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Clark\'s Nutcracker
A Clark's Nutcracker sitting on an ice coated tree at Bear Lake, trailhead for many climbs in Rocky Mountain National Park.
The bird was very cooperative, waiting until I moved to position the sun directly behind him. He turned his head in profile, let me snap the picture, then flew off.

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VelebitHoly cow!

Velebit

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Wow Nelson, this one is fascinating! You are one lucky man to have this setting for a shot!!
Posted Feb 7, 2004 11:06 pm

tloganRe: Holy cow!

tlogan

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That is simply breathtaking... you have some serious vision Nelson!
Posted Feb 18, 2004 1:25 pm

Gangolf HaubI'm getting green with envy!

Gangolf Haub

Voted 10/10

This is absolutely not fair! Cooperative birds! If I try a shot like this they wait until I have my camera out of its pocket, turned it on - and then fly away. Always! Same with butterflies.



Congratulations on this fabulous shot!



Gangolf
Posted Feb 8, 2004 5:12 am

Aaron JohnsonWOW!

Aaron Johnson

Voted 10/10

Fabulous!
Posted Feb 8, 2004 11:12 am

GrantWow -

Grant

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....
Posted Feb 9, 2004 11:06 am

SharonWhen you're rich & famous...

Sharon

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...from shots like this, will you still remember your old friends at SP?
Posted Feb 18, 2004 2:42 am

NelsonRe: When you're rich & famous...

Nelson

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Thanks, Sharon! I won't ever get rich and famous from this, not when I see all the great work out there (a lot of it here at SP!). I've had a few things published here and there, but would be exceptionally skinny if that was where the grocery money was coming from

But, the answer to your question is "YES!" I would throw an SP bash.
Posted Feb 18, 2004 8:16 am

kilimanjaro1Speecless

kilimanjaro1

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Just great! Totally great shot!
Posted Aug 15, 2004 2:52 pm

kilimanjaro1Speecless

kilimanjaro1

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Just great! Totally great shot!
Posted Aug 15, 2004 2:52 pm

NelsonRe: Speecless

Nelson

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Thanks, man! The American Museum of Natural History used this on their holiday greeting card some yeras ago. It's been a favorite of mine, and I've never been in a situation where I could try to repeat it.
Posted Aug 16, 2004 12:02 am

NelsonRe: it's SO GOOD!

Nelson

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Thanks very much Lolli. I have returned to that place several times - the birds are usually there - and hoped to see this again, but so far it has turned out to be a once-only event.
Posted Oct 17, 2005 1:32 am

Super DaveUnreal

Super Dave

Voted 10/10

Exceptional shot Nelson! How did you do it?
Posted Apr 15, 2006 8:33 pm

NelsonRe: Unreal

Nelson

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Thanks Dave. Well first I noticed the unusual conditions of the ice coated branches shining in backlight. The birds were coming and going and I hung out there for a few minutes until they got used to me. I saw which branches they landed on a lot, then positioned myself so I could move to where I had the low sun directly behind a bird. As noted above this bird was cooperative and turned his head in profile - the 'decisive moment' - and I was able to squeeze off a couple of shots before he flew.
Posted Apr 18, 2006 10:00 pm

turistoalpinistaFrom another world...

turistoalpinista

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When I saw this picture,I was thinking,that is any painting.But it isn't...So incredible...TA
Posted May 26, 2006 3:52 pm

jazamooi love how you look at lighr

jazamoo

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sweet image, once again
Posted Jul 28, 2006 7:27 pm

NelsonRe: i love how you look at lighr

Nelson

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jazamoo, thanx very much for your comments on my photos. It's often about the light, isn't it. I've thought that getting a good photo is about being in the right place at the right time, but also about realizing it's the right place and time. Sometimes I'll work hard to be there then, and sometimes it just happens, like this one.

Thanks again, much appreciated.
Posted Jul 29, 2006 2:38 am

tarolWonderful!

tarol

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Thanks so much for sharing this photo!
Posted Aug 31, 2006 5:58 pm

NelsonRe: Wonderful!

Nelson

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Thanks very much. You have some great photos as well!
Posted Sep 1, 2006 3:26 pm

hiltrud.liuVery beautiful...

hiltrud.liu

Voted 10/10

and remarkable!
Cheers
Hiltrud
Posted Dec 3, 2006 8:43 pm

atthecruxGreat Shot

atthecrux

Voted 10/10

Nice!! Has a painting like quality. Was this shot with a point and click digital or with film. Your use of depth of field made the picture even better!
Posted Dec 16, 2006 3:58 am

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NelsonSubmitted by Nelson
on Feb 7, 2004 9:45 pm

Image ID: 41059
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Lat/Lon: 40.30880°N / 105.69°W
Object Title: Clark's Nutcracker

Image Type(s): Wildlife