Photo of the Week

Mountain Goat, Mt. Evans, Colorado @ 14,130 feet

September 2006, Nikon D2x, 200-400VR, @240mm, ISO 100, f8.5


Shooting above 14,000 feet, I thought I was going to die.  Knowing that I was not in shape for this final climb to get to the goats and already feeling the thin air,  I took only one camera and lens with no tripod, plus my GPS.  I took my clothes down to hiking shorts, knee pads, and a tee shirt and windbreaker on top (plus my hiking boots of course).  I was able to snap only a few shots before I really started getting light headed.  Rocks were used as the shooting platform for my 200-400, because I had no energy to hand hold the beast.  What amazed me was the how approachable the goats were and the intensity of the clear blue sky.  Ok, the thin air really did kick my butt – I’m seriously working on getting into better shape so I can do this again!

Happy photo’ing