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"Leap of Faith"

We all have a leap of faith at a crucial moment. Here a newborn mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus) leaps to reach its mother. The young are very precocious and easily navigate the rugged tundra landscape only a short time after being born. They have to be able to follow their mothers in order to survive in the Mt. Evans Wilderness Area of Colorado. I'm excited that this one was named the Grand Prize Winner in the Nature Conservancy's 5th Annual Digital Photo Contest, and was featured on the cover of their calendar. It has become my signature image.

I am dedicating this image to my grandson, A, who at age 8 got to meet this little mountain goat. The kid was soooooo curious that he approached very close to A to see what he was all about. It was a very special time!

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