These lovely and friendly wild (sort of, anyway) burros or donkeys and the tiny Prairie Dogs were spotted last month at the beautiful Custer State Park in South Dakota near Mount Rushmore. These are the last of my series of photographs from my visit to the park this Summer.
I spotted the animals along the side of the road and in a great big pasture on the Wildlife Loop road. The burro’s come to the roadway to beg (successfully) for carrots or apples from the park’s visitors. They seem very tame but one must remember they are still wild animals! So neat to also see many Prairie Dogs chirping their warning when we walked a short way into the fields. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of each picture. Enjoy!
Marmots, a Jack Rabbit, Prairie Dogs, and a Golden Mantle Ground Squirrel were all recently spotted in South Dakota and in Wyoming. I snapped these pictures of various (really cute) rodents while on my vacation in Custer State Park, South Dakota and in the magnificent Yellowstone National Park. I saw what looks like a Snow-shoe Hare (?) in its Summer fur at our campground in Hill City, South Dakota. There were plenty of perky Prairie Dogs along the Wildlife Loop Road in Custer State Park. I enjoyed seeing those a lot!
A very swift and oh-so-cute, Golden Mantle Ground Squirrel (the chipmunk-looking rodent) was seen scurrying back and forth on the rocks and trail at one of the overlooks at the Yellowstone National Park’s canyon and Yellowstone Falls. The last little critters I photographed, were a pair of sweet Yellow-belly Marmots that were quite interested in what I was up to. All are furry, beautiful little animals and quite photogenic! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Wild Burros or Donkeys, cute little barking Prairie Dogs, Wolves, Pronghorn Antelope, Tundra Swans, Beavers, and majestic Elk were some of the wild animals and birds that I saw and photographed on my recent trip to the Plains states. I took the pictures of the Pronghorn, and the Burrows or Donkeys in South Dakota’s gem of a state park, the Custer State Park. The Burros are descendants of those used by the old gold miners of the Nineteenth Century and do roam freely. I shot the picture of the little Prairie Dog at the Prairie Homestead Park just outside of The Badlands National Park, also in South Dakota.
The Tundra Swans were seen on the Yellowstone River in Yellowstone National Park, as was the Beaver. I photographed the Elk in the Hayden Valley in Yellowstone National Park and also got the picture of the Wolf there as well. The Wolves were mostly behind a low ridge and were just out of sight when I was there taking the picture. This one individual Wolf was ahead of the others and I was thrilled to get the picture. I saw many Elk in Yellowstone National Park and just missed taking a picture of a huge bull Elk with a fine rack of antlers (my camera was not out and we were in the car when the Elk crossed the road).
This wraps up my series of pictures taken during my recent trip this month. Tomorrow I will be showing pictures from my own lake at home. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy! P. S. Sorry about the alignment of the pictures. That sometimes happens when I put on the captions. One day I will learn how to do the process without the odd positioning of the pictures : )
Swans (I think they are Tundra Swans?)
American Pronghorn Antelope