I am on a hike yesterday and spotted the first wildflower for 2012. Now what day was it?
Oh, January 10. Mother Nature is so confused with this global warming thing.
Even the Manzanita had blossoms forming.
I did see this fine buck with his lady and well grown young one in tow. I've never seen a a group of three like that before. Usually a buck alone or the doe and fawn alone. He just wanted to play games with me having me go in circles trying to get a photo. I eventually gave up for they were much nimbler in getting about in the dense undergrowth than I.
You can see her head just behind him.
It is fun to get off the established trails and go cut cross country following animal trails. Soon you lose them and begin to make your own trail through the forest and across meadows just as would Daniel Boone or Lewis and Clark. You imagine that you're exploring country never before seen until you come across something like this.
So much for no one else ever having been here.
That's okay. In my own little world I am standing tall.