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    Nice shots.
    #1 is beautiful. I think it could maybe use a little more light, but the exposure adds a nice mood to it.
     
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    pretty, pretty !
     
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    Great shots.. how'd you get em? Just tie a cat to a tree in the backyard or...?
     
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    Woodsac...thanks...actually, its a very bright picture...maybe your monitor is reading wrong...or heck, maybe mine is, ha ha!

    Mike, daylon, thanks... actually, this is a wolf sanctuary, a 15acre enclosure with a pack of grey wolves, with a couple of biologist on staff who monitor their behaviour.

    The viewing area is a long bulding with one way glass (yes, these shots are thru tinted windows!)...the wolves cant see you, but they certainly can smell & hear you. The wolves do not have human contact, except that they are fed sporadically, road kill deer and beaver carcasses from local trappers. They keep the feedings sporadic to mimic life in the wild and to maintain the pack status of alpha, beta and omega animals. When you go to the facility, you are not guaranteed to see them, though, they are in the viewing area often, because A) its the only open area in their enclosure, which means a great way to bask in the sun in the winter b) their den is nearby and c) they are fed, so they know where the food comes from!!!

    Its a great time of year to watch them, as they now have their 'winter coat", so they are very robust & healthy looking. It is also the prelude to breeding season in february, which means the alpha female is dominating the other females in teh pack, so she can maintain her breeding status. The intimidation/domination over the other females prevents them from coming into estrus. On the flip side, this is also the time that omega (lowest status) wolves often get injuries, during fights. The biologists do not interfere with this group at all...natures takes its' course and they wolves can succumb to their injuries.

    Its a fascinating place....about 1 1/2 hrs. drive from me....worth it to spend the day!
     
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    Great stuff just wish something like this was near me! :D
     
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    great shots! i love wolves. we have a zoo here with wolves, but unless youre there when they feed them, they arent seen much.
     
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    Nice shots. I like #2.
     
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    Awesome pictures....my favorite animals are wolves...They are both amazing...

    wolf lover,
    Anna
     
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    You wouldn't be thinking about selling prints of shot #1 there, would you? I still need a Christmas gift for my wife :mrgreen:
     
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    Great images, the first shot is very nice indeed. I love the way you have captured the hunter using the environment!
     
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    love them
     

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