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Alpine marmot (continued)

Marmota marmota


What could they possibly be telling each other? Most likely nothing. But that smell! Social contact plays a central role in the life of marmots. Marmots possess scent glands in their cheeks which they use to recognize one another. The individual in pics 3 and 4 may look like it's marveling at the surrounding landscape... it's just warming up and keeping a eye on predators.


Alpine meadow in a rocky area, 1800m ASL


Most individuals in this family group are a brood from the previous year. Local predators include eagles, foxes, and humans. Some farming practices are a threat as well. Alpine marmots are also threatened by climate change. Find out more here: The last shot shows the very top of the marmot's habitat, later in the year. Further up where no grass or flowers are left, enter the kingdom of rock, snow and ice and a feeling of total freedom. Even up there though, there's life. You just need to look.

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thornton4 2 years ago

Wood chucks are really ruff on the farmers.

cole21 2 years ago

Did you know woodchuck can't chuck wood

Jamie Grant
Jamie Grant 2 years ago

Wow! Beautiful creatures:)

DanielePralong 2 years ago

Thank you all. It's about to get snowing again here this week-end, so my next visit to relatives of these critters is postponed. Freezing temperatures on ground surface at night too... testing times for marmots and their youngs.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 years ago

Yes, a gorgeous series. Thanks for sharing, Daniele.

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 2 years ago

Wow. Gorgeous series, Danielle. Superb shots and that stunning view... Just magnificent.

Tukup 2 years ago

When I was young I was taught it's not nice to whisper (secrets). Glad to know they are just smelling each other. I wasn't taught not to do that :-) Great shots Daniele, again. Your last picture looks way to cold for my jungle blood, but beautiful nonetheless. Thanks.

DanielePralong 2 years ago

Thank you Greg and Mark šŸ™‚

Greg Shchepanek
Greg Shchepanek 2 years ago

Ah wow! Fantastic captures Daniele šŸ™‚

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago

Too good. ;-)

DanielePralong 2 years ago

Thank you mauna! I'm glad they've brightened your day. I thought I should mention these seemingly close and intimate scenes are shot from quite a safe distance (long end of a 150-600mm zoom) as to not disturb the animals and observe their natural behavior.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 2 years ago

šŸ˜ Daniele, Iā€™m in love with your shots of these sweet marmots!

DanielePralong 2 years ago

Thank you Brian! Lots of late snow here this year too (winter came late). Can't wait to see more from Mt. Rainier! In the mean time I'm greatly enjoying your tide pools. All my pics from Wash. State are from pre-digital days... I've been planning on getting my slides scanned for ages but it never happened. Bayucca! A few more steps from there and it's your canton! It makes most of the habitat shot.

bayucca 2 years ago

Very nice set, indeed!! Thanks, Daniele!

Brian38 2 years ago

Super cute critters! That landscape is something to marvel at! I love the continuation! I cant wait to go back to Mt Rainier, but I'll have to wait a little longer there was a lot of late snow this year.

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