Please meet Wounded Ear. If you look at the cottontail's left ear, you'll see why I gave it that nickname. Any guesses about what caused the notch in that ea? A fox? A dog? A feral cat? Something else?
When I think of painted ladies, I envision the beautiful Victorian houses in San Francisco. That's why I was surprised to learn that this butterfly, supposedly the most widespread butterfly worldwide, is called a Painted Lady. Have you seen them near you?
Wyoming is noted for its cattle production, but would you expect to see a longhorn just outside the city limits of Cheyenne? A small herd spends part of each summer and fall grazing there. Another herd (minus the long horns) grazes across the road right behind Walmart. Only in Wyoming? Probably not, but the cattle definitely caught my eye.
One of the pleasures of living in Wyoming is the presence of hummingbirds. This one, which my Audubon Rocky Mountain Field Guide tells me is a rufous hummingbird, is particularly attracted to red flowers ... and red brick houses.
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