August 19, 2011
In the first few miles, we saw a couple of dozen hikers, but after we passed through this enchanted forest, we were all alone.
One somewhat hysterical hiker, bear spray in hand, reported she had just seen a grizzly. Since no grizzly is known to live in the area, according to several rangers we spoke to, she probably saw a black bear. We didn't see any bears, black or otherwise.
August 18, 2011
|Lupine leaves with morning crystalline dewdrops|
It's still spring at 6000 feet in Mount Rainier National Park. The snow in the meadows probably didn't melt until a month ago, since snowbanks still remain on some parts of the trail.
August 16, 2011
August 8, 2011
Here are a couple of videos of the osprey nest. In the first one, the 3 youngsters are exercising their wings. In the next, a second adult bird lands in the nest, probably the daddy with a fish for the young. I can't figure out how to embed the videos full size. If you right click and choose "watch on youtube", you can see a larger version.
August 7, 2011
When the light shone on the water just right, we saw a rainbow.
August 6, 2011
Along the way, we met:
|A curious doe|
August 5, 2011
|Yellowstone River view|
|Fireweed and Groundsel|
|? Duncecap Larkspur ?|
August 4, 2011
The grizz was fascinating to watch. But the big find of the night was this:
Well, that was the find of a lifetime. We certainly didn't expect anything more. But yet another wildlife bonus came our way.
|Black Twinberry, a bear's choice|