Happy belated Valen “tines” day ❤️
Tines is the term used to describe the tips of each prong on an antler. This mature bull elk has 6 tines on each side. His antlers are also symmetrical and have lots of mass. Combined, those things make this elk a potentially attractive mate for cow elk during their fall breeding season
Itty Bitty Meadow Vole out for a casual swim in -20 degree weather. To be fair, this is a small stream that is fed from under ground, so the water is actually warmer than the air right now.
This was a new one for me, I've seen lots of voles before, but never swimming, and in winter!!