Sunday, November 8, 2015

Carnivores and omnivores galore

Many of yesterday's photos have some redeeming qualities although too many of them are dominated by fences and fencing. As far as I know, each of these animals is indigenous to Minnesota. The links under each picture take you to the Minnesota DNR's web page on that animal. In different ways, each of these creatures, especially the wolves, reminds me of the lessons in Aldo Leopold's Thinking Like a Mountain. I've read and reread the essay and understand all the words. The thinking is something I'm still working on. The back story to the essay was recently published in the Paris Review, of all places. It's worth a read.

barred owl
barred owl
Photo by J. Harrington

puma / cougar / mountain lion
puma / cougar / mountain lion
Photo by J. Harrington

timber wolf
timber wolf
Photo by J. Harrington

timber wolf
timber wolf
Photo by J. Harrington

black bear
black bear
Photo by J. Harrington

bob cat
bobcat
Photo by J. Harrington

coyote
coyote
Photo by J. Harrington

The River at Wolf

By Jean Valentine 
Coming east we left the animals
pelican beaver osprey muskrat and snake   
their hair and skin and feathers
their eyes in the dark: red and green.   
Your finger drawing my mouth.

Blessed are they who remember
that what they now have they once longed for.

A day a year ago last summer
God filled me with himself, like gold, inside,   
deeper inside than marrow.

This close to God this close to you:
walking into the river at Wolf with
the animals. The snake’s
green skin, lit from inside. Our second life.


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