"Edge of Night - Timber Wolves"
"Edge of Night - Timber Wolves" by Robert Bateman
Limited Edition on Paper:
Edition Size: 9,600 artist signed and numbered prints
Image Size: 32-1/2" x 21-5/8"
Issue Price: Canadian $445.00; approx. US $355.00
last glow of winter sunlight fades, transforming the lake shore into a
ribbon of gold. Silhouetted against the silent snow, a band of hunters
emerges. It has been a variable winter. The snow has partially thawed
and then frozen again. The light dusting of snow on top has made
traveling easier for the wolves. However, the strong crust also makes
it easier for the deer. The wolves can hunt better with a crust strong
enough to support their ample paws, but too weak to hold the weight of
their sharp hooves. During a heavy winter, the deer tend to "yard-up"
in a cedar grove with trails for easier access. There is such a yard
nearby, but the deer are not there because at the present, they can
move around on top of the snow. The wolf pack must get under way if
they are to eat tonight. As dusk deepens, they move out of concealment
to the lake. The current along the near shore has opened up the water.
In it, the last golden glow of the sky is reflected. Perhaps the deer
are on the other shore. Perhaps they are not. The life of a wolf is, at
best, uncertain. - Robert Bateman