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.

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.

Making a Photograph Look Old

Photograph of a steam locomotive crossing clear creek at the Georgetown Loop in Colorado
Georgetown Loop NGRR, Colorado.

Train Tuesday.

Someone asked me one time, “what’s your best technique for making a photograph look old?”

My response. “Take the photograph and wait 50 years before you look at it”

In all seriousness though, for several years I made quite a bit of money at art festivals selling photographic prints of steam trains, converted to sepia tone and placed in vintage wood frames.  It was a staple of my printed product line for several years.