Hey, I caught a slug!

Slugger


This past summer, WC was in the Pahshimeroi Valley in eastern Idaho, a guest at a ranch there. On a foggy, grey morning, a very young Western Wood Pewee appeared on the patio. Pewees are insectivores, but this youngster was willing to experiment. These photos were taken in very low light, through a double-pane glass…

Machete Ridge, one of the Pinnacles in Pinnacles National Park, California

Yes, Mountains Do Move


Old jokes about Muhammad and the mountain aside, mountains do move. WC was quite recently a visitor to a mountain that has moved some 190 miles. True, the mountain has taken some 22-23 million years to move that far. It’s also true that only about two-thirds of the mountain made the trip; the other third,…

Dirt bike tracks on lichen-encrusted rock along Lick Creek Road

Another Reason WC Loathes Dirt Bikes


WC has been complaining about dirt bikes for years, especially dirt bikes tearing through the wilderness. However much fun it may be for the folks riding the dirty, noisy and destructive machines, it is a use that precludes pretty much any other use. With noise levels at or above 100dB, they scare away any wildlife.…

North American Beaver, Page Springs, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon

Notes on Castor Canadensis


One spring evening in 1992, WC’s elkhound, Max, was barking his fool head off in his chain-link fenced run. Thinking it was yet another moose, WC went out to get the mutt. There was no moose. But suddenly something struck the other side of the base of that chain-link fence hard, rattling the length of…