Yellow-bellied Marmot, Pine, Granite

Olmsted Point, Tioga Pass, Yosemite, CA

Having a little fun with today’s post and putting up a photograph of a Yellow-bellied Marmot, resident occupants of Olmsted Point in Yosemite National Park.  These guys are the size of small dogs (or very large cats) and are curious enough to sit still for photos.  This quizzical looking Marmot is trying to figure out if I might drop some crumbs by accident or cause it harm.  I did neither and it was quite content ambling about over the granite, eventually walking out of sight.

As with photographs of people and wildlife, what is most important is focusing on the eyes.  If the eyes are visible and are unfocused, it ruins even the best lit and compose photographs.

Folks here in the States are probably preparing for Super Bowl parties, which is almost a holiday in itself.  Last week was Groundhog Dog, a most weird and random holiday if there ever was one.  So I’ll keep this post light-hearted and quick!

My other posts from Olmsted Point and the immediate vicinity:

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, 200mm, ISO 100, 1/125 sec, f/6.3

Yellow-bellied Marmot, Pine, Granite.  Olmsted Point, Tioga Pass, Yosemite, California. July 09, 2011. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.


2 thoughts on “Yellow-bellied Marmot, Pine, Granite

  1. I took a picture of one of these guys at Olmsted Point when I went to Yosemite a few years ago. There is a small dome about 200 ft up above Olmsted Point where you can get a beautiful view of Tenaya Lake. One of my favorite places on Earth.


    1. I read about them before seeing them in person and I had imagined a squirrel-sized animal, not something the size of a large cat! I haven’t been up the entire small dome above Olmsted, but I’ll definitely have to the next time there. Thanks for that tip!


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