There are many woodland bison everywhere here in the north. In the spring and summer, they love to loiter on the roads, and drivers have to be very cautious of them, especially at night. Sometimes, a congregation of them will make the traffic wait. There’s no way you want to try to herd or nudge a bison, as they will charge if annoyed.
Try explaining that to your insurance. “I was just stopped on the road, minding my own business, when a bison came out of nowhere and ran full-tilt at my car …” Yup, okay.
So it makes sense to include one of these iconically northern animals …
… along with a snow sculpture of a muskox. Also notoriously bad-tempered, you do not want to upset them.
The snow sculpture looks much more docile, though, especially as it’s missing its horns. Very tempting for children, I think!
Despite that, the artist did quite a good job, don’t you think?
A determined fox continues to hunt, despite the nasty weather.
Entitled A Fox for All Seasons, this photograph was taken on a freezing February afternoon in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Photographer John Blumenkamp watched the fox for hours, weathering the wind and sudden drops in temperature to take this stark image of a winter survivor.
As a mostly northern country, we sometimes face interesting considerations.
Officials in Jasper National Park, Alberta, are warning motorists not to let moose lick the salt from their vehicles.
And they are extremely attracted to salt, especially the kind that may be all over your vehicle in the winter.
As you may imagine, an 820 kilo (1800 lb.) moose coming near your car might not be a good thing. It’s dangerous for them and you; moose can be aggressive and will charge if they feel threatened. And, as an added incentive, there’s a $25,000.00 fine for non-compliance.
Another reason for the problem is that the wolf population (the main moose predator) has been declining, and now there are more moose than usual.
The advice? Drive away carefully when you see moose approaching your vehicle.
Tim Hearn with his picture Hide and Seek “As this azure damselfly slowly woke up, he became aware of my presence. I was lined up to take a profile picture of his wings and body, but quite sensibly the damsel reacted to the human with the camera by putting the Marsh grass stem between me and it. I took the shot anyway. It was only later that I realised how characterful it was. And how much the damselfly looks like one of the muppets.”
Krisztina Scheeff with her picture Seriously, would you share some? “Atlantic Puffins are amazing flyers and their fishing talents are – well – as you see, some do better than others! I just love the second puffin’s look – can I just have one please?”