Wolf Moon

The beautiful January full moon shining on deep snow right now is a Wolf Moon. Which reminds me of a story.

Many years ago when we first moved to this area, a couple guys from the Department of Fish and Wildlife came to our cabin wanting permission to cross our property for two things. One, they wanted to count returning Coho salmon in the creek that bisected our place. My father gave them permission and told them he’d have the salmon stacked neatly to make their counting easier. They weren’t sure if he was joking or not.

They also wanted permission because they were tracking a pair of tagged, denning wolves on our property, on the ridge. They asked us to not talk about the wolves to anyone because at that point in time they were still endangered and it was rare to have them in the area.

A few weeks later I was working on our water wheel down by the creek. I looked up and here was a wolf watching me. He had used the log foot bridge to cross the creek and stood only a few feet from me, just watching. And yes, I know the difference between a coyote and a wolf, and domesticated dog breeds and wolves. I knew exactly what I was looking at.

This guy was huge. And just standing there calmly watching me. I stood up, and he simply turned and went back over the bridge and into the woods.

That was the moment when I not only knew the definition of a word, but felt the definition of ‘awe’.

I’ll never have a moment like that again, looking into the eyes of a wild animal for a stretch of time with only wonder and no fear.

Granted, after the wolf left, I ran for the cabin yelling for our little toy fox terrier to get inside. Jello would have been a snack-size treat for the wolf. But before reality hit, there was awe.

I know that pair of wolves are long gone, though I don’t know whatever happened to them. But I hope their spirits are out there on the ridge under the winter moon.

7 thoughts on “Wolf Moon

  1. Wow! What an experience. Although I’ve never had an experience even close to that, years ago I went to see Mt. St. Helens the year after it blew. I recall rounding a bend via the narrow, two lane road that took you back into the area and suddenly every aspect of the landscape changed. I got out of my car and stood on the shoulder of the road utterly overtaken by a feeling of profound reverence. I think I “get” your wolf-connection!

    • Excellent example. I saw Mt. St. Helens shortly after the eruption and had the same reaction. Plus the bit of fear wondering where high ground was if the sirens went off for another eruption.

  2. Beautiful! What a lovely tribute to winter’s stunning natural world – cosmic. Pat Larson

    On Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 7:18 AM, Lisa Stowe – The Story River Blog wrote:

    > Lisa posted: “The beautiful January full moon shining on deep snow right > now is a Wolf Moon. Which reminds me of a story. Many years ago when we > first moved to this area, a couple guys from the Department of Fish and > Wildlife came to our cabin wanting permission to cr” >

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