Mountain Goats (and other critters) at Whitewater

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Mountain Goats (and other critters) at Whitewater

Postby zippetydude » Sun Apr 10, 2016 6:53 pm

A group of curious mountain goats posed for me today!

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Zoomed in a little bit...

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Mom and baby, baby a little skittish at first...

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The whole family...

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Better still, but not everybody is smiling...

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Still a little Stoic, dad!

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Ah Hah! There's the money shot!

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A different goat this time..."Who are you and why do you keep making that clicking sound?"

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I'm not sure I'm comfortable with this...

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Guess I'll just have to come down there and teach you a lesson!...

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A vain goat...Does this angle make me look fat?

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How about this instead?

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Yes, I ate the entire spear coming up out of that bush and most of the surrounding vegetation, but it doesn't show! Look how flat my tummy looks!

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Okay, time for a change of subject. How about some mutant lightning bugs instead of goats? It's spring, so it's time for romance. But I see only a lonely bug...






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Come to me my love! My arms are open wide for you!

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"Shhh, be very quiet my love! We don't want the neighbors to see!" (Notice how all private areas were discreetly covered by the camera angle)

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Nonetheless, I'm afraid I offended the fellow. "What is this, you nasty cameraman?! You have been taking pictures! This face is the last thing you will ever see! I will tear you lens from lens!

ImageDSCN0225 by zippetydude, on Flickr

Hope you enjoyed!

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Re: Mountain Goats (and other critters) at Whitewater

Postby Hikin_Jim » Sun Apr 10, 2016 7:45 pm

:lol:
Photos (and commentary) most amusing, Mr. Zip. Uh, you do know that those were Bighorn Sheep, right? And those I believe are all females based on the size and shape of their horns.

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Re: Mountain Goats (and other critters) at Whitewater

Postby Ellen » Mon Apr 11, 2016 4:56 pm

Howdy Z-Dude :)

I am SO envious of your big horn and little horn sighting :mrgreen:

Sister Sally, have you seen Z-dude's post? If so, like me, you're probably gnashing your teeth in frustration at missing the encounter :?

Thanks for the pictures and commentary Z 8)

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Re: Mountain Goats (and other critters) at Whitewater

Postby Sally » Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:18 pm

Yes, Ellen, much gnashing of teeth going on here! Zip, you crack me up! And yes, I enjoyed! Being as this is a family forum, I am glad that the lightnin' bugs' photos showed mostly enlarged sand! Zip, I hope you were being cautious...wild critters can be unpredictable and ferocious...especially lightnin' bugs!
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Re: Mountain Goats (and other critters) at Whitewater

Postby Hikin_Jim » Tue Apr 12, 2016 9:06 am

Sally wrote:Being as this is a family forum, I am glad that the lightnin' bugs' photos showed mostly enlarged sand! Zip, I hope you were being cautious...wild critters can be unpredictable and ferocious...especially lightnin' bugs!
:oops: Whoo! Is it getting hot in here? ;)

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Re: Mountain Goats (and other critters) at Whitewater

Postby tekewin » Fri Apr 15, 2016 6:39 pm

Just pure awesomeness in those photos. You must have some high end gear and skill. Thanks for posting them.

It looks like there are chunks of fur missing and scratches in some places on those sheep. I wonder if the cause was rocks, brush, or feline.
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Re: Mountain Goats (and other critters) at Whitewater

Postby zippetydude » Mon Apr 18, 2016 5:20 pm

Hi tekewin. Thanks for the kind words, but no high end gear or skill was involved. Just using my point-and-shoot little Nikon P610. I'm always singing its praises - you can see why. It makes trips more fun because I get to come home with great shots of great encounters, and it's small enough and light enough that I almost always have it with me. BTW, even if I sound like it I don't work for Nikon!

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Re: Mountain Goats (and other critters) at Whitewater

Postby tekewin » Mon Apr 18, 2016 6:01 pm

That Nikon P610 has a 60x zoom! Lots of other high end features, too. Wow, I am very tempted, but I usually buy hiking related stuff with the expectation that I am going to break it within a year. I am pretty rough on gear. Anyway, keep posting those great photos.
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Re: Mountain Goats (and other critters) at Whitewater

Postby Hikin_Jim » Tue Apr 19, 2016 5:26 pm

zippetydude wrote:Hi tekewin. Thanks for the kind words, but no high end gear or skill was involved. Just using my point-and-shoot little Nikon P610. I'm always singing its praises - you can see why. It makes trips more fun because I get to come home with great shots of great encounters, and it's small enough and light enough that I almost always have it with me. BTW, even if I sound like it I don't work for Nikon!
Oh, sure, Zip. Not an employee of Nikon? Right. What are you going to tell us next? That you're a teacher? C'mon, Zip, nobody is going to buy that. ;)

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Re: Mountain Goats (and other critters) at Whitewater

Postby zippetydude » Tue Apr 19, 2016 6:52 pm

tekewin wrote: I usually buy hiking related stuff with the expectation that I am going to break it within a year.


Wow tekewin! I didn't realize that you were such a violent hiker! Either that or you have been asking Ellen to carry your gear... :)

Hi HJ. Caught me red handed! BTW, while I don't like carrying much gear, you might be tempted to get the new Nikon P900. In reviews I've seen, it's 83x zoom (!) is purportedly almost equivalent in performance to a $28,000 standard DSLR with a comparable zoom with a traditional lens. It's about twice as heavy as my camera, but if you skip some of the 10,000 essentials you could probably squeeze it in! 8)

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