A dozen plants right in and near the fire road. I don't remember seeing them there before. There were also a dozen or more seedlings spread around also.
Unfortunately this plant is taking over. I even see a few creeping into the serpentine zone where they were very rare before.
The smell of California in the late summer and fall. In full bloom now and the smell sticks to your clothing from the plant oils attaching to your pant legs as you walk along.
I didn't actually see a bird but found lots of turkey feathers and fresh poop.
Delightful new cones developing on the redwoods along Alpine Road
The discarded exoskeleton of a developing cicada hanging out on a fence post.
Nicely developing fruit which normally turns red in December.
Second photo also shows the remains of a Wild Cucumber, Marah, vine.
Developing fruit. Unusual to see three fruit on the same flowering stem.
All along Alpine Road. Those with fruit were in the sunnier areas along the path
Same story as the Mountain lion. This was visitor #2. Not certain if this is U. americanus or U.americanus californienis. Even though I live in a highly populated area I think I'll get me one of these cameras.
My son had butchered a goat and rather than burying the remains dumped them on the ground and set up his camera.
Q. lobata with gall opened to reveal larva cases (3). Most of the interior is spong/styrofoamlike.
Scurrying across the bridge to avoid my treading upon it. It was all of about 1.5 inches.
All along the fence line and creeping into the path again. Colors rapidly fading. Everywhere from 1' to 10' high
Along Alpine Road in the disturbed areas along the new trail. So if it is nearing 3' tall. No flowers yet but the strong odor if you touch the plant or brush against it. I understand it is highly invasive. I want to catch some of the flowers before seeking permission to harvest these plants.
On Quercus pacifica, Island Scrub Oak. Hard, thin outer shell with interior stringy and nearly vacant. Possibly caused by Andricus Wasp species or Trichoteras species
two flew over the car as we were leaving the area.
a single individual making its way over and through the jumble of rocks
The photo is from a bit lower than Moraine Lake, closer to Lake Louise Village, right off the road to the Icefields.
At Heritage Park there was this lone rabbit sitting under a picnic table. I thought Jack Rabbit at first but Calgary seems to be out of their range and it didn't look much like a Snowshoe Hare so am taking a chance that someone left their grown-up Easter bunny there.
Down in the shade of a small gully. Escaping the heat I suspect.
At the Writing-on-the-Walls Center sidewalk even though it was 99º. The Provincial Park is a center with pictographs and petroglyphs
not certain if I have the right Raven. These were common along roadsides in the area. Lower altitudes it was a mixture of crows and ravens