Montana Outdoors

November 21, 2007

Then and now

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — montucky @ 10:31 pm

This afternoon it seemed appropriate to spend a few hours following in the footprints of a solitary coyote, for no special reason other than to see what he was up to and to enjoy some of the scenes that he sees every day. I was not surprised when his meandering trail led me to a small, lonesome ridge a short distance above the valley, and when it disappeared into some large rocks atop a bluff, I broke away from his tracks rather than disturb him in his home.

Just beyond the coyote’s ridge lies a little meadow which I visit with relative frequency, and as I strolled through it in the afternoon sun, my boots making crunching noises on the snow, I recalled that the last time I had visited there was during the oppressive heat of July. I enjoyed the scenes then and I enjoyed them again today, although they are visually quite different, and it occurred to me that a pictorial contrast might be interesting. Here it is:

July meadow

Winter meadow

Summer meadow

November meadow

Once again, the Parks lose

Filed under: Conservation, Environment, Idaho, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Wyoming — Tags: , — montucky @ 10:09 am

The issue was whether to permit 540 snowmobiles per day into Yellowstone or limit winter access to guided snow coaches.


“Snowmobile opponents wanted to see the machines eliminated from the park, saying they cause air and noise pollution, while snowmobile supporters want more, arguing many local businesses rely on income from snowmobilers.”

So, the argument was reducing air and noise pollution in the Parks versus local businesses relying on income from snowmobilers, and
guess who won?

THE INFAMOUS MAGIC WORDS “public access” again!

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