In the Temple of Wolves: A Winter's Immersion in Wild Yellowstone (Paperback)
When Rick Lamplugh arrives at the historic Lamar Buffalo Ranch on New Year's Eve, he has one goal: to learn as much as possible about the ecology of the Lamar Valley. All winter he will work and live in this remote corner of Yellowstone National Park, home to some of the best wildlife watching in the world. Winter-hungry elk and bison migrate there to graze. Wolves, coyotes, and mountain lions stalk the grazers while eagles, ravens, and magpies wait to scavenge. The snowy backdrop makes the saga of death and life easy to spot. He has three frigid months to explore on skis and snowshoes, observe with all his senses, listen to and talk with experts. A literary blend of facts and feelings, In the Temple of Wolves celebrates nature's stark beauty and treacherous cruelty, while revealing Lamplugh's inner battles with his own human nature.
Essays from Rick Lamplugh's creative nonfiction about living and volunteering in Yellowstone National Park during the winter have won the 2012 Jim Stone Non-Fiction award and appeared in the literary journals Composite Arts Magazine, Shoal, and Gold Man Review. Other essays, focusing on the struggle to deal with aging, physical decline, and mortality, have appeared in the literary journals Phoebe, Soundings Review, and Feathered Flounder. Rick lives in Oregon with his wife Mary. He hopes to observe packs of wolves in the Oregon Cascades one day. Rick welcomes friends on Facebook (www.facebook.com/rick.lamplugh)