Thursday, February 27, 2014

A few more photos from our drive to Big Meadows last week.

Entering the park at one of the entrances, we followed a Park Ranger.

As you can see there is still some snow around but not in the valley below.

We didn't come across as many motorbike riders as we usually do, not today anyhow.

In shaded areas we came across sheets of ice.  

Here are a couple of the views we stopped at.

And fortunately it won't be long before these trees are covered with leaves.

We were a few miles from the meadow when we spotted deer crossing the roadway.  It was interesting as we watched several cross the road one after the other, safely.  When they heard a car coming they immediately went into a fast trot.  The cars don't drive very fast around here fortunately.  There are a lot of winding bends to keep their speed down.

This is the meadow.  Gregg took a lot of the photos - that's me in the black coat.

One of the signs that greet people before they make their way down.

This is one of the deer from my other post.  He was firmly planted inside a considerable area of thicket.

Here is another young one who was making his way to the rest of the herd.

They spotted a small group of people heading their way.

Another family here to enjoy them.

This one came running, tail upright.  I read that when they are disturbed they make a snorting sound and stamp their hooves to alert other deer to danger.  When they run away they will raise their tail which will stick up like a white flag.  This alerts other deer to danger and gives the fawns something to follow.  

They have very good eyesight and hearing but depend mainly on their sense of smell to detect danger.

The white-tailed deer is usually a solitary animal, but females and fawns will band together at times, and during the winter months they will form herds to keep warm.

The white-tailed deer was nearly wiped out in much of the northeast and midwest of the United States, but because of hunting restrictions and fewer predators, there are now more than ever.

Genus is odocoileus and species is virginianus.

This is the end of my photos from Big Meadows, until our next trip up there.

We left them as the sun started going down.  It took us about an hour-and-a-half to get home and we passed this pretty church on the way back.