Nature

November & December 2017: Winter Nocturne

Photos by John Ashley Many are the nights that have enveloped me in the stars. I have taken dark night skies for granted. Only during my years of living in Seattle, Washington, and Santiago, Chile, were night skies hidden from my view by the pollution of bright city lights. And then, quite frankly, I was…

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November & December 2017: Connecting with Your Nature

The Risks, and Benefits, of Connecting with Your Nature by Hobie Hare – Photos by Hobie Hare     A few weeks ago I jolted awake following an extremely vivid recurring dream. It reflected not only how far I’ve come over the past five years, but also reminded me that there’s always more to learn…

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November & December 2017: When Bears Go to Sleep

When Bears Go To Sleep by Sterling Miller Most wildlife biologists experience great satisfaction in their careers. I’ve been particularly lucky in this regard because I was able to study species that are highly interesting. I spent 20 years researching grizzly (also called brown) and black bears in a truly remarkable setting—Alaska. SuzAnne asked me…

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September & October 2017: Moon Blindness

  Moon blindness is the layman’s term for equine recurrent uveitis (ERU). It is the leading cause of blindness in horses and has been known to man since the time of Alexander the Great, when they believed it to be associated with the lunar cycles, giving it the name still being commonly used today. Basically, the eye gets…

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September & October 2017: Worrying About Carlton Ridge

My article for the autumn issue of Distinctly Montana was due in July. I so love autumn and the heavenly riding opportunities during that time of year that I proposed an article entitled Falling in Love with Fall (see Distinctly Montana Fall 2017 and go to page 76). This is a familiar title to those…

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August 2017: The Lolo Peak Fire

Throughout the eons, lightning storms have roiled in the mountains of Montana, sometimes dropping sheets of welcomed rain and swelling mountain streams, sometimes only putting on electrifying displays of nature’s power, and sometimes exploding trees and igniting fires. Some of these fires burn slowly. Some dissipate within days. And some become legends to all who…

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July 2017: Running from Weddings

  Operating a guest ranch is more than a full-time job in the summertime. It is a 24/7 job that engulfs our entire lives. It brings wonderful people to our doorstep, lots of different types of fun outdoor activities, and an endless amount of work that includes considerable stress in making sure that everyone, both…

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July 2017: We are Wabi Sabi

  We are Wabi Sabi By Hobie Hare   “Attune to the fact that nothing in nature is judging you, or wishing you were any different than you are.”   —Mark Coleman, Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path to Self Discovery.   I lived and worked in Japan for two years…

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June 2017: Father’s Favorite Wildflower

    During the month of June, my mind is frequently on my father, William Lonzo Goodman. He was born on June 15, 1917, and, of course, we celebrate Father’s Day during June, occasionally on his birthdate. June is also the time when Montana mountains burst forth with wildflowers, much to my father’s delight. June…

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