Monday, December 21, 2009

Sunset Season on the Front Range

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Sparks Lake: Ray Atkeson's Muse

Ray Atkeson was an amazing primarily black and white photographer that was Oregon's first and only Photographer Laureate (he was also brilliant in color). He said his favorite photography location in the state was here at Sparks Lake. He passed on in 1990, but you can still view his work here. We all owe a debt of gratitude to Ray not just for his beautiful images, but also for the conservation they helped to inspire.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Heceta Head: The Oregon Coast's Nightlight

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Sunset High and Lonesome

Sunset High and Lonesome, originally uploaded by Fort Photo.

The Elkhead Mountains of Colorado are some of our least traveled. Found north of Craig, mostly only hunters know this area for it's high level of wildlife. It also happens to be one of my favorite areas in Colorado. Truly divine!

Monday, August 17, 2009

2009 Perseid Meteor Shower in the Colorado Rockies

I trekked up Cameron Pass to enjoy the peak of this annual treat of an astronomical event and got away with some keepers, even with the moon! I can only imagine how bright this nice fireball meteor would have been under a moonless sky. I saw 69 Perseids total between 10 pm - 3:30 am MST.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Worldwide Photowalking Fort Fun Edition

The Fort Collins contingent met on a hot Saturday afternoon at Colorado State University for our part in the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk (over 30,000 walkers worldwide!). I sure had fun meeting you all!

This one is of a fountain next to the Engineering Building that honors Elwood Mead (the same guy lake Mead is named for). I've copied the plaque's inscription below for easy reading in case there's interest.

Elwood Mead

As a member of the Colorado Agricultural College faculty between 1883 and 1888, Elwood Mead established the first instruction in irrigation engineering to be offered by an American college or university. This work provided the foundation for Colorado State University's internationally recognized reputation in water-related research, teaching and service.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Blue Me Around A Tree

Blue Me Around A Tree, originally uploaded by Fort Photo.

So I found this amazing celestial blue centering device out in the grasslands.... no actually what you are looking at is a nearly 40 year old man wrapped up in blue LED Christmas lights (tiny AA battery powered ones from the dollar store) running around a tree in the middle of nowhere at 3 am as fast as he can with out falling down. Yeah, I know. ;-)))

Of note for this shot is that Mars and Venus form a triangle on right with the Pleiades Star Cluster/Seven Sisters. And I need to check my camera's clock. I am thinking since it was showing first light this was actually taken at 4 am.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

The Electric Rainbow Acid Test

The Electric Rainbow Acid Test, originally uploaded by Fort Photo.

I'd rather be a lightning rod than a seismograph.

--Ken Kesey as quoted by Tom Wolfe in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

Image notes: single exposure/no hdr. An extraordinarily lucky 1/3 of a second. This near double rainbow was quite the buzzer breaker, at this point the sun was already most of the way down.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Sparky Shortgrass Prairie

Sparky Shortgrass Prairie, originally uploaded by Fort Photo.

It's gettin' sparky out there! From a couple of nights ago out at Pawnee National Grassland.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

A Moonlit Walk into the Stars

A Moonlit Walk into the Stars, originally uploaded by Fort Photo.

The third and final part of the triptych I've been working on for this pier at East Lake, Newberry Crater National Volcanic Monument, OR.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Pawnee Prairie Primrose Paradisio

If you live anywhere near Pawnee National Grasslands in NE Colorado, come for a visit now while this rare epic display of primrose continues. I've seen them thick on the grasslands before, but this year might be the best of my life. Go!!!!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Moonrise Is Best Shared With A Friend

Not much is more romantic than holding your loved one's hand while you watch the moonrise on Second Beach at Olympic National Park.

I was lucky to spy this photo-op while I was out getting chased by waves trying for the reflection angle in the earlier post. I rushed in and dropped as low as possible to the ground and went for it.

Notes: This is one exposure, no hdr (but some D-lighting in cam).

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Ray-Bursting a Gorge-ous Sunset on Steens

Steens Mountain National Back Country Byway opens up a world of views truly unique to SE Oregon. Besides one of the darkest night skies in the lower 48, Steens also plays host to several plant species that occur nowhere else on Earth (endemics) and serves as an example of one of the largest fault-block mountains in the world (one mountain over 50 mi long!). Yet very few even know this place exists.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Long's Peak and Mount Meeker After the Storm

We had quite the spring blizzard up at Rocky Mountain National Park, here's a view as the storm finally cleared this past weekend.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

A Steam Devil Cyclone at Yellowstone!

I wanted to post something special for my third flickrversary and became overjoyed when I realized I had captured a real steam devil (on right, like a cyclonic dust devil but with steam) at Grand Prismatic Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park! How I missed this earlier is beyond me, I have five total shots showing it that confirmed it was indeed one spinning away. Thanks all for three amazing years of friendship, growth and fun!

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Trailing Above North Cascades National Park in a Meteor Shower

This image was created with 65 consecutive 30 second exposures stacked for the trails and 2 dark frames for noise reduction and 2 frames for the foreground detail. If you look carefully you can see Perseid meteors zooming through the frame as this was taken at the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower pointing towards the radiant. One my favorite yearly astronomical events!

Images were stacked with Max Lyon's stacker program and then merged in PS. If I had my superwide Tokina 11-16 for this I could have included the N. Star, that would have rocked.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Woo Hoo Hoo!

Woo Hoo Hoo!, originally uploaded by Fort Photo.

A Short-eared Owl takes flight at the Wellington State Wildlife Area located just north of Fort Collins, Colorado yesterday. I am pleased to finally get a flight capture of one of these grassland owls.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Teton Serenity on Jackson Lake

Teton Serenity on Jackson Lake, originally uploaded by Fort Photo.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Strait of Juan de Fuca Chromatic Sunset Gradation

Friday, March 13, 2009

The Ever-So-Elegant Great Blue Heron

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Anti-crepuscular Rays on Colorado Plains

Anti-crepuscular Rays on Colorado Plains, originally uploaded by Fort Photo.

Anti-crepuscular rays form in the opposite direction of a sunset (in the east) converging to an antisolar point. They are caused by beams of sunlight passing though holes in clouds.

Friday, January 30, 2009

One Good Berry Deserves Another

A Cedar Waxwing in snow gorges on our neighbor's Mountain Ash tree berries. It's been a nonstop drunken party over there for going on solid for a couple weeks (the birds, not my neighbors, hah), these guys know how to have fun! ;-)))

Edit: this image was selected as post of day for both the Karma and Spectacular Animals groups, thanks so much I am honored!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Lunar Flyby

Lunar Flyby, originally uploaded by Fort Photo.