Tamias sibiricus lineatus and a sea of clouds

August 9, 2014 Cloudy 22°C (3:30 p.m.)
Early this morning a beautiful “sea of clouds” appeared over the land.
The scene was visible from the trail. I’d guess that the flowers and sea of clouds helped climbers forget about the difficult climb to a certain degree.
The early morning temperatures have dropped, and the Tamias sibiricus lineatus and Ochotona hyperborea yesoensis were busy storing food.
Like me, I wonder if the cold gives them the sense that autumn is here, too.
Photos: “Sea of clouds” and Mt. Byobudake (left) and Tamias sibiricus lineatus at Pon Kurodake (right) Aug. 9