A couple of interesting images from one of our recent storms. The snow had covered the bare branches of these bushes and trees and created an almost abstract looking scene.
Boy, if looks could kill, this handsome fellow might have left me dead. Haha!
He and his mate were hanging out on an osprey stand in northern Colorado recently. They were very kind to me, giving me some fantastic poses of the two of them and then, this sequence of him as he departed.
Sometimes I will find wildlife that is entirely comfortable with human presence. Such was the case with this cool eagle two weeks ago. It was calmly perched, keeping watch over a field. While it did turn to look at me, other than this quick glance, it ignored me and continued surveying its domain. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
The annual rut may be over but boys will be boys and these two are still more than willing to mix it up.
Days when snowstorms are ending or right after are some of my favorites for photographing wildlife. Certainly the snow provides for cool surroundings but more so, the critters just seem to relish the colder, wetter weather. This past Saturday that was the case for sure.
Light snow was falling and lighting wasn’t the best but the deer were extraordinarily active. These two pushed and shoved each other for a half hour and while the action wasn’t as intense as during the height of mating season, it was certainly fun to watch.
I do always wonder how they manage to escape without poking an eye out though! 😉
What a charmed day this was. It had been nearly a year since I saw a golden eagle at this spot in Colorado’s Front Range foothills. Honestly, I had just about given up, thinking the ones that used to hang out there had moved on for good.
This past Sunday though I was very excited to find not one, not two, but three goldens all within a half mile of each other. Two of them were perched on adjacent poles.
I spent more than an hour watching and waiting for them to do something other than just looking handsome. Finally, the closest one took off and I was lucky to grab a number of images as it did. It truly was an impressive sight.
Golden Eagles are one of the continent’s largest raptors with a wingspan of up to seven feet. It’s hard to imagine just how big they are until you see one in person.
Or, he could be checking out that picture and making sure he knows the proper way to headbutt a human. 😉
Was looking for a pic to share today and came across this one from back in July taken atop Mount Evans in Colorado. Kind of a fun one I hadn’t shared before.
A capture from a week or so ago in rural Adams County, Colorado. The colors from the rising sun weren’t anything extraordinary but the form and texture of the clouds with hints of blue through them really were kind of cool.
What an absolutely thrilling encounter this was! The bison at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge are a favorite photo subject of mine. However, they have a lot of land to roam there so it can be hit or miss as to whether or not you even see them.
Yesterday, as a snowstorm wound down, it was a definite hit. The snow and cold had them feeling quite invigorated and extraordinarily active. Among the highlights were five bulls that were having great fun running around chasing each other. These big guys can actually run up to 40mph and they put their athleticism on display.
At one point, they were running on the opposite side of some trees and then turned, coming right at me. All I could do was ‘pray and spray’, furiously snapping pics as they came charging through the snow. It was absolutely thrilling! Perhaps a bit disconcerting as well given their size as they passed only a few feet away. 😉
I am really pleased with this capture. Some great detail in there and a good look at the nictitating membrane, a second eyelid that many birds have to help keep their eyes clean.
It is prime time for these gorgeous raptors here and I am getting pics of them almost every time I venture out. So much fun! See more of them here.
I tend to think that we have one of the prettiest capitol buildings in the union. Its classic architecture topped by the gold dome really is something to see.
Of course throw in the fact that the words “ONE MILE ABOVE SEA LEVEL” are engraved on the 15th step of the building to remind everyone they are in the Mile High City is pretty cool as well.
There are actually two additional markers on the steps. One on the 18th step was installed in 1969 when CSU engineering students determined the original marker was too low. Then, in 2003, a third marker was installed on the 13th step as modern measurements using GPS determined what should be truly 5,280 feet above sea level.
This image was taken a few weeks ago during a nighttime excursion to downtown Denver.