The Red-necked Stint that flew the flats. Oh cruel & yet adorable tiny peep - how could you so forsake me?
A peep formerly known as Mongolian Plover: this species eluded me once before on Attu. By the time I manage see one, it will undoubtedly rank as the most expensive birdie gracing my life list.
What was I to do but turn my few days away from home for birding purposes, into a few days away from home for some sight seeing: I decided to visit two National Parks I've somehow managed not to get to, even though they're located in my own state: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
One thing you can say for National Parks, they stay the hell put as they are approached.
|A view in King's Canyon|
|The General Grant Sequoia|
More interesting, to me at least, than even the General Grant Sequoia, was a huge fallen redwood, propped up so tourists can tromp up and down inside of it.
|You can see a hint of the crown wandering around inside of this HUGE fallen log|
|You could hold a conference in a tree this gigantic|
|Pretty photogenic for a downed tree, right?|
Western Tiger Swallowtail - one of the few winged creatures that chose to show themselves to me all week. Thank you Mr. or Ms. Tiger Swallowtail!
Of course I had my eyes open for birds while in the parks, but although I heard maybe four or five species, I only saw Scrub Jays and a Raven. And mind - I can stay home 50% of those in my own back yard. I guess I have a birding hex on me this week. What... has word gotten around in the birdy world that I been too slow to refill the bird feeders or something?
|A shell of a cabin one can walk around in - Sequoia NP|
I always get a kick out of this odd little wildflower - Snow Drops - I found growing amid the Giant Sequoias.
|Kings Canyon - a river runs through it|
There! Another pair of California National Parks seen and appreciated. You know I got my National Passport book stamped for both parks. Great save in the aftermath of a wild goose chase if I do say so myself - and I do.
|Kings Canyon Craigs|