As much as I enjoyed the Garden of the Gods, capturing pictures of wildlife actually gave me a greater thrill.
Unfortunately, though there were many signs warning of elk crossings, the only one I saw was at night when it was far too dark to get a picture.
I did, however, manage to get several deer pictures. These two does were part of a small herd that I noted right off the road.
I like this shot of a buck even more because of how I got to shot. As I was driving through the small town of La Veta, I saw the buck right in the middle of the street taking a drink. I was sure that when I stopped it would immediately take off, but it didn't move an inch.
In fact, it sat there so long that I began to wonder if it was a joke and it had been stuffed and put out on the street. It was only when it finally raised its head as I backed up that I realized it was a real buck.
However, my favorite shot of the trip might've been this one of a coyote crossing a snowfield.
Though I was a ways away, once it sighted me it started back towards the woods and I drove off, not wanting to stress him anymore than I already had.