The end of May in our neighborhood usually means the advent of moose calves. This neighborhood of large lots near a large municipal park and a state park offers some security from bears and other predators, some browse, and minimal distance from people. For several years, a cow moose gave birth in our backyard. The cow in this photo, a regular here for many years, birthed her twins in the backyard across the street from us about a week before I took this photo in our backyard.
Less than two weeks before these little guys were born, on May 7th, my nephew Ryan Slusher entered the world. Congratulations to Darrin and Denise and blessings to their family in their life together!
SAD UPDATE ON THE CALVES 6/1/07: My neighbor called the other evening to tell me that a brown (grizzly) bear killed both calves just a couple of blocks away. Maybe this area isn't a safe
Some years, spring happens in a day here in Alaska. We've driven up the Parks Highway to barren trees on a Saturday; returned on Sunday to bright green leaves on most of the trees. That's how we thought it would be last weekend. Bright green buds on the birch trees seemed ready to burst under sunny skies.
But temperatures here in Anchorage have remained cool this last week with clouds most days. The temperature has barely topped 45. After a sunny Saturday morning and a high of 50, the leaves on our birch trees are finally starting to open up.emerging birch leaves & stamen Sunday May 13