Location, Wyoming, USA, Absaroka Mountains
500mm Lens

At sunrise, this little pika broke off a yellow flower at the stem, climbed on top of an alpine rock, and started to eat it like a long piece of spaghetti. This image was taken as the bloom approach the chewing chamber and reminds me of a small trumpet player.

Easily seen during daylight hours sitting on rocks, surveying surrounding territory. Male and female territories are usually adjacent, and separate except during breeding season. Short vocalizations signal movements to and from territories, and are used as alarm calls as well. Longer calls are used by the males during the breeding season. Maximum longevity is about 6 years. Use talus slopes or areas of broken rocks near meadows.

Habitat: Alpine & subalpine habitats, Canyons & caves

Range: Rocky Mountains, Southwest, California, Northwest, Western Canada

Information Source: eNature.com

I started out as an artist, became a pilot, and ended up where I am now: nature photographer and educator. Being a pilot allowed me to observe the Earth and humanity’s impact on it from 30,000 feet for many years. It allowed me to experience different cultures and to see the world through many lenses.

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  • A.M. Ruttle
    A.M. Ruttlealmost 3 years ago

    Delightful moment with this charming pika, William; well done!

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Sam Adele Haggan
    Sam Adele Hagganalmost 3 years ago

    Aw this is gorgeous! Well spotted!

  • thank you Sam :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52almost 3 years ago

    How adorable, such a sweet capture William.

    Cheers Jude

  • thank you Jude :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • karina5
    karina5almost 3 years ago

    Oops, who are you? Do you know that you are so cute?. Well captured! A fave.

  • thank you Karin :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 3 years ago

    How sweet . . .

  • thank you Lori :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Kasia Nowak
    Kasia Nowakalmost 3 years ago

    Great catch! Perfect timing for this photo. :-)

  • thank you Kasia :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Themis
    Themisalmost 3 years ago

    :-) reminds me of one of those village elders who sits on their porch, watching the world go by. Great catch!

  • thank you Themis…it does indeed :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Jon Lees
    Jon Leesalmost 3 years ago

    love it William! nice work!

  • thank you Jon :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • mc27
    mc27almost 3 years ago

    … wonderful!! mc27

  • Thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Alyce Taylor
    Alyce Tayloralmost 3 years ago

    Love these little guys…awesome pic William :)

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

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