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Mesa Falls…..Henry’s Fork Snake River
Grand Coulee Dam, WA
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July 1, 2015………Copper Falls is located just 14 miles from Hurley Wisconsin.
Modern Camping in the Southwest
Finally after carrying 80 some photos on my cell phone for close to a year my son-in law helped me down load them to may computer. I am not completely tech illiterate but being a new phone and with all the bells and whistles which I do not use it was confusing.
We were traveling to Harrison early one morning for a score match when after passing an intersection I looked to my left where I noticed 13 vultures perched on the roof of this house. My passenger said OMG…… that is creepy! I turned the Yukon around, grabbed my phone and snapped 3 pictures………..for the next 20 miles or so we had quite an interesting conversation with many jokes. It appears that they had been there for some time for the roof was white washed with pooh, there are only 10 in the pic but there were a total of 13. This is just another interesting photo caught at an unscripted time and one of the best parts of it is that the house is for sale!
Creepy for sure!
In the fall I collect road kill…..ah yes, road kill. I think the neighbors think I am crazy. My wife slides under the dash when I stop to pick up some poor creature that has met his demise by some speeding vehicle when crossing the road. Now the cat is out of the bag I will tell ya why. I process these creatures for their fur which is to be used for tying fishing flies. I mainly process squirrel tails so the carcass of said animal usually ends up in the field behind the house but on occasions there might be a mink, fox or some turkey parts when opportunity knocks. Now to the mystery, I have noticed on many occasions that these said carcasses disappear before they end up smelling but I never could catch what was procuring these tasty morsels.
About a week ago we had a skunk digging holes in my yard. He was one difficult bugger to catch but one evening I caught him ripping the sod in search for grubs in my yard and to that he succumbed to a lead pill. Not wanting to aggravate the situation I decided to leave him until the next morning before performing the burial service he so deserved. Next morning he is GONE! Oh boy, I know he didn’t leave on his own power but I just couldn’t figure out what would want to dine on a skunk?? Now it was 4 days later and as I was coming home from town, opportunity knocked again and this time it was a huge black squirrel so I tossed him on the running board and drove home. This time after removing his tail, I placed the carcass just behind the back garden to monitor what predator might be dining on these offerings and today I was rewarded with the picture attached………
The one on the left taking flight with the squirrel carcass in its talons is a Red Tailed Hawk and the two others are Vultures, there were also another 4-5 Vultures in the air circling.
This is just before the Hawk took flight, the carcass was in the yard about 10 feet from where the hawk is, and he jumped 3-4 times to get his prize in the tall grass just before the vultures landed.