Glorious 24hrs…

I just knew it would be a glorious day, the morning was bright with sun and blue skies!

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It had been a bit of a frosty night!

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I’m not sure why these 4 decide to roost outside?

There are signs of spring everywhere…

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I was able to escape the farm and all my responsibilities for a couple of hours and took a little drive to Glacier Park, more blue skies!

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These two pictures are straight out of the camera using a couple of different settings…

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I stayed for the sunset too! 🙂

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Even more exciting this morning,  bright and early,  Hayden ran up to the barn to check the ewes before we left for church and found a ewe missing…

He found her in the barn with an extra!

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The wonderful madness has begun!!!  Maddie’s Suffolk ewe, Elizabeth lambed without assistance in the wee hours of the morning to an adorable little ewe lamb!   Our Icelandics are not due for another 3 weeks though.

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Bearly…

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Glacier National Park, summer of 2012.

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On this particular day we had the privilege of watching this big boar grizzly bear for about 30 minutes.

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And I ended up with my first case of true lens envy!  lol

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Still it was quite an exciting time for our family to watch this hungry guy do a bit of foraging while moving through.

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Along the Snowy Shores…

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My feet…

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Making snowballs…

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Throwing them in…

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Rocks to skip…

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And skip they do…

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Little girl looking too…

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Finding treasures…

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Soaking up the sun…

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Beautiful backdrop…

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Hoary Marmot…

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These guys were found in Glacier National Park on a couple of different trips last summer.  My oldest son took the above pictures while on a hike with his Papa to Hidden Lake.  The guy below was taken while my husband and I were on our Red Bus tour.

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The hoary marmot (Marmota caligata) is a species of marmot that inhabits the mountains of northwest North America. Hoary marmots live near the tree line on slopes with grasses and forbs to eat and rocky areas for cover.

It is the largest North American ground squirrel and is often nicknamed “the whistler” for its high-pitched warning issued to alert other members of the colony to possible danger. The animals are sometimes called “whistle pigs”

The word “hoary” refers to the silver-gray fur on their shoulders and upper back; the remainder of the upper parts have drab- or reddish-brown fur. The head is black on the upper surface, with a white patch on the muzzle, white fur on the chin and around the lips, and grizzled black or brown fur elewhere. The feet and lower legs are black, sometimes with white patches on the fore feet. Marmots have long guard hairs that provide most of the visible colour of their pelage, and a dense, soft underfur that provides insulation. The greyish underparts of the body lack this underfur, and are more sparsely haired than the rest of the body.

The hoary marmot inhabits mountainous environments from sea level to 2,500 metres (8,200 ft) elevation, through much of Alaska, western Canada, and the extreme northwest of the contiguous United States.[1] They live above the tree line, at elevations from sea level to 2,500 metres (8,200 ft), depending on latitude, in rocky terrain or alpine meadows dominated by grasses, sedges, herbs.

Hoary marmots are diurnal and herbivorous, subsisting on leaves, flowers, grasses, and sedges. Predators include golden eagles, grizzly and black bears, wolves, coyotes, red foxes, lynxes,cougars and wolverines….

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Grazing sheep under Montana’s Big Sky sunset…

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A snowy Glacier National Park

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Lake McDonald in GNP

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