Pika Time




Today’s post features one of my favorite subjects to photograph when I travel to the Colorado Rockies. The American Pika is a very small mammal, weighing only about 4 ounces. It feeds on an assortment of green plants and can often be spotted as it quickly runs between it’s source of plants and it’s den, […]

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American Pika




As a followup to yesterday’s post on the American Pika (“Florist Wanna-Be’s”), today’s post includes some images made while I was sitting among the rocks and photographing these cute little critters. I wasn’t really expecting a close encounter with them (past experience has shown that these little guys are typically very skittish and don’t tolerate […]

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Wooly Thistle




One of my favorite wildflowers of the Colorado Rockies is the Wooly Thistle. Here are a few of my favorite images I captured during my stay on Mount Evans this summer: Close to sunset, I captured this backlit image: Here is a closeup of the “wool”: And even with all the sharp spines, the American […]

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Run, Baby, Run!




Near the summit of Mount Evans (Colorado), I ran into a couple of different places where I found some Pika (Ochotona princeps), which are also called cony, whistling hare, or piping hare (the latter two names being associated with the sharp “whistle” they let out when intruders are nearby). These guys are very small, only […]

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Pika, Revisited




Well, I arrived back home late today, from my 4-week photo trip to Montana and Colorado. After driving a good part of the day, then unpacking the car, I was just too tired to begin the task of downloading/editing photos. So, today’s blog is a previously published post (August 2012) of a small, but very […]

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A Miniature Mammal with a Devilish Appetite!




At the top of Mount Evans, the American Pika (Ochotona princeps) can be found. Although their numbers seemed to be considerably less than what I saw along the Crater Lake trail, if you looked, you could find some. A lot of the time, they would just sit on the rocks and appear to be happy […]

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A “Life” Mammal … on Top of the Mountain!




If you missed yesterday’s lead-in post for today’s feature, you might want to read it first (“Hiking to Crater Lake”). Today’s post features a “life” mammal for me, one I had never seen before. The lucky guy, an American Pika (Ochotona princeps). About three quarters of the way to Crater Lake, at an altitude nearing […]

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