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Photos of the Week: Colorado Wildlife

  • NWF Staff
  • PhotoZone
  • Feb 20, 2017

Check out some of our favorite photos from past National Wildlife photo contests. Each week we'll celebrate nature and wildlife from a different state. This week we're featuring Colorado wildlife!

Photographer Bob Buderman spent time photographing "a fox family that had set up house in a field near our home. A playful kit and an April snowstorm combined to create a series of amusing images." The Colorado resident used a Nikon D7000 with a 28-300mm lens. Read more about the Red Fox with Ranger Rick!

Wilderness photographer Howard Newcomb writes, "While backpacking in the La Plata Mountains, I spent some time in this lush meadow of wildflowers on top of Indian Ridge. A cloud came over and cast shade on the flowers for a few seconds, and no wind, which allowed for this great saturated shot of the flowers." The Colorado resident captured the moment on Indian Trail Ridge using a Canon EOS 20D with a 24-70mm lens.

Landscape and wildlife photographer Dale Erickson made this image of bighorn sheep in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park using a Canon EOS Mark IV with a 100-400mm lens. Read National Wildlife's Embattled Bighorns.

Wildlife photographer Richard Goluch took this photo of a male mountain bluebird displaying during spring migration through Front Range, Colorado using a Canon 1DX with a 600mm f/4 lens. Help Bluebirds by Choosing a Proper Next Box.

Wildlife photographer Verdon Milos Tomajko writes, "This is one of my favorite shots. A Colorado chipmunk taking a drink of water in a small pond, and with its tail, the reflection creates an almost perfect circle." The Colorado resident used a Canon digital camera. Read National Wildlife's Chipmunks: More Than Cute.

Photographer Maureen Ravnik writes, "This photo was taken on an island in a Lakewood, Colorado lake just before the end of winter. The coyote had failed in two previous attempts to catch a mallard. On the third attempt, he came up a berm from behind but failed again." The Colorado resident used a Leica V-Lux Typ 114 P&S. Read National Wildlife's Coyote Nation.

Nature photographer Noppadol Paothong captured images of "a male Gunnison sage-grouse displaying during a spring mating ritual" in Gunnison, Colorado. The Missouri resident used a Canon EOS 1D Mark III with a 600mm f/4 lens with a 2x teleconverter. Read National Wildlife's Home on the Sage.

Nature photographer David Bahr writes, "Lady bugs love poking down into the blooms of the wild choke cherry. They travel methodically from blossom to blossom, eating aphids. This particular ladybug has naturalized but is not one of the original North American species, which are now rare in Colorado." The Colorado resident used a Canon 50D with a 100mm f/2.8 lens. Read National Wildlife's Creating a Haven for Beneficial Bugs.

Travel photographer Blaine Harrington writes, "While camping nearby on a trip to photograph wildflowers, we sat out a rainstorm, and then through the trees I peered a giant rainbow overhead, grabbed my camera and ran down the road to get this." The Colorado resident made this image on Washington Gulch Trail near Crested Butte, Colorado using a Nikon D700 with a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens.

Birder Robert Martinez writes he went to Hudson Gardens in Colorado "to see flowers blooming and found a very photogenic Yellow Warbler willing to sit for a portrait." The Colorado resident used a Canon EOS 100-400mm lens. 

Justin Jircik took this picture of a "friendly and photogenic marmot" on top of Mount Chapin in Rocky Mountain National Park. The Texas resident used a Nikon Coolpix AW110.

Photographer Mark Harrelson made this image of a mountain dandelion in Telluride, Colorado using a Canon 1D Mark II with a 100mm macro lens.

Nature photographer Robert Birdsall writes, "I took an exciting four-wheel jeep journey to this spot on Crystal River in Colorado for a photo of Crystal Mill I had wanted to capture for years." The New Jersey resident used a Nikon D7000 with a 12-24mm lens. 

Wildlife photographer Verdon Milos Tomajko made this image of baby mule deer running through a field in Colorado using a Canon camera. Read National Wildlife's Mule Deer Decline.

Nature photographer Peter Ismert caught the moment when an adult bald eagle began sparing in mid-air with a juvenile bald eagle. He writes, "Once done, off they flew together." The Colorado resident used a Nikon D7100 with a 150-600mm lens. 

Scenic photographer Frank Comisar made this image of the San Juan Mountains in Colorado just as "an afternoon storm rolled in on a glorious autumn afternoon." The Nebraska resident used a Canon 5D Mark II with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens.

Nature photographer Kim Todd photographed this Steller's jay getting a drink from a fountain in a Colorado backyard using a Nikon D300 with an 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 lens.

Photographer Seth Murray photographed this Swallowtail butterfly along a hiking trail in New Castle, Colorado. The Arizona resident used a Nikon D70 with a 15mm lens. Read National Wildlife's Catering to Butterfly Royalty.

More from the National Wildlife Federation:

Colorado Wildlife Federation »
National Wildlife Federation's Rocky Mountain Regional Center »
Find a Park: Colorado »
Nature's Witnesses: Powerful images of wilderness can inspire conservation. »
Nature and Wildlife Photography Tips Center »

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