Wolf Sighting!

“Life is so full of unpredictable beauty and strange surprises.

~ Unknown

Never in a million years did I think I would see what I saw! I was driving home from the Chris Dickinson and Bruce Dorn photography workshop through Teton and Yellowstone Parks. I saw a bunch of people parked looking out to my left. I saw a black furry thing moving behind a tree. I thought it was a small bear. Wrong!

I was shocked beyond description to see that it was a black wolf! I have never seen a wolf with my own eyes. The fact that it was alone was crazy too! I pulled over, grabbed my camera, lens, tripod and set up.

I sat and watched it for about half an hour snapping quite a few images. It wandered all over this clearing. It would sniff the ground a lot and pounce once in awhile (I assume it was hunting mice or some other small animal). It was fascinating to watch.

I overheard a park guide tell someone that in his 15 years of guiding he had only seen wolves close to the road like this maybe 5 times, but never like this and certainly never a wolf alone. I reluctantly packed up and left or I may not have gotten home before dark.

I debated on posting this because I know about the huge wolf controversy. I’m not going to go there. I’m just going to say that for me, it was a huge surprise and one that I will never forget.

Love them or hate them, you can’t deny the beauty that Mother Nature puts into the world. I’m glad I witnessed this. It made me realize that I don’t always understand everything to it’s fullest. We as humans always have to put our spin on everything. I think it’s important to observe and to be open-minded in all circumstances.

As a rancher, I know how dangerous they can be. However, that day I just marveled at what I encountered.

Have you ever witnessed something in nature that was truly unexpected? Tell me about it!

Happy Wednesday, friends!

➶ Cheyenne




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