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Eagle Launch
Prairie Falcon
Moment of Serenity
River Headwaters in November
Axial Flow
Lonesome Bull Wapiti
The Apocalypse Cloud
Indian Summer
Feeding the Chicks
Feeding the HB Chicks
Resilience
Black, Chocolate and Tan Cubs
Western Bluebird, male, lands
Golden Ferns in the aspen grove
The Morning After
Horseshoe Park Overlook
Dream Reflections at Sunrise
Above the Tempest
Sprague Lake October
Deer Ridge Trail, Autumn
Freedom
Inherit the Wind
Wilderness Aspen Grove
Aspen grove
Downy WP, female
Horseshoe Park w/ Stacked Hills
After The Storm
Nurturing the Wide-eyed Innocent
Seeking New Horizons
Bear Lake Fog at Sunrise
Wilderness Rendezvous
Moonset on the Continental Divide
Amongst the Clouds
"Royal" at the Edge of the Forest
Coyote in Snow
Cloudburst over Foothills
Upper Meadow in May
The Loch
Dream Lake Serenity
The Ides of March
Grove of the Golden Ferns
An Ethereal Moment
Chase the Wind and Touch the Sky
Snowshoe Hare Camouflage
Carved by Glaciers
The Mother Ship Returns
Approaching snowstorm
After the Storm
Ni-chebe-chii
Hope
Bohemian Waxwings
Three Toed Woodpecker, male
Window to Long's Peak
Broken Land
Three Rams
Glacier Creek Wilderness
Chop chop
The Last Hurrah
Boulder Brook
Great-horned Owl
Red-breasted Nuthatch, Sitta canadensis.
Anticipation
Rain in the Foothills
Broad-tailed Hummingbird Tongue
Moose in Sprague Lake
Estes Park Early Morning
Moonset over West Horseshoe Park
Halcyon Days
Shadow Play in the Aspen Grove
Extending a Warm Welcome on a Winter Day
Volcano of Diamonds
Ice Age Legacy
Alpenglühen over Windy Gulch Cascades
Lumpy Ridge
Snow Maelstrom on Every Peak
Aspen Splendor
Riverside Eagle
Summer Solstice Sunrise
Monsoonal Weather Overwhelms West HorseshoePark
Marmot Multiplicity
Rufous Hummingbird, male
Bravely Exploring the New World
Nymph Lake August
Bear Lake Milky Way
Cub Portrait
Mama Bear
Mountain Ocean Of Clouds
Standing Tall
Bear Lake Aspens
Alberta Falls, RMNP
Growing At The Angle Of Repose
Bottoms Up!
Royal
The Moose in Sprague Lake
The Village in the Valley
Clearing Storm: Glacier Gorge Junction
December Buck
A Clear Night in January
Glimmer Of Hope
Horsetails
Crashing Waves
Iridescent Clouds
The Year of the Sheep
Antediluvian
Red Fox Vixen and Kit
Hunter Fox
Owlets in the Witch's Broom
Storm Vertical
Vixen Two Kits
Vixen & Kit
Fishing in Paradise
Food Chain
Broad-tailed Nest
Newborn Elk
Long-tailed Weasel
Hope for a better tomorrow
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbird Alert
Hour 1
Rock Cut
Galactic Center Rising
Bachelors 7 Tundra
in the meadow
A Berry for Breakfast
When Indian Paintbrush blooms
Black Bear in Ponderosa Pine
Aspen Splendor September
Alpenglow Equinox
Aspen Eyes
Momma defends her cub
Momma defends her cub
Sunset Light Above the Peaks
Beaver Point
Ground Blizzard
After the Storm
Buck Portrait
Red-Tailed Hawk
HB Nest
River Walk
Ram & Flock
Bighorn Ram
January Sunset
Standing Lenticular over the Continental Divide
Three Kits at the Fox Den
Four Kits
Northern Shrike
Antlers at Sunrise
Sublimation of Snow at Sunrise
Stone's Peak Moonset
ContinentalDivide HDR FBv
Continental Divide in January
MorainePark HDR
Excellent Detection of Approaching Dangers
Mountain Bluebird
Red Crossbills
Red-tailed Hawk
Moraine Park
Vanguard Male
Spring Snowmelt Begins with a Trickle
FallRiverS curve FB
Full Breeding Plumage
Mountain Bluebird on Wax Currant
The Wilderness of Beaver Meadows
Clearing skies above the continental divide
Glacier Creek
Glacier Creek
Four Miles of Continental Divide
Mountain Bluebird, male
Western Bluebird, male
Red-Naped Sapsucker, male
American Avocet
Wapiti Congregation
Northern Shovelers, male and female
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American White Pelican Pod
A Committee of Vultures
Aerial Attack
Fly By ... she missed!
Courtship Encounter... Love at first site.
Williamson's Sapsucker, female
Williamson's Sapsucker, male
Snowy Egret in flight
Spotted Sandpiper
Killdeer and snow flakes
Catching Snowflakes
Do earthworms scream?
The Annual Snipe Hunt
Mountain Bluebird, male
Osprey Pair in Flight
Two Turkeys, males, Merriam's
Young Bull Moose
The Yearling
Warming Up in the Morning Sun
Brown Creeper on Ponderosa Pine
Red-shafted Northern Flicker, male
Merriam's Wild Turkeys in the Pines
Williamson'sSS FB
Debutantes
Owlets, two
Many Parks Curve
Many Parks Curve
En garde
Coyote Family
Wapiti "Fawn Spots"
Wapiti Calf
Newborn Wapiti
MacGregor Corral
Sublimation at Sunrise
New Lambs
WesternBBmale FB
Mountain Bluebird Share
Pre FlightChecklist ...complete
Banded Owlet
Coyote Pup
Big Thompson Vertical
Velvet Overlook
High Peak Mill
Water Ouzel
Moonset in the Avalance Zone
OspreyMale
MonsoonWeather Pano
I went to the woods because...
Nighttime Encounter, true infrared
Life is strong and fragile. It's a paradox...
Légumes au marché de l'agriculteur
Alluvial Fan
I See What You Mean
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
A Friendly Disagreement
Royal in Sprague Lake
Sprague Lake Harem
The Alpine Mirror
Commitment FB
Wapiti Antlers
Black bear cubs
Sibling Cubs
Cubs Vertical
Glacier Creek Falls
Moonset Stones Peak
Bear Lake Sunrise
Bear Lake Aspens at Sunrise
Bear Lake Aspens at Sunrise
HollowellAspens HDR FB
The Last of the Mohicans
Gone with the Wind
Buck Rail Fence
The Rock Slide Aspens
Autumnal Chaos
Storm Pass Trailhead
Black Bear Cub
Debutante Cubs
Black Bear Cinnamon Cubs
BuckRailFence FB
Stanley Hotel Halloween
'Merica
Talon Washing
Bighorn Ewe and Yearling Lamb
The Nurturing Ewe
MorainePark vFB
Sprague Lake Cloudscape
The Highest Continuous Paved Road
Mule Deer Buck
Sunbeam Epiphany
Super Moon Rises above Deer Mountain
Super Moon crests atop Deer Mountain
Ready for Winter
Supermoonset on the Continental Divide
Winter Hunter
Leonids over the Mummy Range
The Annular Rings of the Top Ram
The Iconic Bighorn Ram
Rutting Season
Young Buck
The Challenge Nudge
Navigating the Canyon Walls
Alpha Male
The Remains of the Hunt
The Iconic Ram
Glacier Gorge December
Standing Tall above the Glacial Valley
Prowling Predators
Downright hostile, uninhabitable, and weird planet
Rough Legged Hawk
Circle of Life
Northern Harrier & Golden Eagle
Unexpected Snow Drop
RoughLeggedHawkFB
Scavengers Compete
Gentle Giant
Fall River Pass
A History of Violence
A Winter Technical Climb
Bull Moose Party
Mule Deer Herd FB
Boxing for the Herd Leadership
Merriam's Wild Turkey
Bear Lake Dawn
Meteor in the Dark Sky
Imperial basking in the January sunshine
The Smallest Yearling
Bighorn Ewes Yearling Lambs
Ruckus
Moonset on Stone Peak
Moonset Stones Peak
Moonset on Stone's Peak (bw)
Great Horned Owl roost
Redhead male
Moonset on Stone's Peak
Wapiti in the Snow
Shimmering air above the Slash Fire
Winter Fatigue... bedraggled
We didn't start the fire It was always burning...
Winter Spring Tipping Point
"Haves" and "Have Nots"
Great Horned Owl, Male
Mountain Bluebird
Fear the Ravens... Evermore
Welcome Home to the Mountains!
A Peaceful View
Surviving the Attack
Morning Encounter
Nurse Rock
Greater Yellowlegs
Windswept
Western Bluebird, male
Western Bluebirds, mated pair
Red-shafted Northern Flicker, male
Mt. Ypsilon "Y" Couloir
Mountain Bluebird, female
Mountain Bluebird, male
Coyote's Perspective
Circle of Life
Wild Eyes
MBBmaleFB
Talons
Moraine Park Layers
The Ibis have Landed
Kayaking in April
Manicured to Perfection
Wilson's Snipe
A Feather Out-of-Place
Loggerhead Shrike v2
Hunter Predator
Hunter in the Meadow
Full Display
Grooming stop-over during Migration
The Lonely Avocet
Determined Migration
Protective Mother
Courtship Behavior
Hunting Alone
Western Grebe, close encounter
Rio Grande Jake
Tree Swallow
Homecoming
Homecoming
Seven Miles to the Summit
Many Parks Curve Perspective
Difficult Weather
MBBmaleFB
Abert's Squirrel
Osprey male
Velvet Phase Wapiti Bull
Wilson's Phalarope
Deer Mountain Trailhead
On the brink of a new Ice Age
Launch
The Willow Browser
Alert Cervid
Willow Browser
Conjunction
Stars over the Front Range
Bighorn Yearlings Sprint
Mountain Bluebird on Wax Currant
Owl Flight Tutorial
Newborn Wapiti
Newborn Wapiti
Wapiti Nursery
Swim and Browse
Abert's Squirrel, melanistic phase
Harbinger of the Wildflower Season to come
Full Flow Cascade
Master of Camouflage
Bighorn rams
Ramming Leverage
Playing "King of the Hill"
Holding the High Ground
Lamb & Ewe
Pure Innocence
Magenta Gorget
How high's the water, mama?
Dynamic Duo
Summer Days of Solstice
Fresh Trout for Dinner
Prefers Room With A View
Western Tanager, male
Western Tanager, male, shade
Narcissus amongst the Marsh Marigolds
Rocky Mountain Penstemon
"It's a hard-knock life for us!"
Velvet Royal
Male Mountain Bluebird
Moonset on Tyndall Glacier
2017 Bighorn Lamb
Pre-flight Checklist
Ewe & Lamb
Flock
A Cautious Venture
Disgruntled
Run Like The Wind
Bear Aware
Joyful Reunion
Prominences & Corona
Baily's Beads
Lens Flare Sunstar Solar Eclipse
The Curiosity of the Young Bull Moose
Calm Morning
Sprague Lake Vertical
Raining Moose
Max Velvet
Crepuscular Bull Moose
The Prince, who would be King
Virga over the Rockies
Baldpate Inn Key Collection
To nurture
Swimming Bull

Eagle Launch

This is an adult Bald Eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, but the white patches under the wing indicate maybe year 4 at most. Lake Estes, Estes Park, CO. 04/26/15 12:14PM MDT. Canon5Dmk3, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, f/5.6, 1/640s, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm.

Prairie Falcon

A living monument to Darwinism. Prairie Falcon, Falco mexicanus. Lake Estes, Estes Park, CO. 04/24/15 2:57PM MDT. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, f/5.6, 1/3200s, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm.

Moment of Serenity

Young bighorn ram in gently falling snow.

River Headwaters in November

The Big Thompson River origins in Moraine Park, Rocky Mountain NP.

Axial Flow

Star trails over the Mummy Range in Rocky Mountain National Park. 25 minutes.

Lonesome Bull Wapiti

Bull elk bugling during rutting season.

The Apocalypse Cloud

A monstrous lenticular cloud forms over the front range of Colorado on January 5, 2012. Printed on the front page, above the fold of the EP News on 01/13/2012. http://www.myvirtualpaper.com/doc/estes_park_news/epn1-13-12webfile/2012011201/#0

Indian Summer

Sunset above Bear Lake, with Long's Peak above.

Feeding the Chicks

Mountain Bluebird, female, feeds her chicks in a cavity nest of an aspen tree.

Feeding the HB Chicks

Broadtailed hummingbird, female, feeds her chicks. The nest is the size of a walnut shell and made of lichen, aspen bark and spider webs.

Resilience

Ponderosa pine trees in the glacial valley.

Black, Chocolate and Tan Cubs

Black bear sow scolds her three cubs in mid-summer.

Western Bluebird, male, lands

Western bluebird, male, lands at the entrance to the cavity nest to feed chicks.

Golden Ferns in the aspen grove

After the first hard freeze, the ferns turned a golden color on the forest floor of the aspen grove.

The Morning After

Upper Beaver Meadows in the foreground. Long's Peak and the continental divide in the background.

Horseshoe Park Overlook

Clearing sky, after a severe t-storm. As seen from Rainbow Curve in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Dream Reflections at Sunrise

Dream Lake, RMNP. 7:20 AM 10/21/10. HDR. A rare morning of still wind allowing a mirror reflection on the lake.

Above the Tempest

Approaching moonset on Stone's Peak.

Sprague Lake October

Sprague Lake on October 22, 2011. 0.6 & 0.9 soft grad ND filters. HDR Pro. SEP2.

Deer Ridge Trail, Autumn

October dusting of snow on the high peaks, as the aspen grove reaches peak color in the valley. HDR Efex Pro plug in with Aperture 3.

Freedom

Mountain Bluebird, male, RMNP. March 17, 2011.

Inherit the Wind

Two hours before sunrise on 01/13/2012 at 5:22 AM. That's not the sunrise. It's light pollution from Denver.

Wilderness Aspen Grove

A peaceful and pristine place on Bierstadt Moraine. Accessible by snowshoe. “In wildness is the preservation of the world.” ― Henry David Thoreau Three RAW images -1, 0, +1. Processed in Photomatix HDR Plugin for Aperture 2.0.1. Also, ColorEfex4 and Viveza 2.

Aspen grove

An aspen grove near Glacier Gorge Jct. in RMNP.

Downy WP, female

Downy Woodpecker on musk thistle.

Horseshoe Park w/ Stacked Hills

Horseshoe Park in Rocky Mountain National Park. From the overlook at Shot from Rainbow Curve. Hazy day. 6:47AM. Lens focal length 85mm. Fall River at flood stage due to rapid snowmelt.

After The Storm

This is the view from Rainbow Curve in RMNP over Horseshoe Park. On the horizon is Longmont and Loveland and Fort Collins, CO. On the extreme horizon, I might be able to see as far as Greeley, CO. This wonderful light followed the dissipation of a severe t-storm late in the afternoon.

Nurturing the Wide-eyed Innocent

The Great Horned Owl nest, the momma owl and the owlet. Bubo virginianus.

Seeking New Horizons

The view from the aspen grove on Bierstadt Moraine, during peak aspen colors, of Long's Peak across the glacial valley. Colorful Colorado!

Bear Lake Fog at Sunrise

Bear Lake. Early morning fog on the mirror, as very cold air entered the region.

Wilderness Rendezvous

Bighorn ewe and full curl ram during courtship.

Moonset on the Continental Divide

Hallet's Peak and Tyndall Glacier and Flattop Mountain bracket the moonset. Location: Bear Lake, RMNP, near Estes Park, CO. Date: Aug 16, 2011

Amongst the Clouds

Ypsilon Mountain emerges from the lower clouds into the deep blue Colorado sky.

"Royal" at the Edge of the Forest

During February, when there aren't as many visitors to RMNP, the big bulls come out of the deep forest. This guy was massive and much larger than his peers. An impressive 6x6 "royal". btw, the elk will drop their antlers in about 3 weeks. This image was captured near the Fall River entrance.

Coyote in Snow

A study in black & white. Moraine Park in Rocky Mountain National Park. 02/13/12

Cloudburst over Foothills

Afternoon t-storm over the foothills in Colorado, as seen from Rocky Mountain National Park.

Upper Meadow in May

Elk herd in Upper Beaver Meadows, RMNP.

The Loch

The alpine lake in Rocky Mountain National Park on May 15, 2012.

Dream Lake Serenity

Glorious at the alpine lake on May 3, 2012. This image captured at 11:26 AM. Dream Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.

The Ides of March

Sunrise at 7:15 AM on 03/15/12.

Grove of the Golden Ferns

Golden ferns in the aspen grove on Bierstadt Moraine.

