Old Tucson Studios Set

A slideshow of BUNCH of the photos from a fun photo trip my Dad and I took to Old Tucson Studios where a large number of old western and wild west movies were filmed. I had never been there before and had just gotten a new camera, so needless to say I had a blast. Continue reading Old Tucson Studios Set

Day 0 Of 365 2014 Project

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to take at least ONE photo every day (even if I have to take a quick pic with my phone). I will then post it (hopefully the same day) and mark it Day 1 to Day 365. I’ll be posting these “photo of the day” pics to this blog and tagging them “2014 365 Project”. I’ll also be posting them to a “2014 365 Project set” on my FLICKR account.

As it is New Year’s Eve day, I figured I would post the photo below today as kind of a prologue and public commitment towards my new resolution.

000:365:2014 "Flying South"

The photo above was actually serendipitous as I was originally trying to take the photo below; which, while interesting, was a fairly standard picture of a starling sitting on the power line outside my apartment window singing to the rising sun. To my surprise as I looked through the viewfinder, the geese happened to fly into the background, so I quickly recomposed and shot. Since I was at 200mm and not set up for any kind of depth of field the geese were of course out of focus, but I think the blurred silhouettes add to the look; particularly when I dumped all the saturation for a more “artsy” black and white photo. If only the starling had looked to his right (towards the geese) just at that moment, it would have been perfect.

Greeting the Morning

Header Images

  • Update 12/31/13: Added 2 new header images for a total of 10
  • Update 11/27/13: Added 4 new header images for a total of 8.
  • Original Post 11/25/13: Posted 4 new header images.

After running the Twenty Eleven WordPress theme for this blog for two years now, (which I still LOVE,) I JUST discovered something I didn’t realize it could do. Namely that it would let you randomly display from a selection of custom header images.

I remember at one point when I first started using this particular theme that the only thing I didn’t think it did which I wanted to do was random custom image headers. I was new to wordpress and programmed my own very crude routine to do just that. But I made my changes to the actual theme files (which is a wordpress no-no), meaning that when I updated the theme to a newer version I lost those changes. And now I’ve discovered that the theme easily supports just what I wanted it to do much more elegantly than what I had jury-rigged together. If I had only uploaded more than ONE header I would have discovered the option to not only select from one of those images, but to instead display a random image.

Below are the images I currently have randomly appearing on every page of this website (except for on those few posts or pages where I have chosen to have a specific header). I will definitely be adding more soon.

Click the thumbnails to zoom.

While zoomed you can click on the left or right side of the image to move to the previous or next image in the gallery. You can also click the “start” link on the upper right of the zoom screen to watch the gallery as a slide show.

 

 

Staunton State Park Exploration

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Pikes Peak Through Trees

I recently drove up to the new Staunton State Park just past Conifer, Colorado. It’s an easy, fairly short drive from Denver, very close to where I used to live in Pine Junction, Colorado. As you can see from this Staunton State Park trail map there are a bunch of routes to chose from whether you prefer to hike, bike or horseback ride. The day started a little brisk with fog and mist in the mountain river valleys, but turned out quite warm considering it is November in Colorado.

Having never been in the park I chose to keep it simple and take the main Staunton Ranch trail through the heart of the park. I would then take a little balloon loop hiking a short way up the Marmot Passage trail close to the top of a ridge to the west, then head back along and down the ridge on Scout Line trail until it rejoined the Staunton Ranch trail I came in on. Continue reading Staunton State Park Exploration

Midland Hill

Almost a month ago (Oct. 26th) I drove up to Buena Vista, CO and took a VERY long hike. I took an approx. 3.5 mile loop trail up on Midland Hill (or Sleeping Indian as the locals call it) to visit the grave of my old dog Buddy. Apparently a bunch of deer wanted to visit my old canine friend too, as they came along while I sat enjoying the view.

Later, about 3/4 of the way through my hike, I decided to take a branch trail that goes WAY up to the highest point on the hill. The result was that my total hike ended being more like 7 miles or so, with about 1500 ft elevation gain. Let me tell you, all of that elevation gain happens over a very short distance, making for one steep hike. I was pretty exhausted as things finally leveled out on the top of the ridge and had to stop for a long rest and a snack before the short hike to the peak. Took the following photos from there.

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On Top of Midland Hill
Buena Vista from Midland Hill
Midland Hill View Panorama
BV, Dead Trees & Mountains