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It looks like the majority of the shedding for the mountain goats is complete – just after a big snow up high. It won’t be long now until winter returns to the high country.

That white spot you can see in his eye is a mound of snow. In the full frame version, viewed at pixel level, you can see the entire scene reflected in his eye!

Mt Evans Wilderness Area

Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus)
Mt Evans, CO
Sony A700
Sigma 300mm f/2.8
Giottos Tripod & ballhead

ISO200, 1/3200sec, f/4.5

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I’m primarily a nature photographer, usually wildlife, and I have lots of access to wildlife in Colorado. My main goal is to capture some of the individual personality of each of the animals I photograph – to document not just a fox, for instance, but to show something of that specific fox, something unique about that individual animal.

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Comments

  • Raquel O'Neill
    Raquel O'Neillover 6 years ago

    Wow, amazing capture!!

  • Thanks Raquel

    – Jay Ryser

  • Deborah  Benoit
    Deborah Benoitover 6 years ago

    Jay this is great!! Love the sparkle in the eye and he looks like he is smiling at you.

  • I was surpised by that sparkle in post processing. They have fascinating eyes.

    – Jay Ryser

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartover 6 years ago

    WOW Jay!!!!!! This is absolutely the most stunning portrait capture of a Mountain Goat that I have ever seen! It might even be one of the nicest portrait captures I’ve ever seen of anything! An instant favorite!!!!!

  • Thanks Sandy – I wasn’t too sure it turned out well when I took it, but it was a gem when i found it in post processing.

    – Jay Ryser

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 6 years ago

    This is stunning Jay, beautiful lighting, great sharpness, excellent!!!

  • Thanks Marvin – the lighting did work well, I think

    – Jay Ryser

  • David Lampkins
    David Lampkinsover 6 years ago

    WOW! This is the most amazing shot… Lovely detail… : )

  • Thanks Dave

    – Jay Ryser

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 6 years ago

    Beautiful, Jay. The goat that I saw had a scraggly coat. This one has a beautiful one. Great shot.

  • JLDunn
    JLDunnover 6 years ago

    This shot is absolutely epic, I am stunned. His eye is amazing, and his coat looks fabulous against that blue… Just incredible.

  • WesternDreamer
    WesternDreamerover 6 years ago

    What an awesome shot you have here… yep… snow has already been falling in your neck of the woods, hasn’t it?! Winter is well on it’s way… ;~)

  • Stephen Thomas
    Stephen Thomasover 6 years ago

    Great close-up of this handsome mountain goat!

  • Neil Bygrave (NATURELENS)
    Neil Bygrave (...over 6 years ago

    WOW :-). Great detail, love the eye

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