Maroon Bells

Snapped this picture of the fall colors at Maroon Bells last weekend:

Maroon Bells

Yellowstone: Family Fun

This is the last part of the Yellowstone trip log that I called “Family Fun”. I know my wife has a different opinion about family fun, as not every day we spent there was fun – being constantly afraid of bears (she had read too much about Grizzly attacks before we left), getting bitten by some weird flies/mosquitoes that would leave a really big bloody hole on the skin, sleeping and freezing at subzero temperatures at night and fasting on top of that, wasn’t very easy. But having lived in Colorado, where the weather could change several times a day, we quickly got used and adjusted to the new conditions. The only tough part was that our campsite didn’t have any hot water and driving for an hour to wash our dishes or to get a shower wasn’t very practical either. Nevertheless, despite all challenges and problems, we managed to survive and had a lot of fun!

I snapped this picture right before we crossed the border from Colorado to Wyoming:

Family Fun #1

Omar had a blast!

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Yellowstone: Wildlife

I’ll be honest, this part of the Yellowstone tour is probably the most boring one, as I simply do not have any good pictures. I know, it is a shame and it really sucks that I couldn’t capture anything good after coming back from Yellowstone, where wildlife is abundant and all over the place.

Ultimately, I wanted to capture nice images of wolves, black and grizzly bears, foxes, coyotes, various birds (eagles, hawks, owls, etc) and so on and so forth. I’m not sure if it was the hot weather, too many people or just bad luck, but we just didn’t see much wildlife at all. Sure there were deer, elk, bison and some mountain birds…but I have seen them all in Colorado and I can capture them close right here pretty much any time of the year. I read various booklets, asked rangers and other people and still was not able to see anything special.

Let’s start with raptors. Basically, raptors are abundant and can be found everywhere in the park. If you drive along the lakes and rivers, you will most definitely spot Ospreys and Bald Eagles. Ospreys are everywhere and I saw at least 10 of them, whereas Bald Eagles are somewhat rare (only saw a couple).

Wildlife #1

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Yellowstone: Nature and Landscapes

Haven’t had much time to go through the images…we’ve been busy shooting all kinds of stuff lately (more to come). Anyway, below are some images of nature that I picked from our trip to Yellowstone.

This first image is from the Grand Teton National Park, which was our initial destination before Yellowstone. The funny thing is, it is called “Grand Tetons” because of the French explorers, that dubbed the peaks “Les Trois Tetons”, which literally means “The Three Breasts” :)

Landscape #1

The water in the below photo was taken during our short hike to Hidden Falls at Jenny Lake. There was too much contrast in the falls and my pictures didn’t come out as good, so I decided to post the running river below instead (which is not that great either). Unfortunately, I didn’t bring a tripod or a camera bag with me, so the best I could do was to put the camera on a rock, set ISO to the lowest number, set minimum aperture of f/22, aperture priority and shoot away. Well, I’ll know better next time :)

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Yellowstone: Geysers and Hot Springs

This is part two of our trip log to Yellowstone. Probably some of the biggest miracles of Yellowstone are hot springs and geysers that can be found across the park. Different bacteria creates different color textures around hot springs and geysers, bringing lots of contrast and vivid color into the scene. As temperatures change, colors start changing, too, making Yellowstone a truly unique and magical place to be in at different times of the year.

The first image is a hot spring called “Dragon’s Mouth”, which looks like a cave with steam coming out of it. Check out this video on Youtube of Dragon’s Mouth.

Geysers and Hot Springs #1

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Yellowstone: Textures

Yellowstone is full of beautiful textures – I probably have several hundred images of various textures that I captured at various Yellowstone locations. The most beautiful textures, obviously, are in or near hot springs on the western side of the park.

Textures #1

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My photos from the 2009 Worldwide Photo Walk

This first one is a 5 exposure HDR, taken during sunset in Estes Park.

Water Wheel

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2009 Photo Walk in Estes Park, CO

Scott Kelby’s 2009 Worldwide Photo Walk that I led in Estes Park, CO was a blast! Although not everyone was able to make it to the Photo Walk, we still had 37 participants that were able to participate and make history in the biggest photography event in the world, with over 32,000+ photographers in close to 1000 locations worldwide!

I haven’t had a chance to go through all of my images yet and I will be posting some of my favorites later this week, but here are some group images from the walk:

2009 Worldwide Photo Walk in Estes Park, CO - Group Shot 1

2009 Worldwide Photo Walk in Estes Park, CO - Group Shot 1

2009 Worldwide Photo Walk in Estes Park, CO - Group Shot 2

2009 Worldwide Photo Walk in Estes Park, CO - Group Shot 2

Common Dolphins

I was hoping to see white-sided or bottlenose dolphins, but only saw common dolphins. These guys were following our boat, jumping out of the water and showing off from all sides – there were probably hundreds of them. It’s a pity that we couldn’t spend more time watching these beautiful animals.

Common Dolphin

Common Dolphin Jump

Island Fox

As promised, here is the picture of the Island Fox – a critically endangered, federally protected fox species that was reintroduced to the Channel Islands through a breeding program. This little fox is a size of the house cat and is considered to be one of the smallest fox species.

Island Fox