Camera Trap Captures After Winter Storm Goliath

White-tailed deer on the main campus at Comanche Springs.

 

Winter storm Goliath dumped upwards of two to three feet of snow in Texas towards the end of the 2015. Strong, violent winds created snowdrifts as high as eight to ten feet. Comanche Springs Astronomy Campus received around 12 inches or more of snow from this storm.

I checked my camera traps on January 30th, 45 days after I reset them on December 15, 2015. The cameras held up remarkably well during Goliath and suffered no damage. Battery power was still above 90% on nine of the 10 cameras.

While the cameras did not capture the hailing winds or falling snow, they did capture some fantastic photos of animals.  Posted are sampling of the captures from bobcat (Lynx rufus), coyote (Canis latrans), feral hog (Sus scrofa), to white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) playing around the on the main section of the campus.

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Love everything about this capture – from the snow to the walking coyote.

 

A feral hog captured a couple of days after the storm hit, hopefully its moved on from the property.

 

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A bobcat captured at the Beaver Pond four days after Goliath hit the region.

 

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The Beaver Pond encased in snow.

 

Photographs – © Christena Stephens

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Heaven Listens with Light

 

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Many of us have stopped to light a candle and say a prayer over a variety of life changing events, for me it’s always been due to loss of a family member or a dear friend and honestly I’ve had too many of those….

When December always arrived I located the nearest Catholic Church to light a candle in honor of my dad, silently remember him and say prayer. I never truly saw the significance of lighting a candle, except for that moment in time it gave me solace. Even after working for a Catholic Church for the last two years I did not see the significance until a recent trip back East. The visit was to the National Cathedral in Washington, DC.

After witnessing several people light candle after candle it’s meaning became strong. Every person prayed their prayer and solemnly lit a candle. Each light represents our prayer going up towards heaven in the hopes God will hear us; and that heaven will listen with light.

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Prints available at: Heaven Listens With Light – Etsy

 

Photograph – © Christena Stephens Photography

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