Across open spaces

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A day spent winding your way through open spaces is indeed a day well spent. From morning encounters with resting Elk to views of the mountains beyond.

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The mid-day sun shines bright but a gentle breeze blows to cool things down.

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As mid-day passes to afternoon the clouds begin to build and signal it’s time to go down.

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Wishing you a wonderful weekend and perhaps some time in your favorite space.

Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel

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Cute like a Chipmunk only bigger. The Golden Mantled Group Squirrel is a resident of mountain and coniferous forest regions across the western United State and Canada.

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We spent some time observing this guy/gal while on a recent hike. They were busy scurrying about and not too concerned about us hanging out watching them. They moved about nimbly in the rocky terrain where we found them that afternoon.

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Before we left they collected a nice big piece of moss presumably for their den.

So, if you see a giant chipmunk running around it is probably a Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel.

Jumping for Joy

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While floating down a stretch of the Snake River in WY we startled this Sandhill Crane who was hidden in the grass on the river bank. They squawked a Sandhill Crane squawk and did a big jump of alarm but given the river was moving us right along they soon had the bank to themselves again.