TREELINE PHOTOGRAPHY: Blog http://treelinephotos.com/blog en-us copyright treeline photography treeline@q.com (TREELINE PHOTOGRAPHY) Sat, 15 Jul 2017 09:04:00 GMT Sat, 15 Jul 2017 09:04:00 GMT http://treelinephotos.com/img/s1/v20/u277400446-o681732637-50.jpg TREELINE PHOTOGRAPHY: Blog http://treelinephotos.com/blog 92 120 TWO GREAT WEBCAMS http://Treelinephotos.com/blog/2017/7/two-great-webcams If your interested in bears there is a great live webcam showing Grizzly bears in Alaska fishing for salmon.  Google "Brooks Falls live Cam". If your into nature you will enjoy this.  Brooks Falls is located in Katmai National Park & Preserve in Alaska.  Sockeye Salmon are returning from the ocean to their breeding grounds to spawn.  In order to get to their spawning grounds they have to go over Brooks Falls.  The bears come into the area each year to feed on the Salmon and fatten up for hibernation.

Also a Cam has been set up to watch the total solar eclipse which will be on August 21, 2017.  The cam will show the eclipse live over the Teton range in Wyoming which is one of the premier viewing areas.  Go to (seejh.com) click on Grand Teton window and then click on Eclipse Webcam.  There are several other live Cams that show Grand Teton National Park and the surrounding area. If you plan on viewing the eclipse please insure that you look up information on the equipment you should be using to protect your eyes.  Google solar eclipse and you will find out the best viewing areas and times.

Regards,

Don

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TRIP TO ESTES PARK http://Treelinephotos.com/blog/2017/7/trip-to-estes-park-colorado Good news for me at least the Big Thompson Canyon is open for the summer season. This cuts off 25 minutes each way to Estes Park. Some construction is still going on but traffic is moving through with little delay. I took a trip to Wild Spirits Gallery in Estes Park to stock photographs for the summer season and check to see if the Bighorn Sheep were in the canyon.  We did spot several Rams not far off the road but the pull off was full of vehicles backing in and out causing a dangerous situation.  Needless to say i continued on my way. 

From what I could see it looks like another record breaking visitation year for Estes and RMNP.  The streets were filled with people and parking was at a premium.  It seems like every where we go within the National Park system the same scenario exist.  At one time there was a shoulder period in the Spring and Fall but even that seems to be disappearing. With the growth on the front range of Colorado I can only anticipate that this will only get worse.  It's probably only a matter of time before some additional regulations such as limiting the number of cars going into the park or busing will take place. It was estimated that 50K visitors were in the Estes area on July 04 weekend.

I didn't go into the park this trip the lines at the entrance were quite long.  Hope to get up there again in a week or two as the Elk should have there summer coats and should be close to full velvet.  We are having a hot summer this year a lot of 90 degree days on the front range.  Fire season is here again hopefully people will be careful as they camp and have cookouts. If you go to the park you will find a large number of wildlife have moved to the higher elevation.  Keep a watch out for Bighorn Sheep and Elk as you travel along Trailridge road. Also depending on conditions there can be some beautiful groups of Alpine flowers.  I will keep you updated on conditions when I make my next trip in a week or two. 

Added are some images of what you might see on your trip up Trailridge road.  Have a great summer and be careful out there.

Don

 

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SPRING TRIP TO JACKSON WYOMING http://Treelinephotos.com/blog/2017/5/spring-trip-to-jackson-wyoming We just returned from a five day trip to Jackson, Wyoming.  We had planned to be there for the Elk Fest and Auction.  We missed the Elk Antler auction because of weather.  Ice and snow had shut down I 80 for two days. We finally got through on Saturday but missed the auction. 

The drive to Jackson was beautiful.  The sky was covered with white billowing clouds against a deep blue sky and the air was fresh from the recent storm with a scent of sage.  As we travelled North from Rock Springs we sighted a sea of white bobbing up and down in the sage brush.  We pulled over and much to our delight it was a large group of sheep somewhere around a 1,000 would be my estimate.  They were being herded to another pasture by three sheep herders on horse back.  Along with them were additional horses, six Border Collies, and three Pyrenees dogs. It was amazing to watch them command the Border Collies by whistling.  Each whistle designated a different move.  The Great Pyrenees were there to guard the herd from coyote's and other predators they did not assist in directing the movement of the sheep. 

