Elk Rut Workshop in Rocky Mountain National Park

September 2nd, 2015

October 3rd and 4th are the dates for this year’s elk rut photography workshop in Rocky Mountain National Park.  We’ll be out in the early mornings and late afternoons shooting from prime locations as the bulls fend off challenges to their harems from other bulls.  You’ll hear the occasional clashing of antlers and the surprisingly high-pitched bugles from these 1000+ pound mammals as we sit at a safe distance but close enough for great images.  Younger bulls will practice sparring, cows will gather in increasingly larger groups and older bulls will challenge for control of an already existing harem in meadows with 50 to 150 animals.  Bring your long lens and a tripod or monopod!  For more information:

http://www.coloradoplateauphototours.com/pages/photo-tours-workshops/rocky-mountain-national-park/2-day—rmnp-fall-color-elk-rut.php

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Space Available for the Annual Colorado Fall Colors Workshop

September 2nd, 2015

I’m down to 2 spaces for my annual fall colors workshop that will be based out of Ridgway, Colorado on September 26th and 27th.  The Ridgway-Telluride area is THE place to shoot fall colors in Colorado.  Lodging in the area is already becoming scarce, so don’t delay signing up for this one.  I’ll get you to the right spots at the right time of day for capturing fabulous images.

http://www.coloradoplateauphototours.com/pages/photo-tours-workshops/sw-colorado—crested-butte-area/2-day–ouray-telluride-fall-colors.php

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Tularemia Found in Rocky Mountain National Park

July 28th, 2015

I’m posting this announcement for all my local and visiting friends. Rocky Mountain National Park issued a warning minutes ago to us licensed guides that TULAREMIA has been found in the Lilly Lake area of Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s spread by insects like mosquitoes, ticks, etc. and the health impacts are very serious. The best defense is heavy insect repellent. From the CDC…. symptoms:

Ulceroglandular This is the most common form of tularemia and usually occurs following a tick or deer fly bite or after handing of an infected animal. A skin ulcer appears at the site where the organism entered the body. The ulcer is accompanied by swelling of regional lymph glands, usually in the armpit or groin.


Glandular Similar to ulceroglandular tularemia but without an ulcer. Also generally acquired through the bite of an infected tick or deer fly or from handling sick or dead animals.


Oculoglandular This form occurs when the bacteria enter through the eye. This can occur when a person is butchering an infected animal and touches his or her eyes. Symptoms include irritation and inflammation of eye and swelling of lymph glands in front of the ear.


Oropharyngeal This form results from eating or drinking contaminated food or water. Patients with orophyangeal tularemia may have sore throat, mouth ulcers, tonsillitis, and swelling of lymph glands in the neck.


Pneumonic This is the most serious form of tularemia. Symptoms include cough, chest pain, and difficulty breathing. This form results from breathing dusts or aerosols containing the organism. It can also occur when other forms of tularemia (e.g. ulceroglandular) are left untreated and the bacteria spread through the bloodstream to the lungs.

Headed to Rocky Mountain National Park? Check Out my new Exhibit at The Fork in Lyons

July 4th, 2015

Thanks to Gary Clendening for the help in hanging this new 28 piece exhibit at The Fork restaurant in Lyons, Colorado. This is the 4th year I exhibited there throughout July, August and September. This is the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, so it gets seen by hordes of people!

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In Search of the Aurora Borealis Atop Rocky Mountain National Park

June 27th, 2015

Not an award-winning shot by any means, but it was fun to be out shooting at the top of Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park last night with photographers Dawn Wilson and Gary Clendening. We went up to the 12,000′ mark in hopes of shooting the Aurora Borealis, but it was not to be. The consolation prize was shooting this scene with the clouds below us with a 3/4 moon. It was 42 degrees at 12,000′ at midnight.

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The Twin Lakes Great Horned Owls

June 15th, 2015

The Twin Lakes Owls have been a favorite of photographers for several years now. I was able to photograph them a couple of years before word got out about their location because of my connections with Boulder County Open Space. These Great Horned Owls make great subjects for a couple of reasons. Because the female lays the eggs about 2 weeks apart, the owlets vary quite a bit in size. They also grow quickly and are usually fledged by early June. In the first pic here, you can see the lags and talons of a Red Tail Hawk that daddy brought home for dinner. These were later replaced with a squirrel tail and then a rabbit tail.  There have been Great Horned Owls nesting near the Cascade Cottages for 3 of the past 4 years in Rocky Mountain National Park.

 

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Scheduled Photo Tours and Photography Workshop for the Remainder of the Year, including Moab, Canyonlands, Arches, Cedar Mesa, Monument Valley, Crested Butte Wildflower Festival and Colorado Fall Colors

May 31st, 2015

Scheduled events that still have openings:

August 1 – 2   Colorado Wildflower workshop.  I usually hold this to coincide with the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, but I’m holding it later than usual this year because of the cool, wet spring, AND I’m holding it in Ouray.  I discovered high altitude fields above Ouray last year that are far better than anything I’ve found in Crested Butte.
August 1 – 8   Colorful Colorado.  The first 2 days of this 8 day workshop are the Ouray wildflower workshop, then we do a whirlwind tour of the state, including Hovenweep/Mesa Verde/Canyon of the Ancients, Great Sand Dunes, Rocky Mountain National Park, Maroon Bells, Crystal Mill, etc.
September 26 – 27  Colorado Fall Colors  We will base this workshop out of Ridgway.  Field work will include Ouray and Telluride
October 9 – 12  4 Day Moab to Monument Valley Night Photography     We’ll do night photography in Canyonlands and Arches National Parks before moving on to Cedar Mesa and Monument Valley.
My Yellowstone/Tetons and Grand Canyon workshops are full.Scheduled

Rocky Mountain National Park has Opened Trail Ridge Road for the Season

May 29th, 2015

Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park officially opened for the season today.  Night closures (8 PM) will remain in effect until snow melt and overnight icing on roads has passed.  It’s likely that the road will not open before 8 AM until the night closures have been lifted.

Canyonlands National Park Reiterates “No Commerical Guiding to Fales Kiva”

May 21st, 2015

About three years ago Canyonlands National Park declared False Kiva off limits to commercial guides.  This has always irritate the heck out of me.  In essence, what they’ve done is prohibited those of us who are charged with knowing and enforcing the rules and left it open to everyone else.  I still go there a lot, it’s one of my favorite spots, and nearly every time I’m there I see people violating the rules: sitting on the walls, entering the ruin, etc.  I’ve questioned  the reasoning behind this several time with park staff and have yet to get an answer.  So, if you want images like these you’ll have to find the place on your own:

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Arches National Park Photography Workshop Panorama

May 20th, 2015

This is a shot from this spring’s Moab to Monument Valley photo tour.  I’ve shot this many times, but I believe this is the most dramatic sky I ever captured.

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