Relaxing at the boys weekend away near Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Photo taken October 20th.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Osgoode (Ottawa), Ontario, Canada.

Where are they going next? Barbados! Arrive on October 25th!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Home on the range

Where the deer and the antelope play.

Ruth went to pick up some flowers for gardens that she has made here at the park, and along the way she saw a few pronghorn antelope. There are quite a few of them in this area here on the prairies, and it's funny how we occasionally see deer in and around the park, but the pronghorn seem to stay up on the flat parts.

And it's not very often you see a mom with a little one...

This little one doesn't look very old!

This big male was at a different location.

Ruth took a great head shot of this one!

Another male.

And we've seen a couple of bull snakes at the park so far this year. They're fairly common in this area, and yet we can go weeks without seeing one. They look nasty, but they're harmless unless you make them angry. They aren't poisonous. 

Bull snake in the shade.

It's Wednesday again already! Wednesday is grocery day for us, so we're off into town to spend some money!

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12 comments:

  1. Bull snakes are experts at keeping the rodent population under control. I ad a friend many years ago who kept a live bull snake in his house trailer and never had a problem with rodents.

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    1. Didn't have a problem with girlfriends either, I bet.

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    2. Yep, and we have no problems having the snakes in the park. There are a few people that may not like it but it is better than having mice in their trailers. Speaking of mice in the trailers, we have been having a few shack up with us, we have gotten most of them but there is still something in between the walls in our bedroom and we are pretty sure it is bigger than a mouse, maybe we should bring in a bull snake to help find it!

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  2. Deer avoid predators by hiding, pronghorns outrun them. They stay in the open so they can see predators coming.

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    1. Ahh, very good reasoning and that would make sense. Thanks!

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  3. The photos of the pronghorns are awesome.

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  4. Interestingly, Pronghorns are not actually antelopes, but they are very cool, nonetheless. For further reading: http://www.nhptv.org/natureworks/pronghorn.htm. Thanks for the gorgeous photos!

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    1. You are totally right Emily! I remember knowing this from a few years ago but just for the ease of it, Kevin said antelope because that is what almost everyone seems to refer them too as. They seem to be in a family of their own. They are pretty cool to see up close like this, and this guy was more than willing to be photographed, usually they run away when you stop the car to get a picture.

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  5. We always saw bunches of Pronghorn's in Montana, always fun to catch a glimpse. Once while we were sighting wolves in Lamarr Valley in Yellowstone Nat'l Park, a Pronghorn came up behind us, looked the other way, and then pooped. Guess that was his final say-so on the matter! Certainly it wasn't fearful of us!

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    1. Yep, we have lots of them here but they seem much more skiddish, normally all you have to do is stop the car and they will start running.

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