An Ethereal Moment

Black & White of Ypsilon Mountain with clouds in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Chase the Wind and Touch the Sky

Aspen Grove on blue sky Colorado day.

Snowshoe Hare Camouflage

Snowshoe Hare, Lepus americanus. This hare was photographed in Chaos Cascades, northeast of Nymph Lake.

Carved by Glaciers

The front range of the Rockies. Carved by glaciers 15,000 years ago. When the snow stopped, the sky started to clear. Then, the winds started to blow. There were a few moments before the visibility was reduced. This was one of those moments. Rocky Mountain National Park

The Mother Ship Returns

Standing lenticular cloud on the lee side of the Rockies. This lenticular cloud formed just before sunset and caught the long wavelength light. High winds at high altitudes plus a disruption from the mountain range causes the lenticular cloud formation.

Approaching snowstorm

A snowstorm approaches Rocky Mountain National Park. The linear clouds are air mass boundaries between the dry air and the cold, moist air.

After the Storm

The glacial valley and the continental divide of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Ni-chebe-chii

Hope

Mountain Bluebird in meadow during precipitation. Hope Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune--without the words, And never stops at all, And sweetest in the gale is heard; And sore must be the storm That could abash the little bird That kept so many warm. I've heard it in the chillest land, And on the strangest sea; Yet, never, in extremity, It asked a crumb of me. _Emily Dickinson

Bohemian Waxwings

Bohemian Waxwings, [i]Bombycilla garrulus[/i]. Rare in Colorado, they are on their way to Alaska from the far southern edge of their winter range. These two are from a flock of fifty.

Three Toed Woodpecker, male

American Three-toed Woodpecker in West Horseshoe Park. Uncommon to rare in spruce forests, particularly in areas with many recently dead trees. Yellow patch on front top of head indicates the male.

Window to Long's Peak

After the snow storm.

Broken Land

On November 11, 2012, the forest fire continued to smolder in Forest Canyon. This fire began on October 9, 2012. It was hoped that a snow event would end the fire season. Instead, the fire doubled in size on December 1, 2012.

Three Rams

Bighorn rams in the Big Thompson Canyon.

Glacier Creek Wilderness

The wilderness of the Colorado Rockies.

Chop chop

Hairy Woodpecker. Ponderosa Pine.

The Last Hurrah

A late Spring snowstorm.

Boulder Brook

Boulder Brook in autumn.

Great-horned Owl

Great-horned owl, male, 혉혶혣혰 혷혪혳혨혪혯혪혢혯혶혴.

Red-breasted Nuthatch, Sitta canadensis.

Red-breasted Nuthatch, Sitta canadensis. West Horseshoe Park, RMNP.

Anticipation

Anticipating the snowmelt in May 2011. Fall River in Horseshoe Park, RMNP.

Rain in the Foothills

Summer rains with lightning.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird Tongue

Broad-tailed hummingbird, male.

Moose in Sprague Lake

A young mature bull moose (A. a. sharasi) browses water plants in Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Otis Mt., Hallets Peak and Flattop Mountain loom behind in the clouds.

Estes Park Early Morning

stes Park, CO. 12/05/13 6:41am. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, HDR blend of 0.5s, 1.0s, 2.0s, f/10, ISO 400, lens focal length 58mm. Following a 12" snowstorm on the previous day.

Moonset over West Horseshoe Park

Moonset in West Horseshoe Park, RMNP, Estes Park, CO. 12/18/13 7:06am. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM, f/8, 135mm, ISO 6400, [1/60, 1/125, 1/250], lens focal length 135mm.

Halcyon Days

Winter Solstice 12/21/13 7:16am. (Sunrise 7:25am) The shortest day of the year started with much color in the sky in the pre-sunrise moments. Deer Mountain, RMNP, Estes Park, CO. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/16, ISO 100, [0.5s, 1.0s, 2.0s], lens focal length 47mm.

Shadow Play in the Aspen Grove

Pristine winter day in the aspen grove on Bierstadt Moraine. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, 12/27/13 1:10pm, f/16, ISO 100, [1/30, 1/20, 1/13}, 28 mm lens focal length. RMNP, Estes Park, CO.

Extending a Warm Welcome on a Winter Day

Estes Park, CO. Long's Peak and the front range of the Rockies are the background mountains. Home of Rocky Mountain National Park. My home, my business and my community in one frame. This was the first clear morning after the 12/4/13 snowstorm (12"). This version is from a single exposure. Previous versions were HDR blends.

Volcano of Diamonds

Spectacularly clear night in West Horseshoe Park, RMNP. The milky way above the Mummy Range was a thrill to observe and photograph. The moon did not rise for another hour. This 8:45pm on 1/20/14 image was the darkest moment of the night. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/4, 25s, ISO 5000, lens focal length 24mm. I'm aiming to the NW, which is the darkest part of the sky (least light pollution from the megalopolis).

Ice Age Legacy

Moraine Park Dawn. 01/28/14 6:58 am. (Sunrise came 16 minutes later at 7:14am) Previous day brought 10" of snow. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/8, 0.3000s, ISO 100, lens focal length 82mm.

Alpenglühen over Windy Gulch Cascades

Winds picked up at sunrise. 01/28/14 7:11am (official sunrise in Estes Park was 7:14am. The peaks grab the sunrise light before it hits the lower elevations of the valley.) This is Upper Moraine Park from Fern Lake TH road, RMNP. The highest peak is Stone's Peak. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/8, 1/200s, ISO 800, lens focal length 105mm.

Lumpy Ridge

MacGregor Ranch, Lumpy Ridge and Twin Owls on 02/01/2014, 8:49am. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/10, 1/320s, ISO 100 lens focal length 92mm. RMNP. Estes Park, CO.

Snow Maelstrom on Every Peak

Thanks to the mostly clear sky this morning, the scenery was much more interesting. Best day in February, so far. This image was captured on 02/11/14 7:19am MST. Sunrise occurred at 7:00am. The blowing snow added drama. At lower elevations, the wind was mostly calm. From left to right: Chiquita, Ypsilon, Fairchild. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/10, ISO 100, lens focal length 55mm, [1/160s, 1/100s, 1/60s]. Soft grad ND filters, 0.6 and 0.9.

Aspen Splendor

September 26, 2013 6:13pm. This image represents the brief window of park access between the flood closure and the government shutdown closure. This was a late afternoon shot. (Quiet air late in the day is uncommon at Bear Lake.) The aspen color is a few days past perfect. Just hoping I get to see this scene again next September. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/16, ISO 100, HDR blend of 1/10s, 1/6s, 1/4s, 28mm lens focal length.

Riverside Eagle

Bald Eagle along Riverside Dr. in Estes Park, CO. 02/24/14 2:44pm. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, f/5.6, 1/1600s, ISO 200, lens focal length 400mm.

Summer Solstice Sunrise

The sunrise of the summer solstice 06/21/14 5:18am. Rainbow Curve, RMNP. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/8, ISO 100, [1/6s, 0.3s, 0.6s], lens focal length 24mm, 0.6 & 0.9 soft grad ND filters.

Monsoonal Weather Overwhelms West HorseshoePark

The monsoonal weather dramaticallly overwhelmed West Horseshoe Park this afternoon. The heavy sky approached from the northwest and was followed by an extended period of heavy rain with some lightning and thunder. No wind. Temps fell into the 50's. Better weather is expected by the weekend. 07/16/14 4:38pm. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/11, ISO 100, [1/80s, 1/50s, 1/30s], lens focal length 32mm.

Marmot Multiplicity

Marmot multiplicity. Marmot Rock in Upper Beaver Meadows, RMNP. 07/18/14 11:56pm. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, f/6.3, 1/400s, ISO 400, tripod mount, lens focal length 400mm.

Rufous Hummingbird, male

Rufous Hummingbird, male. Guarding the territory against all others. He's aggressive and a bully to the nth degree. He doesn't play well with others. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 1250, lens focal length 400mm. This species of hummingbird is only temporarily in the Rockies. He and his ilk are on the southern leg of their yearly migration.

Bravely Exploring the New World

1 hour after birth. Newborn Muley fawn.

Nymph Lake August

Lily Pads and blossoms on Nymph Lake, RMNP, 08/10/14 10:40am. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/16, ISO 100, [1/50s, 1/25s, 1/13s], lens focal length 28mm, 0.6 and 0.9 soft grad ND filters. I had "equipment carrying" help today on my hike.

Bear Lake Milky Way

It was uber dark at Bear Lake tonight. I couldn't see my hand in front of my face. But, I could see the Milky Way. The air was amazingly clear, a gentle breeze and mild temps. I stood on the north shore of Bear Lake and looked southward. Long's Peak and Half Mountain are on the lower left, along with light pollution from Denver. 8/17/14 9:57pm. Canon 5Dmk3, Bower 24mm f/1.4 Wide-Angle Lens, f/2, 25s, ISO 2500, lens focal length 24mm. First session with this lens. Results will improve with practice.

Cub Portrait

One of two bear cubs with their mother. This is the darker colored of the two. He could be a model. Love his claws and somewhat blue eyes! Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, f/5.6, 1/640s, ISO 1250, lens focal length 400mm, tripod mount, shutter release cable. 08/26/14 3:18pm.

Mama Bear

Mama bear with two cubs. Cub pictures to follow later today. This is a telephoto shot from 100' so as to not disturb their safe place in a Ponderosa Pine. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF 400mm 5.6L USM, 8/26/14 7:58am, f/5.6, 1/400s, ISO 3200, lens focal length 400mm. Larimer County, CO. Very healthy looking black bears of chestnut color.

Mountain Ocean Of Clouds

When I saw this scene, I cried. Forest Canyon Overlook. 09/05/14 12:22pm, Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/16, ISO 100, [1/500s. 1/320s. 1/200s], lens focal length 67mm. Converted to monochrome in Silver Efex Pro2. Title of this image is: "Mountain Ocean of Clouds"

Standing Tall

I love our bears. This guy was about my height. I think about 350# and maybe 5 years old. Somewhere in Colorado is the location. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, f/5.6, 1/250s, ISO 1600, lens focal length 400mm., tripod mount, shutter release cable. From about 120' distance. 09/12/14 9:43am.

Bear Lake Aspens

Bear Lake aspen color on Wednesday, 9/17/14 at 9:15am. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/8, [1/1250s, 1/640s, 1/320s], ISO 400, lens focal length 35mm.

Alberta Falls, RMNP

Alberta Falls today. 09/17/14 10:55am. Three images blending in HDR EfexPro 2. Canon 5DMk3, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/16, ISO 100, [1/20s, 1/13s, 1/8s], lens focal length 28mm. (Unfortunately, after capturing this image, my hike back involved the spotting of a suicide casualty along Glacier Creek . Park Service security personnel closed the trail.)

Growing At The Angle Of Repose

Growing at the Angle of Repose, a Geometric concept! If you want a real life example, try climbing the moraine. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, 9/20/14 8:55am. f/16, 1/80s, ISO 100, lens focal length 67mm, 0.6 & 0.9 soft grad Neutral Density filters, tripod mount, shutter release cable.

Bottoms Up!

Mama Bear and her two cubs drink together. (This is for Sandy, Barbara and Garth. Thanks for your help!) 09/22/14 4:06pm. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF 400mm f/4L USM, f/5.6, 1/125s, ISO 800, lens focal length 400mm. This was a unique nature scene, about which I am humbled.

Royal

10/10/14 4:23pm. A 6x6 is a "Royal". This guy had a harem of about 25 females. Upper Beaver Meadows, RMNP. The rut is in progress. This bull was very alert to competitive bulls in the vicinity of "his" females. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 800, lens focal length 400mm.

The Moose in Sprague Lake

Centennial Celebration. 7/25/13 7:24am. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/11, 1/250s, ISO 1600, lens focal length 60mm, tripod mount, shutter release cable. Moose in Sprague Lake. (adjacent frame to previous similar images)

The Village in the Valley

After the Tree Lighting Ceremony in Estes Park, CO. 11/22/14 5:30pm MST. The "Village in the Valley" at the confluence of Fall River and The Big Thompson River. Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/10, 4.0s, ISO 1600, lens focal length 28mm. Tripod. Shutter release cable. Manual focus and manual exposure.

Clearing Storm: Glacier Gorge Junction

Clouds clearing the divide. 12/02/14 12:31 PM. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/16, 1/40s, ISO100, lens focal length 60mm.

December Buck

This large mule deer buck was with a herd of 30 other deer. There is strength in numbers. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, f/5.6, 1/3200s, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm. 12/27/14 8:24am.

A Clear Night in January

Amazingly dark sky and bright stars on 01/15/15 @ 7:00pm MST. This is the Milky Way above the Mummy Range, as seen from West Horseshoe Park. For the middle of January, it was mild temperature and light winds. Canon 5Dmk3, Bower 24mm f/1.4, f/2, 20s, ISO 2000, lens focal length 24mm. Meteor near the top middle. Airplane to the right of Ypsilon.

Glimmer Of Hope

They say Colorado has 330+ days of sunshine each year. This isn't one of 'em. A brief glimmer of hope in the East, but it was ephemeral. 01/03/15 7:29am. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/16, [1/10s, 1/5s, 0.40s], ISO 100, lens focal length 73mm. There is always a glimmer of hope.

Horsetails

January 27, 2015 in RMNP at 1:57 PM. Moraine Park… looking west towards Stone's Peak. Amazingly beautiful horsetail clouds and near 70º. It was breathtakingly beautiful, calm and peaceful. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/16, ISO 100, [1/250s, 1/125s, 1/60s], lens focal length 65mm. Cirrus uncinus is a type of cirrus cloud. The name cirrus uncinus is derived from Latin, meaning “curly hooks”. Also known as mares’ tails, these clouds are generally sparse in the sky, and very thin. The clouds occur at very high altitudes, at a temperature of about minus 40-50 degrees Celsius. They are generally seen when a warm or occluded front is approaching. They are very high in the troposphere, and generally mean that precipitation, usually rain, is approaching.

Crashing Waves

"Crashing Waves" Windswept peaks of the continental divide, Moraine Park, Rocky Mountain National Park. 01/25/15 3:52PM. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/16, ISO 100, [1/250s, 1/160s, 1/100s], lens focal length 88mm.

Iridescent Clouds

Cloud iridescence. 02/05/15 12:43 pm MST, from Moraine Park Museum, RMNP. Cloud iridescence is the occurrence of colors in a cloud similar to those seen in oil films on puddles, and is similar to irisation. It is a fairly uncommon phenomenon, most often observed in altocumulus, cirrocumulus, lenticular clouds and cirrus clouds. The colors are usually pastel, but can be very vivid. Iridescence is generally produced near the sun, with the sun's glare masking it. Iridescent clouds are a diffraction phenomenon caused by small water droplets or small ice crystals individually scattering light. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/8, 1/2500s, ISO 100, lens focal length 32mm.

The Year of the Sheep

Happy Chinese New Year! The year of the Sheep! Bighorn ram in the Big Thompson Canyon, 11/12/07. Canon 5D, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/1600s, f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm.

Antediluvian

Antediluvian.. "Heads up" to my friends and family downstream. There is risk of big rain combined with rapid snowmelt. The forecast has moderated in the past few hours, but there is potential for trouble. (Much better, of course, than wildfire risk.) The Big Thompson headwaters in Moraine Park, RMNP. 05/07/15 10:31AM MDT. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/16, [1/500, 1/250, 1/125], ISO 100, lens focal length 35mm.

Red Fox Vixen and Kit

A wonderful discovery today. Probably the best nature photography experience I've had this year. A den of foxes somewhere in Larimer County. They are a treasure and a joy. 05/12/15 6:31PM MDT. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, f/5.6, 1/1250s, ISO 1600, lens focal length 400mm.

Hunter Fox

Based on the size and health of the Red Fox kits, we really could assume the male fox was a good hunter… in addition to the vixen's good mothering. I saw him today in the territory of the den. But, he is a somewhat bigger fox than the vixen. And indeed, he was on the hunt for rodents. Those six kits must require a lot of hunting every day. 05/14/15 4:41 PM MDT, Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, f/5.6, 1/1000s, ISO 640, lens focal length 400mm.

Owlets in the Witch's Broom

Great-horned owlets and the mother owl in the witch's broom in the Ponderosa Pine. The reason I captured this image today is … the momma won't be in the nest very long. The owlets are growing rapidly and elbow room is at a premium. Very soon the owlets will be testing their wings for the approaching fledging event in the first week of June. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, f/5.6, 1/250s, ISO 640, lens focal length 400mm. 05/15/15 1:26PM MDT.

Storm Vertical

Immense storm approached from the East on Saturday afternoon. It made the mountains look small and our mountains are big. The vertical orientation only begins to show the towering cumulus clouds. 05/15/15 1:37 PM MDT. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/11, ISO 100, [1/1600, 1/1000, 1/640], lens focal length 40mm.

