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02 June 2009 @ 01:29 pm
Ray and Yosemite  
Last spring we met at their home in the mountains, and it's hard for me to believe that I was supposed to meet him a few weeks ago but now will never be able to meet him again. RTM, you will be missed. This post is dedicated to his memory.


I was in Yosemite during the weekend. This was the first time in several trips that I missed out on meeting a Coyote, but we did get to see other interesting critters in the mammal department - a bear, lots of marmots, lots of deer, squirrels and an awesome pika! The bird department had their usual suspects in attendance but the quails and grouse were absconding. With the skies constantly switching between blue, white and gray it was as beautiful as the place can get. Yosemite during thunderstorms is just spectacular.

The Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point with the Yosemite falls and the Half Dome

Storm clouds moving in near Lake Tenaya

Tufa at Mono Lake with a storm in the distance

A Red-tailed Hawk on the outskirts of the park

A Ground Squirrel on the outskirts

A Hermit Thrush

A Dark-eyed Junco sings away

A Pika at 10,000 feet

And it has plans for lunch...

A Ground Squirrel at Glacier Point

A young American Black Bear is looking for food. According to the ranger at the scene, this bear lost its mother last year when the mother was run over by a speeding car. It was rehabilitated and released into the wild.

A Belding's Ground Squirrel near the Tioga Pass

A marmot near the Tioga pass


I love the way the look at us...

The half dome in the evening

kejnkejn on June 3rd, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)
your pictures have such an autumnal feeling to them. hard to believe it's spring. :)

love the soft colors and the pose in the junco pic. perhaps he is singing a tribute to ray...

in the second pic; is that light area to the right where the rock slide was that closed the trail to mirror lake?

the pica looks mangy. like it had a hard winter. :) or did it perhaps pull out some hair to insulate the nest with, for the young? it's cute anyway. as is the marmot looking out from behind the rock. i love rodents! (except when the wild ones come inside my house.) :) is that a tick on the marmot's nose?? ugh.

and that bear is SKINNY. i want to feed it. :( how long is it since it was reintroduced to the wild? have they fed it since, like they do with the coyote?

Yathinyathin on June 3rd, 2009 05:29 am (UTC)
> in the second pic;

not sure! :-)

The pica looks like it had a hard winter and it's probably a tick on the marmot's nose.

I think it was only recently released into the wild and it had a tracking collar and stuff, so I guess biologists are watching it.