It's unusual for my husband to get a Friday off so we made the best of it by taking a little day trip up to Manning Park. That's one of the beautiful things about living where we do. Many interesting attractions are just a short hop away.
We hiked as far around the lake as we could. We had to turn back when much of the path was closed because clearing of the Fall and Winter windfallen trees was taking place. We saw a LOT of wildlife during our hike though. Besides the usual variety of birds in the air and on the water, we also saw 6 deer. These three, a mama and her twins, were on the path just ahead of us. They were much closer than shown in the photo. By the time I got my camera turned on and zoomed in, she of course decided she should take the babies farther away.
Now these little marmots were not so easily spooked. I found that if we were all quiet and sneaky like they disappeared down one of their numerous tunnels --- BUT, if you spoke to them in the manner that you would a beloved kitten or puppy, they held still, posed even, for the camera.
Rustle a food wrapper and they came a runnin'.
Drop a few crumbs of granola bar and they practically ambushed your feet.
Think they've met humans before?