Ptarmigan…

This last summer/fall my husband and I took a little hike on Ptarmigan Trail in Glacier National Park…IMG_2104

It was a gorgeous, blue skied day with the autumn leaves just starting to change…IMG_1920

We spotted these little ptarmigan cross the trail in front of us…IMG_2128-Edit IMG_2132-Edit IMG_2133-Edit IMG_2137-Edit IMG_2140-Edit

Oh! And we seen this above the trail…

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Big ole sow grizzly snacking on berries…IMG_2019-Edit-Edit

What a beautiful day…IMG_1904-Edit-Edit

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Mushrooms, Part 1…

The kids found our adventure through Olympic Park very fascinating, they loved finding all sorts of mushrooms and knew to only look but not touch.  I, however, found it difficult to take pictures in pouring down rain!  🙂  I ended up using a large zip-lock bag around my camera but found it impossible to know where I was focusing or to really adjust any settings, anyway here a few of the mushrooms we spotted.  I’ll break them up over a couple of posts throughout a couple of weeks…

P.S. my camera lived through it too!

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Tule Elk…

IMG_2787 IMG_2878The Tule Elk is the smallest of the North American elk species, the male (bull) elk weighing an average of 450 to 500 pounds (200 to 225 kg), and the female (cow) weighing between 350 to 425 pounds (150 to 200 kg). Tule Elk have a light-beige coat with a dark brown mane surrounding their neck. The rump of the Tule elk is white to a very light tan. The average length of a Tule Elk is 7 feet, and is 4 to 5 feet high at the shoulders. Similar to the Rocky Mountain Elk, a mature male Tule Elk will typically have 6 points on each of the antlers.

The Tule Elk was once known to inhabit most of central California from the east coast to the Sierra Nevada Foothills, but today the Tule Elk are primarily located in the Tule Elk State Reserve in California, which was created in 1932 to protect the once extinct animal. At one point in the Tule Elk’s history, there were 400,000 to 500,000 elk roaming free in most of California. At the low point, there may have been as few as 20 to 30. A farmer/cattleman by the name of Henry Miller was determined to save this majestic animal, which for him started in the 1870’s – 50 years before Tule Elk State Reserve was created for the preservation of this almost extinct animal. The heard in Tule Elk State Reserve population is now 2,500 to 3,000 head of elk. The State of California has also transplanted the Tule Elk into other wildlife reserves where the animal once roamed.

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Vacation…

 

We are back after a 15 day vacation.  My husband had a business meeting in Seattle so we (the whole family plus Grammy ~ 10 people in all) spent a couple of days hanging around there and then we crossed on the ferry and started our Highway 101 adventure!  We toured through parts of Olympic National Park and then followed the coast down to San Francisco and then cut across California, Nevada and Idaho to make it back to Bozeman, MT just in time for my husband to have another business meeting then headed home.  This is one of the thousands of pictures I took on our little trip and was taken in Olympic National Park….

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