In Anticipation of Spring…

This week has been a bit overcast and with some rain, cold at night but warming up to sweatshirt weather by mid-morning.IMG_9879

The birds are starting to appear…IMG_9732 IMG_2314-Edit IMG_2321-Edit IMG_2324-Edit IMG_2345-Edit IMG_2347-Edit DSC00219-Edit

Some definite spring signs are the Robins…IMG_9934-Edit

Bluebirds, both female and male…IMG_9927-Edit IMG_9930-Edit

Lambs arriving…

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We’ll soon have Icelandic lambs arriving too!IMG_9532

We are still waiting on green grass, flowers and bees though!

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Watching Wolves…

On Sunday my husband and I had the opportunity to go on a snow coach, whose name was Rosebud, through Yellowstone Park.  We have been through Yellowstone many times throughout other times of the year but never winter.  We love going to Yellowstone, and the winter version did not disappoint!  Seeing everything under a blanket of snow was truly beautiful.  We seen abundant wildlife and had a wonderful tour guide.  We used Alpen Guides based in West Yellowstone, their classic snow coaches were too cool!  The oldest snow coach there has been in service since 1953….

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Like I mentioned above, we were able to see abundant wildlife but the coolest of the two critters we saw were very far away.  Luckily, there were spotting scopes available to look at them close up.  The first critter was a male grizzly, out of hibernation in February which is very rare.  He is very groggy here and a taking a nap under a tree, you probably have to use your imagination to see him here but really he is there! lol…7J8A1537-Edit

The second of the two were….IMG_0237

Two wolves sunning themselves on a distant hill.  You might be able to see the whiter wolf if you squint your eyes real hard, the second one is off to the right in a bit of a hole… I had major lens envy with the people there and their huge prime lenses! lol!7J8A1496-Edit

We seen a lot of other critters that I’ll share later!

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An Afternoon Whale Watching…

Every time we have visited the coast we have wanted to go out on the ocean and do some whale watching. Usually we are in quite a rush and can’t quite fit it in but this time we had a couple of quiet days in Oceanside, CA.  So we were pleasantly surprised to find a local business that held daily tours at very reasonable rate so we decided to give it a try…

The ship…IMG_5295Our crew….

IMG_5296IMG_5298Sailboats on the horizon…IMG_5316Grey Whales!!IMG_5416-EditThere she blows…IMG_5430-EditIMG_5445-Edit IMG_5481-Edit IMG_5485-Edit IMG_5509-Edit

Headed back to land…IMG_5540Past the buoy…IMG_5585-Edit IMG_5606

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Last Sunrise of 2014…

We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season!  We sure did!  Besides dealing with crouping cold, one kid with pneumonia and another with a sinus infection, we made the best of our situation and had a wonderful time with friends and family over the past couple of weeks.  Markus and I were even able to get away for a couple of hours in the wee hours of the morning of New Years Eve…IMG_4840IMG_4860

Before the sunrise…blue morningDuring sunrise…IMG_4875-2IMG_4905IMG_4912A cold but breathtaking walk down to the river…IMG_4922 IMG_4927The sun peaking through the trees…IMG_4930 IMG_4936 IMG_4938Happy New Year!

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