As I was catching the sunset one day at the Haw Creek Valley overlook, where I took the previous shot as well, this groundhog poked his head out of the grass near this sign. Apparently, he wanted to gape at the tourists while the tourists gaped at the mountains! I couldn't resist taking a shot. These guys are common in the grassy areas along the Parkway, and they're fairly bold too. But don't feed or harass them! Within Parkway boundaries, this is illegal.
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