Friday, January 29, 2010

The Eagles Have Landed

Back by popular demand, more eagle photos. I finally saw them again on Goldenstein on the way home from school. This time when they flew off, I drove over to Patterson hoping that's where they go, but no luck. On the plus side, I may now have enough photos for a calendar. And I have two that are in the running for the print I'll donate to Parents' Night Out. I'm getting them printed at Costco this weekend. Very exciting!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

A Sticky Situation

Well, since I couldn't find the eagles on Saturday, I decided to go over to Kirk Nature Area and see what I could find. It was just too pretty a day to give up altogether, so I went where I thought I could get some nice scenic shots as well as some good close up macros of new fallen snow. I was not disappointed.

My situation got sticky for three reasons. The path forks, so I went to the left as I do in the summer. It goes down a hill about 30 ft in. I forgot about that and there I stood in snow up to my hip again. OK. Plan two. I'll go up the other fork. No go. That was blocked by a fallen tree. Hum.

Oh, I know here are some burrs to photograph. They sure look cool with that lump of fresh snow on top. They sure do stick to the gloves. Sigh. I had to get a napkin out of the glove compartment box and grab the burr with that to pull it off and keep it from sticking to my other glove.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Shape of Ice

I took these the same day I found the leaves. I'm always fascinated by the flow of ice and the shapes it melts into or the way it freezes up into tiny little cystals. Very cool.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Leaves of Winter

I took these a couple of weeks ago. I went to put my garbage can back and I noticed that some of the leaves had frozen in place. I always like shots like that. The leaves on top of the snow caught my attention since they had remained in tact despite how delicate they are.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sunset Hills Cemetary - Part 2

I took these a couple of weeks ago. We went sledding again and I decided to do some more exploring of Sunset Hills while the guys continued to fly down the hill. I found all of these images profoundly haunting.

I didn't know that there was a civil war monument out there, so that to me was interesting from a historical point of view. (And also makes me wonder, why do we always forget?)

The cherub was by a child's grave. A more recent one as the newer tradition of leaving toys behind had been evident.

I believe the snow angel was by a younger woman's grave. This one is my personal favorite. Something about the snow makes the beauty of this piece even more surreal.

The flowers say it all. Made me feel like someone had lost the love of their life and would not be getting over it soon.

Which brings me to an interesting point or perhaps it's redundant to those who think about such things often. Cemetaries are more likely haunted by the ghosts of those who are left behind, not those who have passed. For it is the living that leave behind the offerings and for those of us who find them, a faint image of who they might be.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

African Dwarf Frogs

These are African Dwarf Frogs. Apparently you can buy them at Hallmark. A parent gave them to one of the 1st grade classes at my son's school. Pretty cool.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Another Eagle Photo

Here's another eagle shot. This is a day after the first shots were taken. I have not seen them back since. I'm keeping my eye out, though. Still hoping to get enough pictures to make a 2011 calendar.

Also, I had an 8x10 print made of one of the earlier shots. I will have it framed and bring it to Parents Night Out.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Some dinosaur sculptures at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The first one is around the corner from the elevators for the parking garage. The Plesiosaur skeleton is hanging in the main hallway of the museum. I didn't get a good picture of the T-Rex they have right as you walk in. That's my favorite one, too. (My son didn't want to stand by it this year. Bummer.)


This is a restaurant chain in Wyoming, Colorado and South Dakota as far as I can tell. It's called Sanford's Grub and Pub. We did not go eat there. However, I couldn't help taking pictures of the giant Bugs and Daffy out front and the crocodiles in the car. They had all kinds of things around that restaurant. Dinosaurs and fish and old cars out back. Wackiness all over.

Moon Over Refinery

I am very prolific with my photography especially on vacation, so I'm trying to cut to the chase so I can move on. However, there are still a few gems that I would like to post. For instance these photographs of a full moon over an oil refinery in Casper Wyoming.

On the second photo, I wanted to capture the halo around the moon, so I changed my f-stop and shutter setting to let in more light. I zoomed in. And I set my white space to a more reddish range. (As you can tell technical is where I shine - Ha! Ha!) It worked. Although I will say the halo was more of a rainbow, but if I set the white space for a bluish tone, it wouldn't capture the halo at all. Seeing as how it was -20 with the windchill (at least) I didn't have much time to sit out there playing with the camera until I figured it out.

Denver Zoo Lights

Photos from this year's Denver Zoo Lights.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Denver Zoo - Giraffe Exhibit

This is one of my son's favorites during the zoo lights as well. We have to stop and look at the giraffes. It is kind of surreal. They're so very tall.

Mont Lindo Cross - Lighting the Way

I finally got a passable photo of this. I've been trying for, oh, probably 24 years. Now I admit that it has not been a solid 24 years, since I have long since moved from the area. However, I have been trying at least since I was 19 years old and I moved to Kittredge.

If you drive up (down?) South 285 from Denver on your way to Evergreen, you can see it. I always found a bit of comfort in its presence. Below is a link that explains the history of this landmark.

Mount Lindo Cross

Next time I'm in Evergreen, maybe we can drive up there. It is up a mountain road, so it might have to be a summer or spring visit to make the trip.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Mess of the Month - January

Well, here it is - January's Mess. New Year, new mess or maybe not so much. I've been at the top of my game lately. If this keeps up, I'll have to change the post to neatness of the month. The laundry's done and nearly folded - that's been 6 months in the making. And the dishes are done. I give a shout out to my husband for helping me with that. Even my son has been cleaning up every night with no complaints. Yup, nothing like saying everything's perfect to curse it. Next month it'll look like this again:

Mess of the Month December

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Evergreen Lake and Lakehouse

One of my other favorite spots to photograph while visiting my in-laws is the Evergreen Lake and the new lakehouse on it. I always get some nice scenic shots.

Below are a set of shots taken at night. The lakehouse lit up with Christmas lights. The "street lights" reflecting off the ice on the lake. And a pot that had cracked open when water froze in it. (It was under a water spout and the run off froze causing the pot to crack open.)

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Christmas Lights on Denver Courthouse

At least you can say Merry Christmas somewhere on this planet and not get in trouble for it. I was in awe of the display. I especially like the mix of colors on the eagle at the top. (Click on the images below to see larger versions.)

Evergreen Dam

These were taken by the Evergreen dam. The sign is in a ravine right as you come down the stairs from the lake. The crow was sitting atop the dam and I was fortunate enough to grab a shot of him taking off for flight. The dam is on of my favorite spots to photograph while I'm in Evergreen. I'm a sucker for flowing water and frozen ice.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

On My Way Home From School...

I saw these eagles. They were perching in this tree by the farm on Goldenstein. So I pulled over in the driveway and waded through snow back to the tree. It was worth it.

It was even worth it when I was dumb enough to step into the ditch to get closer. That works as long as the snow holds your weight. Otherwise, you end up in snow up to your hip praying that your other foot has some purchase so you can walk out because you don't want to appear to be an idiot who forgot how deep that ditch is. Hey, at least I didn't step into the bit that has water flowing through it. No dry pants so I had to wait for a couple of hours while my jeans dried. Not fun, but still, it was quite the adventure.

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