Rocky Mountain National Park

sunriseI spent a recent morning in Rocky Mountain National Park. We arrived before sunrise, so we got to watch the sun come up from high elevation. Note the Common Raven in the center of the frame.

tundraMy main target of this trip was White-tailed Ptarmigan. But despite walking through some lovely tundra, with scattered rocks and stunted pines, I dipped on this species again. Sing it with me: I am a rock….I’m not a ptarrrrrrrrr-ar-miiii-gan.

mountain bluebird 2I did manage to find a few birds, including this Mountain Bluebird.

elk bull 1I think we saw more individual elk than all other birds and mammals combined. Here is an assortment of some of them.
elk herdelk cow 1elk treeelk woodselk spike bull

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2 Responses to Rocky Mountain National Park

  1. Mark F says:

    John, I feel your pain! I have now spent 5 weeks hiking Mt Rainier NP and have even seen ptarmigan tracks in the fresh snow falling around me………and still no sighting. Here’s to next year!

  2. Malinda says:

    Once again you have some absolutely beautiful shots John!

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