Vixen Two Kits

The fox den activity on 05/17/15 6:00PM MDT. Two of the six kits. The vixen brought several meals in the hour or so I was watching. Growth rate is rapid. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, f/5.6, 1/640s, ISO 1000, lens focal length 400mm.

Vixen & Kit

The Red Fox vixen and one of the kits posed for me tonight. The kits are showing amazing growth. The adults bring meals several times per day. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF400mm f/4L USM, f/5.6, 1/800s, ISO 1000, lens focal length 400mm. 05/17/15 5:51 PM MDT.

Fishing in Paradise

The weather is pretty good. Sunshine was abundant this morning. I think that will be the case each morning …. through the weekend. The Big Thompson in Moraine Park is normal for late May. No flooding! 05/21/15 11:04AM MDT. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/16, 1/100s, ISO 100, lens focal length 40mm, 0.6 & 0.3 soft grad ND fitlers.

Food Chain

The adult foxes are great hunters and deliver dinner to the kits on a regular basis. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, f/5.6, 1/1000s, ISO 1000, lens focal length 400mm. Larimer County, Colorado. 05/17/15 5:51PM MDT.

Broad-tailed Nest

Very early for this discovery. Finding HB nests is usually a July activity for me. This 06/04/15 9:12AM find is about a month early. This is a broad-tailed hummingbird. The nest is the size of a walnut shell. The two eggs are pea-sized. Length of incubation is 16-19 days. The female HB makes a thick inner cup out of spiderweb and cottonwood fluff and she camouflages the outside with lichens, moss, and bark fragments. The structure, often anchored to the branch with spider webbing, is well-insulated and substantially decreases the nighttime energy requirements of the incubating female. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 1600, lens focal length 400mm. Larimer County, CO.

Newborn Elk

Another newborn elk in our side yard, tonight. Sure is a joy to observe. And, we are honored they view our place as a good birthing place. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, f/5.6, 1/800s, ISO 2000, lens focal length 400mm. 06/04/15 7:42PM MDT.

Long-tailed Weasel

Today was notable due to my close encounter with a Long-tailed Weasel. He was plundering the underground dens of Wyoming groundsquirrels. He is an amazing predator. 06/07/15 12:30PM MDT. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, f/5.6, 1/3200s, ISO 800, lens focal length 400mm. RMNP.

Hope for a better tomorrow

Sometimes, the light is magical and takes one's breath away. Moraine Park, RMNP, 06/10/15 5:39PM MDT. Crepuscular rays, maybe sunbeams, breaking through the heavy overcast. I gasped. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/16, ISO 100, lens focal length, [1/250s, 1/125s, 1/60s].

Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Broad-tailed Hummingbird, male. During rapid flight, male Broad-tailed Hummingbirds produce a particularly shrill, buzzing whistle as air rushes through slots created by the tapered tips of the ninth and tenth primary wing feathers. This photo illustrates the slot. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, f/5.6, 1/5000s, ISO 1250, lens focal length 400mm. Moraine Park, RMNP. 06/17/15 12:42 PM MDT.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird Alert

Broad-tailed Hummingbird, male. This is an illustration of how we know we are looking at a Broad-tailed Hummingbird. When another male enters the territory of a male, he flares out tail and wings to appear "big". I was able to photograph front and back today. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, f/5.6, 1/2000s, ISO 1600, lens focal length 400mm. Moraine Park, RMNP. 06/17/15 2:11 PM MDT.

Hour 1

Now the muleys are dropping fawns. This is the more brave of the twins born this morning. The doe quickly moved the newborns to a safer place as soon as they could walk, which was within an hour of their birth. 06/19/15 9.30AM. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, f/5.6, 1/640s, ISO 1250, lens focal length 400mm. Larimer County, CO.

Rock Cut

Rock Cut on Trail Ridge Road. Looking back towards Longs Peak. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/16, ISO 200, [1/8s, 1/5s, 0.33s}, lens focal length 55mm, 0.6 soft grad ND filter. 06/20/15 8.29 PM MDT.

Galactic Center Rising

The Galactic Center of the Milky Way. 06/20/15 11:23PM MDT. Canon 5Dmk3, Rokinon 14mm f/2.8, f/2.8, 30s, ISO 6400, lens focal length 14mm. As seen from Forest Canyon Overlook, RMNP.

Bachelors 7 Tundra

A bachelors' group of seven on the alpine tundra. 07/14/15 12:15PM MDT. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/16, 1/250s, ISO 400, lens focal length 82mm.

in the meadow

There's a reason they call it the Golden Hour. Not only is the light soft and colorful, the animals are active in the cool early morning air. This 60 day old fawn is enjoying the yellow flowers in the meadow. 08/05/15 7:19 AM MDT. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, f/5.6, 1/640s, ISO 2500, lens focal length 400mm. RMNP.

A Berry for Breakfast

This is a male Mountain Bluebird fledgling. His first summer is going fairly well. In his beak is a ripe berry from the wax currant bush. He had no fear of my camera. Upper Beaver Meadows, RMNP. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, f/5.6, 1/3200s, ISO 400, lens focal length 400. 08/19/15 10:21AM MDT.

When Indian Paintbrush blooms

It was absolutely beautiful this morning. Great birding opportunities and amazing colors all around. This is a female Broad-tailed Hummingbird gathering nectar from an Indian Paintbush in full bloom. 08/19/15 10:03 AM MDT. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, f/5.6, 1/1600s, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm. Upper Beaver Meadows, RMNP.

Black Bear in Ponderosa Pine

A tighter crop for Mr. Bear. This 350# black bear male and I are now on a first name basis. I think he has had his paws in the cookie jar. 09/09/15 12:21PM MDT. Somewhere in Larimer County, CO. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, f/5.6, [1/640s, 1/1000s, 1/1600s], ISO 1250, lens focal length 400mm. This is an HDR image, which was made possible by ghost reduction in HDR Efex Pro2.

Aspen Splendor September

Now is the peak aspen color in the Bear Lake area, RMNP. 9500' is very good now. This scene is about 150 yards up the Flattop Mountain trail from Bear Lake. 09/19/15 7:36AM MDT. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/16, 1/13s, ISO 100, lens focal length 35mm. 0.9 soft grad ND filter. Aspen colors will spread to lower elevations between now and Oct. 10.

Alpenglow Equinox

True alpenglow. 09/21/15 7:06PM MDT. That is 5 minutes after the sun set at 7:01. The sun (below the western horizon) lit up the sky and clouds with color and light. That light bounced down to the mountains, forest and lake. It was magical. The other benefit of darkness is the paucity of people in the area. They went home. I was the last to leave the parking lot at 7:30pm. Our cameras can "see" (via long exposures) long after our eyes can no longer detect the colors and light. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/16, ISO 400, lens focal length 28mm, [1.3s, 2.0s, 3.2s].

Aspen Eyes

Aspen "eyes" have plenty to see. 10/02/15 12:19PM MDT. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/16, ISO 100, lens focal length 58mm, [1/160s, 1/100s, 1/60s]. Location = where Bierstadt Moraine meets Glacier Creek, RMNP. No trail to here, but that is why it is a wilderness.

Momma defends her cub

Momma Bear claws. She knows she is higher on the food chain than me. This is a telephoto lens shot from 50 yards distance. It only looks too close for safety. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, f/5.6, 1/200s, ISO 1600, lens focal length 400mm. Tripod mount. 10/08/15 5:09PM MDT. Somewhere in Larimer County.

Momma defends her cub

The bears are back (somewhere in Larimer County). This is my first sighting of this momma and cub this year. They are a cinammon shade, but are black bears. They look very healthy and happy. This is a first year cub, who obeyed momma bear and stayed high in the tree. In about a month, or so, they will go into hibernation together for the cub's second winter. The cub will be weaned in the summer of 2016, in his second year. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L, f/6.3, 1/125s, ISO 1600, lens focal length 400mm., tripod mount. 10/08/15 5:29 PM MDT.

Sunset Light Above the Peaks

Sunset light on the peaks, from my deck tonight. It was one of the best sunsets of the year. Right clouds. Right light. View of Long's and surrounding geographical landmarks. New snow. Estes Park, CO. RMNP. 10/07/15 6:31 PM MDT. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF200mm f/2.8L USM, f/8, 1/200s, ISO 800, lens focal length 200mm. Handheld.

Beaver Point

5" to 8" of snow overnight. The wind came up around 9:00am and created a ground blizzard. Just before the wind, the scenery was breathtaking. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/10, ISO 100, 1/320s, lens focal length 82mm. 11/11/15

Ground Blizzard

It was a scenic morning (8:35am 11/11/15), until the wind picked up all the new snow and created a ground blizzard. Still blowing hard this afternoon. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/16, ISO 100, 1/320s, lens focal length 47mm. RMNP

After the Storm

5 images stitched in LR Panorama Merge. 11/11/15 8:26AM. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/16, 1/160s, f/16, lens focal length 58mm. RMNP.

Buck Portrait

Every year, on this day in November, the big bucks come into the area from the National Forest to check out the does in heat. And, after they leave the Estes Park neighborhoods, they can be seen in Upper Beaver Meadows while the hunting season is in progress. I am always impressed with the girth of their necks. 11/16/2015 12:21PM. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, lens focal length 400mm., ISO 640, 1/2000s.

Red-Tailed Hawk

A Red-tailed Hawk takes flight from the the top of a Ponderosa Pine. 11/17/15 10:13AM. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/4000s, f/5.6, lens focal length 400mm, ISO 400. RMNP. The patagial dark marks on the leading edge of the wings are the key field marks to ID a RTH.

HB Nest

Momma Hummer feeds the chicks on the day before the chicks are scheduled to fledge. These are broad-tailed hummingbirds. They are testing their wings and by this time tomorrow, I expect them to be venturing into new territories. 07/10/15 9:51 AM MDT. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, f/6.3, 1/400s, ISO 1600, lens focal length 400mm. Larimer County, CO.

River Walk

A view from the River Walk, Estes Park, CO, with a slightly wider angle. 12/15/15 5:00PM. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS, f/16, 6.0sec, ISO 200, lens focal length 65mm. 6" of fresh snow. Just after sunset

Ram & Flock

A fine Bighorn ram on Castle Mountain, overlooking his flock. This is a full curl ram of about 12 years age. He was supervising 20 or so females and yearlings. This guy was in total control. At his age, this is his prime time and apex of his life span. 01/06/16 1:05PM MST. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/1000s @ f/5.6, ISO 200, lens focal length 400mm.

Bighorn Ram

This photo illustrates the annular rings and the results of "brooming of horns" utilized to improve the peripheral vision of the ram. He is 12 years old, as determined (approximately) by the number of annular rings. And, you can see the horn tips have been worn down to help his vision to the sides. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/1000s @ f/5.6, ISO 200, lens focal length 400mm., 01/06/16 1:04PM. Fall River Road, Estes Park, CO.

January Sunset

RMNP Upper Beaver Meadows sunset. 01/11/16 5:06PM. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, [1/6s, 1/4s, 0.4s], ISO 100, f/16, lens focal length 28mm. Official sunset at 4:50PM. The clouds were standing lenticular, but were falling apart by the time this image was captured. Easily the most colorful sunset I have ever seen.

Standing Lenticular over the Continental Divide

Before the colors of sunset engulfed the valley, a very ominous standing lenticular cloud formed about 20 minutes before sunset. It fell apart by sunset, but looked just like an Iowa tornado over Long's Peak for a bit of time. While the color images are appealing, the b&w image is a better cloud photo. RMNP Upper Beaver Meadows sunset. 01/11/16 4:27PM. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, [1/125s, 1/80s, 1/50s], ISO 100, f/16, lens focal length 47mm. Official sunset at 4:50PM.

Three Kits at the Fox Den

Three kits at the fox den. Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, 400mm/ƒ/5.6/1/640s/ISO 1250. May 17, 2015.

Four Kits

The fox den in 2015. There were a total of six kits. This was as close as I came to getting all in one shot. Canon EOS 5D Mark III Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM f/5.6 @ 1/1000s, May 17, 2015, 400 mm, ISO 1000 ©Richard H. Hahn 2015

Northern Shrike

orthern Shrike, Lanius excubitor. This is a predatory songbird. Rocky Mountain National Park, 01/16/14. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, f/8, 1/1600s, ISO 400, lens focal length = 400mm. Based on winter ranges, this is a Northern Shrike, rather than a Loggerhead Shrike.

Antlers at Sunrise

Antlers at sunrise, in silhouette. The bachelor's group of bull elk in West Horseshoe Park, RMNP. 01/21/16 7:22am. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/250s, f/5.6, ISO 800, lens focal length 400mm.

Sublimation of Snow at Sunrise

Sublimation of snow at sunrise. 01/26/16 7:21am. Official Estes Park sunrise was 7:16am. It was about +18 degrees at the storm pass trailhead, with 15 mph winds. The atmospheric phenomenon is not all blowing snow. The clouds represent snow evaporating from a solid without melting into a liquid.... the definition of sublimation. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS, 1/15s@f/1

Stone's Peak Moonset

The moonset was awesome this morning, as the sublimating clouds churned and fumed below, on the continental divide. This is a black&white conversion from an HDR blend in LrCC 2015. 01/28/16 8:52am. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF200mm f/2.8L USM, f/16, ISO 100, [1/30s, 1/60s, 1/125s], lens focal length 200mm.

ContinentalDivide HDR FBv

It takes a great sky to bring a landscape image to life. We are having a spectacular January 28, 2016 in RMNP. This was photographed at 9:05am from the Storm Pass Trailhead. We could use some more snow, but ok for now. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/16, ISO 100, [1/50s, 1/100s, 1/200s], lens focal length 50mm. HDR blend in LrCC 2015.

Continental Divide in January

I like it a little better than the color version. We are having a spectacular January 28, 2016 in RMNP. This was photographed at 9:05am from the Storm Pass Trailhead. We could use some more snow, but ok for now. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/16, ISO 100, [1/50s, 1/100s, 1/200s], lens focal length 50mm. HDR blend in LrCC 2015. This was processed in Silver Efex Pro plugin in PsCC 2015.

MorainePark HDR

Moonset over Moraine Park, RMNP. 01/28/16 8:45am. Canon 5DmkIII, Canon EF135mm f/2.0L USM, f/16, [1/125s, 1/60s, 1/30s], ISO 100, lens focal length 135mm. I don't often use my 135mm for landscape images, but this turned out okay. Three images processed in LrCC 2015 with HDR blend. With 23" of snow expected between now and Ground Hog Day, the scene will change soon. (High winds and zero visibility this morning above 9000'!)

Excellent Detection of Approaching Dangers

Mule deer have excellent hearing and eyesight that warns them of approaching dangers. Odocoileus hemionus. The bucks are about to drop their antlers. 02/08/16 4:25pm. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF200mm f/2.8L USM, 1/1250s@f/2.8, ISO 400, lens focal length 200mm. RMNP.

Mountain Bluebird

On my calendar, the 9th of March is circled in red. For RMNP, that is the day the mountain bluebirds return in large flocks. We are now only four weeks away from this magical event. (March 9th …every year!) The vanguard males arrive first in full breeding plumage. The females arrive a few days later. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, f/5.6, 1/1250s, ISO 400. April 1, 2014 2:46 PM.

Red Crossbills

The Red Crossbills were active this morning. They are year-round residents. The male is brick red and the female is yellowish. They are distinctive because of their specialized beak adaptation for extracting seed from pine cones. Canon EOS5DmkIII, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/1000s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm. 02/12/16 8:11AM. Deer Ridge Junction, RMNP.

Red-tailed Hawk

A Red-tailed Hawk in RMNP this morning. The raptor was waiting for the wind to come up to assist soaring on thermals. This is a Western Light Adult, Red-tailed Hawk, Buteo jamaicenis. The key field marks are the patagial marks on the leading edge of the interior wings. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/5000s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm. 2/23/16 10:04AM.

Moraine Park

No wind today. Floating clouds near the peaks. 6" of new snow. 40º and partly sunny. Fine weather in Estes Park. 02/23/16 8:55AM. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, 1/160s@f/16, ISO 100, lens focal length 47mm. Moraine Park, RMNP.

Vanguard Male

An excellent male Mountain Bluebird ... leader of the vanguard group. Moraine Park, RMNP, 03/08/2016. I expect dozens more to arrive soon with warmer weather. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, f/5.6, 1/1600s, ISO 400, lens focal length 400. I like it when the bluebirds show up on schedule.

Spring Snowmelt Begins with a Trickle

Spring snowmelt begins with a trickle. Fall River in Horseshoe Park, RMNP. Canon EOS-5D MarkIII, Canon EF24-105mm f/4.0L IS, f/16, ISO 100, [1/250s, 1/160s, 1/100s], 03/09/16 9:04AM. Rocky Mountain National Park.

