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Savoring the Moment by William C. Gladish

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Location, Wyoming, USA, Absaroka Mountains
500mm Lens

This little pika, savoring a bit of grass in its mouth, meandered over to my position and stopped just a few inches short of the minimum-focusing-distance of my lens. Then, jumped up onto the rock, faced the sun, and seemed to become quite contemplative while watching the sunset. In any event, my new little friend and most cooperative subject granted me the time to work the combination of shutter speed, depth-of-field, and lens performance I was hoping for…please click on the image to view large and enjoy the fun.

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

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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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  • lcretyi
    lcretyiabout 3 years ago

    Love this image

  • Thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 3 years ago

    20 December 2011 – 1 image per 24hrs!

  • Thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Rainy
    Rainyabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations! Your artwork has been featured in the
    Nature’s Wonders group.!!

  • Thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • mc27
    mc27about 3 years ago

    … they are too cute for words – great portrait!! mc27

  • Thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Evita
    Evitaalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful work… Congratulations on your feature !!!
    Nature In Its Entirety-NOTHING MAN MADE January 3rd 2012 Features

    This work is eligible to enter in our Featured Work January 2012 Challenge
    Good Luck

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimagealmost 3 years ago

    congratulations for your well deserved feature in the WORLD group !!!
    my best, francis.

  • thank you Francis :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Gary Fairhead
    Gary Fairheadalmost 3 years ago

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

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