Roda’s Critter Connection: The Marmot

While visiting the Rocky Mountains, my family fell in love with this adorable critter, the yellow-bellied marmot.  Marmots are one of the largest members of the squirrel family, weighing up to 11 lbs and measure up to two feet in length.


Living in the tundra, in colonies of 10-20 , these omnivores dig burrows underneath meadows and in rocky fields. Due to the extreme conditions of the tundra, these critters spend half of their lives in hibernation.


Grab your camera and join me in celebrating Mother Nature’s Critters!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥ Roda


Roda’s Critter Connection: Elk

I had many encounters with elk, one of the largest members of the deer family, while hiking in the Rocky Mountains.  The elk spend their summers in the alpine tundra, which was my favorite location in the Rocky Mountains.


I so enjoyed observing and photographing these majestic creatures.  My family finally put limits on my elk photography!  I was told if it was not “special” we were not stopping!  Granted, to their defense, I took a ton of photos.  It is all about balance, once again.


This beauty was radio collared and seemed to enjoy posing for the camera.  Elk are the only tri-colored member in the deer family, with tan bodies, dark brown manes and a beige rump patch.


We both enjoyed the wildflowers, for different reasons!


I enjoyed observing this female elk (called a cow or doe). Considering I was sitting only 15 feet away from her, I think she enjoyed my company.

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…