Chipmunk – 2007

While cleaning out old files, I came across this chipmunk taken 11 years ago in Estes Park.  One of my first photos with a DSLR.  It needs a little head room, but otherwise a fairly decent shot.  BTW, the chipmunk was alive.

Cute little fella.

Thought for the Day:  One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.                                                                                                                                   William Shakespeare

Posted in Wildlife | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

El Capitan

El Capitan

One of the most popular rock climbing sites in North America is the 3,000′ shear rock face of El Capitan.  The granite monolith is an iconic figure of Yosemite NP of northern California.

At 7:00 AM this road is deserted, but will be bumper-to-bumper within two hours.  This road veers to the left at the base of El Capitan, where  10-12 cars are parked every night.  A sticker on their dashboard tells you climbers are still on El Capitan.

From Tunnel View at dusk you can see lanterns twinkling like stars on the face of El Capitan, while climbers settle into their sleeping bags suspended from the rock face.

Thought for the Day:  Do one thing everyday that scares you.                                                                      Eleanor Roosevelt

Posted in Photojournalism, Travel | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Elk at Dusk

Elk at Dusk

This shot was taken near Jackson Hole, Wyoming in 2013.  I wish I could say it was real.

It is my photograph; I took the picture, all right.  The sky is real, the site is real, but the elk are statues.  This was taken near the entrance of an art museum in the area.

I was practicing for the real thing.

Thought for the Day:  Practice does not make perfect.  Only perfect practice makes perfect.                                                                                                            Vince Lombardi

Posted in Odds & Ends | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment


Moon Set

Snow Geese at Sunrise

The moon set in the western sky about ten minutes before sunrise.  I shot this the same morning I shot the Snow Geese at Desoto National Wildlife Refuge, near Blair, Nebraska.

The celestial bodies were almost in perfect alignment; after shooting the moon, I turned around and shot the geese.   It’s called a two-fer.

Thought for the Day:  I’m just a lucky slob from Ohio who happened to be in the right place at the right time.                                                                                          Clark Gable

Posted in Odds & Ends | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Desoto NWR

Snow Geese at Sunrise

The word was out; snow geese were gathering at Nebraska’s Desoto National Wildlife Refuge.  Gathering is an understatement, more like a national convention; local naturalists estimated upwards of 500,000.

Over 1200 acres of fields and wetlands provide a welcome stopover for migratory water fowl.  They are easily heard, but hard to find along the seven mile ox bow lake formed by the Missouri River; many access roads and viewing sites are closed this time of year.  I didn’t see any geese the first night I went to catch them at sunset.

The next morning, I found them hiding in plain sight near the Visitor Center.

Thought for the DayThe time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.                                                                                                                                          Bertrand Russell

Posted in Wildlife | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Plow Horse

Plow Horse

In an earlier blog, I wrote about a “working” farm.  This is it.

Taken through a window of the tour bus, it is the neighbor of where the former picture was taken; i.e. outside the small town of Lapai, Lithuania.

Photo taken in 2017.  Honest.

Thought for the DayThe first 10,000 photographs are your worst.                                                                                                                                 Henri Cartier-Bresson

Posted in Photojournalism, Travel | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Key West B & B

Curry Mansion Inn

William Curry, Florida’s first self-made millionaire, purchased this Key West property in 1852 and built a house on this site in 1869.  In 1905, the original house was demolished and replaced with the grand Georgian Revival mansion shown in this photo.

The mansion passed through many Curry family members until it was sold to a doctor in 1965, who called it home until 1971.   The house sat empty and neglected until it was purchased by the Edith and Al Amsterdam in 1975.  It has been fully restored, modernized and expanded, making it a very unique B&B with 28 guest rooms.

We thoroughly enjoyed our two-night stay.  A beautifully furnished pool-side room, full breakfast, happy hour, top notch service, parking (premium on Key West), and only twenty paces off the famous Duval Street made our departure a sad one.

Thought for the Day:  Goodbye always makes my throat hurt.                   Charlie Brown

Posted in Photojournalism, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment