Brown Bear

This picture was taken on a penninsula off Lynn Canal outside of Juneau by someone Mike works with.
I understand you don't want to mess with the Brown Bears. They are sure cute to look at, but they can be very hazardous to your health!!!

Monday, February 22, 2010

...frost and melt at the same time?

We had a very beautiful, sunny, warm day on Sunday.

Alyx even got to wear her sunglasses
YAY !!!

Mike, Alyx and I went to Mendenhall Glacier for a nice hike around the back-side of the Visitor's Center.
There were parts of the trail that had some ice.
We had to climb over this tall Spruce Tree that fell onto the trail sometime during the winter.
There was still plenty of frost & ice, but it is really only in the shaded areas.
We didn't see wildlife, but we got to see some amazingly beautiful things.
It is fascinating to see the melt take place. It happens so fast. The sun was shining, not a single cloud in the sky, but there was so much water falling on us, it felt like it was raining. The ice on the trees was just melting off so quickly.
Here is a picture of some ice melting and moss growing at the same time. Could it be an early Spring? Could the groundhog (marmot) have been mistaken?
I sure do hope so!!!
There was a heavy frost on the railing of a bridge crossing a creek on the trail.
There are beautiful patches of moss growing on the ground, on rocks, on trees, all over...some of the moss looks like little, tiny, baby ferns... ...and the buds are coming out on the trees...yippeeee

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