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|Unfortunately, I cannot find my wildlife books that give me additional information on these wonderful critters. However, I found an entire colony of these marmots about a block or so from my new place.|
I've yet to find all of my books (well over a thousand) and I'm betting the books I want the most are still in my storage locker. I've put out 750 on shelves, but can't find my guides - then again, they could be here and I've overlooked them.
I'm guessing these two are mates because I've seen them many times; also, given this is the best place to search for incoming predators, I am guessing that these two may be the top dogs so to speak.
One thing you'll notice is that they are not focused on me. After sitting in mud for quite some time, they ignored me and went back to their marmot ways. That's what I love most about this photo; I don't matter to them!
You'll not how in tune they seem to be with each other and when one turned to observe something, so did the other. Usually the one that followed the lead decided whatever was worth deemed looking at was of no importance and turned his or her gaze back to his or her original position.
This is the time of year they'll come out when the sun is out and start bleaching their fur to match their environment. You'll note how easily they already blend in - but as plants liven up with a bit more color, so will the fur on these marmots. Nature's way of letting them be invisible in plain sight - just like the animal channel often claims with other animals! What an ingenious ability (now, if I could only do that with my ex-boyfriend...)
Enjoy your Easter weekend.
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- [2009-04-12 12:18]
Hi Kathy. I hope you are getting use to your new home. It good to have the Marmot so close to home. You have been able to get faily close which has given you good detail and colour. well done TFs.
PS I am sure the books will turn up in time.
- [2009-04-12 17:46]
Excellent shot of these two marmots, they seem to be enjoying the sunshine at the moment. Nicely composed with good detail and beautiful natural colors!!
We don't have these here in Ohio, but we do have a lot of ground hogs, which look very similar. TFS.
I'm trying to enjoy 9 people!!! I wish it were only two as in your shot but I wouldn't trade your cold:-)