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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

Travel Thursday

Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica
The Arenal Volcano in north-central Costa Rica

The best travel destination Trudy and I have ever been to is Costa Rica.

Beautiful landscapes, amazing wildlife, friendly people.

When we visited the Arenal volcano, we where hoping to see an eruption, but that didn’t happen. Actually, other than the first day there, it rained the entire time and we never got another look. It was still an amazing visit though.

If there is a Garden of Eden, it’s in Costa Rica.

Wildlife Wednesday

Burrowing owls migrate to Colorado every summer.

There used to be a nice area north of Denver International Airport where burrowing owls could be easily photographed, however, construction and man’s intrusion into nature has forced the owls elsewhere.

Pawnee Grasslands is the most popular area to find them these days, but I’ve heard that there are some locations not far from Ft. Collins where they can also be found.

I think I’ll explore a little more this summer and get on the birds.

The Local Duck Pond

Female Wood Duck Swimming in the Sunbeams Along a Lake Shore

I’ve been a bit dormant on the photography front for the past several weeks. Getting everything ready for summer and that type of stuff.

I made a trip out to my local Duck Pond the other day with my friend Tim.

Nice afternoon sunlight, lots of interesting birds.

Here’s a sample.

A Snowy Egret Rests on a Rock in the Shade Next to a Pond.
Double-Crested Cormorants Perched On A Log With Wood Duckling Swimming By
Wildlife of Colorado – Wood Duck Duckling in Calm Blue Water
Adult Canada Goose Walking in a Green Field of Grass