Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Mountain goats and marmots....

On the Hidden Lake trail behind the visitor center at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park, Montana mountain goats and marmots live.

The trail gets lots of human use, but the local marmots and goats don't seem to mind.

This billy stands amid the profusion of flowers that were blooming while I was there.

A nanny walks along the edge with Hidden lake in the distance behind her.
Although it was the middle of August this female mountain goat still hadn't shed all of her winter coat, as you can see in the middle picture. Many of the trees nearby had mountain goat fur hanging from their branches.

As the male goat walked by the female they barely acknowledged each other. Though he did chose to walk within inches of her.
As I was photographing mountain goats there were several hoary marmots eating grasses or flowers and then heading back to the rocks.
It was almost 90 degrees as this marmot stopped to get a drink from a mountain spring.
Just after starting back down the trail the female goat I had been photographing walked to the edge and stood looking down upon Hidden Lake. Another good day in the Rocky Mountains.



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