Hawk eating a mouse

While driving with my kids to a local park for birding, I saw this hawk flying around very low. I was slowly making a turn and continued watching the bird to see what happens next. All of a sudden, the hawk dove into the ground and I knew he was going to have a catch. Then he flew up and I clearly saw some sort of a rodent in his claws. I quickly grabbed my camera and drove towards a pole where he sat to first kill the rodent, then to consume it.

Click “read more” only if you are OK with seeing some gruesome details of a hawk consuming a mouse. Although there is no blood in the animation, some people might feel sick watching this, so I’m just warning you :)

Hawk with a mouse

Hawk with a mouse

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Fall colors right outside

Went for a walk with the kids around our block the other day and captured these images. Now it is too snowy and cold outside. I will scout the location once again later tomorrow to see if there are any other opportunities. Hope you enjoy these!

Fall colors #2

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Sunrise at Maroon Bells

I once saw an image of Maroon Bells, where the entire scene was red in color, due to sunrise. After I saw that shot, I have been dreaming of taking a similar (or better) picture. During our last trip, we went to the spot twice with Sergey. We woke up at 5 AM the first morning in Glenwood Springs and arrived to Aspen at 5:50 AM, right before the sunrise. We were amazed to see hundreds of photographers lined up with their tripods, hoping to get a good picture of the place. We waited and waited and the sun never showed up on the mountains, since it was a cloudy day and it wouldn’t want to clear up for our shots. Even when some sky opened up for a few minutes, the clouds would again take over the whole sky, leaving no opportunities for good photographers. Here is a shot from the first day:

Maroon Bells - First Day

Maroon Bells - First Day

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Colorado Fall 2009

So many pictures, so little time. I will post some more pics tomorrow.

Colorado Fall 2009

Colorado Fall 2009

Sunset over mountains

My buddy Sergey and I did a photography tour last weekend. I took over 1500 images and this one was the last of the set, before we returned home:

Sunset over Mountains

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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