The weather around here has been unusually warm which is great if you like to go hiking, but you don't want to be pelted with sleet in temperatures below zero. Keeping that in mind we decided to take advantage of the beautiful Christmas day and do exactly that - go hiking.
So off we went to The M which is a favorite spot. The guys headed up the steep trail. Having lost one of my x-tracks, I took the less treacherous route. At first, I was a bit out of sorts to be seperated from my men, but I was quickly distracted by the beautiful fauna poking its head up above the snow.
Soon, I had other diversions as well. A Japanese couple stopped to say hi and ask me if I knew what type of animals were in the area. I said I'm not sure about this season. Then they proceeded to describe the animal and in the middle of that started pointing and said there it is. Well, I couldn't see it until it ran up the trail. And run it did. That is the closest I have ever been to a ferret that isn't a pet. Unfortunately, neither one of us was fast enough to get a shot of the animal. Can't complain though. That adventure was just what I needed to lift me out of my duldrums.
Later as I was heading down the trail, I missed getting a shot of a small red squirrel who couldn't have been more than six inches from me. Again, too slow. However, I realized I need to spend more time at the M in the winter. Next time I'll be ready not just for the plants that sit still, but the animals that are lightening quick.