Yellowstone Pools and Streams

I seriously cannot wait to go back to Yellowstone this year (hopefully it won’t blow up before then, like in the movie “2012″ :)). Jokes aside, Yellowstone is one of the most magical places on Earth and I truly fell in love with it. Here are some of my favorites pictures of pools and streams from the park in large resolution.

Deep Pool

1) Deep Pool 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

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Zone-tailed Hawk

I have been trying to get a good shot of a Zone-tailed Hawk for quite sometime now. For some reason, the ones I see are very shy and fly away as soon as they see me.

This guy took off right away, but flew over me for about 10 seconds before flying far away, so I was able to snap a couple of pictures of this beautiful bird:

Zone-tailed Hawk 2

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Best of 2009 – Landscapes (Part 3)

This is part three of the “Best of 2009 Landscapes” series. A couple of things that I wanted to mention here:

  • The “Double Rainbow” image is a little soft, because it was still raining when I took the picture
  • Although the composition is pretty much absent, I still went ahead and decided to post the “Fall” photograph as one of the best of 2009, because it has a special value to me. I took the image with a very long lens after an unsuccessful attempt to chase a bird and fired about 8 horizontal shots hand-held. I was sure that those images would end up in being deleted, but after I came home, I tried to stitch them together for the heck of it and ended up having this picture :)

And here are the images:

Aged Colors

1) Aged Colors 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

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Best of 2009 – Landscapes (Part 2)

This is part two of the “Best of 2009 Landscapes” series. Although I’m not an expert on building panoramic shots by any means, I believe these ones came out all right from what I shot last year. One thing for sure – I need to get a good panoramic head, because I enjoyed the process of shooting, then stitching panoramas. The largest panorama I have done so far is composed of over 250 images and it was so darn big, that I had to downsize it to 25,000 pixels. Not sure if I want to do that again, since it took forever to stitch the damn thing, but I think up to fifteen vertical images on a panorama is quite workable :)

Oh by the way, all of the shots below with the exception of “Zabriskie Point” were shot hand-held.

Dune Sunset

1) Dune Sunset 1920×948 Panoramic Wallpaper

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Best of 2009 – Landscapes (Part 1)

Looks like I will be posting the “Best of 2009″ pictures till the end of the year! Kidding :) In all seriousness though, it did take me a long time to go through all of the pictures, pick the ones I liked the most, then have Lola look at them and give her opinion, after which I would repeat the process multiple times until I got to a reasonable number of pictures.

This year has been a landscape year for me, since I do not have as many wildlife photos. Landscape photography is very different than wildlife photography in many ways (I will write an article about it within the next few days) and I’ve learned a great deal while taking pictures of landscapes. I have also learned quite a bit about panorama and HDR photography, which are not that hard to understand, but quite complex to master.

Anyway, I do not want to bore you with all of this – here are my picks for the best of 2009 in landscape category. This is also the “Part 1″, because I have many more landscape pictures to share :)

Antelope Canyon

1) Antelope Canyon 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

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Snowy Owl in Colorado!

As promised, here are some pics of the Snowy Owl that has migrated to Colorado this winter. Special thanks goes to our fellow birder and photographer Tom, who was kind enough to not only show me where the bird is, but also to drive me there before sunrise!

Snowy Owl on the Ground

Snowy Owl in Colorado

The pictures are not good, because it was very cold and we didn’t spend much time waiting for a good opportunity…maybe next time! :)

Best of 2009 – Animals

This is a part three to the “Best of 2009″ pictures for “Animals” category. To be honest, I haven’t done much wildlife photography this year, because I was busy photographing birds, landscapes and portraits. After seeing a small number of animal pics in my photo collection, I decided to try to capture more wildlife this year, if I can.

Unfortunately, one of the worst computer disasters hit me last year, when my hard drive died and I lost two very precious weeks of photographs. Those photographs were priceless – I captured a fox with 5 fox kits in their natural habitat: playing, cuddling with each other and chasing, capturing and eating mice. All of those photos were lost for good and I was only able to save a low-resolution version of a couple of pictures that I sent over email to a fox rescuer. Honestly, if there was a way to save those pics, I would have traded them over everything else I got in 2009…that’s how valuable they were for me. I resized those low-res images of foxes and I’m attaching them here. Although they are not as good when it comes to quality, I still love them.

Red Fox

1) Red Fox 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

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Best of 2009 – Birds

I had a hard time picking my favorites and I’m sure I didn’t do a good job, but anyway – here are the non-raptor bird pics that I liked from 2009:

Tricolored Heron

1) Tricolored Heron 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

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Best of 2009 – Birds of Prey

I’m starting to upload the “Best of 2009″ images for your pleasure :) I apologize that it took me so long, I just didn’t have much time to go back and look through all the pictures. Hopefully you will like these – I’m providing them at high resolutions, so that you can use them as your desktop wallpapers.

More to come tomorrow!

Rough-Legged Hawk

1) Rough-Legged Hawk 808×1200 Vertical Wallpaper

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Best of 2009 – Introduction

Well, I’m not even a quarter of a way into selecting the best of 2009. Lots of pictures and almost no time, but I’ll get there :)

For now, enjoy these two picks at 1920×1200 resolution for widescreen monitors. If you have a lower resolution widescreen monitor, the picture should scale back to fit your screen. If you have a square monitor, then you are out of luck :) Let me know if it a problem and I can make an attempt to go back and crop it.

Grand Canyon BW

1) Grand Canyon 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

Antelope Canyon

2) Antelope Canyon 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

To save the images to your computer, right-click the above links and then select “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”.

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!