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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Mountain Goat Or True Goat?

Mountain Goat or True Goat?

Now I'm not sure...

Armed with two cameras and binoculars, I returned to the wilds of Wallula Gap today to wrest from nature a better photograph of the wiley Mountain goats seen a couple of days ago.

Rain lightly spattered on my windshield as I approached the curve in the highway near the locations I'd been at previously. I immediately spotted two goats on the hillside, lower down than before, closer than the two seen earlier.

Elated, I readied my equipment and began to walk closer, snapping shots as I went. I'd brought my film SLR camera and a small digital. I love working with the near-obsolete 35mm film camera. I'd spent so much time as a teenager with such a camera. Hours in the darkroom, developing and printing my photographs. Most of my shots today were with the 35mm, but I did snap a few backup shots with the digital.

As I got closer, it soon appeared that these were not Mountain goats. No horns, no beard, floppy ears...nothing like the images I'd seen surfing through Google and Wikipedia. One of the goats had a brown head and face.

This is the only digital shot that turned out anywhere near decent. The rain and low-contrast lighting made it difficult for my small digital to focus and get the right exposure...I hope the 35mm shots turn out better...I'll have to send the roll in for processing before I'll know.

Back at home I searched for more information. How does one distinguish between Mountain goats (Oreamnos) and true goats (Capra)? Turns out not so easily, at least for casual nature-lovers like me.

According to Animal Planet, goats and mountain goats are not much different from each other, at least from outward appearances, as seen through binoculars. The major difference is in their bone structure: mountain goats have thin, light skulls. Their horns are shorter, more slender and pointier.

So, I guess it's possible that the goats on the cliffs of Wallula Gap are Mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus).

My gut, however, tells me that these are domestic goats turned out into the wild to fend for themselves.

Mountain goat? by the author, Creative Commons License

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Wallula Mountain Goats

Wallula Mountain Goats

I spotted two mountain goats, clinging to a ledge midway up a rocky hill on my way to Wallula Junction a couple of days ago.

I only had my cell phone camera, and even with the zoom feature activated, it rendered an indistinguishable speck of white next to a microscopic speck of white.

But they were goats! Honest!

Here's the shot with my cell phone:

Here's a modified image. the spot in the center is aimed directly at the two goats.

Not very convincing proof, right?

Oh, well. It's inspired me to take my binoculars and higher-quality camera and find these two characters again.

Why are there two mountain goats in the hills near Wallula? Domesticated goats? Immigrants? Native?

Maybe it's not a mountain goat?

Wikipedia says Oreamnos americanus is found only in North America.

And it's not a Capra, the scientific name for true goats.

Mountain goats, or Rocky Mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus) are properly in the Bovidae family, along with antelopes, gazelles and cattle.

"Oreamnos" is from oros (mountain) and amnos (lamb).

Mountain goats sport beards (both male and female) and short tails. Their long horns are black, increasing in size yearly. They are small mammals, the buck standing only about three feet high at the shoulder.

They are found in the Rocky Mountains and the Cascade Range, in Washington, Idaho, Montana, up into Canada and the Yukon.

Perhaps I'll soon be able capture a shot like this one!

Here is the aerial view of the location:

The spot is about five miles south of Wallula, Washington, on Highway 730.

Now, where did I put those binoculars?

Mountain goats! by Chad K, Creative Commons License

Mountain goat by Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia

Maps by Google

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Google Chrome Browser: Remember Window Size & Position

Google Chrome Browser: Remember Window Size & Position

Google Chrome would not remember the window size and position, running under Windows 7. Searching the internet offered many solutions, some weird, some confusing, none effective. Not even Google's own help site offered a solution.

It must be me.

I cannot believe that Google would be so unhelpful.

Taking a portion of one user's advice, and adding a bit extra from another user's suggestion, brought relief. Now I can resize my browser window and place it anywhere on the desktop, close the browser, restart, and it reappears where I last had it, correctly sized.

Here's what I did:

1. My version of Chrome: 22.0.1229.79 m

2. Click on the settings icon ( a button with three, short horizontal bars, or perhaps yours is an image of a wrench.

3. Click on About Google Chrome (this is where you can also find what version of Chrome you're running)

4. Chrome will quickly check to see if your version is up to date. If it isn't, it should prompt you to update your browser.

5. At this point, resize your window and move it to your desired position.

6. Close the browser now, clicking the X in the top, right corner.

If you restart Chrome, it should re-open in the size and position in which it last appeared. Now, if you move or resize the window, Chrome should remember that new size or location when you close and re-open the browser.

Something had caused my Google Chrome to lose its ability to remember the last-used size and position. Opening the About page and resizing the window seemed to have restored its lost ability.

Hope it works for you!

Wallula Mountain Goats

I spotted two mountain goats, clinging to a ledge midway up a rocky hill on my way to Wallula Junction a couple of days ago.

I only had my cell phone camera, and even with the zoom feature activated, it rendered an indistinguishable speck of white next to a microscopic speck of white.

But they were goats! Honest!

Here's the shot with my cell phone:

Here's a modified image. the spot in the center is aimed directly at the two goats.

Not very convincing proof, right?

Oh, well. It's inspired me to take my binoculars and higher-quality camera and find these two characters again.

Why are there two mountain goats in the hills near Wallula? Domesticated goats? Immigrants? Native?

Maybe it's not a mountain goat?

Wikipedia says Oreamnos americanus is found only in North America.

And it's not a Capra, the scientific name for true goats.

Mountain goats, or Rocky Mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus) are properly in the Bovidae family, along with antelopes, gazelles and cattle.

"Oreamnos" is from oros (mountain) and amnos (lamb).

Mountain goats sport beards (both male and female) and short tails. Their long horns are black, increasing in size yearly. They are small mammals, the buck standing only about three feet high at the shoulder.

They are found in the Rocky Mountains and the Cascade Range, in Washington, Idaho, Montana, up into Canada and the Yukon.

Perhaps I'll soon be able capture a shot like this one!

Here is the aerial view of the location:

The spot is about five miles south of Wallula, Washington, on Highway 730.

Now, where did I put those binoculars?

Mountain goats! by Chad K, Creative Commons License

Mountain goat by Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia

Maps by Google

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.