Upon arriving home I did some research and found the sheep herders were from Peru.  They acquired three year Visas and worked the sheep 365 days a year.  They lived in the field in tents and were brought supplies by the Rancher every few months who hired them.  One article I read said they were paid between 7-8 thousand dollars a year.  They sent this home to their families who used it for their daily living and saved the rest to educate their children. It was a great Photo Opportunity as I was able to follow them for about 30 minutes before they went out of range.

Over the course of the next few days we toured a few galleries, had picnic lunches at some of our favorite viewing spots, attended the annual Chili cook off  and shot both scenic and wildlife photography. We were able to locate a few bears this trip which is always a treat.  I will be posting images under a separate category called "Teton Spring Trip 2017".  If interested go to the Main Menu and click on" All Photographs" then click on Teton Spring trip 2017.  As always thanks for viewing my website.

Don

 

 

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treeline@q.com (TREELINE PHOTOGRAPHY) http://Treelinephotos.com/blog/2017/5/spring-trip-to-jackson-wyoming Tue, 30 May 2017 05:53:00 GMT
BIGHORN SHEEP http://Treelinephotos.com/blog/2017/4/bighorn-sheep I was going through my slides selecting images for an artist friend in Wyoming.  I came upon a selection of images of Bighorn Sheep which I haven't viewed in years.  During editing it brought back a lot of memories. Twenty five to thirty years ago on any given day I could drive within 40 minutes and find a group of Bighorns to photograph. 

Along Fall River road going into Rocky Mountain National Park a large group of around 135 sheep resided there.  I would climb up the mountain side and sit on a rock and would be surrounded by them. They never seemed to mind that I was there and would approach within a close proximity.  It was a great time observing there behavioral patterns and learning more about them, the view across the valley was spectacular.   They would browse over the slopes and nibble on mountain plants and scan the valley below. At times they would lay down and chew their cuds and fall asleep close by.

One day I'll always remember I was climbing up the mountain side in the Fall during the rut.  I was boosting myself up over a large rock outcropping when a ram chasing a ewe came to a skidding halt throwing fragments of rock just three feet or so from my chest  We were looking eye to eye before he turned and took off.  Wow! you talk about a rush I could feel my heart pounding through my chest.

A sad thing happened in the early 1990's.  It was in the winter and I went up to photograph the sheep in snowy conditions.  To my amazement several of the sheep were coughing.  I contacted a ranger friend and he said it was a sign of pneumonia setting in.  The following spring the herd had been reduced from pneumonia deaths  from 100+ to around 35-40.  This is a reason why Bighorns are caught and relocated from healthy herds and moved to other vacant sheep habitats in Colorado.  That way when a disease hits a herd it doesn't wipe out the entire Bighorn population.

INTERESTING FACTS:

Lifespan:  Males (Rams) 9-12 years   Females (Ewes) 10-14 years

Weight:   Males  127-316  Females  75-188 pounds

Length:   Males  5-6 feet  Females are smaller

Horn size:  Males  30" length  15" in circumference  Females: Short horns with little curvature.

                 Average male horn weight 30 lbs.

Mating season:  Nov/Dec  The males butt heads to establish dominance and mating rights.  They clash at about  

                        20 MPH and sound as if a rifle is discharged.  Its an amazing thing to witness.

 

Spring is certainly upon us.  It seems as if each season passes quicker.  Soon we will be preparing for our annual trip to Grand Teton National Park. Sightings have already been reported of Grizzly bears coming out of hibernation.  So far weather conditions seem to indicate it may be a good wildflower season this year.

Included are a few images of Bighorn Sheep.  Hope you enjoy them.

Regards,

Don

 

 

 

 

   

 

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COPYRIGHT STAMP http://Treelinephotos.com/blog/2017/3/copyright-stamp I KNOW ITS DISTRACTING BUT I HAD TO PLACE A COPYRIGHT STAMP ON ALL MY IMAGES DUE TO THEFT.  I HAD INDICATIONS THAT MY IMAGES WERE BEING PICKED OFF MY WEBSITE AND USED FOR COMMERCIAL AND PRIVATE USE.  I NEEDED TO RESPOND QUICKLY AND I WILL WORK AT MAKING THE COPYRIGHT STAMP LESS INTRUSIVE IN THE FUTURE.  MY APOLOGIES BUT THATS THE WORLD WE LIVE IN TODAY.

