|As seen on Independence Pass today. I always thought the speckled Ptarmigan of spring were simply changing their feathers from camouflage white to brown, while not blending with anything in the process. As shown in the photo, the combo feathers are excellent camo when the snow gets patchy — at least when you manage to match colors with your surroundings. One bird in this photo is potential eagle brunch, one blends in pretty well. I guess they’ve got a 50/50 chance this time of year.|
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.