Summit County Colorado, wildlife extravaganza

 

RedFox

Bill, Trail Walking Ambassador

Why do I love snowshoeing? Because it lets me enjoy all the trails here in Summit County, high in the Colorado Rockies.  My wife and I are avid trail runners and walkers, and snowshoes let us spend nearly as much time on the trails in the winter as we do in the summer. Living at 9000 feet, at the edge of the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area, we can count on snow at least 6 months of the year, so snowshoeing is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Another of my passions is photography, primarily landscapes and wildlife, and again, seeing all the animals in their natural environment, year round, makes this a special place to be. Since not everyone is lucky enough to be able to live here, I thought I would share a few wildlife photos I have taken over the past year, some summer, some winter, all here in Summit County, all within 20 miles of my home.  Enjoy!

You will all recognize our largest wildlife, Moose.  I took this shot less than ¼ mile from my house.

Moose

And one more, taken this fall, even closer to my house, which is right on the edge of the wilderness area.
Moosefight

Next are our Rocky Mountain Elk.
ElkHerd

And one more.
SingleElk

Then we have two kind of deer, first the Mule Deer.
MuleDeer

And we also have White Tail Deer.
WhiteTailDeer

We naturally have black bears, but fortunately no brown bears here such as the Grizzly.  This 450 pound black bear was in my back yard.
FalseBlackBear

We even have Tibetan Yaks.
TibetanYaks

We have lots of Mountain Goats, mostly living high above timberline.
MountainGoat

Another shot of Mountain Goats.
MountainGoats

Then there are our Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep.
RockyMtnSheep

And more Bighorn Sheep, near Arapahoe Basin Resort.
BigHOrnSheep

We have Bison.
Bison

We have lots of Coyotes.
Coyotes

One more coyote.
Coyote

We have lots and lots of Red Foxes.
RedFox

Including young ones too.
BabyFox

We have Raccoons.
raccoon

We have Mink
mink

We have Marmots.
marmot

Another set of Marmots.
marmots

We have Pika, mostly up high above Timberline.
Pika

One more Pika.
OneMorePika

We have Bald Eagles.
BaldEagle

Golden Eagles.
GoldenEagle

Red Tail Hawks.
RedTailedHawk

Ducks.
duck

And ducklings.
ducklings

Geese.
geese

Great Blue Heron.
heron

Ermine (this one was on the steps of my hot tub).
ermine

And I will end, for now, with a shot of me shooting a baby Mountain Goat high in the mountains above Keystone Resort.
Bill-self-portrait

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