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Colorado Rocky Mountains – Shiras Moose Cow Browsing in a Lake

Finally getting my legs back after two full weeks of moose photography in Northern Colorado.  So, if you aren’t tired of seeing moose photos, I have a few more to share.

I’m noticing some trends in Northern Colorado. Moose have a habit of frequenting an area and then moving on to a new area. The past several years have shown this movement pattern. There were several years from 2015-2017 where the moose were not frequenting a particular lake but these past two summers have been more active. I’m wondering how long this photographic bonanza will continue. Probably until the lake grass gets eaten or some climate anomaly changes things.

When I got back in to town my computer decided to protest and booger up when I first booted it up. Normal though, Windows PC’s tend to act up from time to time but I’ve got it all figured out now.

Some 8,000 more moose photos added to the catalog have also clogged up my rapidly filling hard drives. I have about 10% of my internal 11 terabytes of disk storage left. Time to look at upgrading the hard drives. Those Nikon D810 files are large and it doesn’t take long to fill a disk.

Colorado Rocky Mountains – Shiras Moose Bull Posing for the Camera

Next up, the San Juan Mountains.  Autumn photography is about a month off but I’m already feeling the shift in the air. If you are in the San Juan Mountains the first week of October, you may bump into me trying to add to my bank account with fresh foliage photos of the mountains in southwest Colorado.

Colorado Rocky Mountains – Young Shiras Bull Moose in the Forest of Northern Colorado

Stay safe, stay happy and enjoy the moose photos.

Scenic Saturday and Other Things

Mt. Sneffels in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado

With all this moose business taking center stage this time of year, I’m still planning other adventures. Such as my upcoming trip to the San Juan Mountains for the first week of October for Autumn photography.

I do an annual trip, somewhere, and this year it was between Crested Butte and the San Juans. I get better sales from the photos out of the San Juans and to be honest, it’s a better target rich environment down there.

So, here’s today’s “Scenic Saturday” photo. On the Dallas Divide in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.

Enjoy your weekend and stay tuned for more moose photos as my second week in Northern Colorado begins on Sunday, August 11.

Rocky Mountain Moose

Back from our first of two annual moose photography trips in Northern Colorado. Here’s a short gallery to wet your whistle.

I’m off again next week for our second trip. Another moose extravaganza in the wilderness of the Never Summer Mountains.

Colorado Rocky Mountains – Shiras Moose in the Wild
Colorado Rocky Mountains – Shiras Moose in the Wild
Colorado Rocky Mountains – Shiras Moose in the Wild – Bull Moose Munching Lake Grass
Colorado Rocky Mountains – Shiras Moose in the Wild
Colorado Rocky Mountains – Shiras Moose in the Wild
Colorado Rocky Mountains – Shiras Moose in the Wild
Colorado Rocky Mountains – Shiras Moose in the Wild

Time And Tide Wait For No Man

Photograph of a steam train in the Rocky Mountains
Georgetown Loop NGRR

Since I’m taking a few days off this week from my normal photography related business, I find that my mind is still restless. I normally go over my website about once a year and make the necessary modifications to get it (them) looking and running to my liking. One thing that keeps coming back to me is WordPress as a platform for writing my blog.

I like the interface and ease of use that WordPress offers me, but honestly, it’s becoming quite limiting for the things I find that I really want to do. Since I’ve moved into retirement from the commercial photography world, writing is becoming a bigger part of my personal life and I just can’t see wasting time on things that aren’t working. I’m not getting younger.

That said, I’ve decided to once again take a look at different writing platforms.  The most obvious candidates for alternative platforms are Drupal and Joomla. So I’ve loaded these on to my server and am going to play with rebuilding my blog into something more akin to what I want to be doing.

I was talking with one of the guys at Fstoppers and their system is based on Drupal, and I like some of the features their interface provides, but taking a look at Joomla and I see some stuff I like there too. What I’m not going to do is make a switch until I have both figured out and have migrated most of my personal writing to the new platform.

I know how I do things though. Migrate I probably will, and I’m suspecting that will occur before the end of the year.  I’ve found tutorials on both systems and will be delving into this matter a little bit more while I wait for things to happen elsewhere. Killing time, my mind never rests. The trick I’ve found, is to keep focused on things that work and get rid of things that aren’t working. I’m not so much afraid of failing as I am of having wasted my time on something that goes nowhere. The worst mistake anyone can make is to cling to something that is nowhere.

Time and tide wait for no man.

Oh, and it’s Train Tuesday.  Enjoy your day.

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.

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.