This winter has been an odd one for me. We’ve had a bit more snow than last year, but now the weather is warming up more than normal. I haven’t been working, due to Baby Gecko, so I haven’t seen as much wildlife.
We are still awaiting the arrival of Baby Gecko. Between getting baby supplies and getting the house ready so that we can fit those supplies, I haven’t been spending much time taking pictures. I’ve done crafty things, but none that I can post yet. But I did make it out on the National Elk Refuge last week to take some pictures.Every winter, bighorn sheep move down from the higher elevations in the area, and many of them come onto the Refuge to spend the cold months. This ram came right down the hill towards me, then crossed the road to see some lady rams. He was not successful. I heard headbutting, but didn’t see any. These two were just hanging out.
I took advantage of the start of the off season in between winter skiing tourists and summer park-visiting tourists to drive out on the National Elk Refuge and look for bighorn sheep. With our weather alternating between spring and snow, it was a bit chilly, but still nice. Apologies for the picture-heaviness of this post.I found sheep pretty quickly. These guys were playing on the rocks. It made me wish I had a longer lens for my camera. And also some of their energy.I zoomed in on this one on my computer.Sorry for the quality, but look how that sheep is straddling the rocks. These two are pretty young.Then they started playing on the slope. Just for reference, Mr. Gecko calls this a “steep incline”. They seemed to like it, though.Most of the sheep I saw were ewes and last year’s babies, but I did see this guy hanging out around the next bend in the road.The sheep were not concerned with traffic. The delivery truck, though, had things to do. (I blurred out the logo.) The driver went around the tourists from Wisconsin (the license plate has been blurred, too), returned to the right side of the road, and drove slowly by after the sheep had moved.The sheep were not bothered enough to get all the way off the road, though.As a side note, stopping on the road to take pictures is not allowed on this road. There are regular pullouts for stopping. This made me chuckle, though, especially since I could hear the passenger making kissy noises to get the ewe’s attention.This population of bighorn is being monitored using radio collars on some of the sheep. Because of the geography and development in their range, there is concern that the population is isolated and not genetically diverse.Both ewes and rams have horns, but the ewes’ horns are short and skinny. This thick coat will shed out soon.
After returning from town (and blogging) last week, Mr. Gecko and I brought our lunch to the lakeside to eat. There weren’t many people around, but we did have visitors. This red fox pair live in the area. The male is the one I posted an early morning picture of last week, with negative comments directed at the people who feed wildlife in the park. He’s also the dominant one in this photo.
This time of year, there are not many people around, so these two tend to show up whenever someone seems to be eating.
We did not feed them, but they did stick around and pose for a bit. It was a good way to end out weekend.
I had many plans for this month, including finally starting an Etsy site, posting a pattern, and finishing the reworking of a certain baby blanket. I did finish some things, and I started on the blanket, but there was alsoand I did some knitting, too. I finished my first attempt at a hat, and I learned that I need to get in the habit of knitting gauge swatches. I generally don’t with my crochet, because I can usually tell how a piece is going to look. Knitting is still pretty new to me, though, and I had to restart the hat three times, once when it was halfway worked up and waaay to big and floppy. My next hat will be a little more complicated and I’ll knit a swatch first.My current crochet project is a reworking of the Tardis-inspired baby blanket I made last summer. I wrote the pattern down as I went, transferred it to my computer last month, and now I’m remaking the blanket to make sure the pattern is (relatively) glitch free.I still intend to complete my plans, but they are a bit delayed. Maybe April? This is Cricket, the grouchy old lady cat. I bought this bed for her 8 years ago, and she has NEVER used it. Until last week, that is. Now, it’s her favorite sleeping spot. I guess that means that I can reclaim my reusable shopping bags that she had been using. Ah, the perversity of cats…