You’re probably looking at this picture and wondering where the Peak is and why I took a picture of a giant Prairie Dog… both great questions, but that is no Prairie Dog, that is the infamous Pikes Peak Yellow-Bellied Marmot. There is no way I could publish a book on Pikes Peak and not have a picture of a Yellow-Bellied Marmot in it – they are like the mountain’s mascot! These cute little creatures are about the size of a Chihuahua and are the most common animals found atop the Peak. They hibernate over the winter, so I had to wait until this Spring to catch one and today was my lucky day. I took the Cog Railway up to the top, but it wasn’t until the trip down when we stopped at Windy Point (at 12, 129 feet) that we saw one, and one was all we saw. I love riding the train to the top, and to catch a shot of the only marmot out this morning was a great bonus!

~The Pikes Peak Guy

~Pro Specs: ISO 100, Focal Length 200mm, Aperture f/8, Shutter Speed 1/250 sec.

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