Timberwolf Mountain, Snoqualmie NF, WA
A half hour before sunrise, I spotted this mountain goat foraging on this scree slope about five hunhdred feet below our campsite on the summit ridge of Timberwolf Mountain, and climbed down for an eye level view of him. With the extra weight of camera, tripod, and 500mm lens to complicate matters, I carefully plotted my descent from one dwarf pine to the next nearest one, hoping they were rooted deeply enough to provide some braking power if I were to lose my footing on the loose rock of the slope. I set up my tripod just as the goat climbed past this fantastically gnarled and twisted blue pine snag, with its yellow moss accents, seeming to mirror the twists and struggles of the goat as he fought his way upslope, together reflecting the shared struggles of living things to adapt and survive in this challenging environment.
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Nikon D7X, 500mm f/4 lens, tripod