Sunday, October 15, 2017

More high desert photos

After reviewing and deleting photos from our trip I came up with a few more that I liked and wanted to share..

Backlite and dark and color - I just can't pass it up.

A Scrub Jay with peanuts sitting on a pinion pine!


Light makes the path

Eyelash grasses closeup

A windy morning Saturday

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Torrey photos, finally!

Here's some of the ones I liked best from our time in Torrey-Teasdale. We stayed at the Pine Shadows Cabins  in Teasdale, our favorite place to stay. Molly and I got in a lot of exercise and Diana joined us for some time of throwing a stick in the water for Molly to retrieve. We did wear her out!
Beautiful warm weather until the day we left, when the water from sprinklers in the fields was forming ice! Time to come home! Not that it is all that warm at home!

Red rock country - the cliffs at the base of Thousand Lake Mountain.

Molly watching for rabbits - and she did see and chase one just after this shot..

Eyelash grass - exquisitely beautiful but you have to look.

Features of the cliffs

Ice on Molly's swimming pond - made her wait till it melted before letting her in.

A western classic - a pole fence.

Molly waiting for me to throw the stick!

As we walked through the area there were many small landscapes that caught our attention.

Orange and red and green and black...

A lone cottonwood in the midst of pinion pine and juniper..

A breezy cold morning today.

A pano - looking at Thousand Lakes Mountain from Teasdale at sunset. Photo needs to be about 10x this size to appreciate it. Click on it to get a better view.

Friday, October 13, 2017


We're in Torrey till Saturday but I forgot my computer power cord so have not posted any photos here. We'll see how long my battery lasts today, otherwise I'll post photos starting tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

105mm f/2.8 in backyard

Experimenting with my 105 mm in the backyard I came up with some photos that I liked..

The lens is very sharp.

Extra fun - photographing the fountain I found purple in the water!!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Refuge Saturday

Saturday was the opening day of duck season and there were 100's of hunters out at the refuge! Some had trailers that they had stayed the night in, some had boats some had bikes and some just walked. But there were a lot and apparently it was a good opener - lots of ducks.
So I found a quiet no-hunting area and wandered around to see what I could see.
The wetlands are gorgeous in the fall, all shades of color and unexpected reds and greens show up at times. Here's some of what I saw yesterday.

Quiet ponds here, some hiding ducks away from the hunters.

Great Blue Heron and two Black-crowned Night herons.

The Harrier flew around me several times hunting. I scrunched down in the grasses hoping she would come closer.

Friday, October 6, 2017

More refuge..

Here's some additional photos from yesterday's trip to the refuge. Butterflies were everywhere as the sun warmed the air and the flowers.

Can't forget the smaller birds, they are beautiful also.

The harriers are back, glad to see them.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

The refuge again!

I hit the refuge about midday today, and it was just like a tomb - quiet, quiet!  So I just hung out and sure enough, things started to happen. A Grey Ghost (male harrier) glided by, a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron posed, and the Western Grebes water danced (kind of) for me. A juvenile Red-tailed Hawk got curious and gave me a great shot!  Kingfisher shot by - no photos of the speed demon. Butterflies on rabbit brush and other flowers - along with a lot of honeybees.
Moments of beauty...

The butterflies were engrossed in the rabbit brush so I just walked up to them.

Juvenile black-crowned night herons - lots of them around if you watch closely.

Juvenile Red-tailed hawk..wait awhile and they'll often come to see what you are.

BB - butterfly and bee

American kestrel with dinner.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Tuesday followup

Yesterday at the refuge I saw a Coopers hawk, not one that I normally or have ever before seen out there. It seemed a bit lost, flitting for post to Russian Olive tree.  Perhaps it was.
A couple more photos grabbed my attention this morning - here they are..

Well, the first one really wasn't at the refuge but was on my way to the car to go there.

These two of raptors looking out (while keeping an eye on me) incorporate the background in which they live, albeit hazily.

Sitting at the boat launching area waiting for whatever, these leaves beckoned to me.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Monday Refuge

Molly and I went out to the refuge about 9:30 this morning - wondered if the fog and rain would impact us but it was OK up there - partly cloudy. Cold though, 41 with a bit of a breeze made the windbreaker very comfortable.
A variety of beauty this morning, just as there always is, and here's some of the ones we capture..

Red-tailed hawk, no doubt at all.

Rough-legged flew right at me.

I think this is a juvenile Red-tailed - will check.

Antelope Island and the sun and the fall colors in the grasses.

Molly walked on this - very carefully and slowly. She was very glad to get off.

I believe a juvenile American Avocet.  Elegant.

Gathering of egrets and herons..busy place.

Storms bring unique and wonderful clouds.