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Photo Info

Dimensions3000 x 4200
Original file size7.43 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken6-Aug-12 09:10
Date modified4-Mar-17 18:31
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D2X
Focal length420 mm
Focal length (35mm)630 mm
Max lens aperturef/4
Exposure1/200 at f/5
FlashFired, return light detected
Exposure bias-1/3 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Aperture priority
ISO speedISO 160
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x


Late Summer is a great time to be a Chipmunk. By August many of the forbs of the field have gone to seed so food is abundant. Here a Chipmunk has found the seed head of Cow Parsnip (Heracleum sphondylium) ripe for the picking. Adept at climbing and balancing on a swaying stem, he takes his time selecting the best of the bunch to munch.

Cow Parsnip is also an important food for bears (black & grizzly) and elk.

Location: Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, MT