Tuesday, July 6, 2010

July 6, 2010
Breaking out on top onto the Union Pass I find this lone Pronghorn Antelope Doe skirting the timber on her way to who know where. Union Pass is around 9,000 feet in elevation and is a narrow sage-willow covered seemingly flat valley skirted with stands of timber protruding onto the valley floor here and there in the nearly fifty mile long by 1-3 mile wide valley. Completely snow covered in winter it is slow to give up those deep drifts of snow making summer a slow progression. It abounds in wildlife of all descriptions. Pronghorn Antelope migrate across the pass from the Red desert where they spend the winter to Jackson Hole to the west. It is the longest migration for wildlife in the lower continental United States. This is also the headwaters of the Colorado River[by way of the Green River], the Mississippi River[by way of the Missouri], and the Columbia River[by way of the Snake] A truely unique area.

1 comment:

  1. I am not familiar with this animal and it's face seems so unusual to me! Thanks for posting the photo. Simply cannot imagine how beautiful this part of the country must be! Really appreciate your taking us along on your hikes and hope that heel pain soon disappears!