Yesterday was a typical Colorado day with cool temperatures and blinding blue skies and a gentle breeze. After I replaced a broken outside flood light we decided to take the drive over to the Wolf Refuge. It is about 1 1/2 hours drive from us and the drive is through the mountains and back country and is absolutely beautiful.
Below is one of the wolves at the refuge. The refuge was founded and is run by Kent Weber and we like to visit the wolves during the week as Kent is not so busy and it is always nice to be able to spend some time with this very knowledgeable man. He rescues wolves from all over the N. American continent. They are non profit and attract volunteers from all over the world that come to care for and keep the compound in good condition. Kent has many acres and each wolf compound (of which there are many) has a family that are able to run and be as free as possible.
The photo of the wolf below is one he took in that someone shot and left for dead. It was found and nursed back to health and brought to him to care for the rest of her days. The gun shot did take one of her legs so she only has three legs and is in with another wolf that only has one eye.
If you want to visit Kent's web site log on to www.missionwolf.com. Spend 10 minutes with Kent and you will find that many myths about wolves are untrue. He has ambassador wolves that he brings out to meet people and it is astounding to see how fast they gravitate to people who like them and avoid those who don't. Get a wolf kiss up close and personal. These are just amazing animals and some go up to 150 pounds and are as gentle as kittens.
If you have preconceived ideas about wolves then it would be beneficial to learn from an expert like Kent their true behavior and value. Not something to be shot on sight or from an airplane, but something to be admired.
Below are two photo's of the Aspen trees and a Colorado meadow that we stopped to take on the trip over. Some mountains with an abundance of Aspen trees are all yellow and red and orange. It simply takes your breath away. We would love to see photo's of the change of color where you live. This is what our meadows and mountains look like in the fall time.
So until next time enjoy the world around you and count your blessings. Click on the photo's to enlarge them.