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Frosty Wolf

wolf portraitFriends, last winter we visited a wolf sanctuary and i captured this timber wolf in a very peaceful pose.  It is the right time to visit again when it warms a little, was -28 degrees F this morning, He was lying on the snow with his feet tucked up but the eyes are ready to run or attack as the situation dictates.  Flight or fight. til Tomorrow MJ


The Hunting Eye

eye of hunterFriends, another wolf face from the International Wolf Center in Ely Minnesota.  This is a male, but not sure if it is Boltz a ten month old puppy, or Aidan, the five year old. They appear to have very similar markings, at least on the face.  Regardless of which wolf it is, the eyes are tuned into a hunting mode, and  like Luna, he was chasing the ravens away from the tidbits of food left over from the Saturday night feast.  til Tomorrow MJ


Luna Chasing the Ravens

luna ravenFriends, Luna is a black timber wolf found in Ely in a wolf enclosure at the International Wolf Center.  Saturday night is dinner for the four wolves in this enclosure and we were present at their Thanksgiving dinner, deer with a side of beaver.  Sunday morning while the boys were sleeping off their dinner, Luna, the single female, was busy tidying up and chewing on tidbits left behind.  The ravens also showed up to help her, but she told them to buzz off, the tidbits were hers.  til Tomorrow MJ


ravenFriends, a little late this morning, sorry, we visited the wolf enclosure over the weekend and they fed the wolves on Sat evening, so Sunday morning the ravens arrive to clean up the scraps,  hard to shoot black birds against the white snow, but i gave it a crack, here is my best bird, til Tomorrow MJ


Denali-Gray Wolf

denali wolf iwcFriends, this male timber wolf is in the enclosure at the International Wolf Center in Ely Minnesota.  His name is Denali and he is five years old this spring.  While he is a captive animal I think that the pose and eyes still reveal a wildness that resonates in my soul.  I am basically a wild human at heart.  til Tomorrow MJ


Quiet Time


Friends, this wolf is taking a nap on the snow, his coat is very thick and protects him from the cold.  He may look sleepy but his yellow eyes followed our every move. We have timber wolves in Crex Meadows but we rarely see them, they prefer the cover of darkness to hunt deer and teach their young how to hunt.  At night, we hear the howling at our house, the wolf pack that stalks the Clam River sometimes passes our place closely.  When we visited these wolves at The Wildlife Science Center, the chorus of howling was probably the only wildness left in these captive animals, but they sang of green forests and bogs where their relatives still roam free.  til Tomorrow MJ

Testing the Wind

testing the wind

Friends, this wolf is testing the wind, trying to detect whether us humans are well-intentioned.  Humans to these wolves are the bearers of food and so they cannot be allowed to run again in the wild.  I think the yellow eyes still speak of wild places and lifestyle, I empathize.  More wolves tomorrow, til Tomorrow MJ

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