The rhythm of nature around the solstice, June 20, is hard to describe. Nature peaks at the start of summer in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Flowers fill the meadows. Young animals and birds abound. Rivers pulse. Life is busy, busy, busy. This month a baby raven came into my life. I thought it was fledging or learning to fly. Out my bedroom window, I … [Read more...] about June- high water, Grizzly in the news, RAY of summer, young everywhere
The Hole Hiking Experience
Spring arrives on March 20 with blue skies, rain drops, Red Tail Hawks, Great Blue Herons and a deep snowpack. Winter 2016-17 in Jackson Hole left the deepest snowpack ever in the mountains and town broke the record for total precipitation. Bottom line, this was a BIG winter. If you visited, you know this. If not, it is hard to imagine. I travelled in … [Read more...] about March: BIGGEST winter on record in Jackson Hole! RAY of spring arrives to valley
Wow, what a month! Mother Nature and Old Man Winter have whipped and raged through the valley. Winter storms, driving rain, wind, and snow, more snow. All plant eaters: moose, deer, bison, pronghorn, bighorn sheep are stressed. All carrion eaters and scavengers: wolves, lions, coyotes, eagles, ravens, magpies are dancing the happy dance. By the first week … [Read more...] about February: wettest February on record in Jackson Hole!
Winter 2017 shapes up to be a big one. Snowbanks tower in town. Winds howl. Snow blows. Old man winter descends on Jackson Hole. The deep snow challenges the wildlife as they struggle for sufficient food and travel routes. RAY of white blankets the valley with hardly a twig peaking above the sage flats. Once the snow started to fall in December, it … [Read more...] about January: Record snowfall in Jackson Hole! Old man winter descends on valley with feet of snow! RAY of white
The month of December began and winter arrived. The 60 degree November temperatures felt like a distant past. The month started with a punch and the winter weather closed roads, caused avalanches, accumulated feet of snow and made happy skiers and winter recreationists. You can see by my record below in the “what’s in the woods” section that stormy … [Read more...] about December: Stormy weather makes Jackson Hole skiers happy