Saturday, August 30, 2008

Images from Colorado

I made these images during my High Country Wildlife photo workshop that conclued earlier this week on Mount Evans, located west of Denver.
During our first morning in the field, we had been working a small herd of mountain goats for an hour or so, when I heard a familiar "call." I began looking, but did not see anything. Knowing who had made the call, I continued my search. Suddenly, one of them materialized, then another, and another. It was Nature's Master of Disguise . . . an entire flock of White-tailed 
Ptarmigan, less than 20-feet away. They had come to us. I began circling around them in order to place the light to better advantage. In  the process, I almost stepped on two "stragglers" that trailed behind the main flock.
In all, we encountered a variety of wildlife, including mountain goats, bighorn sheep, yellow-bellied marmots, pika, long-tailed weasels, and the White-tailed Ptarmigan. One day, a Golden Eagle even checked us out as it circled effortlessly overhead. The weather was fabulous and so were the photo opps. 

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