17 Oct 14. Last fall we took a day trip from West Yellowstone to the Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in neighboring ID, about 25 minutes to the east. We had been told about the huge number of waterfowl that were to be found in the refuge and what wonderful photographic opportunities would await us. We saw no birds within any photographic distance, and those we saw we could count on both hands. But we did see three deer and hundreds of cattle! Not exactly what we had bargained for and on top of which we had a 20+ mile drive in each direction on some terrible roads. This year we went back there but stopped short of our goal at about the 5 mile point as it was clear that we likely weren't going to fare any better than last year. This time however we did encounter some areas of nice color and realized that had we made the trip on the first couple of days after our arrival we would have seen some fantastic color. So we've made a note that next time we go there directly and access the color situation, then plan accordingly. As we were making the return portion of our drive and going down a serious hill into some on again off again glaring sunlight, I noticed something that I thought was moving across the road directly in front of the car. I hit the brakes, Jan immediately asking what I thought I was doing, and stopped just inches in front of this critter. I got out and noticed it was having difficulty making its way across the road, so I gently picked it up and moved it into the leaves on the other side of the road. As I did so it tried to squeeze firmly against my hand as if to say don't leave me, but I did. I watched it in the leaves rest motionless and based on the weakness of its squeeze, I was left with the sad feeling that it wouldn't last but a few more days. I felt badly about its condition but couldn't do much about it. Some of you I suppose will say good while others may share my feelings for it. However you feel, this is likely its first and last portrait which I share for Friday macro/close-up as a close-up image. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/80 sec @ f /10 with full flash.