This little guy came out to check out his shadow today--and he can see it! Actually this is a Yellow-belllied Marmot, a western species, not officially the groundhog that is traditionally in the eastern US and is famous for February 2nd. The groundhog is a type of marmot (there are 14 species world wide), but this was the best I could do for celebrating the day. This one was photographed in Yosemite National Park, near the campground where I stayed in 2011.
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Walking in my son's neighborhood in San Diego on Christmas Day, I passed a yard with this great succulent garden in what looked like a birdbath. I thought it was really pretty with all the different colors of plants.
These are three views of a sculpture at the Cabot Pueblo Museum, which I posted yesterday. It was sculpted by Peter "Wolf" Toth as the 27th installation of the Trail of Whispering Giants. It was completed in 1978. The face is 22 feet tall, and was carved from a single 45 ton Sequoia Redwood log. The feather is15 feet tall, and was carved from an Incense Cedar from Idyllwild, California.
Peter "Wolf" Toth was a Hungarian refugee who, when he escaped to America, related to the history and experiences of Native Americans. He began the Trail of Whispering Giants project, which eventually resulted in his large sculptures being placed in all 50 states and in Ontario and Manitoba in Canada. At the dedication of Waokiye, he said: "The American Indian is a proud and often misunderstood people. They have suffered atrocities ever since the first white man landed on the shore...perhaps this monument, as do the others,will bring awareness of a proud and great people."