Bare Bones

Fencepost Vertebrae, Sapphire Mountains, Montana

Snake Skeleton, Shenandoah, Virginia

Big Horned Sheep, Collegiate Peaks, Colorado

Elk Rib Cage, San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Bowie & Nebraska Bone

Roadside Deer Skeletons, Wyoming

Old Cow Bone, Cerrillos, New Mexico

The Blonde Coyote & Goat Skull, Cerrillos, New Mexico

Coyote Skull, Juniper Tree, Cerrillos, New Mexico

Bowie's Treasure, Cerrillos, New Mexico

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in western Colorado. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at
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8 Responses to Bare Bones

  1. that’s scary…walking with bones around… 🙂

  2. amberlife says:

    I’m not sure that I wouldn’t be worried that I might be the next set of bones – but then I am a bit of a wuss!! Where did you get the blonde Coyote? Is she / he formerly wild? (I’m sure you’ve explained this somewhere…)

  3. sandy says:

    The skull in the tree put me in mind of a warning. Kind of scary, really.

  4. I like the shots and the Tattoo!

  5. Funny you all see something ominous in the bones. I always feel lucky when I come across a skeleton, like I’ve caught a glimpse of some wild thing’s secret life. Death is a part of life and all those bones provided many good meals to other wild things. The Big Horn sheep was probably my favorite.

  6. marimann says:

    I love bones, I see nothing ominous in them. When I come across some I feel like I’ve been given a gift. You have a great collection (in your photographs). I am inspired by your post to go through my photos and make a post of my own- hope you don’t mind! Thank you for sharing these.

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  8. j2rr says:

    An interesting trawl through a world I first saw in Disney’s Living Desert, (yes, people do get that old!)

    Too much to do all in one sitting – I will be back – Go well.

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