Tape it to the frigerator

Mom! Look what I made in school today! Can we tape it to the frigerator?

I tried to copy a photograph I took at Crown Hill Park. The painting didn't turn out quite the way I envisioned it. I need to paint more often.

8x6 oil on canvas panel.
I learned I need some smaller brushes while working on this. A small canvas needs smaller tools to work with.


Feeling energetic

I've been more energetic the past few weeks. I drew up a list of some of the things I've done during the last 2 weeks.
  • I worked at the wildlife refuge twice.
  • I bought new cloths. 3 bluejeans and 6 shirts.
  • Got my eyes checked. Happy to learn I don't need new glasses.
  • Renewed my drivers license.
  • Rode the motorcycle in the new express lane. Had to get a permit.
  • Caught a cold.
  • Lake Lador, Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • Distributed to friends copies of the magazine I published.
  • Deleted a bunch of junk out of my Blog.
  • Ran into a former work colleague.
  • Attended the annual Home Owners Association meeting.
  • Rode the motorcycle to Florissant, Colorado.
  • Did 6 loads of laundry but not all on the same day.
  • Met with my Cardiologist. He told me to eat more vegetables and get more exercise.
  • Started walking on the treadmill and lifting the hand weights again.
  • Watched the Little League World Series. They play hard, it's fast paced, and a lot happens.
  • Shopped Dyson cordless vacuums but they're too expensive and I don't need one that badly.
  • Watched some instructional videos about Adobe Lightroom.
  • Reviewed the Canon 70D DSLR exposer compensation in the user manual. I want to try HDR again.
Over all it's been a productive few weeks.


Fossil tree

Last Saturday I rode the motorcycle from Arvada to the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in Florissant Colorado. It was a great ride. I didn't know until I got there that there was a motorcycle rally in nearby Cripple Creek on the same day.

I'm on the right. On the left is a 34 million year old petrified redwood tree stump.

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I like to take photos of clouds. Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant, Colorado.

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Blue moon

I went out to photograph the sun setting over Eldorado Canyon Thursday night which also happened to be the night of the full moon. I was confident there would be a nice sunset because there were enough broken clouds there was also a lot of dirt, smoke, and water vapor hanging in the air. I really struggled to get anything usable but was able to snap a few good shots. I'm still finding my way around the Canon 70D but I'm not sure what was causing me so much trouble.

Sunset over Eldorado Canyon with the Canon 70D.

Facing east with the Canon 70D on a tripod. I used exposer bracketing to build an HDR image but chose only one of the photos. You can see the dirt and smoke in the air.

I took this photo just before sunset because I thought it was pretty. I used the Canon G15 point and shoot in HDR mode facing south. That land is on the other side of the highway and use to be Rocky Flats.

Funeral for a fireman

I watched the funeral procession for Denver fireman John Whelan Tuesday morning and took these photos.

A little bit of video

Recorded July 4th evening from my dashcam

Happy July 5th. I recorded this last night in Arvada, Colorado.

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barreling down Flagstaff Road west of Boulder. I might have sped up the video a little bit.


Conjunction of the moon, Jupiter and Venus. Venus is on the right.
June 20, 2015.

At the park

Blue Heron face off

Dwindling goslings started with 8 now there are 2

Domestic Mallards gone feral