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Glorious Mountain Goat Sunset
An extraordinarily friendly Mountain Goat was happy to pose in front of a spectacular mountain sunset. This image was taken on Mount Evans in Colorado in a scene that combines wildlife and a spectacular mountain sunset - rarely seen together.
I had gone up onto Mount Evans in the hopes that I'd find some of the wild Mountain Goats. It's not a sure thing, but the odds of seeing them near the peak is often very good. It's just a matter of the timing, I think. Anyway, I had found a spot pretty early in the evening. I'd picked a spot that I felt had a good chance of having the goats come to me. So I just sat down, was quiet, and just waited patiently. And sure enough a little while later, they started approaching.
I know I had a little luck on this one but these goats weren't just friendly, they were total hams. And I felt like Dr. Doolitle because it was as if the goats were trying to get me to take their picture. I told them I had the wrong lens for them to be so close. So one of them backed up a little closer to the ridge so I could get this capture. And as you can see in the image, he was clearly working with me!
A little while later, I was shooting a mom and her kid hunkering down for the night with the last of the sunset light behind them. I was focusing on them through my viewfinder when I started to hear some noises behind me. Thinking no one else was around, I checked the scene and found a whole herd of goats coming up behind. They were all just coming over to hang out (with me) at that same spot.
To say that was a wonderful close-up experience with nature would be an understatement. So to be able to have captured the scene with any kind of image - let alone the one shown here was nothing less than a thrill. I hope you enjoy the results!
January 22nd, 2013
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