While the big animals in
Rocky Mountain National Park
get most of the attention
there are many smaller animals.
These are obviously harder to see and often it's just a
fleeting glimpse. So while driving back near sunset, it was a rare treat
to see a porcupine scurry across the road - first time I've seen one of these!
I jump out of the car and follow 'em as he goes down a moderately
steep snowy hill - I have my super-grippy Crocs on - D'OH! ;-)
I end up getting a few pictures with my
Canon 40D and 55-250IS lens
which allowed me to maintain a respectful distance.
So why did the porcupine cross the road?!? ;-)
Porcupine about to go over and down the hill - note snow
The porcupine ends up climbing a tree
With those claws, he just scrambled right up the tree bark
The porcupine was just hanging out on this branch
Closeup of above picture
Reflected flash on the porcupine's eyes
More Rocky Mountain National Park stuff