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Mountain Goats at 14,000 ft.

 
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Sep 03, 2013 20:26 |  #1

I took the bike up to Mount Evans yesterday for some hiking and photography. At 14,264 ft, the air is a little thin. There is 60% less oxygen in your lungs at this elevation compared to sea level.

Up this high, there are only a few species of wildlife. Marmots, pika, big horn sheep, and mountain goats are common. Elk can be found here, but usually stay around the 12,000 ft level as there is more grazing there.

I seen a few bighorns off in the distance and pika were everywhere. I took off my 14mm lens and put on my 300mm lens for a few shots of the mountain goats.

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Here's a kid, he(she?) was mewing for its mama.

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Here a nanny uses her kid for a pillow. They have it pretty easy in the summer.

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This guy was looking over the herd.

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Sep 03, 2013 20:57 |  #2

Those are some awesome shots! Must have been fairly close to you since you were only shooting at 300mm!!! The little one is cute.


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Sep 03, 2013 21:32 as a reply to  @ JeremyKPhoto's post |  #3

bw!bw! That first one is stellar! The rest are just stunning.


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Sep 03, 2013 22:31 |  #4

Dude, that's world class stuff right there. Congrats on some incredible captures.


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Sep 03, 2013 22:32 |  #5

Fantastic ...


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Sep 03, 2013 23:27 |  #6

Pretty darn awesome.



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Sep 04, 2013 02:17 |  #7

I'm pretty sure that nanny and kid you shot was the same pair that I shot a couple weeks ago while up there. The nanny had the same shaggy coat spots on her right side. And I see she STILL hasn't rubbed the fur off....lol! Nice captures!


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Sep 04, 2013 04:14 |  #8

that is nice shot man , the last one it is awesome


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Sep 04, 2013 05:32 as a reply to  @ rebeen's post |  #9

Totally awesome shots. You were pretty high up, did you feel the effects?


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Sep 04, 2013 06:20 |  #10

great shots !! thanks for sharing


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Sep 04, 2013 08:51 |  #11

These are really..really good!


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Sep 04, 2013 09:02 |  #12

Great shots well done. I was recently in Montana shooting a mountain and kid. Unbeknown to me I got between the mother and kid and mother challenged me. I thought I was in for a hurting but backed off and she let me go.
Coming from Florida the altitude did affect me.




  
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Sep 04, 2013 09:04 as a reply to  @ cdiver2's post |  #13

So, biking up Mt Evans wasn't hard enough, you had to pack your 300 as well.

Impressive ;)


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Sep 04, 2013 09:49 |  #14

Thank you everyone, glad you enjoyed them!

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So, biking up Mt Evans wasn't hard enough, you had to pack your 300 as well.

Impressive ;)

I guess I should clear that up ;). I meant riding my bike as in motorcycle, I usually just call it a bike, sorry for the confusion.

I do mountain bike on some pretty rugged single track in the high country, but I don't have a road bike and can't stand riding the mountain bike on roads.

Anyway, I needed all the energy I had for hiking at that elevation. I would have pooped out around the 12,000 ft. mark if I biked up it. :D


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Sep 04, 2013 13:23 |  #15

Superb shots, I particularly like the mother and kid and the last shot on the rock.


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