04/11 Zion NP Day 6 Critters

April 11, 2018  •  1 Comment

Well, I was supposed to get up at 2AM for another round of night sky photography and my alarm did not go off.  Got up about 5:45 AM instead.  I quickly threw together some gear and ran out to the park.  Was on the Watchman Trail and stopped to take a photo.  Darn! No memory card in the camera and I also forgot my strap with extra memory and batteries in the trailer.  So, when I did see the feeble sunrise it was up to my phone to get it.  That's it above.  So, needless to say, the day did not start out all that great.  I went back to the campground and fetched the additional gear I needed and went back to the park.  I decided to try and get some critter shots so grabbed my 70-200mm (AKA heavy) lens as well as the 24-105mm for any wide angle shots.  I went all the way to the top of the canyon and took the riverside trail where I had seen all the rock squirrels before.  Think I would see one?  NOPE!  However, I did see some other critters and these I present below.  Not sure I am going to go back in the park again today so am going to make this the final entry of the day.  There are two photos below that I do want to bring your attention to.  One is a bit fuzzy because it is a small portion of the photo that follows.  I have placed an arrow on the full photo showing the section I have blown up.  See the people?  This is atop Angel's Landing, a hike I will never make.  It is probably the most strenuous hike in the canyon being 5.4 miles round trip and an elevation change of about 1500 feet.  The image I took was at a high magnification of 200mm.  Hopefully this gives you an idea of how high that really is. 

Young Blacktail Buck

Tom Turkey

Spotted Towhee

Jenny Wren

Unknown species of yellow flower

Part of the Angel's Landing trail

Angel's Landing

I think this guy was taking my picture while I was taking his!


Comments

Jim(non-registered)
OK, new favorites - love the critter shots. That turkey photo is astounding - feather's ruffled just right, perfect lighting - kinda like a selfie wasn't it? Sorry about the bad start to your day, but you made up for it. 5.4 miles of vertical lift? You can make it I know - stay an extra day and give it a go - the views (or maybe just the climb) will leave you breathless ;o)
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