Saturday, July 21, 2007

obligatory small-furry-creature photo for karen

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This is a Yellow-Bellied Marmot. It was hanging out in the rocks at Palouse Falls.

The marmot was part of a can't-see-the-forest-for-the-trees lesson. As I was looking at the falls, I almost missed this little furry creature right in front of me [was probably ten feet away].

After I took this picture and walked away toward my car, I thought "there's a lesson here about not being distracted by the bigger things, and enjoying the little things too."

At that very moment, a loud rattle sounded and I swore and took a quick step away...away from the western rattlesnake in the grass a foot away from me.

There is no photo of the rattlesnake, sorry.