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Curious Pine Marten
This is only the second pine marten I have ever seen. I spotted him amongst some woodland talus while going to fill up my water bottles and he was kind enough to oblige me with a series of good poses. Grouse Mountain, Holy Cross Wilderness, Colorado. 8-13-2007.


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Ejnar FjerdingstadNice

Ejnar Fjerdingstad

Voted 10/10

Posted Aug 19, 2007 8:06 am

AzraGood one...


Voted 10/10

He is very serious ;-)
And beautiful!
Good photo!
Posted Aug 19, 2007 12:33 pm

Anya JingleAwesome!

Anya Jingle

Voted 10/10

Such a great model. Lucky you.
Fantastic shot! This will be definitely one of my favorites.
Posted Aug 20, 2007 2:41 am

ColonelpyatRe: Awesome!


Hasn't voted

Thanks. There were definitely some lucky circumstances involved here. Now if I could just get a bear to sit still for a few poses...
Posted Aug 21, 2007 12:29 am

Mark DoironRe: Awesome!

Mark Doiron

Voted 10/10

Nice image! As far as "lucky circumstances", not to belittle the accomplishments of good photographers (a good photographer will come up with a good photograph because it's the assignment, not because of luck), I truly believe that the best photos are granted by good fortune. Consider your request for a posing bear: My son and I happened to be exiting the AT at Clingman's Dome in the Great Smokies on the day that the NPS found it necessary to close the park--the most visited national park in the nation closed to all entry, but we were inside. And, a bear obligingly gave us a great show right next to the road as we were driving out of the park (we were unaware of the closure) because he wasn't scared away by frequent traffic. Good luck creates a bear that posed!

Black Bear

Thanks for sharing your good luck and your really nice image!

--mark d.

Posted Aug 21, 2007 1:44 pm

Anya JingleRe: Awesome!

Anya Jingle

Voted 10/10

It's such a nice photo. I would vote on it again if I could. I love the setting he was in too. The greens really add to the photo. I don't care if it was just good luck. Even good luck still requires quick response and being prepared.
Regards, Anya
Posted Aug 21, 2007 6:34 pm

ColonelpyatRe: Awesome!


Hasn't voted

Thanks Mark. Your bear photo is awesome and just the kind of picture I'd love to have taken. I'll keep hoping for some good luck and will be admiring your fine bear in the meantime.

Posted Aug 22, 2007 2:59 am

Super DaveMarten

Super Dave

Voted 10/10

Excellent photo. I just saw a pair of Martens a couple weeks ago in the White Clouds here in Idaho. They were playing in some rocks well above tree-line at around 10400' elevation. I'm told it must be mating season since they are usually alone. I'd never seen one of these before, and had to ask around to find out what they were. Very similar to a small house cat in size and personality. (photo link)

Thanks for posting,
Posted Aug 21, 2007 5:54 pm

ColonelpyatRe: Marten


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Thanks Dave. Good catch on seeing a pair of them like that! The more the merrier as far as I'm concerned but I bet any pikas or squirrels living in those rocks up there wouldn't agree. I bet they were shaking in their boots.
Posted Aug 22, 2007 3:14 am

KaneNice Cow


Voted 10/10

That's the best looking cow on SP. Sexy fella.

Joke aside, lucky shot. See you soon friend.
Posted Aug 21, 2007 9:57 pm

Arthur DigbeeWonderful shot!

Arthur Digbee

Voted 10/10

That really is an awesome moment, great job capturing it.

All the pine martens I've seen have been scurrying off. What was he looking at (other than you)?
Posted Sep 6, 2007 4:57 pm

ColonelpyatRe: Wonderful shot!


Hasn't voted

Thanks. He was creeping around in a woodland talus field so I assume he was looking out for squirrels and rabbits and other small game. I think I held his curiosity just long enough for him to determine he couldn't take me in a fair fight. After that he was long gone.
Posted Oct 8, 2007 4:52 pm



Voted 10/10

Just makes ya want to give it a big hug doesn't it? OK, maybe not! : )
Posted Oct 8, 2007 9:33 pm

lcarreauGreat shot !


Voted 10/10

I saw one in Alaska several years ago.
Aren't they related to the Wolverine
or Weasel? Really nice photo!
Posted Feb 26, 2008 9:49 pm

ColonelpyatRe: Great shot !


Hasn't voted

Thanks. I believe they are related to the wolverine. They have a similar and unusual shape to their heads at any rate. Their behavior seems more like a weasel; they are curious.
Posted Mar 7, 2008 7:04 am

Holsti97You were lucky....


Voted 10/10

to be in the right place at the right time. Very nice photo.
Posted Dec 26, 2008 7:59 am

Pack AddictWicked Good!

Pack Addict

Voted 10/10

Great photo.
Posted Jan 12, 2009 2:54 pm

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