In February I had the opportunity to visit the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. When I was younger, I’d been a few times but I’d never been out since I got into photography. The trip was more of a scouting trip than anything, but I can say my scouting turned into a number of fantastic images.
While in Rocky Mountain National Park last year, I stumbled upon an area perfect for Pikas. I sat myself down next to some rocks and waited. After about 15 minutes I started hearing the ‘squeeks’ that you’d hear from these cute little animals. Quickly thereafter, I started seeing the scurrying around and spend about an hour grabbing photos of them. The below is one of those cute Pikas.
A key characteristic of the American pika is its temperature sensitivity; death can occur after brief exposures to ambient temperatures greater than 77.9 °F. Therefore, the range of the species progressively increases with elevation in the southern extents of its distribution. In Canada, populations occur from sea level to 9,842 feet, but in New Mexico, Nevada, and southern California, populations rarely exist below 8,202 feet.
You can learn more about this great little animals here.
Late last year I had the opportunity to spend a week in Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). Strangely, I’d never actually been to RMNP although I’ve been just about everywhere else around RMNP.
The trip was part of a trip to nearby Denver for a conference so I didn’t get as much time to spend in the park and surrounding areas as I’d wanted to, but I did spend every morning in the park for sunrise – and loved every second that I had there. I’d had a few pre-planned locations found during trip research and got a couple of really good sunrise shots but didn’t get as many opportunity for Elk that I wanted. That said, I did get surprising access to multiple Moose during the trip as well as a few Pika.
Before we get into the trip photos, let me share the gear I used on the trip. If you want to know more about the gear, let me know and I can share my thoughts.
Sunrise over Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Sometimes, a quick ‘snap’ of the camera turns into something special. While I was walking around the lake after sunrise, I grabbed this quick snap, which turned out much better than expected.
Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park with a black and white treatment
While in Rocky Mountain National Park, I knew I wanted to find some Pikas. I was lucky and found a perfect habitat for them without much hiking. This is the outcome of my first visit.
While wondering around Rocky Mountain National Pakr (RMNP) I found this spot and thought it’d be a good place for a sunrise photo. There wasn’t a lot of clouds that morning but I did get some fog that rolled in while the sun was rising. The fog plus the few clouds with color add some interest to this photograph.
While at Rocky Mountain National Park, I had the chance to photograph a few moose. While walking down the road toward where a lot of folks said some moose had been spotted, I noticed this Bull Moose standing in the trees perfectly lit by the sunlight.
Went out to Sprague Lake in RMNP to capture sunrise hoping that the clouds would stick around. While setting up, I took a couple shots while the moon was out….and turned out the moon shots were so much better than the sunrise photos (the clouds disappeared before the sun came up).
While in Zion a few years ago, I stopped by the side of the road to grab a quick snapshot. I didn’t do anything with this at the time but now looking back at it, I really like it. Lots of things to catch your eye.
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