Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Martens, Rosefinches and Knotweed

Last week we were pleased to encounter three Yellow-troated Martens near Paiyun Lodge, on Yushan. These beautiful and inquisitive animals, related to wolverines, minks and weasels, can can be a meter in length from nose to tail tip.

Thanks to Steve for identifying the Flamecrest and Vinaceous Rosefinch on the way up Snow mountain. Amazing how we always seemed to be in the midst of birds on that hike.

Photographer Lief has put together a valuable account of the flowers on Yushan's slopes.

Norman and Lief do their thing with the rising sun. Lief, here on the summit of the South peak, capturing the Main peak (left) and East peak (right).