Billy Goat Gruff
Our trip to Glacier National Park at the end of June (Rugged Majesty) didn’t yield very many wildlife photos, but I was able to get my first-ever Mountain Goat images. The Mountain Goats were hanging out on the west side of Logan Pass, along the Going-to-the-Sun Road. There were only three goats in the group, a billy, a doe and her kid. The most challenging to photograph was the billy, as every time I set up for a shot, he would head straight for me at a fast pace. Not knowing very much about Mountain Goats, I assumed he wasn’t just coming to give me a friendly greeting, so I was continually backing away to keep from crowding his personal space! The doe was in the midst of shedding her winter coat, so she looked pretty ragged. Her kid, however, seemed in fine condition, albeit a little perplexed at its mothers pawing and rolling antics to escape her itchy jacket.
As excited as I was to finally capture some images of these great creatures, I really look forward to another opportunity to get some better captures. Someday I hope to make some images near the caliber of the work of photographer Jim Garrison (Colorado Trails Photography). He has put together an outstanding gallery of Mountain Goat images on his website at The Trail of the Mountain Goat. You will not be disappointed if you take a few minutes to see his amazing captures. A fellow believer in the risen Christ, Jim also gives credit to our wonderful Creator for the opportunity to capture the beauty and majesty of His creation.