Into the Wild, One Man's Paradise

Words and Images

“ When words become unclear,
I shall focus with photographs.

When images become inadequate,
I shall be content with silence. ”

Ansel Adams

Conservation, One Man's Paradise


It’s been bugging me for a long time.

They say if you can’t change it, don’t sweat it, or something along those lines.

I do sweat it!


A few weeks ago U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has denied recognizing protection for the Alexander Archipelago wolf.

“Our review of the best available scientific and commercial information indicates that the Alexander Archipelago wolf is not in danger of extinction (endangered) nor likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future (threatened), throughout all or a significant portion of its range. Therefore, we find that listing the Alexander Archipelago wolf as an endangered or threatened species under the Act is not warranted at this time.There is no agreement on whether these wolves represent a  subspecies that deserves protection.”

The Alexander Archipelago wolf (Canis lupus ligoni) is considered to be a distinct subspecies  that is isolated from other wolf populations by water and mountain barriers.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service suggests in a November Species Status Assessment that the Alexander Archipelago wolf population occupying Prince of Wales Island declined by 75 percent between 1994 and 2014, from 356 to 89 individuals.

The decision to not grant protection equates a death sentence to the Alexander Archipelago wolf population, which is met with approval by US Senator Lisa Murkowski (R) of Alaska: “The attempt by some environmental groups to list the wolf seemed to be an effort solely to end the last of the remaining timber industry in Southeast Alaska. Fortunately, it did not work.”

Are you still with me?

On other shores the Finnish Wildlife Agency has authorized to kill nearly 20 percent of the country’s wolf population in a controversial trial cull.

“We wish to gain experience (to see) if this could be one solution to the conflict around wolves,” Sauli Harkonen, a director tasked with hunting administration at the Finnish Wildlife Agency, told AFP.

Despite a hunting ban poachers had decimated the total wolf population throughout the country’s vast and remote forests to between 120 and 135 animals in 2013, from an estimated 250 to 300 in 2007. One of the contrived arguments to have this hunt is the hope that it would reduce poaching, argh.

Since 2013, the wolf population has rebounded to around 250. Now they are ripe for the taking again.


Not for food. Too protect life stock or human life?

I doubt it.

What this tells me is that arrogance, indifference, or other motivations in federal institutions lead to decisions with irreversible effects.

To tone it down. Why not err on the side of caution? A few hundred individuals of a species: Is that enough to guarantee the survival of the species? Are you sure?

What can I do?

Make you read about it.

Let me know if you have a better answer.

One Man's Paradise

Early bird gets the fish

This happened already a few months ago. I just never got around to finish this entry.

eagle“While I had a warm and dry place to sleep at night the eagles where sitting on their lookout trees. When we arrived in the morning before sunrise they were already chirping socially. It was one of those rare clear mornings. The twilight lowly turned into purple, dipping distant mountains in a fantastic light.

One juvenile bald eagle picked a lone dead tree as his lookout. Thank you very much. Amazing how these creatures survive. Some birds were standing with their talons in the cold water waiting for some exhausted salmon to drift by.”


Best Wishes

Merry Christmas &  Happy New Year to all of you, your family and friends!


“Dear Santa!

I’d like a slim body and a fat bank account. Hope you get it right this year and not the other way around, like last year.”


I had to laugh, when I read that joke the first time. I still have to laugh.

Seriously, money and appearance are nice, but what counts most is health and happiness. In that sense, I hope we all find ways to maintain a healthy body and a grateful mind.


Red Foxes

“Wildness is the preservation of the world.”

Henry David Thoreau

 Do you remember Rudy? Rudy was one foxes, who (almost) lived with us at Puntilla Lake a few winters ago. He was the first red fox I saw with a dark face and almost black legs.


Now I have met an even more distinct member of that species. This one is all gray and dark, not a hint of red. Equally curious, though.


Looking for inspiration I found the photography of Roeselin Raymond. Have a look at her Zen Foxes.