Monday, August 18, 2008

We spent six days in mid/late July with e-friends in southeastern Montana. We were very lucky with wildlife, seeing mule and white-tailed deer, pronghorn antelope, and elk on their ranch. But we also saw some other exciting wildlife during a drive over the amazingly scenic Beartooth Mountain Pass. We spend five hours going 63 miles--there was that much to see.
Here is a brownish black bear that was most cooperative. What fun to see him amongst the beautiful wildflowers too.

This little cutie is a golden mantled ground squirrel. I wouldn't mind so much if they were the ones raiding my bird feeders all the time.

This more robust guy is a yellow-bellied marmot. He was a life mammal for me--very exciting.

The beautiful scenic shots don't seem suited to the blog format somehow.


  1. All I can say is that I am EXTREMELY jealous!! LOL!! Beautiful pictures and wonderful to share your trip with you Bruce.

  2. What a great time you must have had Bruce! Love all these shots, esp. the bear surrounded by wildflowers. :c)

  3. Thanks Joan and Jayne. It was one of our favorite trips ever in the US. I wish foreign visitors to our country would see these real things instead of NYC and Las Vegas.

  4. I guess that is the worst of touring a country, you really do not know where to go and so miss all these beautiful spots. I was lucky in that during my trips there I did get to see much of the countryside as well.

  5. OH, Bruce! How great! That bear in the beautiful flowers is really wonderful and you have so many nice shots of it! I love the little ground cute! I think the Marmot knows he was a life animal for you...he's looking at you so nicely and posing! Must have been a great trip!


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