Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Wolves in this Wood

Ponderous Leil

It was very windy yesterday. But by 10pm, when Clancy went out to fix the fire, the night was calm and beautiful.
Clancy and the boys found a wolf kill on our driveway early this morning. Several deer had opened up a round bale of good alfalfa a few weeks back. The blood started there and ended a few yards down the road at the carcass. The heart and front shoulder of the fawn were devoured. Tracks were all around. It was simultaneously shocking and natural to behold.
As I passed by, a swirl of black crows twined upward from the remains...only to circle back down again in my rear-view mirror.
Seven hours later, as I returned home, a complete skeleton rose above a rug of hide. Each rib was clean and the spine and legs were visible from a distance. Clancy and the boys reported that the hide was picked clean from the inside. There was even less left of the deer than there appeared to be. The wolves had opened up a carcass. Undisturbed, the crows, the eagles, and perhaps even a fox or coyote, had made short work of their daylight discovery.
There isn't anything left of that carcass for a wolf to eat tonight.

Feisty Ewes
AnnaBelle & Silvy

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


I've been putting it off...
Something about writing it here makes it so final...
This was the moon rising on the night...
We lost Sally.
Beautiful Sally
our best girl

Silvy & Qdy for A.M.

Silvy on the run!
Silvy & Qdy
Qdy cute
Wide & square.
Little tails
(dirty backsides!)