FallRiverS curve FB

Spring Snowmelt begins with a Trickle. Fall River in Horseshoe Park, RMNP. Canon EOS 5DMkIII, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/16, 1/100s, lens focal length 35mm, ISO 100. 09/09/16 9:04AM. The black & white version mitigates the distractions from the red willows and orange-ish river rocks.

Full Breeding Plumage

Rocky Mountain National Park had the best weather in the country, today. The Mountain Bluebirds were very tolerant of my camera and tripod. Moraine Park, RMNP, Estes Park, CO. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/4000s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm. 03/10/16 1:23PM.

Mountain Bluebird on Wax Currant

Rocky Mountain National Park had the best weather in the country, today. The Mountain Bluebirds were very tolerant of my camera and tripod. Moraine Park, RMNP, Estes Park, CO. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/5000s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm. 03/10/16 1:50PM.

The Wilderness of Beaver Meadows

The Wilderness of Beaver Meadows. 03/29/16 9:15am. Canon EOS 5DmkIII. Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, 1/320s @ f/14, ISO 400, lens focal length 45mm. Deer Mountain's southeast flank.

Clearing skies above the continental divide

Clearing skies above the continental divide. Glacier Creek at the Storm Pass TH, RMNP. 03/31/16 2:20pm. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, [1/125s, 1/250s, 1/500s], f/16, ISO 100, lens focal length 47mm.

Glacier Creek

A vertically oriented image along Glacier Creek. 03/31/16 2:27PM. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, [1/100s, 1/200s, 1/400s], f/16, ISO 100, lens focal length 50mm. Clearing skies in RMNP.

Glacier Creek

Clearing skies above the continental divide. Glacier Creek at the Storm Pass TH, RMNP. 03/31/16 1:58pm. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, [1/640s, 1/320s, 1/160s], f/16, ISO 100, lens focal length 40mm.

Four Miles of Continental Divide

Four miles of continental divide. Clearing skies. Glacier Creek at the Storm Pass TH, RMNP. 03/31/16 1:58pm. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, [1/160s, 1/320s, 1/640s], f/16, ISO 100, lens focal length 40mm.

Mountain Bluebird, male

Mountain Bluebird, male. This guy and his mate have selected a cavity nest in a Ponderosa Pine in Moraine Park, RMNP. You'll probably see photos of the ingress and egress activity as soon as the eggs have hatched. This location will be on my private bird walks during May and June. 04/06/16 2:03PM. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/4000s @ f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm.

Western Bluebird, male

Many Western Bluebirds arrived today in RMNP. This male and his mate were observed near the Beaver Meadows entrance. They were feasting on earthworms in the mild, moist weather. 04/11/16 8:55 AM. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/1600s@f/5.6. ISO 800, lens focal length 400mm.

Red-Naped Sapsucker, male

Amazing presence of Red-naped Sapsuckers in the West Alluvial Fan area. The courtship behavior is wild and noisy. This is a male. If it were a female, there would be a small, white triangle at the top of the red throat. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/1600s@f/5.6, ISO 400, 4/12/16 8:34am.

American Avocet

American Avocet, Recurvirostra americana, male. Lake Estes. 04/17/16 11:16AM. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/4000s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm. The snow storm caused a "fallout". Great birding opportunities, until the storm moves away.

Wapiti Congregation

The elk were doing well in this snowstorm. The snow was about 18" deep. They have long legs... and warm coats... and the ability to nose through the snow to reach the green grass of the meadow. This herd was at rest behind the Moraine Park Museum. These are mostly females and a few subadult males (spikes). The mature bulls hang out in a bachelor's group in Horseshoe Park. 04/17/16 1:04PM. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, 1/800s@f/16, ISO 200, lens focal length 55mm.

Northern Shovelers, male and female

Northern Shovelers, male and female. Lake Estes. 04/18/16 9:59am. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/2500s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm. Part of a flock of about 100, who were trapped by the weekend snowstorm.

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Lake Estes is a birding hotspot now. This afternoon there were 26 White Pelicans on the lake. The collective noun is a pod of pelicans. Wing span is an amazing 108". This was a migrating flock, probably headed to the Canadian provinces after spending the winter on the Gulf Coast. 04/18/16 4:30PM. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/2000s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm

American White Pelican Pod

The American White Pelican pod was resting at Lake Estes this morning. With clearing skies, the pod lifted off the lake and headed North by Northwest. Last I saw them, they were high over the continental divide. Bon Voyage! 04/19/16 9:43AM. Estes Park, CO. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF400mm. f/5.6L USM, f/7.1, 1/3200s, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm.

A Committee of Vultures

Six Turkey Vultures in a row near Lake Estes. They were discussing nefarious plans. Reminded me of a Hitchcock movie. 04/19/16 9:40AM. Estes Park, CO. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF400mm. f/5.6L USM, f/5.6, 1/1600s, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm.

Aerial Attack

Aerial combat. This encounter was in Moraine Park, RMNP, 04/23/16 10:16am. A large Red-tailed Hawk was perched in the treetops. A female American Kestrel decided the raptor was encroaching on her territory. The small kestrel defended her territory very effectively. I later discovered the nesting spot of the kestrel pair. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/5000s@f/7.1, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm.

Fly By ... she missed!

Aerial combat. This encounter was in Moraine Park, RMNP, 04/23/16 10:16am. A large Red-tailed Hawk was perched in the treetops. A female American Kestrel decided the raptor was encroaching on her territory. The small kestrel defended her territory very effectively. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/5000s@f/7.1, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm.

Courtship Encounter... Love at first site.

Williamson's Sapsucker, mated pair. This is a dimorphic species, meaning the male and female are dramatically different in marking and coloration. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/500s@f/6.3, ISO 640, lens focal length 400mm.

Williamson's Sapsucker, female

This is the female Williamson's Sapsucker. Sap wells benefit the hummingbirds. Insects are attracted and the sap flows. Important stop gap nutrition for the migrating hummingbirds. RMNP, Estes Park, CO. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF400mm. f/5.6L USM, f/6.3, 1/640s, ISO 640, lens focal length 400mm. 04/23/16 11:42AM.

Williamson's Sapsucker, male

Sap wells benefit the hummingbirds, ... created by the Williamson's Sapsucker. Insects are attracted and the sap flows. Important stop gap nutrition for the migrating hummingbirds. RMNP, Estes Park, CO. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF400mm. f/5.6L USM, f/5.6, 1/800s, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm. 04/22/16 2:26PM.

Snowy Egret in flight

The Snowy Egret performed well for me at Lake Estes, today. Yellow lores, yellow feet, black legs and lacy plumes confirm this as a Snowy Egret. 04/25/16 2:32PM. I needed a high key shot for a pending contest and this guy arrived just-in-time. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF400mm. f/5.6L USM, 1/8000s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm.

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper. 04/26/16 4:41PM. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF400mm. f/5.6L USM, 1/2500s@f/5.6, ISO 640, lens focal length 400mm. Lake Estes, Estes Park, CO.

Killdeer and snow flakes

Snow flakes in the air. This is a Killdeer. I can't tell the difference between males and females. The name, Killdeer, comes from a written approximation of the bird's call, as heard by early naturalists. 04/28/16 4:23PM. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF400mm. f/5.6L USM, 1/1250s@f/5.6, ISO 640, lens focal length 400mm. Lake Estes, Estes Park, CO.

Catching Snowflakes

If you believe birds don't engage in playful activity, you're wrong. This Killdeer was clearly trying to catch snowflakes in the air. They are refreshing! 04/28/16 4:22PM. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF400mm. f/5.6L USM, 1/640s@f/5.6, ISO 640, lens focal length 400mm. Lake Estes, Estes Park, CO.

Do earthworms scream?

Do earthworms scream? Is this their worst nightmare? I think so! A Western Bluebird, male, enjoys a hearty breakfast. Lake Estes, Estes Park, CO. 04/30/16 9:20am. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/2000s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm.

The Annual Snipe Hunt

It's a good year to observe Wilson's Snipe. I'm seeing many snipe... more often. Displaying males fly high in the sky and make a curious whistling noise (“winnowing”), created by air passing over his modified outer tail feathers. This is from Upper Beaver Meadows, RMNP. The snipe assumed I could not see him, but he forgot that he stands out in contrast to the snow. 04/30/16 4:09PM. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/1000s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm.

Mountain Bluebird, male

Mountain Bluebird, male. Moraine Park, RMNP. 04/30/16 4:36pm. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/800s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm.

Osprey Pair in Flight

One year after the 2015 osprey tragedy, we have a pair of beautiful osprey interested in the Osprey Tower near Lake Estes. This is a great development. Nature finds a way. There are a lot of fish in the lake. These birds are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/4000s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm. 05/02/16 12:28pm.

Two Turkeys, males, Merriam's

Q: Why did the turkeys cross the road? A: To prove they weren't chicken! Near Cascade Cottages, RMNP. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/1600s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm. 05/02/16 9:36am. These are male Wild Turkeys of the subspecies Merriam's. The hens were foraging for food in the woods and pretending to not care at all.

Young Bull Moose

As recently as 2009, the national park told visitors there were no bull moose on the east side of the continental divide. Since then, we have had a steady increase of moose in the park, as the population of elk has been constrained by elk exclosure fences. Somewhere in Larimer County. 05/06/16 9:52am. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, f/5.6, 1/2000s, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm.

The Yearling

This young bull moose offers huge potential for the moose population on the east side of RMNP. Life span of moose in the wild is 15-20 years. If he survives, he will have a big impact on his offspring. This is a Shiras moose (Alces alces shirasi). This is a different subspecies than moose in Alaska or eastern Canada/northeast US. The Shiras moose is the smallest subspecies in north america. Colorado's moose population is approaching 3000. 05/06/16 9:52 am. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, f/5.6, 1/2000s, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm.

Warming Up in the Morning Sun

Turkey Vulture at Lake Estes. He was warming up in the morning sunlight. 05/06/16 9:25am. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, f/5.6, 1/800s, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm.

Brown Creeper on Ponderosa Pine

Brown Creeper on Ponderosa Pine. UBM, RMNP. Not rare, but hard for most people to spot. Difficult to photograph. I'm always happy to see and photograph this spider-hunting species. 05/11/2016 3:48PM. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/400s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm.

Red-shafted Northern Flicker, male

Red-shafted Northern Flicker, male. He was excavating a cavity nest in an aspen tree. This is important to other bird species who may subsequently use the nest later this season, or in future years. (Pygmy owl, for example.) Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/1250s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm. 05/11/16 4:23PM. RMNP.

Merriam's Wild Turkeys in the Pines

Turkeys in the pine trees. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/250s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm. 05/11/16 2:21PM. Upper Beaver Meadows, RMNP.

Williamson'sSS FB

The eggs have hatched. The male stands guard. There are two Williamson's Sapsucker pairs/nests in this area. They are about 600 yards apart. These will offer highly visible activity for the next 30 days. Somewhere in Larimer County. 05/22/16 7:49AM. Canon 5Dmkiii, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, tripod, 1/800s@f/5.6, ISO 640, lens focal length 400mm.

Debutantes

Like debutantes, today was their coming out party. Two very nice looking owlets and a very attentive mother owl. Canon EOS 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/800s@f/5.6, ISO 200, lens focal length 400mm, 5/23/16 2:14PM. Somewhere in Larimer County.

Owlets, two

Like debutantes, today was their coming out party. Two very nice looking owlets and a very attentive mother owl. Canon EOS 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/800s@f/5.6, ISO 200, lens focal length 400mm, 5/23/16 2:14PM. Somewhere in Larimer County.

Many Parks Curve

Heavenly weather in Rocky Mountain National Park. Great clouds floating around Many Parks Curve. 05/18/16 9:14AM. Canon 5D, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, tripod, 1/320s@f/16, ISO 100, lens focal length 28mm.

Many Parks Curve

Heavenly weather in Rocky Mountain National Park. Great clouds floating around Many Parks Curve. 05/18/16 9:14AM. Canon 5D, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, tripod, 1/320s@f/16, ISO 100, lens focal length 28mm.

En garde

Broadtail Hummingbird, male, protecting his territory. West Horseshoe Park, RMNP. Canon EOS 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/500s@f/5.6, ISO 640, lens focal length 400mm, 5/29/16 10:12AM.

Coyote Family

A first for me... a very beautiful coyote family with two young pups. They are very smart and very cautious. I'll try for less flawed images again in the next few days. 06/02/16 3:40PM. Canon EOS 5Dmkiii, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/1250s@f/5.6, lens focal length 400mm., ISO 400. Somewhere in Colorado.

Wapiti "Fawn Spots"

A good demonstration of the effectiveness and purpose of "fawn spots". In the dappled shade, the elk calf is well camouflaged from all predators. Born in my backyard. June 5, 2016, 9:35AM. Canon EOS 5Dmkiii, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, f/5.6, 1/1600s, ISO 1600, lens focal length 400mm. Mother cow was close by... protecting the calf. This is a telephoto lens image capture from 100' distance.

Wapiti Calf

Still wet behind the ears. Born in my backyard on June 5, 2016, 9:22AM. Canon EOS 5Dmkiii, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, f/5.6, 1/1600s, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm. Mother cow was close by... protecting the calf. This is a telephoto lens from 100' distance.

Newborn Wapiti

The momma elk came in to nurse the wapiti calf. 06/05/16 12:26PM. Canon EOS 5Dmkiii, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, f/5.6, 1/1000s, ISO 1600, lens focal length 400mm. Pastoral scene. Images from the safety of my deck.

MacGregor Corral

MacGregor Ranch, founded 1873. Corral and barns in the foreground. Lumpy Ridge in the background. 06/19/16 9:17 AM MDT. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L USM, f/11, 1/100s, ISO 400, lens focal length 73mm.

Sublimation at Sunrise

Sublimation at Sunrise. Hallet Peak and Flattop Mountain. This is a fresh HDR version using 3 exposures. 01/26/16 7:20am. Canon 5Dmkiii, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L, [1/13s, 1/6s, 0.3s] @f/16, ISO 100, lens focal length 70mm.

New Lambs

Five ewes brought six bighorn lambs to Sheep Lakes late this afternoon. I was a long ways away, so this is a heavy crop against the sun. But, this event only happens a day or two each year (about now). 06/20/16 4:53 PM MDT. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, f/5.6, 1/800s, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm.

WesternBBmale FB

Western Bluebird, male. Arriving at the threshold of the cavity nest. Aspen tree in Upper Beaver Meadows. Five years ago. 06/23/11 1:09pm. There are not as many Western Bluebirds this year. Canon 5D, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/1600s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm. This is the image I use on my postage stamps.

Mountain Bluebird Share

The Mountain Bluebirds shared a meal and posed beautifullly. The new chicks have just hatched. The male is a good partner to the female and an outstanding provider/father to the brood. Canon 5dMk3, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, 6/27/14 12:33pm, f/5.6, 1/1600s, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm. Upper Beaver Meadows in RMNP.

Pre FlightChecklist ...complete

Pre-flight checklist... complete. The GH Owls are ready to leave the area of the nest on the ledge. Both owlets, the momma owl and the father owl were active today. It has been about 45 days since the eggs hatched. The owlets are nearly as large as the adults. One day very soon, they will not be downtown EP's biggest tourist attraction. 06/29/16 3:00pm. Canon 5Dmkiii, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/1000s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm.

Banded Owlet

The Great-horned owlet might be saying, "I've been banded and I like it. I'm free and wild... see me soar... soon." Canon EOS 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, 07/01/16 9:26AM. 1/400s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm.

Coyote Pup

One of the coyote pups looking for dinner. 06/02/16 3:59PM. Canon EOS 5Dmkiii, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/500s@f/5.6, lens focal length 400mm., ISO 400. Somewhere in Colorado.

Big Thompson Vertical

Occasionally, a customer will ask for a vertical version of a winter scene. This throwback to November of 2011 will cool us down on July 4. The morning after the November 1, 2011 snowstorm. Headwaters of the Big Thompson River in Moraine Park. 50mm. HDR Efex Pro. 3 images blended. Camera: Canon EOS-5D Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS Location: Moraine Park, Rocky Mt. NP, Estes Park, CO Date: Nov 2, 2011 Aperture: f/16 ISO: 100 Shutter: 1/100 1/160 1/60

Velvet Overlook

The velvet antlered overview. 07/07/16 3:53pm. 12000' on the Alpine Visitor Center trail in the tundra. Canon EOS 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, 1/320s@f/16, ISO 400, lens focal length 96mm. The elk herd is generally in the tundra to escape the biting black flies at lower elevations. The bulls segregate themselves into a bachelors' group. The females, calves, yearlings and spikes graze together in a separate area, but also in the tundra.

