We find many things living in the mountains. Most are beautiful and fascinating. Sometimes raw, but the rawness is coupled with a vulnerability that opens the experience up to being very much alive. Almost breathing. Nature is clear in announcing that nature was here first. For all the beautiful and fascinating objects we find breathing with stories of magnificent design, there is also loss. Lots of loss. Living alongside wildlife is living alongside death. Often, it is soft and gentle. A moth that has retired to a small quiet corner. A bird that didn't quite recover from flight. A stunned squirrel in the road. But it is also gruesome. And violent. The things we find sometimes are only about death and mortality and survival. The act of prey is messy. And ruthless. And a very clear reminder of just how awful animals can be to each other.

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