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yellvet wrote:
Deb, your grandson keeps on getting better and better. All are lovely shots!

BTW, the white flowers are Field Chickweed (aka: Mouse Ears), the little blue flowers with the yellow center is either Woods-forget-me-not or Stickseed. Need to see the stem and leaf in order to correctly ID it. But it looks like Blue Stickseed. The dark purple flowers on the right are Low Larkspur.


Thanks Paula! I was hoping you would see this post and chime in as your knowledge of flowers is fantastic. Yea on me getting the field chickweed correctly identified with the basic book I have.
Deb

Statistics: Posted by Deb1741 — Fri Oct 24, 2014 5:15 am


Author: Deb1741
Posted: October 24, 2014, 12:15 pm
Deb, your grandson keeps on getting better and better. All are lovely shots!

BTW, the white flowers are Field Chickweed (aka: Mouse Ears), the little blue flowers with the yellow center is either Woods-forget-me-not or Stickseed. Need to see the stem and leaf in order to correctly ID it. But it looks like Blue Stickseed. The dark purple flowers on the right are Low Larkspur.

Statistics: Posted by yellvet — Thu Oct 23, 2014 9:15 pm


Author: yellvet
Posted: October 24, 2014, 4:15 am
Beautiful!

Statistics: Posted by Lhodge — Thu Oct 23, 2014 3:46 pm


Author: Lhodge
Posted: October 23, 2014, 10:46 pm
Colorado_Dave wrote:
Great pics!
The wildflowers one - is that Mouse-ear (white), Alpine forget-me-not (light purple), and Larkspur (dark purple)?


I wish I knew. I bought a pretty decent field guide book this summer for Yellowstone and Grand Teton that helps identify waterfalls, mushrooms, plants, insects, and other animals but am having a hard time identifying these flowers. I probably need a field guide book just for flowers. The nearest I can come is field chickweed, mountain forget-me-not and blue penstemon but that is just a wild stab with the book that I have. I :oops:

To everyone that has commented....thanks for the compliments. I will be sure to pass them on to my grandson. I am very proud of the improvements he has made in the last two years of taking pictures.
Deb

Statistics: Posted by Deb1741 — Wed Oct 22, 2014 6:26 pm


Author: Deb1741
Posted: October 23, 2014, 1:26 am
Great pics!
The wildflowers one - is that Mouse-ear (white), Alpine forget-me-not (light purple), and Larkspur (dark purple)?

Statistics: Posted by Colorado_Dave — Wed Oct 22, 2014 9:35 am


Author: Colorado_Dave
Posted: October 22, 2014, 4:35 pm
Great photos -- thanks so much for sharing. Absolutely lovely shots.

Statistics: Posted by Dorothy — Tue Oct 21, 2014 5:32 pm


Author: Dorothy
Posted: October 22, 2014, 12:32 am
Thank you Max... great clarification. I'm looking forward to your "Rosie" footage. I put up a video earlier this year with the theme that the little cubs have a recurring cycle of 5 activities... follow mom, explore, wrestle, climb trees and nurse. I'll be interested to see if you reveal other activities. All the best.

Statistics: Posted by yellowbelly — Tue Oct 21, 2014 5:43 am


Author: yellowbelly
Posted: October 21, 2014, 12:43 pm
Another great set of photos......thanks for keeping Bear Friday going! I can't believe how big Raspberry is getting as she gets ready for hibernation. Thanks for capturing/sharing that Katie! I will never tire of seeing new Rosie and her triplets.....they are amazing. I also love the pic of the grizzly and her cub; they are especially beautiful bears. The grizzly is at the top of the list of list of things we would like to see next year since we didn't have much luck this year.
Kim

Statistics: Posted by the-outdoorsman — Tue Oct 21, 2014 4:02 am


Author: the-outdoorsman
Posted: October 21, 2014, 11:02 am
very cool!

Statistics: Posted by Colorado_Dave — Mon Oct 20, 2014 8:39 pm


Author: Colorado_Dave
Posted: October 21, 2014, 3:39 am
What an amazing shot! Thanks for sharing.

Statistics: Posted by atw527 — Mon Oct 20, 2014 12:13 pm


Author: atw527
Posted: October 20, 2014, 7:13 pm
Very nice work!

Statistics: Posted by lah — Mon Oct 20, 2014 9:34 am


Author: lah
Posted: October 20, 2014, 4:34 pm
yellowbelly wrote:
But your video seems to show a dispassionate mother moose... not sure was she browsing as the little guy struggled? I don't get it. They clearly recognize the danger when a wolf approaches but swollen water seems to be no big deal.


I don't think "dispassionate" is an accurate description. This mother had the bad luck of giving birth on that island right before a huge spike in temperature caused the water levels to rise tremendously in a single day. So, rather than giving birth in a relatively isolated location on a gravel island that may have dissuaded some predators (though probably not a grizzly), she suddenly found herself on a rapidly disappearing island that threatened to be underwater.

She made several attempts to cross over the course of a week. What I recorded was one of many failed crossings. By all accounts the others ended much the same way, with the calf either being intimidated or failing to find footing before it made it all the way. In this case, the mother clearly expected the calf to follow her, but when it realized the baby wasn't going to make it, it absolutely showed concern. It was actually quite touching, because the calf was bleating as it was swept downstream, and mom was running along the bank calling back the entire time.

Once the calf found its footing again, the mother crossed and rejoined it. A day or two later, they finally made it across. I think it was simply an instinctive urge to get moving, get to better grazing areas (and better places to hide, frankly... the vegetation was not all that dense on the island) and to get away from the flood that drove mom to try crossing day after day.

It's true that bison seem smart enough to swim on the proper side of their calves to protect them from being swept away, but I'm not sure if it would work the same way with moose. Obviously, mom's legs are so long that she probably wouldn't provide much protection from the rushing water going under her anyway. ;)

Max

Statistics: Posted by Max — Mon Oct 20, 2014 9:21 am


Author: Max
Posted: October 20, 2014, 4:21 pm
Max... this video is just great... deserves a full 750 thumbs up on Youtube. The recurring theme with these moose, elk, bears and buffalo seems to be their poor judgment when crossing swollen rivers with their little ones or is this just the ongoing theme "survival of the fittest"? I once watched a mother buffalo swim downstream to get on the downstream side of 2 baby buffalos that were being swept away. She escorted both to safety, walked them back upstream and tried the crossing again... this time safely crossing. But your video seems to show a dispassionate mother moose... not sure was she browsing as the little guy struggled? I don't get it. They clearly recognize the danger when a wolf approaches but swollen water seems to be no big deal.

Statistics: Posted by yellowbelly — Mon Oct 20, 2014 7:17 am


Author: yellowbelly
Posted: October 20, 2014, 2:17 pm
That grandson of yours is getting good! Thanks for sharing.

Statistics: Posted by Connie — Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:02 pm


Author: Connie
Posted: October 18, 2014, 4:02 am
What a gorgeous photo. Those eyes! Thanks for sharing, Max.

Statistics: Posted by Connie — Fri Oct 17, 2014 8:59 pm


Author: Connie
Posted: October 18, 2014, 3:59 am

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