High Peak Mill

The mill at High Peak Camp. Allenspark, CO. 07/11/16 8:16am. Apple iPhone 6, 1/1050s@f/2.2, lens focal length 4.15mm, ISO 32. 40°16'46" N 105°32'52" W

Water Ouzel

American Dipper at Copeland Falls. This adult was feverishly feeding her chicks in the well-positioned nest on the streamside rocks. (Out of sight to humans!) Canon 5Dmkiii, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/250s@f/5.6, ISO 1000, lens focal length 400mm. 7/13/16 8:32am.

Moonset in the Avalance Zone

Moonset on the ridge in the avalanche zone. (Intentionally tilted for effect.) B&W conversion. Canon EOS 5Dmkiii, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, 1/60s@f/16, ISO 100, lens focal length 105mm., 7/25/16 10:42am. Old Fall River Road drama.

OspreyMale

A mated pair of Ospreys has been hanging around Lake Estes. They do show interest in and ownership of the nesting platform by the power plant. Maybe we'll see a nesting pair there next year. It looks promising. The photo is a male, I think. 07/31/16 7:55am. Canon EOS 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/2500s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm.

MonsoonWeather Pano

The monsoonal weather has arrived. This is a seven image panorama from the West Horseshoe Park overlook, RMNP. 08/05/16 4:18pm. Canon EOS 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, 1/30s@f/16, ISO 400, lens focal length 40mm.

I went to the woods because...

I suspect many of my friends and family know this place. It was ethereal (extremely delicate and light in a way that seems too perfect for this world) today in the monsoon clouds. Accessible by foot (or snowshoes/XC skis in winter). It is a dream place in the same sense Walden's Pond was the ideal location for David Thoreau. Canon EOS 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, [1/10s, 1/6s, 1/4s] f/16, lens focal length 28mm, ISO 100. 08/05/16 2:38pm. "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." David Thoreau

Nighttime Encounter, true infrared

Night Vision encounter. This black bear male was captured in the total darkness (past moonset & before astronomical dawn twilight) via infrared light. 08/13/16 2:56am. Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Aggressor. Photo mode. f/2.8 ISO 100, shutter speed 1s. https://youtu.be/Xv-UL9XgBMQ]The video is more effective.

Life is strong and fragile. It's a paradox...

The inlet stream at Sprague Lake, RMNP. Lens focal length 85mm. "Life is strong and fragile. It's a paradox... It's both things, like quantum physics: It's a particle and a wave at the same time. It all exists all together." Joan Jett

Légumes au marché de l'agriculteur

Légumes au marché de l'agriculteur. (Vegetables at the Farmer's Market in Estes Park on Thursday mornings.) Canon 5Dmkiii, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, 1/4s@f/22, ISO 100, lens focal length 45mm. 08/18/16 9:37AM.

Alluvial Fan

The overcast skies and scarcity of people allowed me to photograph the Alluvial Fan silk water effect during Roaring River autumn flow conditions. Canon EOS 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, 0.5S@F/22, ISO 1OO, lens focal length 65mm., 08/23/16 4:43pm.

I See What You Mean

Colorado Convention Center. Denver, CO. 08/21/16 9:30am. iPhone 6 Back Camera, 4.15mm f/2.2, 1/550s@f/2.2, ISO 32. A blue bear .... three stories tall.

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.

RMNP in winter

A Friendly Disagreement

A friendly disagreement at Sprague Lake. The elk rut has begun. Canon EOS 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, 1/5000s@f/4.0, ISO 400, lens focal length 96mm. Sprague Lake, RMNP, 08/28/16 8:05am.

Royal in Sprague Lake

This Royal (6x6) bull brought his harem to Sprague Lake to enjoy Sunday morning... cooling their heels. Canon EOS 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, 1/1250s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 98mm. Sprague Lake, RMNP, 08/28/16 8:13am. (7x7 = Imperial; 8x8 = Monarch)

Sprague Lake Harem

It was a serendipitous morning. I was looking for moose, but found an elk harem at Sprague Lake instead. The rut has begun. Sprague Lake was an exciting visit for many tourists today. I can't think of a more beautiful spot for wildlife sightings, landscape scenes and lake reflections. Canon EOS 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, 1/500s@f/8.0, ISO 400, lens focal length 70mm. 8/28/16 8:55am.

The Alpine Mirror

The alpine mirror. This will serve as a vertical summer picture of the high elevation lake. 08/30/16 5:34pm. Canon EOS 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, [1/40s, 1/20s, 1/10s], f/22, ISO 100, lens focaL length 32mm. Bear Lake, RMNP.

Commitment FB

The elk rut has commenced and is running at full speed. Moraine Park, RMNP was somewhat congested, but the people were calm, restrained and courteous. 09/01/16 6:00pm. The light was filtered and colorful. Canon EOS 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/400s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm.

Wapiti Antlers

The elk rut has commenced and is running at full speed. Moraine Park, RMNP was somewhat congested, but the people were calm, restrained and courteous. 09/01/16 6:06pm. The light was filtered and colorful. Canon EOS 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/500s@f/8, ISO 1600, lens focal length 400mm.

Black bear cubs

Black bear cubs in the Ponderosa Pine. I love these guys. Momma bear slept while the first year cubs played and wrestled about 20' high in the tree. They will enter hibernation with their mother before Thanksgiving. Next Spring, they will emerge ready to be weaned. Canon 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, tripod mount, 1/250s@f/5.6, ISO 800, lens focal length 400mm. 09/16/16 9:09am. Somewhere in Larimer County.

Sibling Cubs

Black bear cubs in the Ponderosa Pine. I love these guys. Momma bear slept while the first year cubs played and wrestled about 20' high in the tree. They will enter hibernation with their mother before Thanksgiving. Next Spring, they will emerge ready to be weaned. Canon 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, tripod mount, 1/250s@f/5.6, ISO 800, lens focal length 400mm. 09/16/16 9:09am. Somewhere in Larimer County.

Cubs Vertical

Black bear cubs in the Ponderosa Pine. I love these guys. Momma bear slept while the first year cubs played and wrestled about 20' high in the tree. They will enter hibernation with their mother before Thanksgiving. Next Spring, they will emerge ready to be weaned. Canon 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, tripod mount, 1/400s@f/7.1, ISO 1600, lens focal length 400mm. 09/16/16 9:11am. Somewhere in Larimer County.

Glacier Creek Falls

The jumbled boulders of Glacier Creek on an overcast day with no wind. This is an inaccessible place, but I successfully waded (2X) through a rapid creek with water over the top of my boots. Canon EOS 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, 0.8s@f/22, ISO 50, polarizing filter, lens focal length 47mm. 09/20/16 11:37am. RMNP.

Moonset Stones Peak

This Moraine Park Moonset was ordered by a customer in B&W today. It really shows the harsh beauty of winter in RMNP. 01-28-16.

Bear Lake Sunrise

Bear Lake Sunrise. 09-23-16 07:30. This image probably marks the peak colors around Bear Lake. The entire Bear Lake Road corridor, Bierstadt Moraine and Hidden Valley are breathtakingly gorgeous. It always helps to have sunshine, blue sky and quiet winds. Canon 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, [1/40s, 1/20s, 1/10s]@f/16, ISO 100, lens focal length 28mm.

Bear Lake Aspens at Sunrise

Better than the other one. 23 minutes earlier. Better clouds. Warmer colors. Wider angle @ 24mm. Bear Lake Sunrise. 09-23-16 07:07 This image probably marks the peak colors around Bear Lake. The entire Bear Lake Road corridor, Bierstadt Moraine and Hidden Valley are breathtakingly gorgeous. It always helps to have sunshine, blue sky and quiet winds. Canon 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, [1/20s, 1/10s, 1/5s]@f/16, ISO 100, lens focal length 24mm.

Bear Lake Aspens at Sunrise

The asymmetrical composition of the translucent light through the aspen. Bear Lake Sunrise in RMNP. 09-23-16 07:20 Canon 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, 1/13s@f/16, ISO 100, lens focal length 24mm. Tripod mount. 3 stop graduated ND filter.

HollowellAspens HDR FB

I hiked half way up Too Steep Mountain today to the prominent red aspen grove in Hollowed Park, RMNP. This was the goal. Attached are the vertically oriented results. Canon EOS 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, [1/100s, 1/50s, 1/25s], ISO 100, lens focal length 24mm., 09/28/16 09:17.

The Last of the Mohicans

The last of the Mohicans, as our fall colors reach the final week. This grove in Upper Beaver Meadows usually persists until October 10. Canon EOS 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, [1/15s, 1/25s, 1/40s]@f/16, ISO 100, lens focal length 65mm. 10/01/2016 10:02am.

Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind. It's hard on me to see another season come to an end. No guarantee I'll see another one, but hope springs eternal. The wind has been hard on the aspen leaves this year (every year). A dust devil came through UBM this morning. A tiny tornado that knocked down dead trees and briefly scared me. Canon EOS 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, 1/60s@f/16, ISO 100, lens focal length 58mm., 10/01/16 10:24am.

Buck Rail Fence

Rustic, Buck Rail Fence A western classic - the buck rail fence used on the MacGregor Ranch - part of the Rocky Mountain National Park. This fence style has been popular on many ranches of the West for over a century. This is similar to the Eastern rail fence, except that the logs or poles are not split (the poles are from the lodgepole pine, which is a very abundant species in this region of the West).

The Rock Slide Aspens

The aspen grove on Bierstadt Moraine, RMNP. 10-05-16 11:46AM. Canon EOS 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, 1/500s@f/16, ISO 400, lens focal length 50mm.

Autumnal Chaos

Autumnal Chaos. The aspen grove on Bierstadt Moraine, RMNP. 10-05-16 11:48AM. Canon EOS 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, 1/100s@f/16, ISO 400, lens focal length 84mm.

Storm Pass Trailhead

A Dusting of Snow on the continental divide. Perspective from the Storm Pass Trailhead. Iconic peaks rise above Bierstadt Moraine, RMNP. 10-05-16 12:00 noon. Canon EOS 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, [1/80s, 1/50s, 1/30s]@f/16, ISO 100, lens focal length 47mm.

Black Bear Cub

Black bear cub in the Ponderosa Pine. Momma bear and sibling slept below, while this cub napped higher in the tree. Canon 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, tripod mount, 1/500s@f/7.1, ISO 800, lens focal length 400mm. 10/10/16 9:47am. Somewhere in Larimer County.

Debutante Cubs

This marks the first time the Momma Bear has brought the two debutante cubs out into the daylight. They are old enough to move fast, if necessary to escape danger. Still nursing, they are already 70% of the size of their mother. They will go into hibernation together before Thanksgiving. Canon 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/200s@f/5.6, ISO 800, lens focal length 400mm. 10/10/16 5:40pm.

Black Bear Cinnamon Cubs

I continue to feel very lucky to have seen the two cinnamon cubs with the black bear momma. (The momma has an injured mouth/nose, so my policy is to avoid display of photos of injured animals and their wounds. She will heal, over time.) The cubs are perfect and beautiful. I saw them in a tree today, but I hope to see them again at dusk tonight. Canon 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/400s@f/5.6, ISO 1600, lens focal length 400mm. 10/10/16 5:40pm.

BuckRailFence FB

Rustic, Buck Rail Fence A western classic - the buck rail fence used on the MacGregor Ranch - part of the Rocky Mountain National Park. This fence style has been popular on many ranches of the West for over a century. This is similar to the Eastern rail fence, except that the logs or poles are not split (the poles are from the lodgepole pine, which is a very abundant species in this region of the West).

Stanley Hotel Halloween

Helen and her good friends are looking forward to the upcoming Halloween Masquerade Party at the Stanley. I'm just the photographer. The Stanley Hotel is illuminated in a most spectacular way. Canon EOS 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L USM, 13s@f/5, ISO 100, lens focal length 200mm. 10/24/16 6:32pm. — at Stanley Hotel.

'Merica

'Merica!!!! As in... "I'm proud to be an American!" Bald Eagle, US National Emblem. The bald eagle was chosen June 20, 1782 as the emblem of the United States of America, because of its long life, great strength and majestic looks, and also because it was then believed to exist only on this continent. Bald Eagle on Lake Estes, Estes Park, CO. 10/28/2016 3:35 pm. Canon EOS 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/1250s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm.

Talon Washing

Bald Eagle on Lake Estes, Estes Park, CO. There are two bald eagles fishing at Lake Estes most days. They've been here all year. We all hope for nesting behavior to occur this winter. 10/28/2016 3:36 pm. Canon EOS 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/800s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm. — in Estes Park, Colorado.

Bighorn Ewe and Yearling Lamb

Bighorn ewe and yearling lamb at Sheep Lakes, RMNP. Careful and cautious, this pair waited for a chance to cross the road to reach Sheep Lakes. My impression was they are strong and healthy and ready for winter. Canon EOS 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/1600s@f/5.6, ISO 800, lens focal length 400mm. 10/31/16 10:31am.

The Nurturing Ewe

The Nurturing Ewe. Bighorn ewe and yearling lamb at Sheep Lakes, RMNP. They posed on the rocks above the road near Sheep Lakes. The yearling lamb was born last May 2016. Canon EOS 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/2500s@f/5.6, ISO 800, lens focal length 400mm. 10/31/16 10:36am.

MorainePark vFB

Moraine Park sky. 11/05/2016 10:55am. We are dry and above normal in temp. But, that often generates pretty cool clouds. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, 1/160s@f/16, ISO 200, lens focal length 38mm.

Sprague Lake Cloudscape

In a normal year, Sprague Lake will be partially frozen over by this date in November. There was some feather ice in some areas, but mostly open. 11/05/2016 11:39 am. No wind around noon. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, 1/40s@f/16, ISO 200, lens focal length 32mm.

The Highest Continuous Paved Road

It's record setting and newsworthy! Trail Ridge Road is open in mid-November. And, there's no snow in the forecast for maybe another week. The scenery is breathtaking! Take advantage of this rare opportunity. The traffic is thin. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, 1/250s@f/16, ISO 400, lens focal length 105mm. 11/07/2016 3:00PM. Trail Ridge Road spans the Park and connects Estes Park on the east side to the town of Grand Lake on the western slope. It's the highest continuous paved road in the United States, reaching an elevation of 12,183 feet.

Mule Deer Buck

Mule Deer buck on Deer Mountain. We are approaching the peak of the Muley rutting season. It's not hard to find many muleys all over the place... all day long. But, especially at dusk. 11/10/16 4:05pm. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IDS II USM, ISO 3200, 1/640s@f/4.5.

Sunbeam Epiphany

Sunbeam epiphany...rays of hope in troubled times. iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7 Plus back iSight Duo Camera 3.99mm f/1.8. 1/320s@f/1.8, ISO 20, lens focal length 3.99, 11/10/16 3:54pm.

Super Moon Rises above Deer Mountain

The SuperMoon on 11/12/16 4:38pm. This is 96% of full. The 100% full moon occurs on Monday morning 11/14/16, but the light conditions will not be better than tonight. The moon is closer to Earth this weekend than it has been in 100 years. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII. Lens focal length 560mm., 1/400s@f/11, ISO 800. This is moon rise over Deer Mountain in RMNP.

Super Moon crests atop Deer Mountain

As the moon crested over Deer Mountain, it became brighter and sharper as the night sky became darker and the moon lifted away from the pollution of the megalopolis. The 96% Gibbous moon is a good photo subject because there are still shadows from craters on the back left edge. The disadvantage of this time (and images going forward) is the loss of detail in the landscape. The "super moon illusion" loses some impact as the moon becomes disassociated from the context of the land below. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII. Lens focal length 560mm., 1/500s@f/11, ISO 3200. This is moon rise over Deer Mountain in RMNP. 11/12/16 4:55pm.

Ready for Winter

Still testing the capabilities of the new gear. This was shot in in very low light conditions at ISO 8000. Wapiti bull in the Fall River Corridor. Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM. 1/250s@f/4.5, ISO 8000, lens focal length 400mm., 11/14/16 4:42pm.

Supermoonset on the Continental Divide

I photographed the Super Moonset on the continental divide this morning from West Horseshoe Park. The air was clear, but windy and cool. I utilized PhotoPills for astronomy data and shot angles. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4x III, 1/1250s@f11, ISO 640, lens focal length 560mm. 11/15/16 7:13am.

Winter Hunter

This coyote was part of a 3 coyote pack in Horseshoe Park, RMNP. They were patiently hunting the new fallen snow in search of naive rodents. We have the healthiest and largest coyotes I have ever seen. Tourists often think they have spotted a wolf, but we don't have wolves in the park (yet). Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII. 1/1000s@f/5.6, ISO 100, lens focal length 560mm. 11/18/16 10:40am.

Leonids over the Mummy Range

It was a surreal experience...The Milky Way over the Mummy Range with approaching cloud front. Two meteor streaks (the Leonids). 11/18/16 7:14PM. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Rokinoh 14mm. f/2.8 , 30seconds@f/4, ISO 10000, lens focal length 14mm.

