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This is one of my favorites from my Mt Evans trip b/c the shoot was unexpected and out of my comfort zone. I parked at 14,000 feet, grabbed my landscape gear and began hiking. Suddenly, I spotted this Yellow-bellied Marmot foraging around a rock. My first instinct was to run back to my car for my long lens, but I didn't feel as though I had the time or the lungs at that altitude. Then I remembered that it was important to try photographing a subject with a lens you would normally never use. I wasn't quite sure at that point how I was going to get close enough with a full frame camera and a wide angle lens. I crouched down low and walked as close as I dared and then got down on my belly. I traversed the remaining few yards crawling on my belly until I dared travel no farther. It was an intimidating precipice.

The Marmot seemed oblivious to my presence. I normally talk to my subjects, but I was actually too nervous to do so in this case, plus I was far too uncomfortable. All of a sudden, the Marmot got up on his hind legs as if to pose for me. For this capture, I got my camera as close to the ground as possible and photographed upwards to move the Marmot's head out of the line of the horizon.

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