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The Blues: SaraBlue, DeltaBlue and Elwood

Brenda Mantz

I wanted to take the kayak out but mom is a wimp.

Every Picture Tells a Story

Perfect day for a paddle but it would be more fun if Tam and Gidget were here.

I love the breeze in my face. I'm a lucky dog.

Saying Goodbye

“The end of a melody is not its goal: but nonetheless, had the melody not reached its end it would not have reached its goal either. A parable.” —</i> …

Big, wonderful, Mr. Brown! We are here to stay! The wolves and I. For, in my heart and soul is the preserved wilderness called Yellowstone National Park. And living within, and without, its boundaries are wolves. Our will to survive and to do what God put us on this planet to do, will prevail. For, we, and all of us, are right where we are intended to be. In my heart and soul, and through my photography and my writings, I will work to bring you the stories of the wolves and the other animals of Yellowstone. Spring is a glorious time of renewal and each day that I wander into the park my head is filled with the marvels of change. The grasses greening on the hillsides that are now littered with pronghorn, bison and elk. The bright green around the small ponds that don't have near enough water in them for this early spring. More and more visitors arriving, filled with anticipation and awe. The hotel a buzz with preparations for the 2013 season. All is new and fresh. In the healing days of spring, I will wander this vast wilderness and it will enlarge my sense of awe - my appreciation that something so great has been preserved for all of us to enjoy. Many have written to tell me that you will be here some time soon. My memory is bad, because there are so many of you, but please, when you see the black Dodge Nitro, with the bumper stickers and bike rack, stop to say hi and introduce yourself. And, remember, I get pretty darned focused so you might have to give me a tap on the back. I am regrouping and getting everything lined up so that I can bring you Yellowstone even better than before. Remember that my images are for sale. You can contact me at or access one of my sites via the photos for sale tab at the top of my page. Yippee for Yellowstone!

Articles about six book reading nooks on - Dwell

This modern log cabin from architecture students at Auburn University was designed to be completed for $20,000—an admirable...<p>Architect Deborah Berke has maintained a ledger full of ephemera that details memories of every dinner party she’s hosted for...<p>One of our New Year's resolutions? To read …


Getting Personal with Poem for the One World by Mary Oliver - Suzi Banks Baum

photo by Kai Nicholson Reed<p>This is the poem I have taken in to my heart.<br>Perhaps you will take this one in too?<br>You never know when a poem, spoken …

5 Micro Guest House Design Ideas

When designing their home, most people have in mind their own comfort and well as their guests’. So unless the space is a problem, most homes would …

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World's Best Hikes: Epic Trails

A truly great trail winds into the essence of a place, so when assembling this list of the world’s great hikes we kept an eye on more than the footpath. We looked for walks that travel deeper into a location’s history and culture. Sure, there’s outdoor adventure on each of these 20 hikes, but the …


Pope washes feet of young Muslim woman prisoner in unprecedented twist on Maundy Thursday

Pope Francis continued his gleeful abandonment of tradition by washing the feet of a young Muslim woman prisoner in an unprecedented twist on the Holy Thursday tradition.<p>While popes have for centuries washed the feet of the faithful on the day before Good Friday, never before had a pontiff washed …


Lamar Canyon wolf and a bull elk at the river I promised this story a while back but things got a little crazy in wolf world for awhile, with 759 being killed, 755 being chased off and 820 not being allowed back in the pack. Wolf world is a fascinating place and the stories don't always go the way that we want them. Watching the family dynamics has been heartbreaking at times and oh so joyful at others. Rick likes to say that someone once said that there are no two species more alike than wolves and man and I certainly see the similarities. One morning, out in Lamar, the day that 759's body was retrieved, it looked as though the pack was moving towards the den area and the Confluence and so I went over to East Confluence to wait. Others were there with me but one by one they all left and headed over to Hitching Post. I stood, camera ready and looking up the steep slope before me. There was a bull elk standing along the ridge and at one point it looked like it had been spooked. Rams were way up high on a ledge and watching something. I waited and waited, wondering what those behind me were seeing. It looked like scopes were pointed up towards the den area and I assumed that they probably had the wolves in their sights. It was feeling a little lonely out there and I began to have thoughts of joining the others at Hitching Post. But, I resisted a while longer until finally lingering back to the car. Just as I put my hand on the door knob, I head a splash in the river. What was that? I figured that a bison was wading through and went to investigate. I peered around the bend and there was a bull elk and a wolf standing in the river. It was like rubbing the sleep out of my eyes and waiting for the dream to end. I stayed back, behind a post and sign, which shows up in most of my photos, along the right side, and watched as the wolf wandered in the river, drinking water. The bull was just standing there with his head held high and he spotted me but the wolf did not. After awhile another wolf came along and stood on the ice with the elk just a couple of feet in front of him. It was amazing to watch the interaction and I wondered if I was about to see my first kill. This is not something that I am anxious to witness and the apprehension was mixed with the excitement of standing there all alone and watching nature happen - watching it take its course. After awhile a couple of other wolves came down to the road and the river and they all seemed to be just wandering around. At one point I wondered if the wolves were going to surround the bull and chase him in my direction. The bull began wandering the other way, his head was always up but he didn't appear to be too distraught. Then another wolf came out of the brush on the side of the road, much closer to me than the others had been. I watched as it began to cross and then it turned and saw me and ran back the other way. I began to slowly back up, so as not to make any sudden movements to disturb the others. The wolf was watching my retreat from the roadside. And, then several cars pulled up and people came running to see the action and the wolf was gone. There were some pretty excited onlookers, upon seeing this scene. The wolves began to leisurely disperse and the bull was continuing down the river away from us. And then two wolves stood in the road and began howling. Oh my, what a treat that was - to hear them with almost no other sound but nature and so close. This is the video that I posted earlier and the last I checked it had been viewed more than 85,000 times! That is incredible. Here is a link to it on YouTube: The wolves went back up the hill and the bull was not too far behind them. It was afterwards that I discovered that 759 had died.

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It's Throwback Thursday! Calmly sitting in his Boston Whaler as a diver sawed it in half, Richard Fisher knew it was unsinkable. When Life magazine published shots of the feat, Boston Whaler's status as the Unsinkable Legend was sealed.

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