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All that is missing is a surfboard.

Reddish Egret

Thanks so much to everyone who takes the time to view, fave or comment on my photos!

© 2019 Craig Goettsch - All rights reserved. Any unauthorized use without permission is prohibited

Tags:   Bunche Beach Egret Reddish Egret Bird Avian Nature Wildlife Animals Nikon D500

N 1 B 1.2K C 44 E Sep 13, 2013 F Sep 29, 2013
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An American Pika (Ochotona princeps) gathering grasses to store away in its haystack for the approaching winter.

To hear a short clip of their vocalizations go to this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4U9IxhQSTc.

Here is another link that describes their behavior and habitat - www.nhptv.org/natureworks/americanpika.htm.

Tags:   Colorado wildlife pika mountains nature

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A hoarfrost covered bush provides a stark contrast to the red sandstone rocks in the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. This park is such a treasure and I sometimes have to remind myself to go there more often as it is a place of great respite for me.

Thanks for visiting! I greatly appreciate your comments and views!

Tags:   hoarfrost Garden of the Gods

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Nonchalant is the word that comes to mind when seeing these magnificent mountain goats climbing along the rock edges with drop-offs that I'm sure that can be measured in the thousands of feet, and yet they are as steady as I would be walking along a city sidewalk. They are such amazing animals and I am so blessed to have been able to visit them in their home.

I purposely left this shot with lots of empty space to show just how vast (and dangerous) their environment is.

Thanks so much for your views, faves and comments!

© 2018 Craig Goettsch - All rights reserved. Any unauthorized use without permission is prohibited.

N 57 B 1.1K C 17 E Jun 12, 2019 F Jun 27, 2019
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We typically go to Rocky Mountain National Park in the fall. The fall colors are spectacular, and the elk rut is amazing to witness. While that is still on the agenda for September, we decided to go in the Spring to look for baby critters. I asked the park ranger at the entrance station if there were any babies around. She did not believe so thinking it was still too early. Happily, she was mistaken, and we saw lots of little ones.

On this particular morning, this elk cow and calf were in a stand of aspen and were slowly on the move with a few other calf-less cows. I got ahead of them, thinking they were going to walk into a clearing, but the small herd decided to go in the opposite direction. The herd slowly crossed the road and I doubled back, placing myself in a position to get them as they went up a ridge. As I watched them move on, the mother and calf were nowhere to be seen. I continued to wait, and after about five minutes or so, mom and calf crossed over as well and went up the ridge following the others. A beautiful morning, a tender moment in nature – does it get any better?

Thanks so much to everyone who takes the time to view, fave or comment on my photos!

© 2019 Craig Goettsch - All rights reserved. Any unauthorized use without permission is prohibited

Tags:   RMNP 2019 Elk Cow Calf Mountains Mammals Wildlife Nature Animals Nikon D850


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