Busy morning

Busy morning at the birdfeeder. I've seen sparrows, finches, a flicker, and occasionally a Chickadee. This is a Northern Flicker. (photo from webcam.)

Drone flight over Big Bend campground

Drone flight over Big Bend campground, Moab, Utah, September 30, 2016. Note, the campground is not in the park; the park is on the other side of the river.

I will never forget

Matthew Shepard died 18 years ago today from injuries he suffered five days earlier in a brutal hate crime in Laramie Wyoming. I will NEVER forget !


Off-Roading to Bill Moore Lake

Off-roading with the 4-Players of Colorado on Forest Service Road 183.1 to Bill Moore Lake in Clear Creek County, Colorado. September 25, 2016.

Bill Moore Lake run

Bill Moore Lake run

Bill Moore Lake run

Bill Moore Lake run

Bill Moore Lake run

Bill Moore Lake run

Lots of Rocks

Fall Colors on Guanella Pass

Fall colors, Guanella Pass, road 381, Georgetown to Grant, Colorado. September 21, 2016. The road is paved all the way from Georgetown on I70 to Grant on US285.

Guanella Pass

Guanella Pass

Guanella Pass

Twice the speed

Come along for a drive down Flagstaff Road into Boulder Colorado at twice the normal speed. It'll be fun! Filmed with my DOD dash cam on September 17, 2016.

Problem solved

I've been unhappy with my Chevy Equinox ever since I bought it. It didn't have 4 wheel drive, was hard to see out of (virtually blind to the right,) got poor gas milage, and the air conditioner smelled.

Yesterday I fixed those problems and traded it on a Toyota Tacoma with access cab and trekking package. Now I can go explore some ghost towns.

Where can I buy truck balls?

Train with turbine blades

Burlington Northern & Santa Fe engine #6163 pulls a train of wind turbine blades south on the BNSF Front Range Subdivision from Broomfield to Denver. September 3, 2016.

Train of hopper cars

I video recorded a train for no particular reason.

BNSF #5336 pulling hopper cars north bound on Front Range subdivision crossing Pierce St @ MP 9.38, Westminster, Colorado. August 6, 2016, 5:25PM (23:25UTC).

The cat got a train set

The cat said I could play with his model train set as long as he was there to supervise.

Black & White film

All three photographs were taken on ILFORD B&W PANF PLUS 50 120 film using a Hasselblad 500 C/M with an 80mm lens, and developed at home in ILFORD HC developer.
Clouds from Inspiration Point

Bridge & fountain at Arbor Lake

Fountain at Arbor Lake

I can fly! I can fly!

You might not know that I can fly an airplane. I can't fly one legally but I did take flying lessons in 1994 and flew solo several times. In 1994 I took lessons from Steve Green (not the weather man) of Aspen Flying Club at Centennial Airport. I didn't complete my training because it was too expensive.

1994 was the same year Denver International Airport (DIA) opened for business. A week before it opened they hosted a General Aviation Fly-in. When I learned about the fly-in I was quick enough to reserve an airplane before they were all booked. I was fortunate enough to be able to land an airplane at DIA, sign the gust book, snap a couple of photos, and take off again. We didn't have much time to look around; we had to have the plane back by 10am because it was booked the rest of the day.

Landing an airplane at Denver International Airport, or even soloing an airplane, isn't something everyone gets to do. I'm happy I took advantage of the opportunity and was able to do it.

This is me just before taking off from Centennial for Denver International Airport general aviation fly-in September 25, 1994. I've put on a few pounds since this photo was taken.

My first pinhole photograph

Flatirons by a pinhole camera
The Flatirons, Boulder, Colorado. May 25, 2016.
ILFORD HARMAN Titan 4x5 Pinhole camera, 73mm, f206, 8sec, ILFORD Delta 100 b/w film, ISO-100, developed in ILFORD DD-X @ 20c for 12 min.

Return to film

I've been thinking of getting back into film photography for a couple of years. I would like to get into a large format camera (4x5). There are thousands of used large format cameras on eBay but they are either beat up real bad or missing parts or too expensive. I use to shoot 120 medium format film in the 60's and 70's. In high school I had a used Hasselblad and my own dark room. I lost interest in photography after high school and sold all my gear.

While looking at used film cameras on eBay I came across a Hasselblad that looked to be in good condition and was within my price range so I clicked the Buy Now button. I didn't know the seller lived in Denver but he sent me a message the next day and asked if he could come by the house to drop it off. I had camera in hand that evening!

This is the first film photography I've done since 1994 and it's the first black & white film photography I've done since 1974.

Depth of field on stairs, Hasselblad 500C/M, 80mm, Kodak TMY 120, ISO400, 1sec @ f22. May 14, 2016.

Woman pushing stroller , Hasselblad 500C/M, 80mm, Kodak TMY 120, ISO400,1/500 @ f22, Arvada, Colorado. May 14, 2016.

Used 1991 Hasselblad 500C/M w 80mm f2.8 lens. May 12, 2016. Taken with iPhone.

Lost in the storm

A spring snow storm hit the Colorado front range last week. It dumped several inches of heavy wet snow which damaged a lot of trees and some roofs.

I drove to Metzger Farm Open Space to see if the herons and owls survived the storm . All of the heron nests in the east tree have been abandoned. There are still two active heron nests in the west tree. The owls in the east tree and the owls on the north trail both survived. Another birder told me the hawk nest failed and some nesting geese were flooded out.

Great Horned Owl, Metzger Farm Open Space, Broomfield, Colorado, April 19, 2016.

This is one pathetic looking coyote, Metzger Farm Open Space, Broomfield, Colorado, April 19, 2016.

Jumping with joy

I went to Metzger Farm open space park in Broomfield, Colorado Saturday. The herons have returned again this year to raise their young as have some owls. As I was leaving I spotted a Kestrel right next to the road. I jumped out of the car so fast I almost forgot to put it into park!

Hallelujah! I finally got a decent shot of a Kestrel. I am jumping with joy right now!
American Kestrel

The Great Blue Herons have returned to Metzger Farm Open Space to raise their young.

As have Great Horned owls. This nest is in the same tree as the herons and was about 300 feet away. We counted three chicks.

This is a different family farther north. Officials put a temporary fence to keep people from getting too close. We were able to get about 100 feet from her. I could see two chicks.

I got a good photograph of a meadowlark a few years ago. I also want to get a good recording of the meadowlarks song. This is my second attempt at a recording.

Singing in the snow

I may have been a little too optimistic about the weather when I went to Crown Hill Park this morning, but the weather didn't stop this American Robin or Redwing Blackbird.

Crown Hill Park

American Robin

Redwing Blackbird

Of course it stopped snowing as soon as I got home and dried off.

Forgotten penny

I don't think I've seen one of these pennies. If I knew they existed I'd forgotten them.

In 2009 the US mint suspended production of the regular penny and minted four different varieties of commemorative Lincoln pennies in honor of Lincoln's 200th birthday. Each variety has a different reverse. In 2010 they introduced the newly redesigned penny with a union shield replacing the Lincoln Memorial on the reverse. The commemorative pennies were only minted in 2009. I guess I don't look at my pennies close enough.

I took this photo of a commemorative penny I found in my pocket this morning. I used a 50mm Macro lens with +2 & +4 closeup filters added on. I had a little trouble with the lighting but finally got a shot I was happy with.