Floral Antlers

Half flower, half Ibex.

PotD 2013 168/365 – Floral Antlers

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On the Lookout

This hawk was scanning the area for a meal, and seemed oblivious to my presence. I tried not to scare anything off this time 🙂

PotD 2013 045/365 – On the Lookout

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Ginger Duck

This duck is known as a Redhead. Can’t imagine why. Beautiful creature.

PotD 2013 044/365 – Ginger Duck

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Dude! You Scared Off My Lunch!

That seems to be what this Red-tailed Hawk was thinking as he banked around toward me.

PotD 2013 043/365 – Dude! You Scared Off My Lunch!

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I almost completely overlooked this Muley doe quietly grazing in the brush.

PotD 2013 042/365 – Camouflage

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Urban Buffalo Herd

When you’re out at the Arsenal, it’s easy to forget you’re only 10 minutes or so from downtown Denver, and about 30 minutes from the mountains. This shot frames both the rural and urban aspects of the refuge.

PotD 2013 041/365 – Urban Buffalo Herd

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Black and White in Black and White

The combination of the white gulls and black coots made for an interesting contrast. If only there weren’t 10,000 piles of goose crap on the ice as well…

PotD 2013 040/365 – Black and White in Black and White

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Balancing Act

This gull kind of reminded me of Ralph Macchio doing “The Crane” in Karate Kid.

PotD 2013 039/365 – Balancing Act

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The Goosinator

I was down at Sloan Lake, and I found a lady running this thing around the ice on the lake, terrorizing the geese. Evidently, the city has decided that goose shit on the ice is unsightly, so they’ve purchased several of these things and hired unpaid interns to go around to local lakes and scare off the geese. It works, but it also scares off everything else, which was annoying as hell. Made me wish I had a shotgun. Wonder if it’s goosinator season…

PotD 2013 038/365 – The Goosinator

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Fallen Eagle

Okay, so this is probably the crappiest shot you will ever see me post, but it was just too funny to not share. It was taken with the 100-400 with a 1.4x extender, and very heavily cropped. Basically, this Bald Eagle was strutting across the ice, tormenting the geese out on the lake, and he fell in the water. I shot this just as he dragged himself back up on the ice. It was hilarious. You always think of them as such majestic birds…

PotD 2013 037/365 – Fallen Eagle

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Biggest Head on the Prairie

Finally got close enough to the buffalo herd at RMA to get some decent shots. My, but they have tremendous squashes.

PotD 2013 036/365 – Biggest Head on the Prairie

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The Suspense Is Killing Me!

Must have been a horror movie. Maybe he was watching an eagle have a little snack.

PotD 2013 035/365 – The Suspense Is Killing Me!

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Bump On a Log

As in sitting there just like a bump on a log…

PotD 2013 033/365 – Bump On a Log

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Another Year Ends…

When I rebooted this blog a year and a half ago, I had no idea that it would become what it has. One thing I said then was that I would post about things that I was passionate about, and that’s certainly been the case. I just didn’t understand that the passion would be almost entirely photography, and I really didn’t understand what a huge percentage of the happiness I’ve had would come from taking pictures. Honestly, this would have been a pretty bleak year if I hadn’t had my camera to help haul me up out of the depths. To give you some idea of what a major player my camera is in my life now, consider this: In 2010, I took 1600 pictures, nearly half of which were taken during the legendary Spring Break Road Trip with the kids. In 2011, I took about 7700 pictures, after having got my DSLR in May. In 2012, I have taken over 28,000 pictures. Can you see a trend here?

Another piece of my world that has given me a great amount of pleasure is Google Plus. My participation has grown all throughout the year, and it has been such a wonderful experience to be a part of the community there. In October of last year I wrote about my experience on G+ up to that point, and I mentioned how gratifying it was that about 80 of the people that I was following had in turn followed me. It makes me shake my head in disbelief when I look at those numbers now, and see that over 12,000 people now have me in their circles. Very flattering, and very humbling. It’s been a fun G-ride in 2012, and I’m looking forward to 2013.

One can never tell what the new year holds in store, but I have a few goals in mind. One is to start taking better care of myself. I have recently been reminded of my own mortality, as well as my keen desire to be healthy enough to do all the things I enjoy doing for many years to come. My goal for that is to exit 2013 skinnier, healthier, and happier than I enter it. I also want to take pictures. A lot of them. And get better at doing it. I figure the healthier I am, the more pictures I’ll take :-).

On a less selfish level, my hope for the world is that it’s a better place next year than it has been this year. May your 2013 be filled with peace, happiness and music. And on that note (pun intended), I will leave you with the final entry in my 366-day non-project. See you next year!!!

This Ain’t a 366 Project 366/366 – Music in My Heart

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It’s hard to believe there’s only one day left in my not-a-project-project. Where did this year go? The year’s penultimate shot falls under the category of “caption this”…

“What? My trainer says I should stretch before I go for a swim.”

This Ain’t a 366 Project 365/366 – Stretching

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