K's resurgence is just in time because I'm hearing rumors that some of our favorite alpine trails are finally losing their snow cover. I hope that K will be able to join me for some thin air hikes way up above the trees in the near future.
I wonder if it was the same bear as visited us last week. This biggish bear persisted for a long time trying to wrench our base pole for our bear-proof birdfeeders out of the ground. His visit was during a deluge of rain so the photos are a bit blurry.
The bear was not a good sport about losing this round. As he departed our clearing, he knocked over a bear proof trash can to vent his frustration.
It's truly summer. Flowers are bursting from every crevice of the forest, and bears seem like a daily part of our lives. I cherish each day of our very brief summer!
P.S. Yesterday's mystery flower was a Spotted Coral Root (Corallorhiza maculata), an orchid that thrives in pine forests.