Rocky Mountain Wildlife 2014: from Weird to Wonderful

Let’s start with the weird.


A baby Great Horned Owl should be cute, right?  But this guy…just plain scary.

Owls are often walking the line between cute and horrifying.  Not sure which side these two fall on:



Muskrats could be cute if they weren’t so, well…creepy.   Those hands – yikes!


And darling little bouncy round American Dippers.  So cute, right?


But take a closer look.  At their feet.

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Then there are the critters who aren’t exactly creepy, but they sure don’t want to spend a lot of time looking at themselves in the mirror.

The White-faced Ibis has some attractive qualities, but that beak!  Those legs! RSCN3525

And the vulture and the turkey….well…I’m sure they have great personalities.

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Then there are the critters that insist on hanging out behind all sorts of branches.   Owls are pretty good at it,



but moose and bear and grouse are darned skilled at it as well.

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Then there are the guys that just don’t want to hang around for long.

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Sometimes, the stars align, and the critters – no matter who – are wonderful.


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About westerner54

Hello. I'm Cindy, and I love to hike, bike and explore the outdoors - particularly the western U.S.
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23 Responses to Rocky Mountain Wildlife 2014: from Weird to Wonderful

  1. avian101 says:

    Great photos Cindy! Thanks! 🙂

  2. twoscamps says:

    Wonderful series of wildlife shots! (I esp. love the flying geese!)

  3. rosemaryhr says:

    Love the photos and the glimpse of your wildlife….thanks

  4. What a wonderful way to showcase your fantastic wildlife photography!

  5. What a wonderful world you live in. Thanks for the glimpse of it.

  6. Lyle Krahn says:

    Ah the weirdness, frustrations and joys of photography. You described and showed it all so well.

  7. TedG says:

    Great photos, one and all. You have an eye, and are definitely blessed in some way that brings these animals to you. What a gift! Thank you for sharing it with the rest of us!

  8. Nancy says:

    We have great horned owls in our backyard! They sound sooooooo cool at night when they hoot! Their wing span is huge! You have shared some amazing Photos! Thank You!

  9. LoveLoveLove this post! Spectacular photos, and a splendid narrative to take me along for the visit. Thanks!!!

  10. Adventures in Kevin's World says:

    You have a better wildlife spotting eye than I do – I’m terrible at seeing wildlife.

  11. Janet says:

    I enjoyed this creative post.

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