When my children were little, we always tried to hold our breath when we were driving through tunnels or over bridges. I wasn’t very good at it, but it broke up the drive.
We are entering crunch time. That time of the year when spring and winter play a tug of war, and depending on how it goes, deer and elk could be the losers.
That hoot-hoot-hoot you heard at night or just before dawn in January is the mating call of the great horned owl. After mating, the owls will continue to hoot to stake out a territory and warn other owls away.
Nations form alliances to protect each other from attack. People also do this, especially males, to defend each other. That’s where the phrase “I’ve got your back” comes from, meaning one person will watch out for the other, most often in difficult situations.
It’s always nice to have someone comfort you when you get hurt, are scared or are feeling bad. Parents, friends, brothers and sisters can be good at making you feel safer and better.
When the weather is warm, I like to go rafting down rivers. My raft is made out of vinyl and has to be pumped full of air to float.
Did you know that when young salmon swim downstream to enter the ocean, they travel backwards – tail first, 20 to 60 miles a day? That’s just one of the unusual things about migrating salmon that scientists have learned as they’ve researched the fish in the Columbia River.
I watched a very interesting television show the other night about the coywolf – the offspring of a coyote and wolf that interbred.
How can geese or ducks stand or sit for hours on an ice shelf next to a river’s open water? Of course they carry a nice, plump down coat, but what about their exposed feet?
In the cartoon Batman, police commissioner Gordon sends for the caped crusader by shining a bat symbol into the dark night sky. In real life, a South American frog can unknowingly call real bats at night by simply making ripples in the water.
Salmon are an amazing fish. They are born in freshwater rivers and streams. But when they get older they swim downstream and into the salty ocean’s waters where they grow up. They then return to where they were born to lay eggs and start the cycle all over again.
My dog has really bad breath. When she comes and pants next to me, it’s very stinky. Sometimes I get up and move so I don’t have to smell it.
One of the neat things about winter is that when it’s cold the water on lakes, ponds and in the calm stretches of creeks and rivers freezes. Standing next to a frozen lake or pond, you can sometimes hear weird sounds like whale talk – that’s the ice contracting and expanding.
There’s an old song that has a verse that goes: “the answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.”
Did you find any reindeer and sleigh tracks on your roof or in your yard on Christmas Day?
Have you ever had your face turn red when you were embarrassed or angry?
Owls are amazing predators. The mostly flat-faced birds typically hunt at night. Female owls tend to be larger than males. The great gray owl, one of 12 species of owls found in the West, is the biggest. It can range from 24 to 33 inches in height – that’s a pretty big bird.
It’s December, brrrr. And if you believe the weather forecasters, it’s only going to get colder and snowier this winter. That’s great news if you like to ski, snowboard or snowmobile.
Happy Thanksgiving! I can’t believe it is turkey day already again.
The whitetail deer ran from a clump of aspen trees as I rounded the corner of the road. I knew it was a whitetail because as they run, they stick their big white tail straight up into the air.
One fish, two fish. Yellow fish, blue fish.
When you were little, did your mother used to clean your ears out with a washcloth?
Happy Halloween! I hope you have a great costume picked out for trick or treating tonight. I saw some funny outdoor-themed costumes, including two parents dressed up as smores (the delicious graham cracker, marshmallow and chocolate treat) and their child dressed up as a puffy marshmallow. I…
The other morning when I left home to run an errand, there was a white coating of frost spread across the grass. It also coated my truck’s windshield. And wouldn’t you know that my windshield scraper wasn’t in my truck. Hmm, I wonder where I put that darned thing.
There is a brilliant red maple tree in downtown Billings that is hard not to stare at as I drive down the street. The deep red color is such a contrast to the usual yellow or orange leaves we see around Montana in the fall.