This is me, Wilder.  This is my Nature Journal.  Check back every now and then for new entries about outdoor stuff.  I am always coming across something interesting.


Steller’s Jay

steller's blue jay

Steller’s Jay – The Steller’s Jay and Blue Jay are easy birds to recognize with their bright blue plumage (plumage is a fancy way to say feathers).  The Steller’s Jay only lives in the Rocky Mountains and in mostly pine forests, while the Blue Jay lives just […]

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Whitetail Doe –

whitetail doe

Whitetail Doe – A doe is a female deer.  Does look similar to bucks, but they are graceful and beautiful in a different way.  And they never have antlers, of course. A buck is probably chasing this doe. Whitetails are close to the end of the rut […]

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Texas Tree Lizard –

Texas tree lizard

Texas Tree Lizard – This is the largest lizard I have ever caught.  Sometimes called the Texas Spiny Lizard, they can be almost a foot long, even though much of that length is their tail.  They are related to the horny toad in that they have small […]

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Buffalo –

buffalo

Buffalo – Buffalo (or American Bison) used to roam all over the Great Plains in huge herds.  Some accounts say that herds could be over a million animals and stretched out on the plains for twenty miles.  I have a hard time seeing that in my mind. […]

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Blazing Star –

blazing star

Blazing Star – This tall purple flower grows all over the West and blooms only in the fall.  In many places it flourishes in dry and rocky soil, or on a very steep incline like in the photo.  It can do this because its roots go very […]

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Praying Mantis –

praying mantis

Praying Mantis – This Praying Mantis is a female and she is full of eggs.  During the fall they lay hundreds of eggs.  They come out one at a time and form a large organized mound that looks like frothy bubbles.  Later, the egg mound hardens to […]

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