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Colorado at 14,000 ft. -- Landscapes and Wildlife
Lens: Samyang 14mm F2.8, Samyang 35mm F1.4, Nikkor 300mm F4 Photo Location: Colorado 
Posted By: Colorado CJ, 09-03-2013, 04:24 PM

I took the bike up to Mount Evans yesterday for some hiking and photography. At 14,264 ft, the air is a little thin, there is 60% less oxygen in your lungs at this elevation compared to sea level.

You can't beat the views though.








This is Summit Lake, elevation 12,830 ft.




Chicago Lakes Trail, around 13,000 ft.




It was storming on and off all day. Temperatures were in the 50's, which was pretty nice compared to the high 90's down lower.

In this shot, you can see South Park Basin in the far distance.




Up this high, there are only a few species of wildlife. Marmots, pika, big horn sheep, and mountain goats are common. Elk can be found here, but usually stay around the 12,000 ft level as there is more grazing there.

I seen a few bighorns off in the distance and pika were everywhere. I took off my 14mm lens and put on my 300mm lens for a few shots of the mountain goats.




Here's a kid, he(she?) was mewing for its mama.




Here a nanny uses her kid for a pillow. They have it pretty easy in the summer.




This guy was looking over the herd.



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09-03-2013, 04:44 PM   #2
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Great shots (not that's a surprise :-) )... The one time I went up Mt Evans I couldn't get to the summit, they had just closed it for the season. Instead I hiked up the road a ways and captured sunrise from about the 13,000 ft level. Heard bugling elk, no goats though. Have to get back there sometime in a summer and see what the view's like from the top <grin>

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Amazing captures, as always. Every one is great, I couldn't possibly tell you my favorite.

It really does look like the top of the world in these pictures. That lake looks cold, but the goats look happy enough. How many other people were up there? I see there's a few in the second picture.
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That's some rugged country up there in high country CJ, all well captured. I had a hard time breathing just looking at these.

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Very nice!
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More gorgeous shots, thanks for sharing.
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I'm surprised that there was no snow at that elevation. Beautifully captured scene.
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Nice series, all with great detail and colours. Summit Lake looks a delightful spot and those goats are fascinating creatures.

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Great ... nice shots .
The Nikon D600 great camera bravo
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Lovely! I like high mountains, too.
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jaw dropping captures.... magnificent vistas... and the goat with kid is nat geo good.... dave m
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Well worth the trip CJ - such majestic view and great wildlife.
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Nice pix. Are the mountain goats native to North America or an introduced species?

That elevation is twice as high as the highest mountain down here in Oz!
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What a stunning series of images. They are all gorgeous. The goats are really impressive - the best I have ever seen.
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Great shots, I really have to get out west for a trip soon, it has been a long time since I have been on a mountain higher than 6000ft.
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