Wrapping up 2018

With 2018 coming to an end, I suppose it’s okay to reflect on my life this past year. 2018 has been a different year for me professionally and on a personal level, in so much that my wife experienced her first year of retirement from her job as an Engineer with Lockheed and I have…

Photography Do’s and Don’ts

Grammatical exceptions aside, here is a quick list of photography “do’s and don’ts” I’ve formulated from my field experience. Just for a little fun. Do; Keep a charged extra camera battery on your body when working. Don’t; Offer unsolicited critique of another person’s photograph. Do; Keep a lens cloth with you when working. Don’t; Use…

The Eyes Have It

Talk to any experienced portrait photographer and they’ll explain the importance of the eyes in any close-up photograph. The best portraits display the subjects eyes clearly and distinctly. It is the eyes that attract the viewers gaze. An important aspect of those captivating eyes is the use of “catch light.” Catch light is a specular…

The Photographic Cycles of Life in Colorado

By mid-October, Winter weather begins its grip on Colorado. As a matter of fact, it’s snowing as I type this. Our first noticeable snow storm of the season here in Denver. The warm season doesn’t last long here at high altitude. Mountain folk think of Denver and the Front Range dwellers as “flat-landers” to a…

The Best Moose is the One You Have With You

Now that I’ve returned from a successful and probably final moose photography outing in Northern Colorado this year, I’m sifting through and editing some 3,500 or so fresh images of these amazing creatures. As with any photographic subject, one can find a number of different attitudes and views among friends and acquaintances. One reoccurring attitude…

Moose Are Beautiful Creatures

  Back in town from my recent moose hunt. It was a successful trip. I found this calf and a cow enjoying the fresh green mountain grass and sunshine Tuesday afternoon. Moose are beautiful creatures.

Goals and Milestones

I’m in a contemplative mood this morning so this post is going to be a little more from the heart. Hope you don’t mind the ramblings of a man who is trying to grow old gracefully. I’ve rationalized just about every aspect of my life over the years, justifying to myself and to others, my…

Insights From The Moose Whisperer

Something I learned many years ago was how to find moose. For the average person a moose sighting is more or less coincidental to their being in the right place at the right time. Moose do move around a lot and are not afraid to be in the vicinity of human populations, though their tolerance…

Hard Night on the Town

Working on the wildlife catalogs this morning I came across this comical photograph of an elk lounging beneath tree in my neighborhood. Elk wander into the burbs of the foothills from time to time, however, it’s not often they stop and linger for any length of time. This guy looks like he has a hangover…

Holy Grail Photographs

In wildlife photography we look for what could be called “Holy Grail” photos. I think that phrase is over-used, but the fact remains. We look for specific types of behavioral scenes to photograph. In this case, the bighorn ram fight scene. I’ve seen this combat several times over the years. It isn’t hard to observe…