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Coyote Bier

A dead coyote on a funeral bier at the top of the Appalachian Gap
A dead coyote on a funeral bier at the top of the Appalachian Gap

Okay, this one must have one heck of a story behind it. I drove up to the Appalachian Gap yesterday morning to check out the fall foliage and came across this. Off on the edge of the parking area at the top of the Gap, someone had tied a large stump upside down to the end of the guard rail. They’d build a nest of branches and twigs and placed a dead coyote in this “bier”. It hasn’t been there long as there wasn’t much in the way of rot or scavenger impact yet. My imagination roams: perhaps someone hit the coyote with their car and, in a pang of remorse, built this bier to return the coyote to the sky? I certainly resonate with that impulse. Does anyone out there know the backstory on this? Fascinating!

Nikon D600, Nikon 24-120mm lens @ 24mm, ISO 400, f/4, 1/2000″ exposure.

La bec jaune

A chocard à bec jaune on the Aiguille du Midi
A chocard à bec jaune on the Aiguille du Midi

This very friendly chocard let me get quite close on our visit to the Aiguille du Midi above Chamonix!

Primula integrifolia

Purple primula integrifolia blooming
Purple primula integrifolia blooming

These fine and delicate alpine flowers—Primula integrifolia—were blooming in a tiny crag. Some of the Aiguilles Rouges tower above.

Alpenglow

Alpenglow on the Dôme de Goutier, Chamonix
Alpenglow on the Dôme de Goûter, Chamonix

This scene greeted us on our arrival as we stepped out onto the back deck of our chalet in Chamonix for the first time. The Dôme de Goûter and Aiguille de Bionassay were shrouded in cloud and lit up with sunset alpenglow.

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