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June 03, 2005

Mather Point, May 18, 2005

Had I been thinking clearly, I would have gotten more of the photographer in this shot. She was somewhat photogenic. Not to mention being a photographer after my own heart: the best scenery in the world just feet away, and there she was taking a photo of a rodent.

We had a nice conversation about human-habituated wildlife, and I related my story about the Bright Angel Trail bighorn sheep. She was clever and bright-eyed. I'm afraid you'll just have to imagine it.

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Friendly little guy.

Posted by: leslee at June 3, 2005 06:33 PM
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The whole human-habituated wildlife thing is a BOOK I won’t get into here, but scenery without wild or other life is just a post card to me. I’d rather see a Peregrine Falcon soaring over the Bay Bridge than see the most beautiful mountain range in the world without an eagle or raven coursing over it. Besides, snap that "rodent picture", the scenery will still be there after the "not-so-wild" life is out of sight.

Posted by: OGeorge at June 3, 2005 07:26 PM
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I think that's what they refer to as damned cute.

Posted by: craig at June 3, 2005 09:34 PM
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Handsome little devil.

As to the "scenery without ..." comment above - it's a moot point. You can't look at mountains (or rivers, or woods, or even great big holes in the desert) without seeing life. It's literally impossible. The trick is in noticing what you see.

And Chris, I've got to take exception with your "best scenery in the world" hyperbole. I'll grant you that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and the Canyon is certainly an amazing place, but in this particular instance your bucket is full of holes.

Posted by: tost at June 3, 2005 10:34 PM
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The best scenery in the world is wherever you happen to be, tost. I thought you'd figured that one out by now.

Posted by: Chris Clarke at June 4, 2005 06:35 AM
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You get points for the zen master defense, Chris, but being as we're both Americans, perhaps we should play by the home team's rules. Which means that the best scenery in the world resides, quite obviously, at the place where we're going to drive our brand new, 8 miles to the gallon, Ford Expeditions next month when we leave our corporate cubicles and head out on vacation with our wives and 2.3 kids.

As for the things I've yet to figure out - they are legion.

Posted by: tost at June 4, 2005 09:34 AM
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Thanks for missing my point Tost, I'll have to learn to be a better writer.

Posted by: OGeorge at June 4, 2005 10:23 AM
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Think nothing of it, OGeorge. I've missed many, many points in my life, yours being but the latest.

And we all could stand to be better writers.

Posted by: tost at June 4, 2005 01:53 PM
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