Climbing Partners

This pair of cream-colored mountain goats presented themselves on one of my early morning trips to the Mt. Evans Wilderness in Arapaho National Forest, southwest of Idaho Springs, Colorado. They could have been mates, sisters, brothers, or rivals. The hair raised along their backbones, particularly the goat on the right, suggests they were spooked by the presence of people. At 13,000 feet above sea level, this scene, as well as the thin air, literally took my breath away. Only three photographers were privileged to shoot this scene, which changed a second later, for eternity. Nature and photography are funny that way.
—William L. Witmer
Lakewood, CO

Technical Info: This spot-metered photo was taken with a Canon EOS 50D and a Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 lens at 400mm. Exposure was f/18 at 1/1250 sec at ISO 400.
© William L. Witmer

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