The Annular Rings of the Top Ram

Finally, I encountered a herd of bighorn sheep. This ram was spectacular. A good guess would be 10 years old, according to annular rings on his horns. He only shows up during this time of year, during their rutting season. The herd consisted of 30 sheep from yearlings to this mature ram and many ewes and younger males, too. They were enjoying the relative peace and quiet of the Big Thompson Canyon (above Drake) w/o traffic. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM. 1/800s@f/4.5, ISO 800, lens focal length 400mm, handheld. 11/22/16 1:45pm.

The Iconic Bighorn Ram

The iconic bighorn ram. He was part of a herd of 30 sheep in the Big Thompson Canyon, above Drake, CO. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM. 1/5000s@f/4.0, ISO 1250, lens focal length 400mm, handheld. 11/22/16 1:41pm.

Rutting Season

The commencement of the rutting season. The bighorn herd of about 30 animals was enjoying the relative peace of a traffic-free Big T Canyon. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM. 1/800s@f/4.0, ISO 800, lens focal length 400mm, handheld. 11/22/16 1:53pm.

Young Buck

Oh, the dilemma of the young buck. The breeding season for the muleys ended last week. The big bucks from the higher mountains claimed all the breeding rights. This guy was not big enough, nor old enough, to compete with the big guys. This young buck can only hope for better luck... next year. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/500s@f/5.6, ISO 500, lens focal length 560mm. 11/26/165 11:12am. MacGregor Mountain.

The Challenge Nudge

The challenge nudge. Head butting is a distinctive behavior of bighorn sheep during their rutting season. The Big Thompson Canyon. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM. 1/1250s@f/4.5, ISO 1250, lens focal length 400mm, handheld. 11/22/16 1:22 pm.

Navigating the Canyon Walls

Navigating the canyon walls. This bighorn yearling (born May 2016) stepped down along the boulders in the Big Thompson Canyon (above Drake). She was part of a 30 sheep herd. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM. 1/1000s@f/5.0, ISO 1250, lens focal length 400mm, handheld. 11/22/16 1:29pm.

Alpha Male

This is an alpha coyote male. He was feasting on a recent mule deer kill. Could be the result of a car or mountain lion attack. The coyote was part of a pack. This is the alpha because he ate first. And, I observed the rest of the pack hold back until he was finished eating. Bierstadt moraine along the Bear Lake corridor. Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO ID II USM +1.4xIII, 1/1000s@f/5.6, ISO 800, 12/06/16 9:45am.

The Remains of the Hunt

A friend reported park personnel had observed a coyote pack taking down the mule deer. Since we don't have wolves (yet), the coyotes are expressing some wolf pack hunting characteristics. Bierstadt moraine along the Bear Lake corridor, RMNP. Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO ID II USM +1.4xIII, 1/800s@f/5.6, ISO 800, lens focal length 560mm., 12/06/16 9:41 am.

The Iconic Ram

The iconic bighorn ram. He was part of a herd of 30 sheep in the Big Thompson Canyon, above Drake, CO. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM. 1/5000s@f/4.0, ISO 1250, lens focal length 400mm, handheld. 11/22/16 1:41pm.

Glacier Gorge December

High country winter weather. It was a blustery day ahead of a polar outbreak. Glacier Gorge from Bear Lake Road, RMNP. Canon EOS 5DMarkIV, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, 1/125s@f/16, ISO 200, lens focal length 105mm. 12/15/16 10:45am.

Standing Tall above the Glacial Valley

Moraine Park Ponderosa Pine standing tall above the glacial valley. Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, 1/320s@f/18, ISO 400, lens focal length 50mm., 12/17/16 9:18am. This is my tree. I have photographed it many times. Georgia O'Keeffe once said about her Ghost Ranch mountain, “It’s my private mountain. It belongs to me. God told me if I painted it enough, I could have it.” Georgia O’Keeffe SubZeroPonderosa_J3A1770DPC

Prowling Predators

Coyote pack on the prowl. They had a hungry look and didn't have time to chat. Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, 1/800s@f/10, ISO 400, lens focal length 105mm., 12/17/16 8:50am. — at Rocky Mountain National Park.

Downright hostile, uninhabitable, and weird planet

Downright hostile, uninhabitable, and weird planet. High country winter weather. It was a blustery day ahead of a polar outbreak. Glacier Gorge from Bear Lake Road, RMNP. Canon EOS 5DMarkIV, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, 1/200s@f/16, ISO 200, lens focal length 105mm. 12/15/16 10:30am.

Rough Legged Hawk

This is my first photo of a Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus). I was at the coyote kill location along Bear Lake Road and this light adult female came to join the feast. This hawk is uncommon. Colorado is near the southern limits of its winter range. Summer range is Alaska, Northern Canada and the Arctic tundra. Today's climate in RMNP was definitely arctic-like. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/3200s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm, 01/05/17 3:00pm. — at Rocky Mountain National Park.

Circle of Life

The coyote pack brought down a mule deer buck. We observed at least three coyotes in the pack. The magpies and ravens were there in large numbers, but they deferred to the Golden Eagle, the Northern Harrier and the Rough-legged Hawk. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/2500s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm, 01/05/17 2:55pm.

Northern Harrier & Golden Eagle

At the coyote kill location along Bear Lake Road. A Northern Harrier and Golden Eagle waited their turn for dinner. It's a female adult Northern Harrier. The Golden Eagle is probably a first year adult, because his size is smaller than other Golden Eagles in the area. But, he already sports the key field mark of a golden mane. The scavengers were hungry, as today's climate in RMNP was definitely arctic-like. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/2000s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm, 01/05/17 3:12pm.

Unexpected Snow Drop

Nature has a sense of humor. This young buck is a truly naive rookie. He didn't have experience with big snow suspended on the Ponderosa pines. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/400s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm, 01/05/17 9:52am.

RoughLeggedHawkFB

The Rough-Legged Hawk has landed. I was at the coyote kill location along Bear Lake Road and this light adult female came to join the feast. This hawk is uncommon. Colorado is near the southern limits of its winter range. Summer range is Alaska, Northern Canada and the Arctic tundra. Today's climate in RMNP was definitely arctic-like. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/3200s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm, 01/05/17 3:00pm.

Scavengers Compete

Scavengers compete. One of the pack coyotes and a Black-billed Magpie converge on the mule deer carcass. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/2500s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm, 01/05/17 2:54pm.

Gentle Giant

Wapiti Eyes. MacGregor Mountain, January 10, 2017, 8:59am. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM + 1.4xIII. 1/640s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm.

Fall River Pass

Fall River Pass, West Horseshoe Park, RMNP. Moonset at sunrise on 01/14/17 07:47am. 17º with quiet winds. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, [1/60s, 1/40s, 1/25s]@f/16, ISO 100, lens focal length 85mm.

A History of Violence

A history of violence. Long's Peak in the morning. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM, 1/100s@f/16, ISO 100, lens focal length 135mm. 01/14/17 8:28am.

A Winter Technical Climb

A technical climb in winter, to say the least. Long's Peak on a January morning at first light. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM, 1/100s@f/16, ISO 100, lens focal length 135mm. 01/14/17 8:27am.

Bull Moose Party

On the east side of the continental divide, this mature bull moose browsed willows in 4º windless sunshine. Moose do drop their antlers months before the elk drop their antlers. He was somewhat shy and did not give me an unobstructed view. It was my choice to avoid approaching this guy. I'll know where to look next time. He'll return for the yummy willow tips. The snow was hip deep. He was able to move easily through the snow. I struggled to pull my boots up from the postholes. January 17, 2017, 9:04am. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM + 1.4xIII. 1/800s@f/6.3, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm. Somewhere in Larimer County.

Mule Deer Herd FB

Helen's buddies. Great expectations! The January thaw. 01/19/17 9:45am. iPhone 7Plus back dual camera 3.99mm f/1.8, 1/2700s@f/1.8, lens focal length 3.99mm, ISO 20.

Boxing for the Herd Leadership

Two cows stand on their back legs and box. The herd leaders are older cows. These lead cows know the migration routes, calving areas, river crossings and other important information. Migration is a learned behavior, not instinctive. Older cows will teach younger elk migration paths from summer to winter ranges.

Merriam's Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey, male. Meleagris gallopavo merriami, (Merriam's wild turkey). This turkey was in a flock of 50 turkeys in an open woodland, along the Big Thompson River in West Estes Park. Roosts in trees at night to avoid predation by coyotes and bobcats. Common and increasing! Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM, 1/800s@f/4, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm, 01/25/17 3:32PM.

Bear Lake Dawn

Cabin fever in cold, icy, gloomy January has caused me to process a fresh image from September 23, 2016 7:04am. This was captured from the rock slide aspen window above the north end of Bear Lake. It reminds me to "hike while we can". Canon EOS 5DmIII, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, [1/6s, 0.3s, 1/13s]@f/16, lens focal length 24mm, ISO 100.

Meteor in the Dark Sky

For my good friend, Steve Peterson, who successfully navigated double knee surgery, today. Great job, Steve! Recover quickly! Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC, 30s@f/4, ISO 5000. 01/18/17 7:48pm.

Imperial basking in the January sunshine

An Imperial (7x7) Elk basking in the January sun. It's been a cold, icy, gloomy month. But, I think we're past the toughest part of winter. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM +1.4xIII. 1/4000s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm., 1/30/2017 2:57pm. Fall River Road, Estes Park, CO.

The Smallest Yearling

One of the smallest yearlings in the Mule Deer herd. She can run and bound with the fastest of the muleys. I think she'll make it. iPhone 7Plus back iSight Duo Camera, 1/320s@f/2.8, ISO 20, lens focal length 6.6mm. 02/07/17 12:13pm. — in Estes Park, Colorado.

Bighorn Ewes Yearling Lambs

For the second day in a row, a small group of bighorn ewes and yearling lambs grazed near Sheep Lakes in RMNP. They are licking the mud at the edge of one of the lakes, seeking micronutrients from the kettle ponds. 02/09/17 10:12am. (the coyote-free time of day). Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM + 1.4x III. 1/3200s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm.

Ruckus

A ruckus ensues over grazing pecking order. Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon EF200mm f/2.8L USM, 1/1250s@f/5.0, ISO 100, ISO 100, lens focal length 200mm. 02/12/17 1:27pm. Horseshoe Park, RMNP.

Moonset on Stone Peak

Moonset on Stone Peak. As seen from Moraine Park...47 minutes after sunrise. It was a beautiful day, with no wind and mild temps. 02/13/17 7:46am. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF200mm f/2.8L USM, 1/60s@f/16, ISO 100, lens focal length 200mm.

Moonset Stones Peak

Moraine Park, moonset on Stone's Peak, RMNP. 02/13/17 7:44am. This is an HDR blend at 135mm focal length. [1/13s,1/25s,1/50s]@f/16. ISO 100. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF135mm f/2L USM.

Moonset on Stone's Peak (bw)

Silver Efex Pro 2 conversion w/ selenium toning. Moonset on Stone's Peak. As seen from Moraine Park...47 minutes after sunrise. It was a beautiful day, with no wind and mild temps. 02/13/17 7:46am. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF200mm f/2.8L USM, 1/60s@f/16, ISO 100, lens focal length 200mm. This is the way Ansel Adams would do it.

Great Horned Owl roost

I was very happy to discover my owls returning to their traditional nesting area. Mating season is probably over. Eggs could be laid soon. Incubation period is 37 days. Nesting period is usually 45 days. If our owls follow the "game plan", owlets could fledge in late May, or early June. This is the first time I've used my new lens and camera on a large nocturnal raptor. I'm delighted to see the results. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII. 1/200s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm. 02/15/17 9:24am. Larimer County, Colorado.

Redhead male

Male Redhead. Aythya americana. Lake Estes, Estes Park, CO. They are diving ducks and were having good luck finding plants in shallow water. Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/640s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm., 02/15/17 9:10am.

Moonset on Stone's Peak

The Minimalist's Landscape. Moonset on Stone's Peak. Silver Efex Pro 2 conversion w/ selenium toning. As seen from Moraine Park...48 minutes after sunrise. It was a beautiful day, with no wind and mild temps. 02/13/17 7:47am. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF200mm f/2.8L USM, 1/125s@f/11, ISO 100, lens focal length 200mm.

Wapiti in the Snow

In the snowstorm, this bull elk paws the ground to find materials on which to graze. 02/23/17 9:59am. About 8" of new snow changes the grazing strategy for the elk. There are green sprigs of grass in there somewhere. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII. 1/800s@f/5.6, ISO 100, lens focal length 560mm.

Shimmering air above the Slash Fire

Ever wonder what the park would do with all those slash piles? Action was taken today. Park personnel chose favorable, prescribed burn weather to burn many dozens of wood pyramids. Snow covered the ground and there was a gentle, moist breeze from the East. The Upper Beaver Meadows area was well marked as "Management Burn" or "Prescribed Burn". 02/24/17 11:32am. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM, 1/1250s@f/8, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm. The "shimmer" of distorted air above the fire is what attracted me to photograph this scene.

Winter Fatigue... bedraggled

Winter fatigue. We will make it to Spring, but it's been a tough Winter in the mountains. This coyote is still eating well, but looks bedraggled. (Parallels my health in February!) My friends and family in Florida and Texas have picked a good season to be in the temperate zone. 02/24/17 12:28pm. Canon EOS Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm. f/4 DO IS II USM, 1/2000s@f/8, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm. This is high key, soft focus processing.

We didn't start the fire It was always burning...

Billy Joel: We didn't start the fire It was always burning Since the world's been turning Management fire in Rocky Mountain National Park. Along Bear Lake Road, near Hollowell Park. Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, 1/500s@f/8, ISO 200, lens focal length 70mm. 02/28/17 11:10am.

Winter Spring Tipping Point

We are at the tipping point between Winter and Spring. Yes, we may get quite of a lot of snow in March, April and May. But, it will not last long in the Colorado sunshine. The mountains are communicating breathtaking beauty today. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, 1/125s@f/11, ISO 100, lens focal length 70mm, 0./02/17 10:50am.

"Haves" and "Have Nots"

"Haves" and "Have Nots". This is the time of year when the shed occurs. Most of the antlers will be shed by March 10. Illegal gathering of antlers occurs, especially on full moon nights in March. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, 1/250s@f/8, ISO 100, lens focal length 105mm. 03/02/17 9:50am.

Great Horned Owl, Male

"I have sharp talons and i know how to use them", says the male Great Horned Owl. The female is nearby, but I didn't spot her today. Eggs may have been laid... or very soon will be. I lost track of the pair for several days. Very happy to see them return. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/250s@f/5.6, ISO 1000, lens focal length 560mm. — at Larimer County, CO.

Mountain Bluebird

The vanguard of the vanguard Mountain Bluebird males. About a week early, but gracing Moraine Park in RMNP today. 03/03/17 3:37pm. I've heard reports from good photographers about previous sightings. This is the first for me this year. I'll eventually get closer! But, good enough for a skittish vanguard male. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/3200s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm.

Fear the Ravens... Evermore

I keep telling myself Great Horned Owls are very capable of dealing with ravens. The male owl is close, but the female is incubating eggs on the ledge nest. She is somewhat restricted in her defensive moves against the two large ravens in attack mode. Hope for the best. Somewhere in Larimer County, CO. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM + 1.4xIII. 1/2000s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm. 03/11/17 8:03am.

Welcome Home to the Mountains!

Indeed, the Mountain Bluebirds have arrived in good numbers. I observed a flock of 12 (males and females) in Moraine Park, RMNP. This is full breeding plumage... maximum color brightness. Male. Feather wear reduces vibrancy, as the year progresses. 03/14/17 9:24am. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4L DO IS II USM +1.4xIII. 1/1600s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm.

A Peaceful View

A peaceful view. A welcome return to the mountain meadow. Mountain Bluebird, male. Moraine Park, RMNP. 03/14/17 9:17am. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4L DO IS II USM +1.4xIII. 1/1250s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm.

Surviving the Attack

The Great Horned Owls successfully defended their ledge nest from the raven attack. This is a tighter crop of the event. The photo caused widespread concern, so I want to provide all with an update. Four days after this attack occurred, the momma owl is contentedly incubating the eggs. The male owl is a good protector. Somewhere in Larimer County, CO. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM + 1.4xIII. 1/2000s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm. 03/11/17 8:03am.

Morning Encounter

My intention was to photograph the alpenglow on the mountains. To my delight, two bull moose were looking over our shoulders in RMNP, as we set up before sunrise. One bull was approx. 6 years old. The other young bull was two years old. They are genuinely crepuscular, meaning they are more active at sunrise and sunset. We didn't harass them. They didn't care about us. After all, the willow blossoms and aspen catkins are just becoming available. There are so many willows and so little time. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM, 1/80s@f/4, ISO 800, lens focal length 400mm., 03/20/17 7:18am.

