Cacti in the Wichitas


On a trip to the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge, I was in awe at the number of different cacti species.  Growing up in Georgia, you don’t see many cacti, unless they are potted in your house.  Thanks to my mom, I got my love of this prickly plant in just this way.  She grew up enjoying tiny potted cacti on the windowsill, and she did the same with me as a kid.  Therefore, these plants are one of my favorite parts of hiking Elk Mountain in the Wichitas.






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Prairie Dog Press Release

Featured, Wildlife

I am so thrilled to see my prairie dog photo in a press release from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife!  Prairie dog towns give shelter and food to many other species of wildlife, and rangers created a colony for prairie dogs in the Canton Wildlife Management Area.

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On the Prairie – Part 2


I love prairie dogs.  Never before have I seen an animal that so obviously works as a part of a community.

“Welcome to our humble abode.”


“Oh hey, looks like we’ve got company.  You guard that back entrance, and I’ll keep watch up front.”


“What do you think you’re looking at?”


“Did you hear about Lucy?” (And yes, I know prairie dogs don’t usually have names, but they definitely do act like they’re gossiping!)


Thanks to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge for making a space for these prairie dogs to burrow, play, eat, and gossip.  They sure are entertaining!

(c) Website and all images copyright Kaitlin Taylor 2014