Curious Pine Marten

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.
on Aug 19, 2007 3:48 am
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Ejnar Fjerdingstad

Ejnar Fjerdingstad - Aug 19, 2007 8:06 am - Voted 10/10




Azra - Aug 19, 2007 12:33 pm - Voted 10/10

Good one...

He is very serious ;-)
And beautiful!
Good photo!

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Aug 20, 2007 2:41 am - Voted 10/10


Such a great model. Lucky you.
Fantastic shot! This will be definitely one of my favorites.


Colonelpyat - Aug 21, 2007 12:29 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Awesome!

Thanks. There were definitely some lucky circumstances involved here. Now if I could just get a bear to sit still for a few poses...

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Aug 21, 2007 1:44 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Awesome!

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.

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Aug 21, 2007 6:34 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Awesome!

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


Colonelpyat - Aug 22, 2007 2:59 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Awesome!

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.


Super Dave

Super Dave - Aug 21, 2007 5:54 pm - 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,


Colonelpyat - Aug 22, 2007 3:14 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Marten

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.


Kane - Aug 21, 2007 9:57 pm - Voted 10/10

Nice Cow

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

Joke aside, lucky shot. See you soon friend.

Arthur Digbee

Arthur Digbee - Sep 6, 2007 4:57 pm - Voted 10/10

Wonderful shot!

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)?


Colonelpyat - Oct 8, 2007 4:52 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Wonderful shot!

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.


IGO - Oct 8, 2007 9:33 pm - Voted 10/10


Just makes ya want to give it a big hug doesn't it? OK, maybe not! : )


lcarreau - Feb 26, 2008 9:49 pm - Voted 10/10

Great shot !

I saw one in Alaska several years ago.
Aren't they related to the Wolverine
or Weasel? Really nice photo!


Colonelpyat - Mar 7, 2008 7:04 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Great shot !

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.


Holsti97 - Dec 26, 2008 7:59 am - Voted 10/10

You were lucky....

to be in the right place at the right time. Very nice photo.

Pack Addict

Pack Addict - Jan 12, 2009 2:54 pm - Voted 10/10

Wicked Good!

Great photo.

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