Tin Cup - June 2020.
After our picnic lunch up Lost Horse on a beautiful day earlier this month, we headed further south to enjoy an afternoon hike up Tin Cup Creek.
In addition to enjoying the abundance of wildflowers along the way, we also watched some small wildlife and heard and saw a tree fall not very far away from us! Like I often say ... you just never know what you will come across in the mountains. Always be prepared for anything and everything out here! :)
We enjoyed a picnic lunch with sunshine, wind, and beautiful views earlier this month at Lost Horse Observation Point. Afterwards, we headed down south of Darby for a hike up Tin Cup. Photos from that part of the day to come in another post. :)
There were seven turkey vultures in all. We were kept amused as we watched them gather together on the fence, flap around, and circle around overhead.
I put together some clips from Jamie's video footage. It would have been better if we had a tripod with us, but it's still fun to watch these interesting birds. :)
Remember to watch the video in fullscreen for the full affect.
Mama deer has been staying on the property since her recent baby was born. While mama deer comes to visit us, she leaves her fawn off in the tall grasses and woods to keep her safe. We get glimpses of the two of them together every now and then.
Look how high baby can jump already! She's growing so fast!
My evening run was interrupted for a bit when I met up with mama and baby on our trail just ahead of me. I went and got my camera in time to get one quick pic as mama headed to drop baby back off in the woods again. So fun to watch them! :)
The power of water rushing down the mountain is incredible!
That water is moving!!
(To feel like you're there, watch it in fullscreen.)
St. Mary's Peak obscured in the rain clouds behind the pond and barn.
The colors in this photo caught my eye after leaving the refuge.
Always something to pull over and stop for. :)
As we took the backroads home, we stopped to watch and photograph a flock of turkey vultures. While doing so, this bald eagle flew overhead and landed off in the field.
I captured several cool photos of the vultures, so they will be featured in their own post.
Coming up next... :)
Little Saint Joe / Bass Creek area. June 2020.
Today's mountain trip was extra exciting when we came across a bear along the way. We got a chance to watch and photograph him for a bit, as he would repeatedly stop and look at us and then meander up away from us some. At one point he was smelling our scent in the air. And when we saw him a second time further up the road, he stood up on his hind legs and looked at us before wandering back into the trees again.
We had the overlook to ourselves for about an hour to hang out on the rocks with a beautiful view of the Bass Creek Crags. We had a mix of sunshine and wind. We also enjoyed watching a raven and a turkey vulture soaring above and below at times.
A partial view of the upper portion of Little St. Joe. You can't quite see the top from this viewpoint, but you can see the snow is melting. We need to take a trek up there again one of these days. It's a steep hike, but the views from the top are definitely worth it! :)
Lots of flowing water this time of year. And lots of green. A perfect combination. :)
With a mix of hiking, hanging out at an overlook with views, and seeing a bear...
we had an awesome time on the mountain!
We never know what we might see.
We just get out and go and keep our eyes open for the unexpected.
I'll end this post with a little video clip my daughter took of the bear.
It's not the steadiest video, but it does show him meandering along. :)
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A variety of wildflowers abound this time of year.
Lots of spring rain has produced plenty of green.
Interesting abstract art created by nature with pollen on a puddle in the path.
Buttercups next to a little stream makes a nice place for a little morning hangout. :)
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