Sunday, June 3, 2012

Weekly Photography Challenge: 'U' - Underground Animals & Under Mama's Care

What photograph do you take with the letter 'U'?  It is birthing season for the wildlife in Custer State Park - udder?!  No, no, no...we went for 'underground animals' and 'under mama's care' for this week's photographs.  We hope you enjoy the prairie dogs and feral burros this week. 

On a trip to Devil's Tower this weekend, we encountered what some see as the 'scourge of the earth', while others see as cute, little furry animals - the prairie dog.  Prairie dogs are burrowing rodents native to the grasslands of North America.

Prairie Dogs in Devils Tower National Park Black Hills by Dakota Visions Photography LLC www.dakotavisions.com

Prairie dogs are named for their habitat and warning call, which sounds like a dog's bark.  The rodents were first described by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1804, saying they had "discovered a village of an animal the French call the Prairie Dog."  Lewis described it later in more detail as the "barking squirrel".

Prairie Dogs in Devils Tower National Park Black Hills by Dakota Visions Photography LLC www.dakotavisions.com

And who could resist a young, feral burro under the protection of it's mother. 

Feral Burros in Custer State Park Black Hills by Dakota Visions Photography LLC www.dakotavisions.com

If you have any 'U' photographs to share for our weekly challenge, just put the link to your photograph in the comment box below. Join us for next week's photography challenge finding something starting with the letter 'V'.

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