Variety Is The Spice Of Life

Photograph of two bighorn rams in Colorado.
The mutual admiration of two bighorn rams.

Life’s adventures continue here in Colorado.

I spent the earlier part of this past week in Red Feathers finishing up the cabin work and there is more to do. I came to a screeching halt when I acquired a nasty head cold, from which I’m still recovering.

I used the down-time to consolidate my backups. After last month’s hard drive crash, I came to the realization that I have a boat load of image files on the computer and that my backup strategy was a little too haphazard to be effective. I’ve since picked up an external SATA hard disk drive docking station, which allows me to simply use 3.5 inch SATA drives connected to the computer via a USB 3.0 connection as backup devices. I have 10 of them now filled with everything I have on the computer. 10 Terabytes of image files requires a bit of storage space. I even created a complete clone of my boot drive along with the operating system and personal files, so if I have a drive failure, I can just swap a hard drive and I’m back up and running in minutes.

Job done.

On my Facebook photography group, North American Nature, Wildlife and Landscape Photographers Association, it is “Sheep Sunday” so I elected to use this photo for the group and blog entry today.

I think it’s a nice head shot of two mature bighorn sheep rams, and is a different take from the tons of photos I normally get.

As the old saying goes. Variety is the spice of life.

Under The Weather

Photograph of Mt. Bierstadt
Mt. Bierstadt as Viewed from Mt. Evans

I’ve been a bit under the weather these past few days. I have no motivation to get out for photographs until this head/sinus thing clears up.

Which brings me to this photo of Mt. Bierstadt. Bierstadt is a 14,065 ft peak next to Mt. Evans. Taken on June 20th, 2016 during a photo tour from near the summit of Mt. Evans after a storm front moved through. It’s a little gnarly driving up to the summit in a snow/hail/rain storm but the payoff was this spectacular scene near sunset.

Mt. Evans was under the weather on that occasion, so this is my symbolism for the day. There is usually sunshine on the horizon, you just have to wait for it.

The Youngsters Look Healthy

Moose photography by Gary Gray
Twin Moose Calves

More good fortune. Yesterday morning shortly after sunrise I came across a moose cow with twins. Mother moose wasn’t too concerned with my presence, however, the calves were quite curious. Embedded in a aspen grove, they were not exactly in the most photographic of spots but I managed a few frames. Turns out, I got this photo and a couple of others.

Moose twins are one of the more rare events to see in the wild. It takes quite a bit of energy for a female cow to birth and raise two babies, but this cow was in pretty good shape and the youngsters look healthy.

 

Mother and Child

Photograph of a nursing moose calf
Mother Moose Feeding Her Baby

I went out looking for moose around the village yesterday evening just before sunset.

Was fortunate enough to wind up on this pair, mother and child, moving along the edge of the woods near the cabin.

It’s rare that I find a perfect setup for a nursing calf. Last night was good.

Back to Mooseville

Photograph of moose in a lake.
Bull Moose Eating Breakfast in a Lake

Normally, we would have just opened the cabin here in Red Feathers, but we got a jump on it in mid-May. That of course doesn’t change the cycles of wildlife in the Laramie Mountains.

I finally have a few days to kick around in earnest. I’ll probably turn something up but it’s still not prime time. Most of the high forest roads are still closed, so mostly I’ll be examining the main routes for signs of moose activity.

It appears the wildfire north-west of here is under control now that the weather has returned to a normal sun/rain cycle for this time of year.

I’ve got a brand new set of dirt tires on the SUV, my batteries are charged and I have enough coffee to last for days. What more could an old fart ask for?

Misty Moose

Shiras Moose in Colorado by Gary Gray
Two moose buddies hanging out in a lake.

This photo from 2014 was taken before sunrise in a Northern Colorado lake.

It’s rare to find two large bulls hanging out together in a good photographic situation. The light was quite low and flat, but moose are seldom found in perfect light. The mist wafting from the lake’s surface gives a nice feel to the shot.

I’m still amazed at the images I made using the old, defunct, Canon EOS 7D. An APS-C camera that was probably the best affordable wildlife camera on the market for several years. It wasn’t much use above ISO 1600. This shot was at ISO 3200, pushing the limits of the sensor but with a little post processing in DXO PhotoLab Pro, I managed to milk a little more out of the old camera.  The lens was a Canon 400mm prime with a 1.4x teleconverter. I don’t use teleconverters very often, they tend to degrade the image quality a bit but these guys were on the far side of the lake and getting a nice framing required it.  No complaints.

As the old saying goes, the best camera is the one you have with you.

Scenic Saturday

Photograph of Red Mountain Creek
Red Mountain Creek – Colorado

Looking forward to a relaxing weekend here in the Rocky Mountains.

Trudy is at the cabin on one of her home improvement missions. I tend to step aside and watch the wood chips fly when she takes on a project. The photos from her adventure are looking promising. I just love having a gal who loves tools.