Thursday, March 13, 2008

The P is Silent

We had a wonderful introduction to snowshoeing yesterday in the Chugach mountains above Sam & Gretchen's house. We had been on an uphill climb for about 30 minutes when we came into the thick brush in the photo below. I was in the lead and as I stepped into the thicket there was an explosion of black and white off to my left. A Ptarmigan, very much like the Eastern Ruffed Grouse, exploded from the base of a Lodge pole pine. I have read about these Arctic birds since I was a teenager and was very excited to see my first. I wasn't quick enough to get it on film.
(click on any image to enlarge)

What an amazing 1:45 minute snowshoeing hike with the mountains on every side.

Jasper and Jack didn't have any fun.

No comments: