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Things to See and Do

Animal Crackers

And some bugs and birds as well.

This will be my last post until I hit the road in mid-March for 8 months. I thought I would share some photos of the "wildlife" I have encountered over the last few years.

Let's start with bugs.

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Biggest crab I have ever seen, and wearing a hat no less. OK, not really a bug but it looks like one. How about some spiders?

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A Tarantula from New Mexico and a Cigarette-Butt spider from Florida.

Here is a stick bug thingy also from Florida and some caterpillars from Washington.

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Canadian Geese seem to follow me wherever I go. I saw these two while canoeing and they invited their friends to visit my campsite at Jenkinson Lake in California.

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I ran into a wild Turkey at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park in California.

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I think this is how they say hello.

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Or maybe not. It's amazing how they can plump up their plumage.

I also get ignored by birds.

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Or maybe that is their photogenic side. A cheeky little Chickadee serenaded me in Olympic National Park.

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Villanueva State Park in New Mexico is a nice spot alongside the Pecos River. Just don't go there when cows have booked the group site.

They think that they have a free run throughout the campground.

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And they will make your kids wait to use the playground.

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I had to push several down the slide just to get my turn.

Deer are plentiful wherever I go but this one loved the smell of my tacos and stopped by to ask for one near Mount Shasta in California.

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I never knew they scratched themselves likes dogs.

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Tree Rats are everywhere as well. They will sneak up and grab your snacks if you do not pay attention.

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They also send out scouts...

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And will yell to try to scare you away.

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I don't have a lot of bear photos but I did run across these ones at Lake Mary in Mammoth Lakes, California.

Mom was keeping an eye out.

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While the kids played.

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I expect to have more bear photos after I visit Yellowstone this year. Big bears. Grizzlies. Yippee! They have wolves there too. Luckily I will have a hard sided trailer to camp in during my time there.

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Well, it kinda looks like that. Minus most of that.

I have also seen some lizards. Some small...

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And some big.

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And the occasional turtles, like these ones from Hillsborough River State Park in Florida.

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One thing you may have noticed in most of these photos is the lack of eye contact with the subject. So I will add a little photo tip to end this post.

Eye Contact

You have your subject composed in your viewfinder. Maybe a once in a lifetime shot. Take that shot. Then try to get eye contact. Whistle. Most animals will turn their head to check you out.

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Just don't do that with bears.

Regards, Park Ranger

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