Lazy Sunday

Wildlife Photography by Gary Gray
Double-crested Cormorant in Flight

Happy Sunday to my readers.

I made the trip to the tree in the lake this morning. A few photographers gathered. Looks like a third great blue heron has arrived.

It was a little bit on the windy side this morning so the bird activity was limited. I did manage a few shots of the cormorants and other waterfowl.

Finishing up the business taxes this weekend. Maybe putting some stock shots up.

It’s a lazy Sunday for sure.

The Tree in the Lake

Bird Photography by Gary Gray
Double-crested Cormorants Sing Their Mating Songs

With Spring waiting to spring here in the Denver area, migratory birds are beginning to make their way in to the suburban lakes.

One of my favorite locations is a large lake about 5 mile to my north. In the middle of the lake is an island. On that island, cormorants, blue heron, ducks, geese, American avocets and numerous other species gather for the summer.

Today, I broke out the Nikon D800, which is still a fine camera by the way, with a Nikkor 200-500mm VR.

So long as the weather allows, I’ll be out there often to keep track of the progress of Spring mating for these critters.

Great Blue Heron Mating Pair by Gary Gray
Great Blue Heron – Mating Pair

Stay Tuned!

A Bird’s Life

Wildlife photography by Gary Gray
Sandhill Crane – Monte Vista, Colorado

Each year in March, the city of Monte Vista, Colorado is the host of the Monte Vista Crane Festival. This year, it will occur from March 9th-11th.

Monte Vista is less than half a day drive for me, so this will be my next photographic adventure.

There are three main Sandhill Crane festivals that are easily accessible from Colorado.

Bosque del Apache, New Mexico, normally best in early December.

Monte Vista, Colorado, best in mid-March.

Kearney Nebraska, hosted by the Nebraska Audubon Society, March 22-25 this year.

I’ll be in Monte Vista sometime this month.  Hope to see you there.

End of the Month

I have quite a bit of Stock Photography on the micro-stock web sites. After 11 years in business, I’ve accumulated an extensive catalog of wildlife and landscape images.

Some stock agencies calculate sales payments to photographers at the end of the month and if the total sales add up to a certain value, the photographer gets paid.

I always find it amusing when my total for the month approaches the minimum payout amount. Occasionally, I’ll have like $99.45 in sales and it’s the last day of the month.  I need one more sale to push it over $100 and get that check for the month to me.

Well, this month is no different. I got to the point that I needed one more sale to get me over the hump for February.

Here’s that sale….

Shiras Moose – Northern Colorado

Earning paydays, one moose at a time.

The Conclusion of Deer Photography Season

Seasonal cycles.

I consider October through February my primary season to photograph deer in Colorado. My first choice for locating both mule deer and white-tailed deer is Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, though I have other locations along Colorado’s front range that I visit as well.

In Colorado, mating season is over, the bucks have begun dropping their antlers and I’ve wrapped up my seasonal deer photography for 2017-18.

I thought I would share a few of my favorite deer photographs from the past few months.

I’ll spare you the flowery descriptions and camera settings.

It’s all about the photos.
Thanks for visiting.

Life With Doobie, an African Hunting Dog Puppy

Doobie’s Bone Pile

Doobie gathers logs from the firewood and creates a bone-pile in our back yard. At 8 months of age, he has slowly increased the size of the simulated bones.

If he were in Africa amongst his pack, this would probably be where the carcass of a gazelle or something was laying half eaten.

Doobie Adds to the Pile

As you can see, he’s finding the good stuff in the firewood. He will carry a log as heavy as he can manage. I’ve seen him drag them from time to time.

Doobie’s Previous Pile of Bones

We try to keep Doobie’s bone-pile picked up. We don’t want him chewing on the sticks but it’s almost impossible to stop.  We hope to teach him to bring this stuff to us for the fireplace.

It’s hit and miss at the moment.

Photographic Cycles of Life

Bison Photo by Gary Gray
American Bison

For the past month or so, I’ve been concentrating on photographing Bison in a Winter environment. Photos of Buffalo covered in snow sell, plain and simple.

As I’ve grown older I’ve moved away from an active 9 to 5 type of existence into a more laissez faire approach to life in general.

I’m no longer interested in getting a “big job.” I’ve stopped photographing weddings and events. I’m more interested in finding the images that make me happy and the financial side is more or less secondary now that my wife is retired and I’m semi-retired. I don’t need the income to make ends meet and that probably is the driving force behind my approach. Man has to eat.

These days, I have been taking a seasonal approach to my photography. Living in Colorado affords me opportunities for wildlife and landscape work all year long and I find myself drifting from prime-time subject to prime-time subject for everything Colorado has to offer.

Right now. I want more Buffalo.