 

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SUNRISES AND WATERFOWL http://Treelinephotos.com/blog/2017/3/sunrises-and-waterfowl DURING THE WINTER MONTHS I SPEND TIME COPYING, RESTORING AND PLACING MY SLIDE COLLECTION ON HARD DRIVES.  SOME OF THESE SLIDES ARE 40 YEARS OLD AND EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE STORED IN ARCHIVAL FOLDERS AND CONTAINERS THEY STILL HAD MOLD SPOTS ETC. ON THEM.  I HAVE BEEN WORKING THIS PROJECT FOR EIGHT YEARS AND STILL HAVE THOUSANDS TO GO.

LATELY WE HAVE HAD SOME BEAUTIFUL SUNRISES HERE IN THE WEST.  ALSO I HAVE NOTICED FLOCKS OF WATERFOWL MIGRATING INTO THE AREA.  SO WHEN I CAME UPON THESE SLIDES THE OTHER DAY I SET THEM ASIDE TO POST THEM HERE ON THE BLOG. IT ALWAYS AMAZES ME WHEN THESE LARGE GROUPS OF BIRDS TAKE OFF AND LAND HOW THEY DON'T KNOCK EACH OTHER OUT OF THE AIR.

HOPE YOU ENJOY THESE,

DON

 

 

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treeline@q.com (TREELINE PHOTOGRAPHY) http://Treelinephotos.com/blog/2017/3/sunrises-and-waterfowl Mon, 06 Mar 2017 17:21:40 GMT
EQUIPMENT USED FOR WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY JUNE 15, 2016 http://Treelinephotos.com/blog/2017/2/equipment-used-for-wildlife-photography I HAVE BEEN ASKED MANY TIMES WHAT​ EQUIPMENT DO I USE FOR WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY SO HERE'S THE STORY.  I USE CANON EQUIPMENT FOR LENSES AND BODIES.  MY TRIPODS ARE MADE BY WIMBERLY AND FEISOL.  I USE A COMBINATION OF LENSES FOR WILDLIFE SHOOTING.  I AM CURRENTLY USING A CANON 500 F/4 IS VERSION 1 AND CANON 70-200 F/2.8 IS VERSION ll.  THE 500 IS USED FOR DISTANCE IMAGES AND THE 70-200 IS USED IF I WANT TO PLACE MORE OF THE SURROUNDING AREA INTO THE PICTURE OR AS THE ANIMAL GETS CLOSER.  FOR BODIES I AM USING  A CANON EOS 1 MARK IV AND CANON 7D FOR A BACKUP.  BOTH OF THESE BODIES ARE A COUPLE OF GENERATIONS BEHIND THE LATEST MODEL BUT WORK GREAT FOR ME.
 

​ANOTHER QUESTION ASKED IS WHY CANON AND NOT NIKON.  REALLY ITS JUST PERSONAL PREFERENCE.  THE DECIDING FACTOR FOR ME WAS SERVICE.​  I HAVE BEEN WITH CANON FOR 26 YEARS AND THEY HAVE TREATED ME GREAT IN THE CUSTOMER SERVICE ARENA.  I ALSO LIKED THEIR LOANER PROGRAM.  IF I WAS THINKING OF PURCHASING A LENS THEY WOULD LEND ME ONE TO TRY OUT WITH NO COST OTHER THAN RETURN SHIPPING. OF COURSE TO USE THIS PROGRAM YOU MUST BE A MEMBER OF THE CANON PROFESSIONAL SERVICES.

IF YOUR SERIOUSLY THINKING OF GETTING INTO WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AND DON'T WANT TO SPEND $8000 OR MORE ON A LENS I WOULD SUGGEST PURCHASING A CANON 500 F/4 IS VERSION 1.  YES THE VERSION ll IS LIGHTER (1.5LBS)  AND SOMEWHAT QUICKER ON THE DRAW THAN THE VERSION I BUT TO ME ITS NOT WORTH ANOTHER $4,000 DOLLARS.  OF COURSE IF BUDGET IS NOT A CONCERN GO FOR THE LATEST AND GREATEST AND PURCHASE A CANON 600 F/4 IS VERSION II. 
 

