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Rocky Mountain Goats

Rocky Mountain Goats
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Copyright: steven warnstaff (wahclella) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 7 N: 224] (1119)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Pentax SF1N, Pentax 500mm 4.5
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-25 1:17
Viewed: 3648
Points: 8
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Merry Christmas!!!
As I was standing at the Hells Canyon Dam Visitors Center and taking pictures of the beginning of a rafting trip I spotted these Rocky Mountain Goats, a Ewe and Kid feeding along the rocks. I was about an 1/8 mile from where they stood and was able to watch the female guide her kid along the rocks and locate suitable grasses for it to eat. As you can see in the photo, she was still shedding her winter fur in July.

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What a good eye to spot these way up there.A capture of natures best.
Enjoy the New Year.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-12-27 16:04]

Hi Steven, I want to thank you for your nice comments and encouragements. And for this photo,no wonder itis called Hells Canyon, I am impressed at the agility of these goats as the stone wall seems slippery, cold and hostile. Thanks for sharing this glimpse of a life of hardship for these poor goats! I love the lines in your picture, those on the stone wall and the oblique pose of the goats. I also like the colours and composition. thanks to you and have a happy new year, a great 2008!


Happy New Year Steven
It's hard to believe it 2008.

This pair of Mountain Goats really blends in well to their rocky surroundings. The baby is so tiny compared to her mom. The area looks like it's hot and dry by the look of the gold colour grass.
TFS Janice

Hi Steven
This is a great capture that you came across of the Mountain goats. This is one species that I have not yet come across in the wild it must of been pretty exciting to see. It's amazing how they get around on such narrow and steep cliff sides. I have noticed you have been getting out a lot and capturing some nice photos here and on TE. Hope you had a great Christmas and a wonderful new year. It's hard to believe it's 2008 already. Well, keep up the great work and I want to thank you for your photography tips since I have started this new hobby of mine in 2007. I haven't been able to get out much and take pictures this year yet because of this great Northwest weather. Maybe someday it will stop raining :-)
Great job, Thanks for sharing

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