Apparently a poacher (or poachers) have killed two of these big guys in recent weeks in Rocky Mountain National Park. The service is seeking pics of any of the bulls in the Milner Pass area, some of which I photographed back in late July. This link has details on the incidents and links that you can use to report anything relevant.
Living in the city, you forget just how beautiful the night sky can be without all the light pollution. That’s why I absolutely love going to Colorado’s high country. You get away from the people, the crowds, the city lights and at night, you can just stare up in awe at the stars.
On this night a couple weeks ago, I was able to situate myself such that not only were the stars above, they were also reflected on Brainard Lake’s surface. Kind of fun and very, very pretty. That glow on the horizon is from Longmont and other Front Range cities.
From a couple weeks ago, this big guy was one of four I was taking pictures of. They weren’t being particularly cooperative as they tended to stay covered pretty well. This one though did give me some nice shots and I think this one is my favorite. The soft light, the foliage framing him and the gentle look on his face make for a nice capture. Taken in Colorado’s Indian Peaks Wilderness Area.
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Freedom flight across Colorado’s infamous blue skies. It’s pretty tough to beat that deep blue above here in the Centennial State. However, when you throw in our nation’s emblem soaring with ease across it, the view just goes over the top. This fantastic bald eagle gave me a nice show this past weekend and makes for a great pic to share for Freedom Friday.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
I always say I don’t take pics of little birds and I definitely do try to avoid ones that don’t look particularly pretty. However, this little one was so willing to pose, I couldn’t resist. I don’t know if it was just fluffed up in an odd way or perhaps molting but it wasn’t the typically pretty bluebird we expect to see. Taken in Estes Park, Colorado.
It was an absolutely awesome surprise to come across him and his mate recently in Estes Park, Colorado. The pair has a nest nearby and while I have occasionally seen them, I had never gotten good pics of them. On Saturday morning I was driving along and I spot one of them on a power pole and the other along a lake’s shoreline. After giving me a couple of fantastic flybys, this one goes and nabs a fish and gives me yet another flight sequence – this time with the fish in its talons and the Rocky Mountains serving as a backdrop. Fantastic!
The leaves in Rocky Mountain National Park were a bit of a hit and miss affair this past weekend. While there were spots of gold, they were often interspersed with some trees that hadn’t changed at all. That kept me from capturing the sweeping landscapes of fall foliage that I was hoping for however, closer looks were quite nice.
Such was the case with this little grove of trees that had changed. Looking straight up the trunk of this tree you can see the canopy of yellow and of course those gorgeous, blue Colorado skies.
It must be Monday when you want to beat your head on a post. 😀
Okay, that really isn’t the case here but you know we all oftentimes feel like that when the workweek starts. Taken a couple of weeks ago, this Mountain Goat opted to use a roadside marker as a scratching post. Pretty convenient when you don’t have the fingers to do it otherwise.
Certainly I hope your week is starting off well without the desire to hit your head on something. 😉
Quite the look and pose, eh? Somewhat intimidating but in truth, this handsome fellow was just shaking himself off.
He is the male from a mated pair of eagles that hangs out near Longmont, Colorado. I spotted him in their usual favorite spot and while he gave me some nice poses like this one, there never was any real action. Myself and another photographer spent three hours waiting. And waiting. And waiting.
He however was quite content to pose in place, preen, shake and do just about anything except fly. Nevertheless, it was fun to get to spend some time with my absolute favorite form of wildlife.
Not a great quality pic as I was a good ways away when this little guy chose to head down the tree but a fun capture. I and a bunch of other shutterbugs were focused on much larger wildlife nearby. We all start hearing the sounds of things hitting the ground nearby and, looking up, tree branches are bouncing up and down. A closer look found this squirrel, picking pine cones off the tree, dropping them below and then, eventually, going down to gather them. Pretty clever and much easier than going up and down multiple times. 😉