|A view from the top of Mt. Doug|
Today's episode left me feeling frustrated and guilty. Perhaps if I had never volunteered for a work party with the dedicated crew that tries to maintain the natural beauty of the park it would not have bothered me so much. But putting faces and personalities to those caretakers makes possibly damaging their work more difficult to dismiss. However, once we arrived at the top, agreed we would take a main trail on the way down, and had a chance to enjoy the view, I was able to relax once again.
The view from the top of Mt. Doug is 360 degrees and amazing. We spent some time identifying the major landmarks and favourite spots and then decided it was time to go. As we stood up we noticed a Turkey Vulture soaring in the sky. One of the great parts about being at the top of Mt. Doug is that instead of seeing the Turkey Vultures way above my head, usually while I am driving down the highway, you can actually look down on their backs. From this perspective you get a much better sense of how big they actually are and can more clearly see their faces, characterized by their red colouring contrasted with the white beak. As you can see in the picture on the right the underside of their wings is also two-tone. This colouring is much more noticeable up close.
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I vow to one day get myself a better camera, and actually remember to take it with me, so I can take more of my own pictures, but in the meantime I pulled these two images from a google search to give you a visual.
|A look up through the trees near the base of Mt. Doug|