30 Jun 14. With Jan having been in MD at the time of the oldest cherub's birthday, and with the desire to have the party here, it got postponed until this past Saturday. It was to be a sleep-over with two friends and a visit to the Olympic Game Farm for them and the entire family. We've been there several times before, but this turned out to our last trip as the new rules and regulations are now so restrictive as to take most of the fun out of it. The birthday girls had a great time save for younger sister who turned out on this visit to be HIGHLY allergic to elk!! But then who wouldn't have a great time when adult elk and bison stick their heads as far into your vehicle as physically possible, only their size combined with the size of the opened window limiting their access. Which isn't totally accurate as they still can stick out their tongues a "bit" further! Of course that is true only of the ungulates; you don't get to fraternize with the omnivores, the critters I really want to photograph. The weather on Saturday was a mixed bag with sprinkles, clouds, and periods of sunshine. During one of those sunnier periods we were driving around the bear enclosures, and got to watch them do their various things, including a pair separated by an electric fence that wanted nothing more than to have a go at each other. Others were content to relax in the local spa or just sit back and await lunch being tossed their way. One was having a bit of a time with some itchy spots and was spending her time scratching where it itched. I got a couple shots of that activity and thought you might appreciate one. She was positioned such that parts of her bod were in deep shade, so I had to selectively lighten those areas as well as add just a hint of contrast enhancement in some areas. Otherwise, pretty much right out of the camera. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/500 sec @ f / 8.