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An early wake-up got me all the way out to Chimney Rock before the sun came up.
I half-expected there to be several other photographers out there, maybe even a class, but I saw only one other person the whole time I was out there.
It was much more windy than I'd have liked. I was able to fire off a few landscape shots, but close-ups were pretty much out of the question.
What a difference a couple of weeks has made. It was nice when I came out with my wife a couple of weeks ago, but now there's a whole bunch more flowers and species.
Peregrine falcon bonus, although he doesn't look too pleased to see me.
He didn't really seem to mind the company until another falcon called and he flew away, maybe to a nest site on the cliffs below.
Wight's Indian paintbrush on the bluff tops.
And tidy tips.
Lots of deer around Chimney Rock, as usual.
One more view of Mt. Saint Helena, with flower-packed meadows in the foreground. You can't see them in this little image, but there are lots of deer in the meadow.
Brief coyote sighting.
I thought about taking off after him, but there was an electric fence between us. I could probably have squeezed through, but it seemed like a long-shot anyway since the coyote quickly dropped out of sight behind the hill.
A small herd of elk enjoys the forage above Drake's Beach.
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