Professional Photographer Mai Duong, the most enthusiastic photographer you will ever meet.

California Wildlife

Warning: Many photos of the same animals coming up. In between (not during) the snow hikes, we encountered quite a few wildlife.  Our first sighting were two deer.  A neighboring campsite was feeding this not-so-timid girl some bread.  I slowly approached them, mostly expecting them to run off, when they came towards me sniffing for food.  Okay, so not so wild after all.

California Wildlife

California Wildlife

The one with the goofy large ears was very interested in the noises my camera was making.  For the most part, I let her come near until it was at the point of touching my lens.  At that point, there was a deer about 6 inches from my face, so I jumped back.

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Guess she figured I was the scared one between the two of us.

California Wildlife

California Wildlife

California Wildlife

Then, on the day we were leaving our campsite, after the snowfall, we noticed a bunch of birds sniffing around our picnic table for crumbs.  Such pretty blue birds!  Xavier lamented the fact that he left his 70-200mm lens, and I tried the best I could do with my 24-70mm.  Note: Birds are skittish and tend to fly away very quickly.

California Wildlife

I happened to catch this fellah brandishing his wings like a cape.

California Wildlife

Later, while in Tahoe, we sat down by some trees at a tourist stop for a snack and a break before our drive back to the Bay Area.  While there, we were visited by some more of these blue birds.

California Wildlife

California Wildlife

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California Wildlife

California Wildlife

While hanging out in the forest, watching these birds around us, we were approached by… a chipmunk!!  I was so excited, I could barely control myself.  My namesake!  Coming to visit me!

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California Wildlife

California Wildlife

This one was also interested in the clicking noises my camera was making.

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