The Goats of Mount Evans

July 04, 2008  •  Leave a Comment

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Last Saturday I was able to break away and get to something I've been thinking of for a while. I set the alarm for 2am, which came pretty quick after getting to bed only 3 hours earlier. Left the house around 2:40 and was at Idaho Springs by 4. I was heading for Mount Evans, specifically, the mountain goats of Mount Evans. I'd been up there years before on a couple different occassions-once on my bicycle to the summit (a very long day in the saddle), and a couple times driving. It's spectacular Colorado front range scenery at its very best.


Since my first visit, I've wanted to return with my gear to get the shots I've had in my head for so long. After spending the day there with the goats, I came away with a few that were keepers, but I have to say my vision is as yet unfulfilled. This is a good start, though-better than anything I'd had before last Saturday.
 
The babys were out and provided wonderful entertainment. Watching them interact with the adults reminded me of my interactions with my son sometimes. The babys would gradually drift off from the comfort and protection of moma, pair up and jostle for top spot on a rock, jump, butt heads, bump, push each other and just laze in the sun. Every so often moma would come check up on them, then go back to grazing as she kept one eye on me, and one eye on her babys. It was very sweet to watch. While I couldn't quite get in the position I wanted for some of the compositions I was so close to, I felt fortunate to have been essentially surrounded by these animals, tucked down behind a rock-visible, but slow moving and trying very hard to be just a part of the landscape. The animals would come within 15 feet of me, then gradually veer off, finding something more interesting to explore.
 
It was a great experience, but only a teaser for me. The shots I have in my mind's eye will require many trips and better glass, I'm sure. What a blessing to spend time with these creatures.
 
To view the whole gallery, please visit the mountain goat gallery at zenfolio.

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