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"Leap of Faith"

I'm excited that this image was named the Grand Prize Winner in the Nature Conservancy's 5th Annual Digital Photo Contest. It was featured on the cover of their calendar.

The image was also a Top 100 winner in the NANPA Winner's Showcase and was featured in the NANPA Expressions magazine. NANPA is the North American Nature Photographer's Association, our professional organization.

And now about the image itself:

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. Taken in the Mt. Evans Wilderness Area of Colorado.

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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