Who's ready for some Football?
I love me some football and really loved the story when I came across this roadside attraction in Colfax, WA.
This is the top of Codger Pole...with my lil artistic flair added. The Codger Pole is 5, 65 tall cedar poles carved with a chainsaw no less of the 51 players who played in a 1928 football game between the Colfax Bulldogs and the St. John Eagles and later went on to play a rematch 50 years later in 1988.
To quote a snippet from the memorial:
"The ghosts of our youth revealed glimpses of gridiron brilliance. Unfortunately brief and few but even so, that glorious afternoon of fun gave us guys a chance to fulfill that dream every seventy-year-old kid hangs onto: Playing one more game.
And how many old rascals ever get to do that?" Who are you rooting for this season?
Did you know that the Snowy Egret was once hunted to near extinction because they were sought after for their beautiful feathers for women's hats in the late 1800's? Some hats even went so far as to include the whole bird. At the time it wasn't thought that anything could transform these beautiful birds population growth because they were so abundant. But fashion did. Nearly wiping them out.
Laws are continuously evolving that are in place to protect endangered species. While a species may be considered prevalent enough to come off the list, many environmental factors go into ensuring that species survival. If something as trivial as women's fashion can play such an impactful role in the survival of a species, we should take note of how many other small challenges these beautiful creatures face to survive us and strive to do better.
Snowy Egret Wading
Snowy Egret wading in seaside pool determined to catch some prey.
Santa Cruz, CA
A few years back we were in the Mammoth area of Yellowstone for lunch when we happened upon this newly born elk just getting their footing under mom. According to the other onlookers this precious little one had just been born. It was quite touching to witness how nurturing and patient mama was as we all stood and watched.
Photographers (like me) frequently frame their subjects to suit their taste. This was no different. Even though Yellowstone is a beautiful National Park with tons of wide open wilderness, Mammoth is a congested area with lots of buildings for guests and employees. It is also a regular spot for elk to hang out.
Recently there have been two separate incidents involving mama elk attacking people in the park who have gotten to close to their babies. Both times it appears that the people didn't realize that they were encroaching on baby or mama. Neither seem to be people being stupid and wanting to take a selfie or anything like that and I hope all involved recovery quickly.
Before I started going to Yellowstone I had no idea that Elk were so big (mama cow is 500lbs), that they could run 35 - 45 mph, or that they can rear up and kick with their front legs. If you're planning a trip this summer enjoy yourself and these wild creatures and be safe!
Mama Elk Cow with newborn baby calf.
Yellowstone National Park, WY