Montana Outdoors

January 28, 2015

Camouflage

Filed under: Animals, Cottontail rabbit, Winter — Tags: , — montucky @ 12:37 am

When I wander through the back country of western Montana, the roadless areas and the wilderness, I nearly always dress in full camouflage because I prefer to blend in with the natural surroundings and also because I find that it disturbs the native wildlife much less and often gives me the chance to be very close to them. However, here is an example of a real expert at camouflage and his life depends on the success of his strategy.

Cottontail's home

There is a cottontail rabbit in the above photo. His outline can be dimly seen just below the middle and to the left of center, a place where I frequently see him on my daily walks. He is so confident of his camouflage and his protected sitting place that he will usually just stay put while I walk to within 15 feet, even when my dog is with me. At the time of this photo he had his back turned to me (not his best side), but in the following photo taken a couple of hours earlier from the same exact spot (using all of the zoom my little camera could muster) he was watching me.

Cottontail

I have to admit that as good as my camo is, it pales in comparison to his!

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December 12, 2013

Winter walking

Filed under: Animals, Winter — Tags: — montucky @ 7:39 pm

Yesterday I refurbished an old pair of crutches that I found in the garage and after a few experiments, found out that they let me get out and walk with minimal pain. I walked again today, adjusted my technique and can hike almost pain-free. What a relief!

When I reached this point at the end of a huge alfalfa field

Winter walk

and was enjoying the view, I noticed this little fellow almost at my feet. He is staying, for the moment at least, in a 20-ft section of irrigation pipe. Pretty safe place!

Cottontail

Cottontail

June 14, 2012

Visitors

Filed under: Animals — Tags: , — montucky @ 12:00 am

We often have animal visitors come to call and always enjoy seeing them. This Cottontail (I think it was him) stayed around here most of the winter, living I believe, under a deck of firewood logs in our canyon.

Cottontail

Cottontail

While fairly common in the high country (there is a mountain just north of there named after them), this is the first Yellow-bellied Marmot that has ever visited our yard. He liked the flowers.

Yellow-bellied Marmot

Yellow-bellied Marmot

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