One evening I was taking photos of a few bull Elk grazing on the tundra up above the treeline. They had their noses in the grass and were not paying much attention to me and several others who were taking photos from a distance. After about 20 minutes a photographer next to me got up, turned his back and quietly walked back to the car to get another lens. All three Elk raised their heads and watched him walk away. Click, click, click. I got my photo (I felt kind of bad that he missed it). Thanks whoever you are.
We did see one Moose on the west side of the park and got a few photos, but she was mostly in the willows munching on her favorite food. We saw several Pika, high above the tree line on a rocky mountain side, along with the Marmots and other ground squirrels. Pikas are a small rodent with short legs, rounded ears and no tail. The only other place that we have seen them was in Alaska.
Well, it's taken me a month to go through my photos and sort out a couple dozen to share with you. I hope you enjoy.
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A week in Rocky Mountain National Park is barely enough to to soak in the beauty and splendor of one of our grandest national parks. It's hard to say what impressed me most. I took photos of sunrises, sunsets, rivers and waterfalls. I love the mountain streams and waterfalls, and the reflections of the mountains on the surface of the lakes early in the morning when there is no wind. We saw and photographed Elk, Mule Deer, Moose, Yellow-bellied Marmots, Pikas, ground squirrels and Chipmunks. We looked for for Bighorn Sheep and Black Bear, but had no sightings in the week that we were there. Perhaps a good thing, because I did see recent Bear droppings in the middle of a trail at 4:30 in the morning as I was hiking around Sprague Lake to set up to take sunrise photos of the lake and mountains in the distance (I started talking to myself and the shadows rather loudly as I continued down the trail - just to alert any large furry critters that may still be around). We saw lots of Mountain Bluebirds and Magpies and a few Clark's Nutcrackers and Osprey, but there didn't seem to be a lot of birds in late July.