Friday I took a nice little camera-free walk after work, about a mile down to the corral with stunning views in the distance. I think I've given up trying to identify anything with the field guide I have which just has a photo and very brief description of each species, usually 4 or 5 per page. But I saw a bird flying with a lovely coppery color underneath.
I came back through the terraces where I saw a chipmunk, smaller than I'm used to seeing, nibbling on an apple core, a killdeer eating in the shallow water near Palette Spring, and a slim 3 or 4 foot snake slithering under the boardwalk. Then I poked my head up the beginning of the Beaver Ponds trail, past the bear silhouette and warnings on the trailhead sign. I didn't see any in person, but a grizzly was shot and killed this morning about five miles away from the park's east entrance. The bear had killed a man Thursday, a few hours after being trapped and tranquilized by researchers.
If you'd like to see some photos of the locally famous grizzly with four cubs (and also a badger family among other critters) who I saw on my first day here, there are some great photos here and here and probably in other topics there. I disagree (to say the least) with many of the opinions which get expressed in some topics there (such as Sea Shepherd being called ecoterrorists--I think it would be more appropriate to refer to the many rodeos around here as ecoterrorism), but that's a great site to keep up with what's going on here.
The elk had left civilization for a couple days, but they were returning just as I reached the dorm Friday evening. There were several adults with several young, and the calves were frisky. Cavorting. Frolicking. Gamboling. Getting up on their back legs and sparring with each other. I watched for quite a while before heading in to get the camera. When I came back out they were all lying down except this one who soon joined them.
Tonight there was a double rainbow just before 8:00 as I wandered waiting for the employee pub to open. It was my first time there and I only bought a pizza--nothing spectacular but it's nice to have the option. I just wish they opened earlier.
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