Monte Vista – After Action Report

Every photography trip is different. This year’s Monte Vista trip was no exception. The story starts over a week before my friend Tim and I leave town.  I normally schedule this trip for the week following the annual Monte Vista Sandhill Crane Festival. Mother Nature had a different idea. The “Bomb Cyclone.” Spring snow storms…

Springtime in the Rockies

Spring weather in Colorado can vary dramatically from year to year, month to month and even week to week. I’ve been planning to travel to Monte Vista for a few days following the annual Sandhill Crane Festival, as I normally do. The reports I’ve been hearing from other photographers indicate the bird count this year…

Sandhill Cranes in Monte Vista

There are three major areas within shouting distance of Denver for photographing Sandhill Cranes. Kearney, Nebraska, Bosque del Apache, New Mexico and Monte Vista, Colorado. I’ve been to each of these locations over the years and I’ve found my personal preference to be Monte Vista, Colorado. Kearney, Nebraska is a major convergence point for the…

Interesting Backgrounds

I prefer the scenery of Monte Vista over that of Bosque del Apache or Kearney Nebraska for photographing the cranes. Blanca Peak at the southern end of the Sangre de Cristo mountains is a prominent landmark and the long sprawling flatlands that engulf the area are a perfect setting for photographing these large, beautiful birds….

The Dance

From a technical standpoint, Sandhill Cranes do not pose a significant challenge. You’ll have three major considerations for insuring the optimal quality of your photographs. Light Location Optics Regarding the light, it is no different from any other subject matter lighting. You’ll want the sun in behind you for most shots, giving you direct sunlight…

Back from Monte Vista

The Greater Sandhill Cranes that migrate through Monte Vista are the same group of birds found in Bosque del Apache from December – February. Each year, the town of Monte Vista hosts the Sandhill Crane Festival, normally around mid-March. I don’t attend the festival as it’s a bit too crowded and hectic. My trips to…

Adventures in Photography

Back from Monte Vista. I had to cut my trip short when one of the tires on my Subaru decided to deflate with vigor. I did learn something new as a result. You can’t buy tires for a Subaru Outback in southern Colorado without having to wait. Nobody stocks tires for a Subaru Outback. So…

Sandhill Cranes of Monte Vista

I’ll be heading to Monte Vista, Colorado this week to photograph the annual Sandhill Crane migration. I don’t make this trip every year so it is time to update the portfolio and play with some new gear. Stay tuned for photos.

A Bird’s Life

Each year in March, the city of Monte Vista, Colorado is the host of the Monte Vista Crane Festival. This year, it will occur from March 9th-11th. Monte Vista is less than half a day drive for me, so this will be my next photographic adventure. There are three main Sandhill Crane festivals that are…