(The large pile of stones on the right is a cairn, marking the trail. I suspect it was erected by boy scouts - can't imagine anyone else spending that much time on such a project!)Meanwhile, humans find a cute ground squirrel:
(Did you know most paintbrushes are partial parasites on other plants' roots? This makes them difficult to transplant or grow from seed.)
This is a California Corn Lily, which grows in moist meadows:
but the plant is extremely poisonous and causes birth defects in sheep. The flowers are also poisonous to insects.We find the remains of old beaver ponds that have filled in with silt and formed meadows:
A herd of elk start running before we even notice them and vanish before we can whip out a camera.