I mentioned previously that while we were in Colorado we had a magical experience watching a marmot family interacting. I have finally received the photo files from my brother that included this episode. Here for your delight is a selection of the many wonderful photos he took. Did I mention I covet his camera? I think I may have. I do.
First, we have Papa marmot, who is on sentinel duty. Many of the marmots we saw on this trip were shedding, or looked like they had mange, or had bare spots. This fellow is quite handsome, really in quite good coat. Life must be good at this rock pile.
Next we have a series of pictures of his mate and the kids. This was taken as the youngster was soliciting a snack from his mother.
After he had eaten, he got quite rambunctious. This shot was taken right before he pounced on his mother. Unfortunately, we did not get a shot of the cuffing and chase that ensued after he jumped her.
However, after things settled down, she proceeded to show him how to graze and what was edible.
He went off adventuring on his own, which caused Papa marmot to move his sentinel post down the rock pile about 50 feet. Then another youngster showed up to hang out with Mom. Seems to be saying, “I see you seeing me.”
We also saw a pica, very close up.
And there were elk out and about, antlers still in velvet.
A chipmunk finds a supply of calcium to augment its diet.
Back in camp, a very bold ground squirrel investigates the dinner pot.
Nope, nobody clapped the lid on the pot and made soup.