Tag Archives: RMNP & Estes Park Wildlife

Two Little Marmots Peeking out From The Rocks In Estes Park, CO

 

The marmots are one of my favorite animals here in Estes  Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. They are just adorable. We used to have quite a few of them living in the rocks outside of our house but I haven’t seen any last year or this year so far. I have seen a fox who frequents the area and a new bobcat. Maybe this is why the marmots decided to relocate.

On my loop walk to town or home I always see these little marmots. This particular day two of them stood up to check me out. They were so cute. I’d never seen two of them like this before…and there was another marmot who scurried off when I came by. Maybe I can get all three of them in the photograph next time!

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I Can Eat Your Grass In Estes Park If I Want To!

 

We frequently have elk coming by our house, grazing on the little grass that we have this time of year. The other day I heard Phil calling from inside the bedroom window, “Please don’t eat our grass! There’s not much left.” This elk heard his muffled cry and looked up as he clicked this photograph. Precious, isn’t it? The elk  just love to eat any new sprouts that we have growing in our sparse yard. And then they look up and laugh at us with their mouths full! Ha!

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The Big Horn Sheep Sure Were Hungry After The Deep Snow In The Rockies!

 

When Phil and I came home after lunch yesterday there were 16 Big Horn sheep munching in our yard! They were like lawn mowers, eating everything in sight! We had gotten 15″ of snow down here in Estes Park so they must’ve gotten a lot more snow way up in the mountains. The sheep ate and ate like they hadn’t eaten in days. They mowed down all of the  new “Spring plants and flowers” in our front yard and then went on to the side yard. But, what do we plant all of these beautiful delicacies for? To feed the local wildlife, of course!

This one little guy was so cute! He kept looking at me as he devoured plant after plant. Occasionally he would look up at me and smile! He sure was enjoying his meal!

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Twin Owls On Lumpy Ridge In RMNP In Sepia…An Old-Fashioned Look

As I’ve said many times before, Black Canyon Trail is one of my favorite trails in RMNP. Maybe because it is so close to our home, maybe because it has so many spectacular views to see, maybe it’s the wildlife and wildflowers…I always love this hike.

Phil and I were experimenting with our cameras and different views of Twin Owls and the view of the Rocky Mountains. It’s fun to try different backgrounds and different types of photographs. When we got home we compared our pictures…some in color, some in black and white and some in sepia. I liked this one the best of all of the ones we’d taken that day.

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