This feels right, and yet I’m very ready for spring and summer to arrive!

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