Wapiti Wilderness by Margaret Murie, Olaus Murie

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By Margaret Murie, Olaus Murie

For over thirty-seven years, Margaret and Olaus Murie made their domestic within the mountainous wasteland of the Tetons, the place Olaus Murie carried out his recognized reports of the yank elk, the wapiti. via those years their domestic used to be virtually a nature-conservation shrine to hundreds of thousands of american citizens drawn to the out-of-doors, in animals, in nature in most cases. In trade chapters, Olaus tells of his paintings as a box biologist for the outdated US Bureau of organic Survey and recounts tales of his reports. Mrs Murie, from her aspect, describes their lifestyles jointly, at the path, within the quite a few camps, and nature adventures in that wasteland in the course of all 4 seasons. The booklet is replete with tales of Jackson gap humans, of 'pioneer poets', and of the wild creatures that made their approach into the Murie loved ones. Olaus Murie's evocative pen-and-ink drawings remove darkness from every one bankruptcy, and 4 pages of images support entire the image of what existence was once like within the wapiti wasteland.

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But they had no great following. The herd was too big. Some were lying down, others milled around aimlessly. I may have disturbed the animals somewhat, to cause all that restlessness. But they are peculiar beings, and like the rest of us, when they get into a large crowd they lose much of their individual judgment. They wandered about, without purpose; occasionally a small group would become panicky, run off for the woods, and in a short time gain considerable following. Soon elk were streaming steadily into the woods.

Almer was going to have a good laugh when he met us again at the road-end a few weeks hence. Our new camp was a delight, and without white-faces peering at us. A promontory of open woodland rose above the meadow; Gravel Creek, winding through, flowed at its foot. Up here among the trees we made our camp. In the midst of the trees was a natural grassy opening and some convenient down logs; here we had our fireplace, and Olaus built a clever kitchen-table-cupboard affair from poles, which made all the difference in the camp work for me.

It is the time of running water, trickling off the slopes, singing down the watercourses. Windflowers have been reported already and the aspen grove on Kelly Hill behind the town has that pale tender green, the hue of awakening verdure that the whole town awaits. " The day before, a Sunday, the whole family had gone out to the Elk Refuge and climbed the little butte. The day was Page 28 surprisingly warm, water running in a heavy stream out of the gap in the butte. We crossed it by walking on the rails of the experimental corral.

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