The Hawaiian Islands Will Have to Suffice

Tropical Scene From The Northwest Shore of Maui, Hawaii

Each year, June is the month I spend a lot of time fixing everything that broke over the winter. I don’t know exactly why, I can only speculate, but since I was a young electronics technician in the Navy, it seems that the highest rates of equipment failure always occurred in June.  This year was no exception for me.

I’ve finally cleared the table of most of my private maintenance issues, with only my home spa remaining to be fixed, but it’s on the schedule and should be resolved soon.  The electronic thermostat in my home Heat/AC unit went down. Not a major problem to fix, but again I had to order the replacement part and am now awaiting for it to arrive.  Fortunately, I can still cool the house, I just don’t have the ability to alter the program or make changes to the system.

Once I get everything back on the track, I’m looking forward to enjoying some time in the mountains and we’re actually talking about making a trip to Hawaii later this year.

This week’s “Scenic Saturday” photograph is from Maui.

For now, photos of my previous visits to the Hawaiian Islands will have to suffice.

 

 

Prairie Birds

Photograph of a Meadowlark.
Western Meadowlark

One of my favorite birds is the Meadowlark.

They have a unique appearance and aren’t overly skittish. Most of all, I like the distinct song they sing.

This particular fellow was quite cooperative yesterday, sitting on a fence post just a few feet from the vehicle for quite some time. He seemed quite interested in singing to us as we sat there racking off the shutter clicks.

A great way to enjoy Feathers Friday.

Wile E. Coyote

Wildlife of Colorado – Coyote at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

With the weather finally behaving like summertime, I’m off this morning with my son-in-law Shawn to The Rocky Mountain Arsenal to look for wildlife photos.

He’s playing with a new toy and I have one just like it. A Nikon D750. For a 4 plus year old camera (still available), it does a pretty good job as an all around camera.

As for Rocky Mountain Arsenal, it’s full of stuff, but I’ve seldom been there in summer.

Here’s a Wile E. Coyote photo taken there a few years ago.

It is Wildlife Wednesday.

Making a Photograph Look Old

Photograph of a steam locomotive crossing clear creek at the Georgetown Loop in Colorado
Georgetown Loop NGRR, Colorado.

Train Tuesday.

Someone asked me one time, “what’s your best technique for making a photograph look old?”

My response. “Take the photograph and wait 50 years before you look at it”

In all seriousness though, for several years I made quite a bit of money at art festivals selling photographic prints of steam trains, converted to sepia tone and placed in vintage wood frames.  It was a staple of my printed product line for several years.

 

I’ve Changed The Look of the Blog

Bull Moose Shedding Velvet

If you haven’t already noticed I’ve changed the look of the blog.

I’ve been playing with different themes on WordPress and though the old theme was quite visual, I didn’t like some of the options and it always felt a little too crowded on the screen.

The theme I’m “testing” now, is a little less cluttered I think, so I’ll stick with it for a while.  With a couple of years worth of water under the bridge, I’m still trying to find a better blogging software than WordPress. Google doesn’t like it too much, it’s hard to find my work with a google search and I suspect that’s because I haven’t ponied up cash for all the search engine add-ons.  When I was using a regular web page editor, I could get anything I wanted on a page one google search result.

On the other side of that coin, I don’t really worry too much about what Google wants. Google wants to make money, that’s about it.

All that aside, it is Moose Monday.

Enjoy.

The Sun Is Up, The Sky Is Blue

Bighorn Sheep in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

The sun is up, the sky is blue.

I don’t know what’s going on with the weather but I’m glad it’s finally breaking here in Colorado. Maybe all that ice that is melting in Greenland is causing the constant cold, rainy weather here in the Rocky Mountains.

I heard that Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park was closed the other day. Normally, it opens up by Memorial Day. This year it was a couple of weeks behind and then was closed again when the next winter storm moved through as summer began.

Noooo, there’s nothing going on with climate change. This is all perfectly normal.

Yeah, right.  Just keep telling yourself that.  Delusional thinking is in vogue these days.

Meanwhile, it is “Sheep Sunday.”

Enjoy.

 

To Infinity and Beyond

I’m happy to announce that I’ve accepted a position as a Staff Writer for Fstoppers online photography website.

With over 1.5 million page hits per year, Fstoppers is one of the largest photography related websites on the internet and I’ll be starting in July.

This should be a win-win for both my business and for Fstoppers.

When I begin publishing my Fstoppers articles, I’ll share those links here and on Facebook and Twitter.

My articles will primarily focus on Nature and Wildlife photography in Colorado, but I’m sure I’ll be writing about a wide variety of things beyond the borders of Colorado.

I’m excited about this development and I’m looking forward to broadening my horizons as well as providing interesting and educational photography articles for the world.

 

Feathers Friday

Red-winged Blackbird perched in a tree, protecting his territory.

Today is Feathers Friday.

The Red-winged blackbird is fairly common in my neck of the woods. Loud, obnoxious birds. They are stunningly pretty though.

I’ve been working on new articles and actually have a couple ready to publish. I’ve been invited to write for another internet publication, where I’ll be writing about photography, so I’ve been sitting on them for that to begin. But, it’s never wise to get too far ahead of the curve. Once I’ve got that arrangement nailed down, I’ll share the results.

In the meantime, I’m still writing for my blog and am looking forward to sharing more than daily photographs this summer.

It’s been a long, cold winter and very busy spring. Time to get back to work.

Enjoy your weekend.