That Circle

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That Circle.
 
I am referring to the circle of life of course. Winter in the Tetons, as well as many other areas, can be harsh and deadly. The strongest survive the winter until spring. While we were visiting the National Elk Refuge, we saw several carcasses in the snow. Often, as our guide told us, it is one of the big older bulls that came into the Refuge after a challenging rut and just never was able to build up the energy to fight off the cold temps. He pointed one carcass out that looked like the big bull simply laid down to sleep and never got back up. I am always saddened to see such a beautiful animal pass but it is what keeps all the predators and scavengers alive through the tough winter. First your larger predators feed, the wolves, then coyotes, and foxes. After that Eagles, Ravens and other scavengers pick at the remains. Lastly you will have rodents that will eat the bones and any fat that is still around. The death is sad, but it is necessary for the continuance of the other animals in the environment. This Bald Eagle is simply scanning the field below for parts of a recent carcass wolves and coyotes have started spreading out.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed 1/500th of a second, handheld utilizing the VC feature of the lens in Mode 1, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiPro
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2 Responses to “That Circle”

  1. It always makes me sad, but, as you say, the remains keep another species alive.

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