Thursday, September 18, 2014

High Country Autumn

We've ridden in the high country many times in the past month.  Fall is in the air, crisp and cool.  The leaves are starting to change.  And the hunters are out, so orange is our new favorite color.
The aspens on Tabby Mountain are turning gold.
And the maple leaves blush crimson.
The grass is still spring green, due to a rainy August.
The skies are moody, changing quickly from a clear blue to stormy gray.
On another gorgeous fall day, Daisy frolics in a pond along Rock Creek.
Without a yellow lab to disturb the water, a still lake reflects the scene.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Utah Bear

Riding in Tabby Mountain Wildlife Management Area, we were surprised to see bear tracks.  
Bear tracks, rear paws

Bear tracks, front paw
From the size, this was a mature black bear, maybe 5-6 feet long.
Bear trail on left side of photo
The bear followed the same sandy road we traveled.  The line of tracks is on the left side of the photo.
Boss on high alert
Boss hates bears.  When he gets the scent in his nose, he gets hyper alert and nervous.  In this photo, he was testing the air, but he only got really nervous later, when we must have passed close to the bear.  When Boss smells bear up close, he inhales, then blows out in a loud snort.  Only bear or sheep get this reaction from him.  Don't ask me why sheep fall into the same category as bear in his mind.  Fortunately, we did not actually see the bear.  I'm afraid Boss would have done a 180 and left me in the dirt!
On the way home, the sky darkened with storm clouds.  We managed to reach the trailer before more than a few raindrops fell.

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