"This mountain air certainly gives one an appetite", said little Rainier Meadow Mouse as he attacked his evening victuals. Little Rainier Meadow Mouse was picked up in the grass at Paradise Park last Friday. He was given a home in the deserted aquarium in the Naturalist's Cabin, and provided with a mighty meal of valerian leaves. For several hours that afternoon, his inch and a half of furry beauty was the cynosure of all eyes. But--this is one bed-time story that doesn't and happily. It is a sad tale, as short as the tail of a short-tailed meadow mouse. Next morning little Rainier Meadow Mouse was stiff and cold. He over-ate, we fear.
The fame of the Avalanche Lily has reached the far corners of the globe. This delicate appearing flower is known to all visitors before they leave the Valley for its ability to push its leaves up through the snow. It is less common, but by no means uncommon, for an avalanche lily to be in bud while surrounded with snow, and every now and then we see one in full bloom with drifts on every side.
There are other plants which also grow through the snow, but none has achieved the fame of the avalanche lily. The green hellebore, the western anemone, and the valerian have all been seen in such chilly surrounding. Most unusual, a mushroom was found growing through snow near Reflection Lakes.
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