Fast facts : Hoary Marmots are the largest North American ground squirrels and live near the tree line on slopes with grasses and forbs to eat and rocky areas for cover. They are oftenly nicknamed "the whistler" for their high-pitched warning issued to alert other members of the colony to possible danger, can weigh up to 13.5 kg (30 lb.), but are usually 5 to 9 kg (11 to 20 lb.), hibernate 8 months a year, are mates for life and a couple generations may live all together in the same burrow. They live in colonies of up to 36 individuals.
I was sitting on this log when out of a sudden I think I surprised a golden brown wolf staring at me from behind the bushes... anyway, couldn't be a grizzly or a moose!!
Mount Tombstone Complex was formed by plutonic rocks, (i.e. intrusive rocks) that made its way up through sedimental rocks. Those eventually eroded leaving behind the ridge. This phenomenon was caused by displacement of the Tintina fault system 92 Ma ago.
Mount Robson is higher and more massive than any nearby peak, so it catches more rain and snow. If it weren't for Mount Robson, this lovely cedar grove wouldn't be here. Prevailing westerly winds push moist airmasses toward Mount Robson's great southwest face. Rain and snow fall in greater amounts than normal for the Canadian Rockies : 630mm of precipitation per year, compared to an average of 400-500mm. This unusual situation provides the right growing conditions for tree species normally found in the wet Columbia Mounstains to the west, home of the Interior cedar-hemlock forest.
Mount Robson is the most prominent mountain in North America's Rocky Mountain range; it is also the highest point in the Canadian Rockies.
In topography, prominence characterizes the height of a mountain's or hill's summit by the vertical distance between it and the lowest contour line encircling it and no higher summit. It is a measure of the independence of a summit.
She's having a sun bath...
Nice photo, voted, ★2.
The two best places I have seen in Tasmania are perhaps Walls of Jerusalem for the Inland, and Wineglass Bay for the Coastline.
There is no hurricane landfall in Costa Rica so the edge of the jungle reaches the mean high water line. In other words, the beachfront vegetation is not scattered.