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30 August 2008 @ 10:31 pm
Yosemite...  
Yosemite was the last national park on the summer vacation trip list. That also means this is going to be the last major post (or at least the public ones) about the vacation. The trip was like a dream, with so many grand landscapes and so much beautiful wildlife. I can never get tired of going to Yosemite and if I was a little closer, I'd probably be there every weekend.

I had hoped to see a bear each time I visited Yosemite in the past, but each time I returned without seeing them. Although the initial plan was to have two days in Yosemite, change of plan during the trip meant that I'd have just the afternoon in Yosemite. No chance of bear then. Not much chance of any wildlife then, I thought. And just to prove me wrong, the animals showed up. And just by the roadside too... :-)




The sun is all set to signal the end of day... the end of the trip.




American Pika! High altitude specialists. This one was playing around at the Tioga pass, 10000 feet high.







He should be done with winter burrows and stockpile of vegetation since the summer is almost over. Pikas do not hibernate but have a huge storage of food in their burrows to take them through the winter.








A female Brewer's Blackbird is in attendance at a picnic table.








A Belding's Ground Squirrel!








He's all set to hand out flowers to the next squirrel comes by. As an afterthought he decided to eat it! :)








Just when I thought no more wildlife would be seen for the trip, I come upon a small traffic jam. People are out of their cars, some jumping up and down and that can only mean one thing - Bear!! I pulled over and rand towards the place where most the people had gathered and I was right. This little big fur ball was grazing about fifty feet away, totally ignoring the commotion going around him.







He didn't even bother looking at me though I waited patiently and then the sirens go off. Ranger. He wanted all people to get into their cars and move on. "Go! Go! Go!" he megaphoned. And the bear thought the ranger was speaking to him and he moved to the bushes and started walking away into the forest. It's unfortunate, because I would have loved to see the bear for a longer time, but the ranger was just trying to protect the bear and the people. Bears that lose fear of man are bears that will get bold and try to steal food and move into campsites. They usually shoot down such bears, unfortunately, to prevent any attacks on humans.








He didn't even bother looking at me. But, THANK YOU dear bear. The first sighting is always the most memorable one and I'm glad I have photographs of our meeting. :-)








Time for the sun to set means the skies and clouds light up








And the end of the wonderful trip!










 
 
 
Impossible Princesscherrychai on August 31st, 2008 06:27 am (UTC)
Awww! I want a Squirrel, I really do! We don't have them in Australia.
Yathinyathin on September 1st, 2008 04:29 am (UTC)
Squirrels are fun. And you folks have some amazing wildlife found nowhere else. :)
Jayseakaredpirk on August 31st, 2008 06:45 am (UTC)
these are great!
kejnkejn on August 31st, 2008 07:04 am (UTC)
omg-omg-omg, i waaaaant a tika noooooow!!! :-)

the flower-eating squirrel is adorable too. and shaggy the bear has a certain charm as well, of course. i'm glad you finally got your sighting! the first of many ones, i'm sure.

amazing sunsets! thank you!
IdahoSwedeidahoswede on August 31st, 2008 07:54 am (UTC)
Brilliant as always, my friend. You need to try Yellowstone soon. Actually, if you can get up there in autumn or winter, it's quite amazing since you have the geothermal activity as well. But bears, one always sees bears (and moose) in Yellowstone. And then there's Glacier and Lassen and Rainier and Mount Hood and ......
Yathinyathin on September 1st, 2008 04:25 am (UTC)
Someday. Hopefully.
Kathy Walkerkatbyte on August 31st, 2008 12:13 pm (UTC)
had hoped to see a bear each time I visited Yosemite in the past, but each time I returned without seeing them.

Better for bears if you don't see them. I could tell you stories of when I was young and trips where the bears were all over the valley.

I think I told you Yosemite is my very favorite National Park, part nostalgia, part just raw beauty. What a place, magical.

Thanks again for sharing.
Yathinyathin on September 1st, 2008 04:25 am (UTC)
Yosemite is my favorite as well. It's just amazing.
Madsmmk on August 31st, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
Hmm
FWIW, if you are thinking about Mt Rainer, feel free to think of staying over at my place....
Yathinyathin on September 1st, 2008 04:26 am (UTC)
Re: Hmm
Thanks for the offer... :-)
ex_neke on August 31st, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
What a glorious sunset. :)
Aparna: Smileinspirethoughts on September 1st, 2008 05:43 am (UTC)
Very nice!

Lucky for you to catch a glimpse of the bear in the open area.
88greenthumb88greenthumb on September 1st, 2008 05:59 am (UTC)
Muy exquisito sunset photos!
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on September 1st, 2008 06:14 am (UTC)
I have to repeat what I commented on your dream...

Brilliant, simply brilliant.

You got a bear too.

Sun set was simply delicious;-)
Manu Bhardwajmanubhardwaj on September 1st, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
What a coincidence... literally five hours ago, I saw my first bear by the roadside somewhere near the Poconos
Arunbirdonthewire on September 2nd, 2008 07:54 am (UTC)
Hey, nice! You finally saw the bear. :-)
Yathinyathin on September 2nd, 2008 08:13 am (UTC)
Finally! Now that I've broken the jinx, I hope I see them a wee bit more regularly.