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on Jun 11, 2009 in Wildlife Photography

So Many Rewards

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The weather finally gave us a break today, no rain, snow or black skies so out we were to see where the Mtn Goats and Bighorn Sheep were spending their time. We arrived to find that they too were enjoying the great warmth of the day, high up the slope. So while we waited to see what they were going to do, we photographed the gorgeous Swiftcurrent Lake.

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While scanning the slope, Jake picked up this Grizzly Bear mother & cub crossing the talus. They were on a mission, booking across the cliff face is breakneck speed. In the process, we watched the goats and sheep and their response to this king of predators. It was a great show for an hour and incredibly educational to me. The ewe group bristled at the site of the griz and moved up slope. In this photo, you can see two big rams who other to turn their head, didn’t give the mom & cub a second thought. Even if I could, there was no way to get up to where the action was happening with the speed the griz were crossing the slope, so I just took some handheld 600mm shots to remind me that there are so many rewards to wildlife photography.

Photos captured by D3x, 24-70AFS/600VR on Lexar UDMA digital film