The landscape on the walk up is stunning. The weather was mixed - sun, cloud, rain, mist and snow at one point in time. The light was gorgeous even though there wasn't much by way of snow left around.
and into the higher stretches more favoured by ptarmigan
Note his furry feet to keep him warm in the snow!
The female is drabber but in some ways even more beautiful with her motel almost gold feathering.