Hoary Marmot


There are several wilderness parks within easy driving distance of Vancouver. Manning is a large park that is 2 to 3 hours to the east. It has road access to the alpine areas that the Hoary Marmot calls home. Once the sun climbs high enough to have real warmth to it, you can find these animals heading on top of the rocks. They prefer to sleep in the spaces between the rocks. Roots and grasses provide food but these Marmots don't mind a handout from passing human visitors, preferably peanuts.

While your intrepid photographer was sitting watching a group of Marmots, this one decided to watch back. A 80-400mm zoom lens was used at about 300mm. Exposure was 1/400s at f8.