Clark's Nutcracker

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.
on Feb 7, 2004 9:45 pm
Image Type(s): Wildlife
Image ID: 41059


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Velebit - Feb 7, 2004 11:06 pm - Voted 10/10

Holy cow!

Wow Nelson, this one is fascinating! You are one lucky man to have this setting for a shot!!


tlogan - Feb 18, 2004 1:25 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Holy cow!

That is simply breathtaking... you have some serious vision Nelson!

Gangolf Haub

Gangolf Haub - Feb 8, 2004 5:12 am - Voted 10/10

I'm getting green with envy!

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!


Aaron Johnson

Aaron Johnson - Feb 8, 2004 11:12 am - Voted 10/10




Grant - Feb 9, 2004 11:06 am - Voted 10/10

Wow -



Sharon - Feb 18, 2004 2:42 am - Voted 10/10

When you're rich & famous...

...from shots like this, will you still remember your old friends at SP?


Nelson - Feb 18, 2004 8:16 am - Hasn't voted

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

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.


kilimanjaro1 - Aug 15, 2004 2:52 pm - Hasn't voted


Just great! Totally great shot!


kilimanjaro1 - Aug 15, 2004 2:52 pm - Hasn't voted


Just great! Totally great shot!


Nelson - Aug 16, 2004 12:02 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Speecless

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.


Nelson - Oct 17, 2005 1:32 am - Hasn't voted

Re: it's SO GOOD!

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.

Super Dave

Super Dave - Apr 15, 2006 8:33 pm - Voted 10/10


Exceptional shot Nelson! How did you do it?


Nelson - Apr 18, 2006 10:00 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Unreal

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.


turistoalpinista - May 26, 2006 3:52 pm - Voted 10/10

From another world...

When I saw this picture,I was thinking,that is any painting.But it isn't...So incredible...TA


jazamoo - Jul 28, 2006 7:27 pm - Hasn't voted

i love how you look at lighr

sweet image, once again


Nelson - Jul 29, 2006 2:38 am - Hasn't voted

Re: i love how you look at lighr

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.


tarol - Aug 31, 2006 5:58 pm - Voted 10/10


Thanks so much for sharing this photo!


Nelson - Sep 1, 2006 3:26 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Wonderful!

Thanks very much. You have some great photos as well!


hiltrud.liu - Dec 3, 2006 8:43 pm - Voted 10/10

Very beautiful...

and remarkable!


atthecrux - Dec 16, 2006 3:58 am - Voted 10/10

Great Shot

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!

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