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I tend to think I’m a social (sociable) guy. But I know I also love solitude. I love to go out by myself, to places where I know I’m alone, where no one can hear me, where I can hear no one.
When I was in the Rocky Mountains with my Buddy Wayne we had an absolute great time, spent together of course, mostly. But there was one moment when we were supposed to shoot the sunrise over Grand Lake, but replanned because there was too thick a fog. We went out on a hike instead and at some point I ventured one way and he the other. I veered off the path and walked about half a mile or so into the bushes, until just at the edge of the forest line.

D800, ISO800, 1/1000 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 70-200mm

D800, ISO800, 1/1000 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 70-200mm

See, not very good for sunrise, or what? 😀

Got some surprising company in the end:

D800, ISO800, 1/1000 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 70-200mm

D800, ISO800, 1/1000 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 70-200mm, Nikkor TC2 III

D800, ISO800, 1/1000 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 70-200mm, Nikkor TC2 III

D800, ISO800, 1/1000 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 70-200mm, Nikkor TC2 III

 

It was awesome. Yeah, it could’ve been a black bear, I realize. In which case it would’ve still been awesome, but things may not have ended in the same way as they did 😀
It’s a completely different feeling than when you pull up behind the other 10 cars with people (and their pockets / cellphones with flash).

So… Elk in abundance. You get enough of them quite quickly, exactly for that reason. After awhile it’s no longer a challenge, or any fun to shoot them (unless of course if you get them in a better location then right off the road where everyone with their cell phones photographs them 😉 ).
But there’s plenty of other wildlife to be found.

Blue Jays I’ve seen before. They’re around in abundance as well. But at least they have some stunning colors to speak for them. Every time I see them I’m surprised by how vibrant blue their feathers really are. It never fails to amaze me.
And I just love how curious they are 🙂

Blue Jay sitting on a branch in a spruce

D800, ISO1600, 1/1000 sec @ f/5.6, Nikkor 70-200mm, Nikkor TC2

Two Blue Jays sitting on a branch in a tree

D800, ISO1600, 1/1000 sec @ f/5.6, Nikkor 70-200mm, Nikkor TC2

There were other birds still (more about that later).

The snow came in very handy to help us spot these. You don’t really see them in the field when there’s no snow, unless they’re moving around quick and obvious, but they do stand out well when they’re jumping up and down trying to dig out the mice from under the snow. Just like this one.

Coyote hunting for food in the snow in a field in the Rocky Moun

D800, ISO200, 1/250 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 70-200mm, Nikkor TC2

Coyote hunting for food in the snow in a field in the Rocky Moun

D800, ISO200, 1/250 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 70-200mm, Nikkor TC2

Coyote hunting for food in the snow in a field in the Rocky Moun

Crop of the above, see the mouse’s feet sticking out? Poor thing 😉

Coyote chewing on a mouse it caught in a field in the Rocky Moun

D800, ISO200, 1/250 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 70-200mm, Nikkor TC2

Coyote chewing on a mouse it caught in a field in the Rocky Moun

Crop of the above. Quite the dental work, hasn’t he? 😀

Then on the other side of the Rockies, in Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, we ran into another animal.
Quite a careful animal, but then again… It took off when we saw it from the walkway, but when I went into the bushes and sat there for awhile it came back out, curious as it was.
Of course other passers-by had to ruin the close encounter, and it took off again.

Deer cautiously walking through the bushes in Garden of the Gods

D800, ISO1600, 1/500 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 70-200mm

Oh, and there was this little fellow still. Also ran away first, but curiosity won him over and he turned around to see what that funny dude with the camera really wanted 😀

Rabbit in Garden of the Gods, Colorado, USA

D800, ISO800, 1/500 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 70-200mm