Too Much Gear Head Talk These Days

Shiras Moose of the Colorado Rocky Mountains

Happy Moose Monday

Enjoying a few last days of quiet time before I meet a group of photographers in Red Feather Lakes for a 4 day moose photography trip.

This is the second year in a row I’ve organized the outing for North American Nature, Wildlife and Landscape Photographers Association, a Facebook group I started about 6-7 years ago.

The intention is to organize this outing each summer as long as there is interest. Moose are a niche photography subject. I think a subject for the elder photographers. I’ve been debating writing about them for Fstoppers, but I’m not sure the audience for that publication is all that interested in things like this. Maybe it’s best to keep things in their respective boxes. Young people are more interested in photos of young women’s assets and gear head talk.

Life in the slow lane.

I don’t generally hang around young women trying to show off their assets and I don’t do too much gear head talk these days.

Baseball Been Berry Good To Me

Rockies Shortstop, Trevor Story Smacking a Triple During the July 17th Game at Coors Field

I was fortunate enough to get a press pass to a Rockies day game this past week. I wasn’t really there to photograph the players or game action, it was for a different project.

But…

I did get a few game shots.

Rockies shortstop Trevor Story put on a show with his bat. Lucky me. I had a camera with me.

Scenic Saturday

The San Juan Mountains in Autumn
Winding up a very busy past couple of weeks here in Colorado. Summer is in full swing and there is more adventure to come.

I have two moose photography tours coming up, one starts on July 29th and the next begins on August 12th. With a one week break in between, I’ll have enough time to get some fresh moose photos edited and to update the stock catalogs.

I’ve been working steadily trying to get ahead of the curve with my Fstoppers articles. The most recent effort involved me spending a day working at Coors Field with the team photographers for the Colorado Rockies. A lot of planning and coordinating went in to that effort and I do like the final result. I’m looking forward to sharing that effort with everyone.

Today though, is Scenic Saturday. So sit back, enjoy a summer Saturday and try to take in a little scenery if you get the chance.

New Tricks For An Old Dog

Shiras bull moose in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

I’ve been semi-sequestered in my office lately, learning and relearning how to write with a consistent style. This new job at Fstoppers has tweaked my thinking. With my first article submitted and approved for publication, the editor’s notes have reminded me that I’m going to have to polish my style a bit. Nothing egregious mind you, but I’m reminded that my college English courses were taken some 30+ years ago and the things I learned and have embedded in my writing are not really current by today’s standards. The linguistics of a Kentucky boy aren’t quite up to par. I keep reminding myself though, it’s the flow of the story that matters most to me. The technicalities can be learned, but learning to write with interest and flow, perhaps that’s something a little more difficult to learn. Learn I will. We never stop learning.

Ah, the laments of an amateur. It’s a question of new tricks for an old dog.

Happy Moose Monday by the way.

Cute Is As Cute Does

Mountain Goat Kids at the Summit of Mt. Evans, Colorado

Summer wildlife photography is prime right now.  With Mt. Evans finally thawed out enough to get to the Mountains Goats, my friend Tim and I made our first run up the mountain on July 5th.

Wild Mountain Goats Living on Colorado Mountain Peaks.

We were not disappointed with the results. Quite a large herd of goats on hand with at least a half dozen kids running around in the rocks.

Cute is as cute does.

Dusty Ride in a 4×4

The Shafer Trail, near Moab, Utah.

The pace of life has accelerated this past week.

I’ve officially been anointed as a Staff Writer at Fstoppers and my first article is in the works.

The idea of working a real job is slightly disconcerting to me, as I’ve made it a point to answer to nobody the past 14 years. But, the folks I’ve been introduced to all seem a good sort, so I think I can manage the change of pace.

In the meantime, I’ve been getting out shooting a bit more lately. Always a good idea to keep the skills from garnering a layer of rust.

Today’s “Scenic Saturday” image was taken near Moab, Utah several years ago. I’ve actually driven that trail. It’s a fun, if not dusty ride in a 4×4.

Adventures In July

Photograph of a moose in Colorado
Cow Moose at Sprague Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park

July brings a fresh slate of activity here in Colorado.

The bulk of my moose photography is done each year in July and August and this year is not going to be much different.

I have two big moose photography tours planned, one in late July and the other in early August.

I’ll also start my new writing job with Fstoppers in July. I think I’m supposed to publish an article each week, so my laptop will be my constant companion while I’m working in Red Feathers, scouting for moose and taking photos.

There will be very few lazy days of summer this year.

Happy Moose Monday by the way.