​THE VERSION I MUST BE PURCHASED SECOND HAND SINCE THEY ARE OUT OF PRODUCTION BUT STILL SERVICED BY CANON.  ONE OF THE BEST PLACES I'VE SEEN FOR PURCHASING ONE IS A SITE CALLED FREDMIRANDA.COM. THE LENSES GO QUICKLY WHEN ADVERTISED.  THEY ARE RUNNING AROUND 4,000.  CHECK OUT THE PERSONS RATING BEFORE BUYING.  I HAVE BOUGHT SEVERAL PIECES OF EQUIPMENT OFF THIS SITE AND HAVE NEVER BEEN DISSAPOINTED.
 

THERE ARE MANY OTHER LENSES AND COMBINATIONS THAT CAN BE USED FOR WILDLIFE SHOOTING IF YOUR ON A STRICT BUDGET.  THE PERFORMANCE WILL NOT BE AS GOOD AS A PRIME LENS IN MY OPINION BUT WILL DO THE JOB CONSIDERING WERE YOU PLAN TO GO WITH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY. 
 

HOPEFULLY THIS WILL ANSWER SOME OF YOUR QUESTIONS.
 

REGARDS,
 

DON
 

 

 

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treeline@q.com (TREELINE PHOTOGRAPHY) http://Treelinephotos.com/blog/2017/2/equipment-used-for-wildlife-photography Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:37:00 GMT
ANCIENT NATIVE AMERICAN RUINS http://Treelinephotos.com/blog/2017/2/ancient-native-american-ruins If your interested in photographing ancient Native American ruins the four corners area of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona is a great place to start.  Mesa Verde in Colorado was the first place I visited about 30 years ago.  Mesa Verde is a National Park and was established on June 29, 1906.  It was discovered in the late 1800"s and much of it was plundered before archeologist could come in and review it. The area was inhabited by the Anazasi Indians or what is now called Ancestral Puebloans.  It is felt that they inhabited the area for more than 700 years.(550A.D. to 1300 A.D.)  Currently Mesa Verde has over 4,700 archaeological sites including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best-preserved dwellings of there kind. Two other sites I would recommend is Hovenweep and Betatakin.

Once you get the bug you might want to venture out and discover some of the less known ruins on your own.  Who knows you might discover one that hasn't yet been identified. I have hiked through several of the canyon area's in Utah.  The red sandstone dwellings blend into there surroundings and you can walk by them without seeing them if your not carefully scanning the cliffs. Along with many of these dwellings are ancient artwork called Petroglyphs its such a thrill to discover them.  Usually you are alone and with nature as you venture back into these areas.  Just sit and listen calling on your imagination as to what must have been going on back in ancient times.

If interested in going out on your own Google cliff dwellings or Anazasi ruins to get a start and go from there. If you decide to go out on your own please be respectful of the area and be prepared with a day pack and the necessities required for hiking. These ruins are very fragile so please step lightly and use good judgment. Please make sure that you don't remove anything from these ancient sites.

Have a great trip and be careful out there.

 

 

 

 

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VISIT TO GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK http://Treelinephotos.com/blog/2016/11/visit-to-grand-teton-national-park We missed our annual Fall trip to GTNP so we decided at the last moment to go for a four day weekend.  We have never been in the park in November but saw a window of clear weather and took off.  The upside of the trip was our lodging was half price and many of the restaurants were BOGO.  The downside was several of our favorite restaurants were closed between the Fall and ski season to do repairs etc.

The weather was beautiful in the 60's with clear blue skies and no precipitation.  The downside no clouds for scenic shooting.  The Moose were out in the sage flats and stayed out for a good part of the morning.  We counted 17 bulls in one morning so the moose shooting was great.  We also saw elk, buffalo, mule deer and  several species of smaller animals and birds.  We took a quick trip up to Yellowstone but the wildlife viewing was not that great. We missed the Grizzly sightings by two days which was a bummer but over all it was a great trip.  How can you go wrong in such a beautiful place.

