When I walked outside at 6:30 this morning, a mighty big bison was slowly making his way up the hill behind the dorm. Even at a good distance and elevation, his head looked massive when he turned in my direction and his horns looked very sharp.
I haven't done any hiking yet because I have a cold and congestion, but this morning I at least made it over to the lower part of the Lower Terraces. Here's the moon over Palette Spring.
Sure, it's fun to see the bison and bears, but there are lots of small animals here too who deserve appreciation. Just after I photographed this cottontail,
a raven came calling and flying low. The rabbit headed under the boardwalk, the raven came straight at me and low enough that I instinctively ducked. Just as the raven approached me, she flipped over so that she was flying completely upside down while passing over me. I have no idea what this means in raven behavior, but it was very cool to witness. Maybe it's just for flying fun, but some websites suggest it is part of courtship behavior. If a raven wants me, baby, she had me at "Croak".
You say ants are a problem at your picnics?
Around here, there's only one way, and it's the elk way.
The rangers had an area near the visitor's center blocked off today because a grazing cow had her calf stashed nearby. I looked from several angles but couldn't see the calf.
My roommate moved out today to go to a different location in the park. It's my fifth night in the park and I've already disposed of two roommates. I probably won't have a single for long, but I won't complain while I do. After work, I switched sides of the room--it was a tossup, but I took the window and bigger bed over a lot more shelf and drawer space and a reading light right over the bed. I think the only desk now falls on my side of the room also. I sit here typing, satisfied with room and board and job, listening to Ben Webster, looking forward to clear lungs for hiking, wishing you well.
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