Stacy Wiltshire sent in these shots from a recent trip to Colorado, where she was camping at Estes Park with her husband and son. Below are her descriptions of the shots.
“We were all very excited with all the wildlife encounters we experienced and I wanted to share our ‘trophy’ shots with your readers. For anyone who’s never been to see the Rocky Mountains, I strongly recommend it. If you can camp there, even better.
The first picture is an elk sleeping in a creek that drained into the trout pond in our campground. I took this picture from the car with my husband’s Panasonic Lumix 12.1 megapixel digital camera. The elk never moved from his nap until later in the evening. This one was funny because there was a lady on the other side of campground entrance road fishing in the trout pond not even 200 feet away from this guy and she didn’t know he was there.
The next picture is of the “alarm clock” for the last morning there. Notice the guy coming out of his RV. The elk had been bumping his horns on the back of their RV five minutes earlier trying to get the grass from underneath.
The final shot is in Rocky Mountain National Park above the timberline. There was a huge herd of elk crossing the road as we were coming back down the eastern side of the mountains so we stopped at the overlook and started taking “digital shots” at them. The bottom two pictures were both taken with my Fuji Finepix E900 9.0 Megapixel digital camera.
Outside of the lens, we saw a coyote, a fox, three huge mountain owls, elk by the dozens, big horn sheep, a bear running through town, moose, and four cute little ground squirrels that my son had a wonderful time feeding sunflower seeds to. We had a great time in Colorado and very much look forward to another camping trip out west.”