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treeline@q.com (TREELINE PHOTOGRAPHY) http://Treelinephotos.com/blog/2016/11/visit-to-grand-teton-national-park Thu, 17 Nov 2016 21:18:38 GMT
DAY TRIP TO RMNP http://Treelinephotos.com/blog/2016/10/day-trip-to-rmnp MY ROUTE THROUGH THE BIG THOMPSON CANYON TO ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK WAS OFFICIALY SHUT DOWN FOR REPAIRS FROM PAST FLOODING TODAY. (10-17-2016) .  SO I TOOK A TRIP UP ON WEDNESDAY AND SATURDAY BEFORE THE CLOSURE TOOK AFFECT.  AFTER THE CLOSURE IN ORDER TO GET TO THE PARK I WILL HAVE TO GO THROUGH LYONS, COLORADO WHICH WILL BE ABOUT A 35 MINUTE DETOUR EACH WAY. MY NORMAL ROUTE THROUGH THE BIG THOMPSON CANYON WILL BE CLOSED 6-7 MONTHS. 
 

ONE HIGHLIGHT OF THE TRIP WAS RUNNING INTO A FLOCK OF TURKEYS.  I HAVE HEARD OF PEOPLE SEEING THEM OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS BUT I HAD NOT OBSERVED THEM UNTIL LAST WEEK.  ON WEDNESDAY THERE WAS QUITE A BIT OF ACTIVITY AS THE MORNING AIR HAD A CHILL TO IT .  EVEN BEFORE ENTERING THE PARK I OBSERVED 13 BULL ELK.  MY COUNT OF BULLS WAS 23 FOR THE DAY.  THERE WERE POCKETS OF COLOR LEFT IN CERTAIN AREAS SO I ALSO TOOK A FEW SCENIC SHOTS.  ALL IN ALL IT  WAS A PRODUCTIVE TRIP.  ABOVE IS AN EXAMPLE OF SOME OF THE IMAGES I TOOK.  THE RUT IS OFFICIALLY OVER BUT THIS IS A GREAT TIME OF THE YEAR TO OBTAIN PHOTO'S OF THE PARKS WILDLIFE.  THE CROWDS HAVE DISSAPATED AND THERE ARE TIMES WHEN YOU WILL BE ALONE AND EXPERIENCE THE PEACE AND QUIET OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS.
 


 

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treeline@q.com (TREELINE PHOTOGRAPHY) http://Treelinephotos.com/blog/2016/10/day-trip-to-rmnp Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:41:10 GMT
COLORADO COLOR http://Treelinephotos.com/blog/2016/9/colorado-color I've had a few inquiries about the Fall color in Colorado.  The local news just reported snow and high winds tonight in some of the prime areas of color.  This can make for some great photography as storms break up and allow various light conditions that can be exceptional.  Don't forget to take your polarizer with you.  I will be heading up to Peak to Peak highway and Rocky Mountain National Park within the next couple of days and will give you an updated report.  For reports around the state go to exporingexposure.com/Colorado-fall-color-resources or google Colorado Fall Color Report.
 

Enjoy your time and stay safe.
 

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ARCHES NATIONAL PARK http://Treelinephotos.com/blog/2016/8/arches-national-park I recently added a group of images titled "Arches National Park".  Arches is one of my favorite parks to photograph .  It was designated a National Monument in 1929 and a National Park in 1971.  It consist of 76,359 acres of monoliths, arches, stone bridges, large sandstone pipe organs shaped by eons of weathering and erosion.  Most of the formations are made of soft sandstone which erodes by wind and water.  It is continually changing and at least 43 of these formations have fallen since 1977.  In order to qualify as an arch it must be at least three feet in one direction.  Last count I saw published was 2,000 qualified arches the greatest concentration in the United States.
 

The Icon of the park is Delicate Arch looping 65 feet out of an orange out cropping.  The hike is somewhat strenuous but given enough time its well worth it.  For photography purposes the best time to be there is sunset. if the light cooperates its a breath taking sight.  Other note worthy arches and formations are Courthouse, Three Gossips, Park Avenue, Turret, Tower of Babel, Landscape, Balanced rock, the Windows section, Skyline Arch, Devils Garden, and many others.  If your fortunate enough to be there right after a rain storm the light is usually fantastic.
 

Arches is located in Utah and the town of Moab is the gateway town.  Moab has changed over the years since I have been going there.  Its much busier and has become more tourist oriented.  Still a great town to visit.  There are many other places to visit when in the area.  Canyon Lands, Dead Horse Point State Park, canyons with Anasazi ruins and other points of interest.
 