Nurse Rock

A good example of a nurse rock. Snow falling on the nurse rock melts to the benefit of the Ponderosa Pine. Furthermore, the nurse rock (glacial erratic) provides solid support to the Ponderosa in the event of strong winds from the west. We may get needed snow over the next week, but we are very dry today. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, 1/50s@f/11, ISO 100, lens focal length 42mm. 03/22/17 10:43am.

Greater Yellowlegs

Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca). Solitary in Lake Estes today. 03/21/17 9:37am. Migrating north as far as the Canadian provinces and Alaska. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII. 1/640s@f/9.0, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm.

Windswept

Ruffled feathers in windswept conditions. Our majestic Estes Park Bald Eagle posed for me today. It was gusty, but he cooperated. Strong talons help. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/1600s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm. 03/24/17 3:14pm. — in Estes Park, Colorado.

Western Bluebird, male

The Western Bluebirds have arrived in fairly large numbers near Lake Estes. This photo is a male. (Not to be confused with Eastern BBs. Note the chestnut color on the scapulars.) The Western Bluebird's royal blue color is very beautiful. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/1000s@f/5.6, ISO 1000, lens focal length 560mm, 03/27/17 12:11pm.

Western Bluebirds, mated pair

Always my goal to get a mated pair in the same frame. It rarely happens, but I was lucky today. This is a mated pair of Western Bluebirds, after the snowstorm. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/3200s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm, 03/28/2017 11:31am. Lake Estes, Estes Park CO. (This is v.2.)

Red-shafted Northern Flicker, male

After the snowstorm, the Red-shafted Northern Flicker, male, was hanging out in a tree by Lake Estes. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/1250s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm. 03/28/17 11:24am.

Mt. Ypsilon "Y" Couloir

The Mt. Ypsilon "Y" Couloir. 04/02/17 11:12am. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII. 1/5000s@f/8, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm. Rugged, cold, steep, barren and desolate terrain!

Mountain Bluebird, female

Female Mountain Bluebird. The Mountain Bluebird mated pairs are securing cavity nests in aspen trunks. Each pair has chosen a territory and is vigorously defending a cavity nest from encroaching pygmy nuthatches. Egg laying and incubation is on the short term horizon. Moraine Park, RMNP. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/1250s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm. 04/02/17 9:49am.

Mountain Bluebird, male

There were more Mountain Bluebirds in RMNP today than I've ever seen before. The weather has been mild and favorable for the bluebirds. Three years ago, we had a polar vortex cold snap that killed many bluebirds. The population was decimated. They seem to have recovered well this year. These bluebirds are here to nest and raise chicks. They are not simply migrating through. They are now summer residents. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/3200s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm. 04/02/17 10:59am. Upper Beaver Meadows, RMNP.

Coyote's Perspective

This coyote was part of a pack which had taken down a mule deer this morning. He wasn't happy with my presence because I was blocking his return to the carcass. Note the fur on back of neck standing on end. I moved out of the way to allow him to get back to his meal. 04/03/17 4:02pm. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400 f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/1250s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm.

Circle of Life

In the shade of the forest, alongside Glacier Creek, this coyote feasts on a mule deer. Bear Lake corridor, RMNP. The pack killed the deer this morning. 04/03/17 4:37pm. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400 f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/500s@f/5.6, ISO 1000, lens focal length 560mm. After all, they are carnivores. This is nature.

Wild Eyes

Wild eyes. Bear Lake Road, RMNP. 04/03/17 4:37pm. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400 f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/500s@f/5.6, ISO 1000, lens focal length 560mm.

MBBmaleFB

Male Mountain Bluebird. It was springtime in RMNP today. Once again, there were many mated pairs of Mountain Bluebirds in Moraine Park. They were feeding on insects crawling on the ground. After grabbing an insect, they would perch again... usually on a wax currant. The females were sitting tight near a cavity nest the pair has chosen for the season. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 04/16/17 1:58pm, 1/1600s@f/5.6.

Talons

High winds at Estes Park. 04/09/17 8:12am. Our very popular Bald Eagle scans for breakfast from a lower perch at Lake Estes. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII. 1/1000s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm.

Moraine Park Layers

Moraine Park, RMNP. The elk herd enjoys the cool sunshine and light breeze of early April. The layers in this image represent a diverse series of zones. The flora and fauna change as one goes from 8500' to 14,259'. It is the beauty of RMNP. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF24-105mm. f/4L IS II USM. [1/205s, 1/125s, 1/60s]@f/11, ISO 100, lens focal length 85mm. 04/12/17 10:41am.

The Ibis have Landed

The Ibis have landed. White-faced Ibis land at Lake Estes 04/12/17 5:16pm. The first of many flocks in migration, I hope. These birds winter along the Gulf Coast and in Mexico. Their summer range is from here to the Canadian border. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII. 1/1600s@f/7.1, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm. — in Estes Park, Colorado.

Kayaking in April

These ladies were having great fun kayaking on Lake Estes. 04/12/17 9:33am. I have never thought of Estes Park as being a water sports resort, but I may have to reform my thinking if climate change progresses. (e.g., today = 65º) Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM+1.4xIII, 1/500s@f/5.6, ISO 100, lens focal length 560mm.

Manicured to Perfection

Manicured to perfection. Grazing the new grass in Moraine Park, RMNP. 04/14/17 4:07pm. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, 1/800s@f/5.0, ISO 100, lens focal length 35mm.

Wilson's Snipe

Wilson's Snipe in Upper Beaver Meadows, RMNP. Year round resident. He has been surprised by the mild weather, and a little worried by the early snow melt and dry conditions. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/1250s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm. 04/18/17 9:38am.

A Feather Out-of-Place

A feather out of place, after the battle with the ravens. This is the male Great-Horned Owl defending his family. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/400s@f/5.6, ISO 3200, lens focal length 560mm. 04/18/17 7:08am.

Loggerhead Shrike v2

Loggerhead Shrike in Upper Beaver Meadows, RMNP. The bird was hunting large insects amongst the sage brush. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/2500s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm. 04/19/17 10:40am.

Hunter Predator

Red-tailed Hawk in the top of a Ponderosa Pine. 04/20/17 8:03am. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII. Estes Park, CO. This is a western, light phase RTH.

Hunter in the Meadow

When the coyote pups are born, the female stays in the den and the male hunts for the family. Not sure this has happened yet, but this coyote was taking more risks today. Upper Beaver Meadows, RMNP, 04/21/17 3:04pm. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII. 1/2000s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm. — at RMNP: Upper Beaver Meadows.

Full Display

West Horseshoe Park, RMNP. This tom wild turkey was in full display, trying to impress three disinterested hens. There was another tom (slightly larger) in the shade of the woods, but he wouldn't pose for me. 04/22/17 5:02pm. The beige colored feathers at the base of the tail indicate this is a Rio Grande subspecies. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII. 1/1600s@f/6.3, ISO 1000, lens focal length 560mm. — at Horseshoe Park in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Grooming stop-over during Migration

A small flock of six White-Faced Ibis visited Lake Estes today. Certainly migrating through to nesting ground as far north as the Canadian Provinces. (Some may nest in Colorado,Wyoming and North Dakota.) Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4x III, 1/1600s@f/7.1, ISO 800, lens focal length 560mm. 04/24/17 12:48pm. — in Estes Park, Colorado.

The Lonely Avocet

The lonely avocet. American Avocet in Lake Estes. 04/25/17 2:16pm. This was a solo visit. He was looking for a mate, but was unsuccessful today. Better luck coming with the approaching fallout. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, f1/1000s@f/5.6, ISO 200, Lens focal length 560mm. — in Estes Park, Colorado.

Determined Migration

During migration season, pick up your camera because there may be a "fallout" as migrating birds run headlong into a snowstorm. This Snowy Egret at Lake Estes, 04/27/17 8:51am, was considering flying back to Florida. Northern Colorado is the northern limit of summer range. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/1250s@f/8.0, ISO 400. Yellow lores, yellow feet and white lacy plumes make this a very photogenic bird.

Protective Mother

Protective momma owl. Easily my favorite nature photo of the GH owls from today. The momma owl is shielding the owlets from the raven attacks. And, she is showing her talons to make sure the ravens know she means business. The two owlets are in awe of the behavior of the arch enemies. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/100s@f/6.3, ISO 125. (the ISO setting was mistake!) 05/01/17 4:18pm. — in Estes Park, Colorado.

Courtship Behavior

The courtship of the Lake Estes ospreys. I'm really happy to see this courtship behavior. This looks very promising for eventual nesting behavior. IMHO, the female is the one with the "necklace". The male is the lower bird. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/2000s@f/6.3, ISO 400. 05/01/17 3:54pm.

Hunting Alone

Coyote hunting alone in the midday. That's because the female is nursing newborn pups. Driven by the need to feed a mate and newborns. This is along the north lateral moraine of Moraine Park, RMNP. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII. 1/400s@f/5.6, ISO 800, 05/03/17 11:03am.

Western Grebe, close encounter

I was honored to experience a close encounter with a Western Grebe at Lake Estes. He was gregarious... and he was looking for the rest of his flock. I hope he finds them, as he was solitary at the moment of this image capture. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400 DO IS II USM, 1/1000s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm, 05/03/17 2:40pm. — in Estes Park, Colorado.

Rio Grande Jake

It's definitely Spring in the mind of Rio Grande Jake. (He's a "jake" because not all his tail feathers are the same length.) Next year he'll be a "tom". He's a Rio Grande subspecies because the base of his tailfeathers are tan colored. We are approaching the end of the wild turkey breeding season, but this jake is still enthusiastic. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400 DO IS II USM, 1/1000s@f/6.3, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm, 05/03/17 3:57pm.

Tree Swallow

The elegant tree swallows are selecting cavity nests in aspens. That cavity was excavated by one of our woodpecker species. By the size of it, it may have been excavated by a Northern Flicker. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400 DO IS II USM, 1/1250s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm, 05/04/17 9:59am. West Horseshoe Park, RMNP.

Homecoming

This is a "welcome home" kiss. The larger male has been out hunting during the night. The smaller, nursing female is happy to see him return. The second image shows the nursing condition of the female. I'll guess about 4 - 5 coyote pups are in the den. Somewhere in Larimer County, Colorado. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS USM +1.4xIII. 05/06/17 8:07am. 1/2000s@f/6.3, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm.

Homecoming

This is a "welcome home" kiss. The larger male has been out hunting during the night. The smaller, nursing female is happy to see him return. The second image shows the nursing condition of the female. I'll guess about 4 - 5 coyote pups are in the den. Somewhere in Larimer County, Colorado. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS USM +1.4xIII. 05/06/17 8:07am. 1/2000s@f/6.3, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm.

Seven Miles to the Summit

Seven miles to the summit. Lots of green in the meadows. Normal snow on the continental divide. 05/08/17 9:19am. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, [1/80s, 1/40s, 1/20s]@f/18, ISO 100, lens focal length 27mm.

Many Parks Curve Perspective

Many Parks Curve perspective. Long's Peak rises above the glacial valley. Clouds are rolling in from the front range storms. 05/09/17 9:03am. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, [1/200s, 1/100s, 1/50s]@f/20, ISO 100, lens focal length 70mm.

Difficult Weather

Difficult weather around. I didn't hear thunder today. No hail, nor heavy rain yet. Better weather coming for the weekend. 05/09/17 4:19pm. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, 1/320s@f/9.0, ISO 400, lens focal length 76mm.

MBBmaleFB

Mountain Bluebird male, prime time. Moraine Park, RMNP. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII. 1/5000s@f/5.6, ISO 1600, lens focal length 560mm. 05/11/17 2:42pm.

Abert's Squirrel

Abert's Squirrel (Tassel-eared squirrel) in Horseshoe Park, RMNP. This is the melanistic variety, unique to Colorado. This is a very gentle forest creature... one of my favorites. Always found in Ponderosa Pines between 8000'-9500'. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII. 1/200s@f/5.6, ISO 1600, lens focal length 560mm, 05/15/17 7:54am.

Osprey male

The male osprey landed on the osprey platform tonight. He was alone. At least he's hanging around ahead of the snow storm. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII. 1/800s@f/5.6, ISO 800, lens focal length 560mm, 05/16/17 5:03pm.

Velvet Phase Wapiti Bull

Wapiti bull in velvet phase. Grazing ahead of the snowstorm. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII. 1/2000s@f/5.6, ISO 1600, lens focal length 560mm, 05/16/17 5:51pm.

Wilson's Phalarope

Wilson's Phalarope on Lake Estes, Estes Park, CO. This is an adult female. They are common, but this is the first one I've photographed. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/2500s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm., 05/19/17 2:38pm.

Deer Mountain Trailhead

Deer Mountain Trailhead, 05/18/17 9:30am. That was yesterday. Today, the snow has stopped and we are seeing some blue skies and sunshine with 50º. This is going to be a rapid snowmelt. Look out downstream. The park is still closed, but may open by 2:00 pm 05/19/17, if the broken aspens can be cleared from the road. We have all cable, Internet restored. We will open the Alpenglow gallery by 2:00pm. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, 1/2000s@f/8.0, ISO 400, lens focal length 70mm.

On the brink of a new Ice Age

Heavy snow with high moisture content has made the roads very icy at 31º. But, of course, it is a winter wonderland. My recommendation is to stay home, unless you're a photographer with no common sense. (I came close to sliding off the road, in spite of 4WD.) Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, 1/1000s@f/8.0, ISO 400, lens focal length 58mm., 05/18/17 9:20am.

Launch

Mountain Bluebird, male. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/6400s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm., 05/19/17 2:21pm.

The Willow Browser

The Willow Browser was hungry today. He may have been hunkered down for a few days, while snow covered some of his food supply. Seemed like he was catching up today. His antlers will grow quite a lot between now and August. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/800s@f/6.3, ISO 800, lens focal length 560mm., 05/23/17 9:17am. Somewhere on the east side of the continental divide in Colorado.

Alert Cervid

Alert moose. Not startled. Not in attack mode. Just wary of two legged creatures. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/1000s@f/6.3, ISO 640, lens focal length 560mm., 05/23/17 9:14am. Somewhere on the east side of the continental divide in Colorado.

Willow Browser

The willow browser with the pendulous snout. His antlers will grow to a span of 6' by August. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/1250s@f/5.6, ISO 640, lens focal length 560mm., 05/23/17 9:14am. Somewhere on the east side of the continental divide in Colorado.

Conjunction

The Milky Way intercepts Long's Peak. Immediately after this photo, clouds moved in and it began to rain. But, it was a glorious scene up to that point. The Y camp shines in the valley on the lower left. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC. 25s@f/2.8, ISO 2000, lens focal length 14mm., 05/25/17 1:38am.

Stars over the Front Range

The cloud cover over the megalopolis assisted the starry night captures. (Less light pollution reaching our skies.) The clear skies over the mountains were transient. This image is from the 24mm Bower's lens. The milky way was not quite as apparent until about an hour later. Canon 5D Mark IV, Bower 24mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC, 20s@f/1.4, ISO 1250, lens focal length 24mm. 05/25/17 1:05am.

Bighorn Yearlings Sprint

Sheep Lakes, RMNP. Both of these are yearling bighorns. They were born a year ago. Too early to tell their sex, as both males and females have horns. They can outrun coyotes. They startle easily. This year's group of lambs are being born now. We should get a glimpse of newborn lambs about June 10th. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM, 1/1250s@f/5, ISO 320, lens focal length 400mm. 06/01/17 9:57am.

Mountain Bluebird on Wax Currant

Mountain Bluebird, male, on wax currant bush. The bluebirds are showing some signs of feather wear, as they enter and exit their cavity nest in an aspen tree hundreds of times. Horseshoe Park, RMNP. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4x III. 1/3200s@f/5.6, ISO 800, lens focal length 560mm. 06/02/17 8:43am.

Owl Flight Tutorial

It has been 46 days since the eggs hatched. The owlets will soon fledge from the nest on the ledge. Momma owl is demonstrating good launch, pump and glide techniques. The owlets will soon fly short distances, but it will take a leap of faith. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM II +1.4xIII. 1/1250s@f/6.3, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm., 06/03/17 9:41am.

Newborn Wapiti

This newborn calf was faithfully following his mother. The cow was fairly young, but she did a good job of tucking this calf down in the tall grasses, as she continued to graze. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4XIII, 1/400S@F/6.3, ISO 3200, lens focal length 560mm, 06/03/17 5:22pm. Somewhere in Larimer County, Colorado.

Newborn Wapiti

It's always a joy to photograph newborn wapiti. This one is definitely still "wet behind the ears". Also, I find the "fawn spots" wonderful. Nature provides amazing camouflage. Many calves are being dropped at this time. This young calf was truly innocent and beautiful. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4XIII, 1/320S@F/5.6, ISO 2000, lens focal length 560mm, 06/03/17 5:17pm. Somewhere in Larimer County, Colorado.

