Tree at Sundown

Tree at Sundown

Spring sunsets are anything but reliable!  This evening looked promising but soon a heavy bank of clouds moved in competing with the sun for attention.  I barely captured a few rays before the darkness took over.

Location: Daniels Park, a Denver Mountain Park

Denver from 15 Miles South

Denver at night from the distance

 

Last night I was hoping for a great sunset, but the clouds lined up against the Rockies and blocked the color.  So instead I pointed my camera toward downtown Denver and waited as the lights came on.  In the foreground is Highlands Ranch, Denver some 15 miles from where I stood is at the top of the image, all lit up.

A Silver Gyrfalcon

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This is a very rare silver gyrfalcon, one of the largest of the falcon family.  They breed along the arctic coasts.  This one makes his home with HawkQuest.  It’s a working bird, who’s job is to model for us and show off how pretty he is.  Notice the heart shaped decorations on his chest!

The Eagle Lands

An eagle lands on a red rock at Arrowhead Golf Course

Yesterday I had the pleasure of shooting raptors from HawkQuest.   This female American Bald Eagle is my favorite.  I’ve photographed her many times, but never in such a beautiful setting as this!  Arrowhead Golf Course in Littleton, Colorado.

Mounted Shooting

Cowgirl in a Mounted Shooting Contest at the  NWSS

Last Sunday was the end of the National Western Stock Show in Denver. I read there were 682,539 in attendance, not a little rodeo for sure! I only got to spend one day there and came away with a ton of pictures. Here’s one I like from the Mounted Shooting competition. Cowboys and Cowgirls ride horses around markers shooting at balloon targets as they go. It was fun to try to photograph the action.

Black Powder

Black powder shooting at the National Western Stock Show

So I’m hanging over the railing focusing on the moving object. All of a sudden I hear, Bang! Bang! I wonder what is that they are shooting, might I get shot? I ask the lady next to me who was dressed in cowgirl clothes. She said “oh no! They are shooting black power you can’t get hurt!”

OK, cool I carry on.

This image captured the black power, it had already popped the balloon, the remnants were still falling to the ground.

Taken at the National Western Stock Show 2015

Rush Hour Rocky Mountain Style

Traffic on I-70 at rush hour

 

Anyone who has driven west on I-70 cannot help but enjoy this view!  The other day I had some time to kill between appointments, so I drove up in hopes of capturing a colorful sunset.  The sunset wasn’t cooperating so instead I tried my hand at long exposures, creating light trails of traffic.  It was a cold evening but oh so worth the effort.  A Zen evening for me!