Posted by: atowhee | March 27, 2014

GRAY

Gray was the day. Gray was the jay.
GRAY JAY-YES
There were a few laggard flakes of snow falling after last night’s light snowfall. We were hiking the Grizzly Peak Trail, above 5000′. Twice we encountered a pair of Gray Jays. The only other bird evident was a drumming Red-breasted Sapsucker.gray-j-best (1280x960)

Here’s the female Great Horned Owl on her nest along Cove creek, just above its confluence with Walker Creek. Elevation about 2050′.
GHO ON NEST1
Here’s the male on sentinel duty not far from the tall cottonwood where the nest is. Soon the cottonwood’s foliage will have obscured the nest.
GHO-MALE1

GHO-MALE2

P1910984 (1280x960)
Snow queen, Synthyris renifortmis, in bloom next to snow at 5200″.
P1910988 (1280x960)

SNO VEINS
Veins of snow on Grizzly Peak’s Douglas-firs.
SNO VEINS2 DOUIG-FIR-SNO


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

%d bloggers like this: