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Glacier Point and Washburn Point, Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrels from Taft Point, and a
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The exquisitely beautiful Mirror Lake in Tenaya Canyon
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An Overview page with sample images from the following pages:
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An Overview page with sample images from the following pages:
Mule Deer in the Valley meadows, Hummingbirds, Steller’s Jays, etc.
Golden-Mantled Squirrels, Ground Squirrels and a Tioga Pass Marmot

An Overview page with sample images from the following pages:
Images from the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
Images from nearby Sequoia and King’s Canyon National Parks
Lupines, Dogwood, Snow Plants, Thistle, Forest Moss and Lichen

50 images of the gold mining boom town north of Mono Lake
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A California Ground Squirrel with his cheeks filled with nuts inspects the passing
hikers while perched on the narrow ridge of a boulder near Mirror Lake in March. He
had just come out of his burrow (possibly for the first time, as Spring comes in May).

The California Ground Squirrel is a medium-sized squirrel (the small ones with striped backs
 and faces are Chipmunks, and large ones like the one at the bottom of the page are Marmots).
Prairie Dogs are also in the Ground Squirrel family (you may want to visit the Prairie Dog page).

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Encountered in late March, when squirrel activities outside of the burrows begin ramping up as spring approaches, he was obviously comfortable with the presence of people.

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This little fellow seemed to be coming up with a lot of nuts, and he was packing them away in his cheeks to carry them back to his burrow for later consumption.

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He became more comical looking with each passing moment. After a while we began to wonder where he was coming up with these obviously processed almonds.

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A detail crop of our Ground Squirrel friend from a shot framed similar to the full frame shown at left. He would pack these in, dart away for a little while, then return with a couple of nuts. Later, he came back with his cheeks emptied after he had deposited his cache in his burrow (see images below).

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Aha! So this is where you were coming up with all of those nuts...

This little guy had found a baggie of nuts in the front pocket of a pack,
and with a well-rehearsed opportunistic technique tore open a corner
of the bag and made off with some. Not satisfied with the nuts stored
in his cheeks, he returned for some more and was caught in the act.

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Ground Squirrel Mirror Lake 2447
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A series of close portraits of our hero after he deposited his cache of nuts.
He is far more attractive without the bulging cheeks, but not quite as comical.

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Ground Squirrel Mirror Lake 2457
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Our friend hopped up on a boulder to pose for close portraits.

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Here he is munching a little berry (no more nuts around).

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Ground Squirrel Mirror Lake 2450
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A California Ground Squirrel posing on a boulder near Mirror Lake in late March.

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Another Ground Squirrel dismembering a nut near Mirror Lake in mid-May.

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A California Ground Squirrel inspects a leaf while foraging in Autumn at Glacier Point.

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Apparently, this fellow doesn’t have any packs to dig into. He checks the leaf for nutritional value.

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A Ground Squirrel at Washburn Point in June, relaxing in the shade to avoid the summer heat.

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In the Red Fir forest leading to Taft Point, a Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel peeks above a humus-strewn log.
He darts atop the log for a quick look at the passing hikers, before heading down the trail to gather nesting material.

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This was one of the funniest squirrel sequences I have taken. The Golden Mantle scooted over to a clump of grass and began to pack it into his mouth at high speed.

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He was gathering nesting material to insulate his burrow for the coming winter (these were taken in late Autumn, in the latter part of October).

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He would grab a clump of grass, then rapidly stuff it in his mouth, packing and compressing it so he could carry more.

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You would think this mouthful would be adequate, but the little guy decided that there wasn't enough and reached for more.

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This all happened very quickly (the whole sequence took less than a minute), and
I was hard-pressed to get the shots as I was quaking with laughter the entire time.

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Golden Mantle Nesting Taft Point Trail X6691c
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Here is our intrepid Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel with a mouthful
of grass, just before he took it back to his burrow to make his winter nest.
He didn’t get much more in, but he certainly did give it the old college try.

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A Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel at Taft Point in the spring. This little fellow was standing atop a granite boulder eating a flower when he saw us approaching and instantly threw down the flower to begin his "aren't I cute?" routine to get some nuts.  Anyone with a cat knows how effective this routine can be, and apparently this little guy has had quite a lot of practice.

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A Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel, munching a nut atop a granite boulder at Taft Point.

The Golden Mantle is a type of ground squirrel found in mountainous regions of the West.
Like the chipmunk, it has stripes on its back, but it has no facial stripes and is generally
larger than the chipmunk (a large chipmunk is about the size of a small Golden Mantle).
They have a russet to golden-brown mantle over the head and shoulders, thus the name.

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The Golden Mantle emerges from its burrow in April or May at these altitudes
(Taft Point is at 7500 feet, and snow covers the area until April in most years,
sometimes until mid-May). This fellow had probably been out of his burrow
for less than a month when we encountered him in the latter part of May.

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A detail crop from an image framed like the one at left.

A Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel munches a nut atop a granite boulder at Taft Point on the Yosemite Rim.

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Our little friend went right back to his “aren’t I cute?” routine after finishing his nut. I love his astonished look shown at right. Images with a “c” in the shot number are detail crops.

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The astonished look is part of his "aren't I cute?" routine.

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In payment for the sequence of shots, I gave the little fellow a cashew. This was one happy squirrel.

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A Yellow-Bellied Marmot at Olmsted Point on the Tioga Road. The Yellow-Bellied Marmot is a giant ground squirrel about the size of a small dog. Also known as the Rock Chuck, they dig their burrows under rocks to hide them from predators.

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Yellow-Bellied Marmot at Olmsted Point in the Tioga Pass.

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A Yellow-Bellied Marmot peeks from between the rocks at Olmsted Point in the Tioga Pass.

Yellow-Bellied Marmots live mostly at higher altitudes. Olmsted Point, named for the landscape
architect Frederick Law Olmsted, overlooks Tenaya Canyon from the Tioga Road at 8400 feet.

Olmsted designed public parks such as Central Park in New York City, the grounds of the US Capitol,
private grounds such as the Biltmore Estate, the master plans for UC Berkeley and Stanford University,
and as the first head of the Commission appointed to manage the Yosemite Grant he was responsible
for the early work done to preserve Yosemite. He was the founder of American landscape architecture.

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A Yellow-Bellied Marmot poses for a profile portrait at Olmsted Point on the Tioga Road.

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A detail crop of a Yellow-Bellied Marmot peeking from between rocks at Olmsted Point.

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A Yellow-Bellied Marmot crossing the bright granite rocks at Olmsted Point on the Tioga Road.

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The Marmot poses for a portrait while overlooking Tenaya Canyon from his granite perch.

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Finally, curious about the clicking sound, the Marmot came over to the rock wall directly
below me to inspect the strange human who had been watching with the big glass eye.

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