In honor of the traditional end-of-summer Labor Day weekend, I post this video Jim Marsh shot of a pine marten he spotted in the Sierra last year.
I’ve been backpacking in the Sierras for years and I’ve never seen a marten.
“This one was more surprised than I at our close encounter,” Marsh wrote. “I’d spied it coming up the opposite stream bank before it saw me. I just stayed put, aimed and opened the shutter as it came closer. Right place, right time.”
Marsh told me he actually saw three martens in a period of 30 days while he participated in the Artist in the Woods program on the Stanislaus National Forest.