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I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Winter soil casts

01 Yellow flowers & gopher mound Walhalla Plateau NR GRCA NP AZ (742x1024)
A visitor at Grand Canyon’s North Rim asks, “what are those funny looking dirt mounds in the meadows?” Find out here

13 comments:

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I think I would prefer those soil casts on my lawn to the mole hills that I have pop up all over the place :) Diane

Small City Scenes said...

Them thar pesky varmints. Day gum it!!! It think those are deliberate quotes by Yosemite Sam or was that North Rim Randy. MB

Abraham Lincoln said...

Most interesting. I wonder if our native Ground Hogs do anything like this?

Janie said...

We see the soil casts every spring, but I never was sure exactly what critter made them, nor have I seen a photo of a pocket gopher. Cool!

Barb said...

That guy needs some tooth paste! Do you like spring or fall at N Rim the best - we are thinking right after it opens in spring? (Maybe for our b-days - just initial stages of planning, of course. I remember the snow you had this year in May! I tend to like to LEAVE the snow...)

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

My, what yellow teeth you have little gopher! Very interesting, Gaelyn. Now we know!

Carolyn said...

Fascinating!
Smiles

blog with no name said...

Hmm... Pocket gophers eh? Here this whole time I thought it was giant ants. Good thing it's just a gopher! I was beginning to get nervous about an ant that made tunnels that big. LOL!

Firefly said...

Go for what? LoL!
Very interesting post. I had a mole in my backyard doing the same thing. Found him dead on the driveway the other day. Will post some pics soon.

Elaine said...

Interesting. The winter before last we had a squirrel in our back yard who had a network of tunnels. We had a warm spell in January and it coaxed him out to get some sunflower seeds from around our bird feeders. No soil casts though.

Wren said...

This is fascinating. I don't remember seeing anything like this, but I've probably not been in the right place at the right time.

Moannie said...

Not only the wide ranging beauty of the Canyon but the tiny close ups...wonderful.

Rambling Woods said...

How interesting..I would bet that the gardeners don't like them much...

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