Wapiti Nursery

The calves were enjoying the elk nursery near the lake this morning. The cows will aggressively protect these newborns. In about 2 weeks, most of the elk herd will migrate to the alpine tundra to avoid the biting insects. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400 f/4 DO IS USM +1.4xIII, 1/800s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm., 06/06/17 9:12am.

Swim and Browse

80º at 8500' elevation is too hot for comfort for the large cervids. However, there's always time for a swim, especially when one can browse on water plants while cooling off in 5' deep water. This bull moose's antlers will grow quite a lot larger between now and August. He was a major tourist attraction today. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400 f/4 DO IS USM +1.4xIII, 1/1250s@f/5.6, ISO 500, lens focal length 560mm., 06/09/17 3:03pm. East of the continental divide in RMNP.

Abert's Squirrel, melanistic phase

A melanistic phase Abert's Squirrel. Also called the tassel-eared squirrel. Their range is limited to the high country with Ponderosa Pines. I believe their numbers are in decline. Truly a gentle forest spirit. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400 f/4 DO IS USM +1.4xIII, 1/640s@f/5.6, ISO 1000, lens focal length 560mm., 06/10/17 9:31am. Near Tuxedo Park, RMNP.

Harbinger of the Wildflower Season to come

A pretty good indicator of the wildflower season to come, the Bear Lake Road perimeters were in full bloom from the usually sparse locoweed. Amazing what water does for vegetation. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, 1/40s@f/16, ISO 100, lens focal length 105mm., 06/11/17 9:34am.

Full Flow Cascade

The Big Thompson River at full flow. This is the cascade flow through the terminal moraine outlet. Moraine Park is moderately flooded because the Big T is out of its banks. The warm temps are accelerating the snowmelt. If we get an unexpected rain event (not in the forecast), it will cause a flood risk. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, 1 second, f/16, ISO 50, lens focal length 43mm. 06/12/17 6:58pm.

Master of Camouflage

The Warbling Vireo male is so confident in his camouflage, he continues to sing the entire time he is on the baseball sized nest, incubating eggs. It is masterful camouflage and hard to spot. Sometimes I get lucky. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/2000x@f/5.6, ISO 1000, lens focal length 560mm. 06/18/17 9:07am.

Bighorn rams

06/15/17 9:12AM. The bighorn rams near Rock Cut, Trail Ridge Road, the tundra last Thursday. They are in between winter coats and summer coats. Otherwise, they look very healthy. There were seven in the bachelors' group. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/3200x@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm.

Ramming Leverage

Ramming Leverage in the tundra. Bighorn rams challenge each other on the tundra, near Rock Cut, RMNP. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/2000x@f/6.3, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm. 06/19/17 9:59am.

Playing "King of the Hill"

Playing king-of-the-hill, these bighorn rams were sparring in the tundra. Near Rock Cut, Trail Ridge Road, RMNP, 06/19/17 9:59am. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/2500s@f/6.3, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm.

Holding the High Ground

Holding the high ground. Bighorn rams challenge each other on the tundra, near Rock Cut, RMNP. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/2000x@f/6.3, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm. 06/19/17 9:59am.

Lamb & Ewe

Born in the last few weeks, this 2017 new lamb and her momma ewe run to one of the Sheep Lakes, RMNP. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/2000s@f/6.3, ISO 800, lens focal length 560mm. 06/20/17 12:22pm.

Pure Innocence

Pure Innocence. The newborn bighorn lamb runs with the herd of ewes, yearlings and other lambs. Born in the last few weeks, this 2017 new lamb runs to one of the Sheep Lakes, RMNP. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/1600s@f/6.3, ISO 800, lens focal length 560mm. 06/20/17 12:22pm. (This is my favorite image capture of the day.)

Magenta Gorget

Broad-tailed Hummingbird, male. Protecting his territory! Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM, 1/1250s@f/6.3, ISO 1600, lens focal length 400mm. 06/21/17 9:27am. — in Estes Park, Colorado.

How high's the water, mama?

As Johnny Cash once sang, "How high's the water, mama? Five feet high and risin'". Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM, 1/400s@f/4.0, ISO 800, lens focal length 400mm. 06/21/17 7:39pm.

Dynamic Duo

Two newborn lambs. They were not twins. I observed them nursing from different ewes. (They may have the same ram sire.) Born in late May or early June, they looked healthy to me. They ran as fast as the flock can run. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/1600s@f/6.3, ISO 800, lens focal length 560mm. 06/20/17 12:21pm.

Summer Days of Solstice

Moraine Park. Big Thompson River out of its banks. Late afternoon sunlight through scattered clouds. A few days after the summer solstice. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, 1/40s@f/16, ISO 100, lens focal length 80mm., 06/24/17 6:40pm. — in Estes Park, Colorado.

Fresh Trout for Dinner

I stopped checking on the osprey after the May snowstorm. They vacated the area for a while. But, there were two osprey at Lake Estes tonight. They were easily catching fish, making the shoreline fishermen hang their heads in disgrace. This is the female, according to the "necklace" on her breast. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII. 1/1600s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal 560mm. 06/26/17 7:20pm. — in Estes Park, Colorado.

Prefers Room With A View

Prefers Room with a View Bighorn ram on the tundra in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Western Tanager, male

Western Tanager, male. West Horseshoe Park, RMNP. He was happily singing in the morning sunshine. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII. 1/1000s@f/5.6, ISO 800, lens focal 560mm. 06/30/17 9:32am.

Western Tanager, male, shade

Western Tanager, male. West Horseshoe Park, RMNP. He was happily singing in the forest shade. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII. 1/500s@f/5.6, ISO 800, lens focal 560mm. 06/30/17 9:34am. — in Estes Park, Colorado.

Narcissus amongst the Marsh Marigolds

Тhe myth of Narcissus has inspired artists for at least two thousand years. Continues today, as the first thought which came to my mind suggested this bull elk in velvet and summer coat was admiring his reflection in the alpine lake, as he grazed amongst the Marsh Marigolds. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS II USM. 1/6400s@f/8.0, ISO 400, lens focal 400mm. 07/02/17 11:16am.

Rocky Mountain Penstemon

A flush of Rocky Mountain Penstemon carpets the meadow in West Horseshoe Park. Probably a product of the snowstorm in mid-May. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, 1/25s@f/22, ISO 100, lens focal length 41mm. 07/03/17 9:03am.

"It's a hard-knock life for us!"

"It's a hard-knock life for us!" The bachelors' group in the tundra attracted a lot of photographers and tourists. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM, 1/640s@f/8.0, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm. 07/02/17 11:09am. Rocky Mountain National Park tundra on OFRR. — in Estes Park, Colorado.

Velvet Royal

This Royal will be in velvet until August 1. He may still become an Imperial, with an outside chance at Monarch. The good nutrition (ample moisture from the May snow) will help many wapiti grow and develop. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, 1/125s@f/9.0, ISO 100, lens focal length 70mm. 07/03/17 9:58am. Rocky Mountain National Park tundra on OFRR. — in Estes Park, Colorado.

Male Mountain Bluebird

The male Mountain Bluebird at the cavity nest. The mated pair are actively feeding the chicks with the recent insect hatch. One can see the wearing of the feathers from ingress and egress to the cavity nest, although they are still beauties. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/640s@f/5.6, ISO 800, lens focal length 560mm, 07/11/17 7:45am. — in Estes Park, Colorado.

Moonset on Tyndall Glacier

As seen from Hollowell Park, RMNP. The waning gibbous moon sets on Tyndall Glacier, between the true summit of Hallet Peak and Flattop Mountain. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM, 1/1000s@f/11, ISO 800, lens focal length 400mm, 07/11/17 7:10am.

2017 Bighorn Lamb

Bighorn lamb of 2017. He was part of a flock of about 17 bighorn sheep at Sheep Lakes this morning. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/3200s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm, 07/22/17 8:48am. — in Estes Park, Colorado.

Pre-flight Checklist

Temps dropped to +40ºF. overnight. The Turkey Vultures spread their wings to catch the early morning sunshine to warm up. There were about 50 vultures on the towers. Lake Estes. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM, 1/12500s@f/4.0, ISO 200, lens focal length 400mm, 07/22/17 8:02am. — in Estes Park, Colorado.

Ewe & Lamb

After a few weeks of retreating to higher elevations, the overnight rain made for lush grazing at Sheep Lakes. They were part of a flock of about 17 bighorn sheep at Sheep Lakes this morning. Many loud motorcycles caused them to be cautious and nervous. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/3200s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm, 07/22/17 8:48am. — in Estes Park, Colorado.

Flock

After a few weeks of retreating to higher elevations, the overnight rain made for lush grazing at Sheep Lakes. They were part of a flock of about 17 bighorn sheep at Sheep Lakes this morning. Many loud motorcycles caused them to be cautious and nervous. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/1600s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm, 07/22/17 9:02am. — in Estes Park, Colorado.

A Cautious Venture

The fraternal twin moose calves gingerly ventured out into the shallows of the lake. Momma moose was grazing the water plants about 70' away. The calves were anxious to join her, but had to wait. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII. 1/2500s@f/6.3, ISO 800, lens focal length 560mm. 08/01/17 5:20pm. The afternoon session with these calves and their mother represents the most enjoyable nature photography of the year for me.

Disgruntled

The cinnamon black bear in Ponderosa Pine. It's rare to spot a bear in daylight. They are mostly nocturnal creatures, but this guy had his midday nap time disrupted. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM. 1/320s@f/4.5, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm. 08/02/17 6:30pm.

Run Like The Wind

Run Like the Wind! The bighorn sheep made an appearance at Sheep Lakes this morning. They were ingesting the nutrient-rich mud at the edge of the lake. This ewe and lamb safely navigated their way back to the mountainside. The lamb was born in May 2017 and is growing well. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII. 1/2500s@f/5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 560mm. 08/06/17 10:57 am.

Bear Aware

This cinnamon-colored black bear had a rough day. He was rousted out of his daytime napping place and tagged with rubber pellets from a police shotgun. (A local had complained about his proximity to her property.) Then, he engaged in a fight with another bear whose territory he encroached. He wasn't happy and was saying, "Hurry sundown!". Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM, 1/500s@f/4.5, ISO 1000, lens focal length 400mm. 08/02/17 6:33pm.

Joyful Reunion

When the cow was finished grazing the water plants, she allowed the calves to greet her in the lake and nurse. Then, they headed to the forest for the evening. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM, 1/1250s@f/4.5, ISO 2000, lens focal length 400mm. 08/01/17 6:15pm. RMNP.

Prominences & Corona

At the moment of solar eclipse totality, there was a fine line separating the observation of the prominences and seeing the detail in the sun's corona. The image below is one image... processed in Lightroom CC. The prominences appear outside the edge of the moon. A prominence is a large, bright, gaseous feature extending outward from the Sun's surface, often in a loop shape. Prominences are anchored to the Sun's surface in the photosphere, and extend outwards into the Sun's corona. Our sun is surrounded by a jacket of gases called an atmosphere. The corona is the outermost part of the sun's atmosphere. The corona is usually hidden by the bright light of the sun's surface. That makes it difficult to see. However, the corona can be seen during a total solar eclipse. This is one of the images available at Alpenglow Images & Accents. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII, 1/500s@f/6.3, ISO 100, lens focal length 560mm.. 08/21/17 11:41am. — in Shoshoni, Wyoming.

Baily's Beads

Baily's Beads: One minute before totality, I started to capture images. Prior to this, I had simply observed the crescent sun and the encroaching moon through safety-approved eclipse viewing glasses. This was literally my first image captured. The significance is the phenomenon of the Baily's Beads. Near the beginning and end of total solar eclipse, the thin slice of the Sun visible appears broken up into beads of light. These lights are called 'Baily's Beads' after the British astronomer Francis Baily who discovered them. They occur because the edge of the Moon is not smooth but jagged with mountain peaks. 08/21/17 11:39am. — in Shoshoni, Wyoming.

Lens Flare Sunstar Solar Eclipse

For an upcoming online photo contest, which allows advanced post-processing techniques, I prepared an enhanced Diamond Ring Solar Eclipse image. The lens flare and the sunstar have been enhanced in Photoshop. The Diamond Ring appears briefly following solar eclipse totality. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4xIII. 1/4000s@f/6.3, ISO 100, lens focal length 560mm. 08/21/17 11:42am. Shoshoni, WY.

The Curiosity of the Young Bull Moose

The curiosity of the young bull moose. It's wonderful to see so many moose inhabiting RMNP. Great tourist attraction and a superb subject for a wildlife photographer. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400 f/4 DO IS II USM, 1/1600s@f/4.5, ISO 1250, lens focal length 400mm, 08/23/17 5:52pm.

Calm Morning

Very pleasant and calm at Sprague Lake this morning. An effort by regional wildlife managers to place collars on the moose has caused the animals to head for the hills and deep forest. We may not see moose for a while. You'd hide, too, if people with dart guns were trying to anesthetize you. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, 1/100s@f/20, ISO 400, lens focal length 35mm. 08/29/17 8:02am. — at Rocky Mountain National Park.

Sprague Lake Vertical

Sprague Lake, vertical orientation. Beautiful air and skies on Tuesday, 08/29/17 7:50am. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, [1/50s, 1/100s, 1/125s]@f/20, ISO 400, lens focal length 50mm.

Raining Moose

The title of this image is "Raining Moose". Moose family. When the cow was finished grazing the water plants, she allowed the calves to greet her in the lake and nurse. Then, they headed to the forest for the evening. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM, 1/1000s@f/5.6, ISO 2000, lens focal length 400mm. 08/01/17 6:17pm. RMNP. — in Estes Park, Colorado.

Max Velvet

His name is, "Max Velvet". His rutting season is 5 weeks away, but he'll be a contender for top buck when the time comes. His neck and shoulders will bulk up with the seasonal hormones. Nutrition was good this year for the cervids. Canon EOS 5DMarkIV, Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM, 1/800s@f5.6, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm, 09/08/17 9:12am. Estes Park, CO.

Crepuscular Bull Moose

The crepuscular bull moose. Sunrise was 06:39 today. This photo was captured at 07:05am. The bull moved into the forest just as the sun rose above the horizon. This is the largest bull moose I've ever photographed. He has completed the rubbing off of the antler velvet. He's ready for the rutting season. Canon EOS 5DMarkIV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM, f/500s@f/4.5, ISO 2000, lens focal 400mm. 09/10/17 7:05am.

The Prince, who would be King

This is the other mature, bull moose, but he is the second biggest bull in the area. (I photographed the biggest bull last Sunday.) There are still some remnants of velvet on his antlers. His bell (or wattle, or dewlap) is not quite as large as the senior moose. The reason we have such a concentration of bulls is because it is rutting season, there are moose cows in the area and the food supply is just right (water plants and willow twigs). Canon EOS 5DMarkIV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM, 1/320s@f/5.0, ISO 2000, lens focal length 400mm. 9/12/17 5:45pm.

Virga over the Rockies

Virga, a mass of streaks of rain appearing to hang under a cloud and evaporating before reaching the ground, after sunset. The front range of the Rockies. Quiet air and the rumble of thunder, with elk bugling in the distance. This is a nice place to live. Canon EOS 5DMarkIV, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, 5s@f/16, ISO 100, lens focal length 28mm, 09/12/17 7:26pm.

Baldpate Inn Key Collection

One of the best kept secrets in Estes Park, the Baldpate Inn boasts the world’s largest key collection, housed in a quaint, historic inn tucked above the Estes Valley. This funky collection of over 20,000 keys includes exotics such as the keys to Westminster Abbey and Mozart’s wine cellar, plus thousands of keys from locations around the globe. Houses in Toledo, gates in Australia, dungeons in Europe… The White House declined to donate a key (you can view the signed letter from the President), but there is a key to the Pentagon (uh, that’s not disconcerting at all. Just national security and whatnot…)! The keys, organized by location, cover virtually every surface of The Key Room, and you can get lost for a long time reading about each one. Canon EOS 5DMarkIV, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, 3.2s@f/16, ISO 100, lens focal length 24mm. 09/19/17 10:56am.

To nurture

Nurture. One of the larger elk herds was swimming in Lake Estes this morning. This cow was doing a good job of nurturing her calf. Canon EOS 5DMarkIV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM, 1/1600s@f/4.0, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm. 09/20/17 9:37am.

Swimming Bull

The wapiti swim surprisingly well. It keeps the fishermen on their toes. This secondary bull was on the fringes of the battle for harem. But, he could swim like a champ. Canon EOS 5DMarkIV, Canon EF400mm f/4.0 DO IS II USM, 1/3200s@f/4.0, ISO 400, lens focal length 400mm. 09/20/17 9:44am.