As this has turned into my most popular Flickr image (by quite a bit), I thought I'd give a little more background on the experience.
We actually went up to Trout Lake, in Yellowstone's northeast corner, to search for river otters (which can also be cute, btw). Trout Lake has been one of the more reliable locations for otter-spotting in recent years, especially during June when the trout are spawning and quite easy to catch. Our first hike up to the lake yielded no otters, but we did find a female Barrow's goldeneye with a brood of 10 or so chicks all resting on a log. These four were huddled together, but it wasn't a peaceful sleep. The second one from the right kept nodding off... and waking... and the head would drop... and suddenly it was awake again. The second from the left kept snapping at flies that were buzzing by. So I guess I captured the most restful moment.
Oh, and it took two more trips to the lake, but we did eventually see our otters. :)
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