Sunday, July 04, 2010

I *Heart* Mountain

Every once in a while, I get off the computer and do active things. Last weekend, the fam and I took the 7.6 mile (round-trip), 2,560 vertical foot hike up nearby Heart Mountain. The D5000 came along for the ride.

For the uninitiated, this is the start of the Heart Mountain trail:
If you look closely, you can see a lone jogger (yes, jogger) making his way up the trail. It's my understanding the guy makes the trip pretty much every day. Yeah.
While I was trying to nail down the focus on this caterpillar, with my one-eyed concentration solely on the bug, I suddenly heard a loud whirring noise right behind me. I spun around to find a small hummingbird hovering about five feet away, just checking me out. Unfortunately I didn't get a shot of the guy because 1) he zipped away about as he quickly as he arrived and 2) I was still being glad that it wasn't a flying bear that had just snuck up on me. I'll tell you, the hummingbird's small size betrays its really loud wing-beating.
The Heart Mountain area is one of the few non-irrigated yet green areas in the Big Horn Basin. This shot was taken at the summit.
The mountain peak is a hot spot for flies, both with and without butter.
Assuming they keep a distance, I love bumblebees. If not, I run away screaming.

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