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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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).
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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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? ๐Ÿ˜€

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 ๐Ÿ˜€

Rabbit in Garden of the Gods, Colorado, USA

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

It caught my eye the very first time we passed these signs.
Two signs following each other, both warning for wildlife crossing the street.
The combination of these two in such short proximity leaves you wondering. It did me, in any case. I found it strangely hilarious. But then again… My sense of humor is at times strange.

Anyway… Be warned if you come along this stretch of road, it’s between Tampere and Jyvรคskylรค in Finland, just after you come off the motorway after Tampere.
There’s possibility of some wild life crossing the street ๐Ÿ˜€

Traffic sign warning for crossing wildlife

D800, ISO100, 1/125 sec @ f/5.6, Nikkor 70-200mm

I’m proud to say that one of my pictures has won the gold medal in the Bulgarian “The Wild” photo competition. Check out also the other winning images. Great stuff there!

Siberian tiger leaping out of the water of a shallow pond

D200, ISO100, 1/1000 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 70-200mm

So… After writing about the end of winter twice, and getting a new fresh thick pack of snow a day later, I think I can now safely say that it’s over for this year.
Last Saturday it snowed from 6 in the morning until late in the evening and we got about 15 cms of new snow. After that the temperature has gone up and it really looks like things are on the fast track towards spring.
Snow on the streets and pavements is pretty much gone and the huge piles that were shoved to the sides of the roads are almost visibly disappearing.

It’s only a matter of time now…
To wave goodbye to this year’s winter, I give you one final snowy shot. The rabbit which passed here was also on its way to spring.
How poetic… ๐Ÿ™‚

D200, ISO100, 1/90 sec @ f/16, Tamron 28-75mm

D200, ISO100, 1/90 sec @ f/16, Tamron 28-75mm

What would a ZOO be without animals…

D200, ISO100, 1/350 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 70-200mm

D200, ISO100, 1/350 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 70-200mm

D200, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 70-200mm

D200, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 70-200mm

D200, ISO100, 1/90 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 70-200mm

D200, ISO100, 1/90 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 70-200mm

D200, ISO100, 1/90 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 70-200mm, Kenko 1.4x teleconverter

D200, ISO100, 1/90 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 70-200mm, 1.4x teleconverter

D200, ISO100, 1/6 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 70-200mm, 36mm extension tube

D200, ISO100, 1/6 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 70-200mm, 36mm extension tube

D200, ISO100, 1/30 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 70-200mm, 1.4x teleconverter

D200, ISO100, 1/30 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 70-200mm, 1.4x teleconverter