I am smiling this evening because word came out today that the Colorado Department of Transportation? has opened the road to the top of Mount Evans. Awesome! That means in the coming weeks I should be able to make the journey to the 14,265 foot mountain and spend some time with these cool creatures again. This image taken on August 17, 2014.
With spring here I have been thinking about these cool animals and how much I am looking forward to photographing them again. Unfortunately that will have to wait as the road to where they reside at the top of the 14,265 foot high Mount Evans will remain closed until the end of May due to snow.
Mountain Goats are actually considered an invasive species here in Colorado as they are not native to the Centennial State having been brought here in the early 20th century as a tourist attraction. Unfortunately Mountain Goats can carry diseases which are deadly to our state’s official animal, the Big Horn Sheep. When the goats roam into sheep territory, they are often killed to prevent them from infecting the sheep.
This mountain goat was more than willing to pose for me back in August. Taken on a cold, blustery morning on top Colorado’s Mount Evans, the goats provided hours of photo opportunities. They actually are an invasive species in the state having been brought here in the mid to late 20th century.
I’m not sure what was so funny but this Mountain Goat at the top of Mount Evans, Colorado was having a good morning apparently. 😉 Image taken August 17, 2014.
This kid is king of the mountain. At least it looks that way. Taken from the top of Mount Evans, Colorado, this Mountain Goat kid seemed pretty proud of itself for being taller than 14,000 feet. 😉
Taken yesterday, August 18, 2014, atop Colorado’s 14,265 foot Mount Evans right as the sun was coming up. The resident Mountain Goat herd provided some outstanding #photo opportunities, some of which were pretty amusing.
Clearly this one was showing what it thought about having its picture taken. 😉
A mountain goat surveys its domain from atop Mount Evans, Colorado this morning.
It was facing into the morning sun while standing on the remains of the Crest House, an old restaurant at the 14,265 foot summit that burned down in 1979 and was never rebuilt.
This Mountain Goat was pretty interested in me this morning atop 14,265 foot high Mount Evans, Colorado.
We arrived right before dawn and were greeted by 40° temperatures and 40 mph winds. It was well worth it though. A gorgeous sunrise, the view from up high, the mountain goats and marmots were all prime features.