I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately for two reasons: one is that the mountains have been closed since June 15 (due to fire danger) and the other is that, even though the foothills are still open, my hip has been rather wobbly for a few weeks — so I haven’t even been able to walk around that much. I was able to take a longish hike at Elena Gallegos Open Space the other day though, and saw this very handsome fellow. He was rather large and kept a very close eye on me as I crept closer and closer, taking photos all the while.

Grasshopper, up close