Owl Cam 2107
Every year, perhaps since our family built this barn in the early 1920's, owls have returned to this upper north corner to raise their kiddos. This year Nest sent me a couple cameras so that we can share them with you. Personally, there is something comforting about watching this mom's constant devotion. She is on her nest day and night, the male bringing her gophers which she tears at and then swallows whole. Soon her eggs will begin to hatch, not all at once like most birds, but one at a time, every 2-3 days, in the order they were laid. The first to hatch will grow larger and stronger, the youngest might struggle to compete for food and fall behind. Watching this, some will contemplate our modern problems with income inequality, others the viciousness of nature. Some of us might call our siblings in tears. I hope that some of you will do as I do and place your phone on your nightstand, falling asleep with patient owls on your mind.
*if the camera is "missing in action" give it a few minutes, then inform your local internet mogul to invest in rural internet infrastructure
Bear Cam 2016
This bull elk was killed sparring with a competitor in September of 2016 (ignore the date and time stamps, unfortunately). I affixed a camera to a nearby tree and returned the next morning. Gone was the camera, gone was the elk. Coyote prints, bear prints, drag marks. I followed them to a creek. I returned and found the camera, cracked but still functional, and hid it better this time. My favorite part is the nap the bear takes in the middle of his feast.