At the end of the summer, I went in search of American Pika, in hopes of finding them actively gathering greenery for their hay piles.
As luck would have it, I was fighting a cold and the high elevation on the day I had to look for them. My fatigue led me to take many breaks on flat rocks in the talus slope. During one break, a curious Pika surprised me by popping out of the rocks right near where I was sitting. I did not want to move and scare off the pika, which led to some awkward angles and camera holds. But I did manage a few fun shots of this cute pika.