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Monday, August 8, 2011

Mountain Flowers

Before you even look at this post, please check out Katie's dragonfly photo if you haven't seen it yet, it's incredible!  

I took a trip up Schweitzer mountain again yesterday to help my mom set up her art booth for a festival they were having at the ski resort village and took a walk up the hill to take photos.  At first I was just taking pictures of scenery in general, then one particular subject caught my eye: wildflowers! (And bugs.)  There were so many different kinds!  I tried to get a photo of every kind I saw.  These flowers are a surprise for Katie, too :-)


And here are some other photos that are not necessarily flowers.  I thought they would be good to include to provide an impression of the mountain as a whole...  a view up the mountain from the village, a view down the mountain from the village toward the lake, a caterpillar nest, deer tracks and one more large patch of Indian Paintbrush :-)


And one more exciting thing happened at the mountain, but unfortunately I didn't catch it on camera... On the way down, a bear galloped across the road right in front of us! It was a pretty small young black bear with funny floppy ears. I really wish I could have gotten a photo but I was driving at the time and the camera was behind me in the back. By the time we slowed down to take a better look, it had completely disappeared into the bushes. It's pretty rare to see bears so I am always kind of excited when I do... I'm glad I'm usually in the car, though. I miss Katie a ton and I wish she had been here to see the bear, too. I am sending her one.

From Benjamin

10 comments:

debbiecutieface said...

beautiful flower pictures! I can't believe you saw a bear, too. I've never seen one!

shari said...

I love spotting bears (from a distance)! I've seen a couple in Yosemite, noshing on blueberries... but if anyone tries to approach (and believe me, people do) then they'll take off into the woods.

Gorgeous flower photos! I recognize many of the varieties you found, but not all of them... they're so pretty! You guys live in a beautiful place!

laurien . said...

Thank you so much :)
Beautiful pictures! :)

Indy said...

What gorgeous photos! Such talent!

Brea Marie said...

These photos are absolutely stunning!!
Sounds like an amazing day!

Sonja said...

These are so pretty! And wowza! That dragonfly photo is incredibly! That is some crazy macro! Thanks so much for visiting my blog and your comment!

Gaby said...

Beautiful photos! I love the one of the bee, and I'm jealous of your bear sighting :)

Jazzy E (hivenn) said...

so pretty. x hivenn

chestnutmocha said...

Thanks so much everybody! Yeah, I love Katie's dragonfly photo, it's incredible!

I really wish I had gotten a picture of the bear! It had such funny ears and I love the way they run. @shari, yeah, they always run away... most people have heard not to feed them because they know it's bad, but some people still do.

chestnutmocha said...

Ha ha, I meant, "most people have heard not to feed them, but some people still do.'

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