A Letter From: The Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park

British Painter Julie Askew Ventures Into The Dale Of Wild Wolves and Goes ‘Eye to Eye’

Rather than post the story about the ignorant Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks new wolf quota for 2010, I am running this story and artwork by an English painter published in the latest Wildlife Art Journal. Todd Wilkinson of the WAJ has made this available for free for several days. It lifts my spirits to see the beauty portrayed by someone who seems more than cattle.

A Letter From: The Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park. By Julie Askew. Wildlife Art Journal

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Here is another photo essay from the Wildlife Art Journal. The Great Aerial Plains: Christopher Boyer’s Amazing Views From The Sky. These are beautiful and horrible photos of how the Plains actually are. It’s horrible ones — not fun to take, but are probably the most important.

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon.

Sunflower © Ken Cole

Sunflower © Ken Cole

Memorial Day Weekend Trip in Photos

My wife and I went to Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Southeastern Oregon for Memorial Day weekend to do some bird watching and a little fishing.  I had intended to post this shortly afterwards but other stories and a trip to Massachusetts and Maine got in the way.

We took a day trip through the Catlow Basin and through part of the Alvord Basin to Coyote Lake Basin as well. While there I did a little fishing for the Willow/Whitehorse Creek Cutthroat which is a minor subspecies of Lahontan Cutthroat. I caught and photographed two of these fish.

Phlox © Ken Cole

Phlox © Ken Cole

Blooming Desert © Ken Cole

Blooming Desert © Ken Cole

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Sage Grouse Rock Art

Sage grouse ~ sign of rock hopping in the mud in the Jarbidge:

“sure shows why petroglyphs are so alluring – their irregularities imitate nature more precisely than a symmetrical or polished western-style depiction/image …”

Sage Grouse Rock Art

Photograph © Katie Fite 2008 – Western Watersheds Project

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Bush Administration trying to charge fees to photo and film on the public lands.

Now the Bush Administration wants to charge fees and require permits for people who commercially take photos or film in the national parks, national forests, BLM lands and wildlife refuges.

This is another attempt to steal your rights to use your public land right out from under you, and also to prevent coverage of what is going on on the public lands. It is also a clear violation of your First Amendment Rights.

I can see a ranger asking you for your permit to photograph the pollution running out of oil well on the national forest.

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Closely related to this new attempt to take away your natural rights as an American is the growing citizen movement to fight back against the RAT (Recreation Access Tax). Story: Turning Back the Clock to the Good Old Days. What the Baucus-Crapo Bill Does. New West by Bill Schneider.

Breaking story: Fees proposed by Bush Administration for filming and photography on public lands. By Les Blumenthal.