Denizens of Mt. Rainier


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Hoary Marmot

When hiking on or near Mt. Rainier it’s easy to get captivated by the magnificent vistas.

But, with a watchful eye there are fascinating critters to spot and pretty butterflies to spy.

Sitting on the top of Second Burroughs Mountain, I had an unobstructed view of the summit of Mt. Rainier.

To my delight, a small family of hoary marmots came out on the rocks within a few feet of me. The two young ones were intent on playing and sunning themselves. Mom, was focused on gathering food.

A couple of moments later a golden-mantled ground squirrel came near my pant legs and began energetically scratching itself. Soon it was back to begging again.

Icing on the cake.

Hoary Marmot with a tasty snack (to store for hibernation?)

A Golden Mantled with a powerful itch

Arctic Fritillary Butterfly on an alpine Aster

Young Hoary Marmot

Golden Mantled licking its foot for a new round of scratching

Hoary Marmot

Snowberry Checkerspot Butterfly

Golden Mantled begging for food

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2 comments

  1. I was able to capture some fabulous shots of a marmot in RMNP a few years ago. They are fantastic little people…

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