STORIES FROM THE WOODS XVIII ~ Mojave Desert Animals

 

 

IMG_4295 (1)   As hungry as this Desert Coyote looks – it is best not to feed him ! Recently, I had learned that people feeding them causes them to become increasingly dependent on man. Coyotes hunt day and night and will eat just about anything. Your trash and the fruit you are growing is food that they will eat. Unbelievably, coyotes will stand on their hind legs to knock down the fruit off your tree and gobble up the spoil. If they can’t find food in your living area – they will return to their natural environments and hunting ways. Remember – Coyotes need to hunt for their food in the wild for their species to survive!

P1050872 (1)  Did you know that Wild Burros are out roaming the Mojave Desert ? A Wrangler told me that you hardly ever see wild burros out there anymore ! So I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this one in the distance and was able to zoom in and catch it on camera before he turned tail and scrambled away !

There are several things about Burros that make us laugh – just when you get use to them standing around like they are half asleep – they suddenly throw their heads up and run around madly as if they are possessed ! They also “ bray” ( heehaw ) whenever they get excited and it just makes you bust out laughing when you hear them going at it !

I enjoy having a Photo Album Collection – of all the wildlife I’ve captured by my camera !
I encourage You to create your own personal photo album – a Collection of the wild animals you were able to catch with your camera !

You should go to Joshua Tree National Park, California Now !
This is the best time of year to see the desert tortoise emerging from the underground – where they spend 95 percent of their lives.
This is also the best time of year to see the cactus blooming and all the magical wildflowers bursting open – carpeting the desert floor in a quilt of bright colors.

2016 is the Fourth Year on the QUEST – to paint ‘live’ in every National Park in America !
Now having totally committed my life and talents to help promote and protect the Parks, I am traveling by truck and trailer to each Park. Then hiking, kayaking and horseback riding in search of the ultimate scene. Finally setting up with portable easel and oil paints, I set out to capture in paint, the wonders that make each National Park a treasure to Americans and all the people of the world !