Early Arrivals – Mountain Bluebird Male on Valentines Day.

mountain-blue-bird-early-arrival-ywguiding-2-14-2017 Over the last 15 years I’ve been here in the Rockies these striking migrants usually arrive the first week of March. Two weeks early may be an aberration but birds migrating earlier and earlier is one of the thousands of signs of #ClimateChange impact on our world.
2/14/2017 Nikon D500 200-400mm @ 400mm, f5, 1/2500 ISO 500 #VisitEstesPark #RockyMountainNationalPark #Wildlife

Thanksgiving in Estes – Big horn Sheep


During Thanksgiving many people think of Turkey, but Thanksgiving in Estes Park is thee best time of the year to observe Big Horn Sheep. That week is close to thee peak of the Big Horn Sheep rut, and on special occasions we are lucky enough to see Ewes and Rams in their Rut behavior but sometimes we Rams fight!

Good Day Out Before the Storm

Today I had a great tour with Marty and Jeanne, owners at the Rams Horn Village time share. We saw Big Horn Sheep, Elk, and Mule Deer, but the highlight of the trip was in one spot in moraine park we found Jeanne two life birds, Red Crossbills and Pine Grosbeaks, and Marty had a great encounter with a very cooperative Abert’s Squirrel. So much so I had time to grab my camera and take this shot. For more information on Yellow Wood Guiding Tours and Photos visit: YWGuiding.com

Aberts Squirrel, Wildlife Photography, Photo Workshop, Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Colorado, Estes Park Tours

Big Rams

Its rather rare to find the big rams in Rocky Mountain National Park at a close distance to photograph. Yesterday however the big guys were along the hillside and were really putting on a show for guests. My clients Nancy and Frank got some great shots both with their camera and mine. Below is an image of one of the larger rams up on the rocks from my Nikon 200-400 lens. For more information on Big Horn Sheep or to book a tour visit www.YWGuiding.com

Big Horn Sheep, Ram, Photo Workshop, Wildlife Photography, Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Colorado

Happy Beaver

Being a full time nature guide has many perks, but one of my favorites is getting to know the animals of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park intimately. Last evening I headed down to a great Beaver lodge to see how much activity there was. At least 3 of the beavers were out at one time, both adults looked healthy. I’ve visited these furry folks for 2 years now so they are like old friends.

On May 15th I’m leading a seminar for the Rocky Mountain Nature Association called Nature’s Enginers: Beavers. We will follow the footsteps of Enos Mills as he described in his great book, Into Beaver World. For more info or to sign up visit RMNA.org

Here is a shot of one of the younger beavers still living at home with mom and dad. This was a fresh cut log, and you can see if you look close the orange front teeth of this happy beaver. Visit YWGuiding.com for more images and tour information.

Beaver, Wildlife Photography, Estes Park, Colorado

Photography with the McGills with special guests, Big Horn Sheep

Yesterday I took out the McGill’s for a photo safari. We shot sunrise then heading out looking for animals. The elk soon showed up and we got some good shots with them. Then we did some landscapes and snow abstracts and headed to find Big Horn Sheep. We found 3 ewes up on the hill so I broke out the 500mm added the teleconverter and John went to town shooting. After lunch at Deleo’s Deli we found the resident elk at McGregor Mtn Lodge already growing their new set of antlers. Up the road we found 25 more big horns and I got the picture below. We wrapped up the day spotting 3 coyotes too far to out to shot and shot the water at the alluvial fan. Good day even though it was sunny.

Big Horn Sheep, Ram, Wildlife Photography, Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Colorado