If you visit and plan to camp there are several areas you can camp in including the Park itself.  Last I knew the Park camping was on a first come basis but I would call and check that out. The Park is open 365 days a year but can be mighty hot during the summer months.  My favorite months to go are March-April and October-November. Its a great hiking park remember to take water and be careful as the sandstone can be slippery. 
 

Safe Travelling,
 

Don
 


 


 


 


 

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treeline@q.com (TREELINE PHOTOGRAPHY) http://Treelinephotos.com/blog/2016/8/arches-national-park Sat, 13 Aug 2016 03:31:30 GMT
BOSQUE del APACHE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE http://Treelinephotos.com/blog/2016/7/bosque-del-apache-national-wildlife-refuge ​I HAVE HAD SEVERAL QUESTIONS CONCERNING BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY AND WHAT IS MY FAVORITE LOCATION.  ONE OF THE PREEMINENT SITES IN THE USA AND ONE OF MY FAVORITES IS BOSQUE DEL APACHE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE.  IT IS LOCATED ABOUT 20 MINUTES SOUTH OF SOCORRO, NEW MEXICO AND IS A 90 MINUTE DRIVE SOUTH OF ALBUQUERQUE.  THE BEST WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY IS BETWEEN MID OCTOBER - DECEMBER WHILE THE BIRDS ARE MIGRATING. ON ONE OF OUR VISITS MY WIFE AND I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY OF BEING ASSIGNED TO A RANGER AND ESCORTED INTO SOME OF THE PRIVATE FEEDING AREAS IN THE REFUGE.  IT WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE AND ONE WE WILL NEVER FORGET. 
 

​THE PRIMARY BIRDS ARE THE SANDHILL CRANES AND SNOW GEESE.  THEY APPEAR BY THE THOUSANDS.  OTHER SPECIES THAT I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO PHOTOGRAPH ARE EGRETS, EAGLES, TURKEYS, ROAD RUNNERS, DEER AND MANY TYPES OF WATERFOWL AND OTHER BIRDS.  THE PHOTOGRAPHY OPPORTUNITIES ARE ENDLESS FROM SUNRISE TO SUNSET.

​THE FLYOUTS AT SUNRISE AND RETURNS AT SUNSET ARE REMARKABLE.  BEST PLACE FOR SUNRISE PHOTOGRAPHY THAT I FOUND WAS THE FLIGHT DECK.  THE FLIGHT DECK IS A LARGE PLATFORM EXTENDING OUT INTO THE LAKE. 

​AROUND DAWN THE FLYOUT TAKES PLACE AND THE SOUNDS YOU WILL HEAR BY THOUSANDS OF GEESE TAKING OFF AND CIRCLING AROUND IS A SIGHT YOU WILL NEVER FORGET!  MIDDAY THE FLOCKS CAN BE FOUND ON THE NORTH END OF THE FARM LOOP.  THIS IS A PART OF THE 15 MILE LOOP THROUGH THE RESERVE.  YOU CAN DRIVE AND PARK ALONG THE ROAD AND A LOT OF YOUR IMAGES CAN BE TAKEN FROM YOUR CAR. A BEANBAG LAYED OVER YOUR CAR WINDOW OPENING IS A GREAT ACCESSORY TO HAVE.

​FOR EQUIPMENT I WOULD RECOMMEND A GOOD TRIPOD WITH A WIMBERLEY TYPE HEAD FOR SHOOTING BIRDS IN FLIGHT, YOUR LONGEST LENS, AND A FULL FRAME BODY AND LENS FOR CAPTURING THE BIRDS FLYING INTO THE SUNRISE ETC.

​AN ORGANIZATION CALLED FRIENDS OF THE BOSQUE DEL APACHE NWR TRACK AND POST SIGHTINGS WITHIN THE REFUGE.  ITS A GREAT PAGE TO SEE WHAT IS CURRENTLY USING THE REFUGE.  YOU SHOULD LOOK THIS UP BEFORE GOING.  http://www.friendsofthebosque.org/

EVEN IF YOUR NOT INTO PHOTOGRAPHY THIS IS A GREAT PLACE FOR BIRD WATCHING.  ITS AN EXPERIENCE THAT YOU WON'T FORGET.

REGARDS,

DON

 

 

 

 

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