Look closely at the photo Molly Hale, Wildlife Biologist at Conservation Works in Northhampton MA sent me of a coyote pup. She came across a den site and wrote this, “There were at least three and the others were scuttled off by mama before I could get my camera out. But this one was a little behind the curve, or maybe had been sleeping, so didn’t go off with the others. They were so cute–still wobbly on the feet, little tails about 6″ long with only short fuzzy hair. I’m thinking coyote rather than fox now because they were under a log, not in a burrow, and because of the lack of black on the front legs.
They were at the edge of an acre-size impenetrable shrub/vine tangle–just the kind of place people would never go!”
The photo was taken by Arlo Halloran, Westport Central School, Grade 6. He is one of the students in my Patterns in Nature class this spring.
This group had a beautiful hike on the frozen lake yesterday. We stopped to look at a mink who was hiding in a crevice on the shore. The ice was full of incredible patterns but was too bumpy to skate on the NY shoreline.
These seeds of Virgin’s Bower were glowing in the winter sunlight. A beautiful vine at all times of year.
This year I had a houseful for Christmas and we all needed some fresh air after a cozy morning by the fire. We hiked the Pinnacle, a favorite local spot with a gorgeous view. A few new items of clothing were put to the temperature test–it was 9 degrees when we left the car. Gorgeous sunshine made the forest a winter wonderland. Lots of hikes and explorations to look forward to in 2014!
Gorgeous weather in every way. Had a great hike up Pharoah Mountain from Crane Pond yesterday. The colors of the blueberries and the lichen were like a mosaic on the rock slopes. Early-to-middle color in the trees.