TREELINE PHOTOGRAPHY: Blog https://treelinephotos.com/blog en-us copyright treeline photography treeline@q.com (TREELINE PHOTOGRAPHY) Mon, 06 Aug 2018 01:26:00 GMT Mon, 06 Aug 2018 01:26:00 GMT https://treelinephotos.com/img/s/v-5/u277400446-o681732637-50.jpg TREELINE PHOTOGRAPHY: Blog https://treelinephotos.com/blog 92 120 Spring Trip 2018 https://treelinephotos.com/blog/2018/8/spring-trip-2018  Its been quite awhile since I've Posted.  It's been a very busy couple of months. I've been working on new software and hardware updates which is always a nightmare.  Also I have been working with a new print shop creating canvas Giclée prints for Wild Spirits gallery in Estes Park.

My Sister and her husband Dave and Sandra Titus came out for a visit from upstate New York.  We took them on our Spring photo trip up to Cody, Yellowstone and Jackson, Wyoming.  Spring storms came in and passed which made for some great scenic photography.  I would say it was one of the best wild flower season in many years.

We visited the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody which is always a great experience.  Wild mustangs were difficult to locate but we did find a couple bands.  Yellowstone was crowded as usual even in May we only spent a few hours there on our way down to Jackson.

We also visited the Bighorn National Monument and found a band of wild mustangs, Bighorn sheep, and saw some beautiful scenery.

The scenery in Grand Teton National Park was outstanding this year.  Wildflowers, snow on the peaks, low lying clouds, and green foothills made for some great photography.

Here we are in the middle of summer already, its unbelievable how quickly time is passing.

Well for now I'll be signing off hope your having a great summer.

Regards,

Don 

 

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treeline@q.com (TREELINE PHOTOGRAPHY) https://treelinephotos.com/blog/2018/8/spring-trip-2018 Sun, 05 Aug 2018 03:36:56 GMT
SPRING TRIP TO WYOMING & MONTANA https://treelinephotos.com/blog/2018/5/spring-trip-to-wyoming-montana Soon we will be leaving for our annual trip North to Wyoming and Montana.  My sister Sandra and brother-in-law Dave will be going with us this year.  I'm hoping that the wildflowers might be blooming as they have had fair spring rains this year.  We will be going to Cody first to photograph the wild mustangs in the McCullough and Pryor ranges.  After a few day's we will travel through Yellowstone and down to Grand Teton National Park.  The Grizzly's have been out of hibernation for a few weeks and hopefully we will be able to locate them.

Recently I bought a GoPro and Canon video camera which I will be using along with my DSLR's.  This will be a new experience for me and my goal is to create a few shows combining stills and video.

Will I have to sign off for now and start packing.  Hope you all are having a great spring.

Regards,

Don

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treeline@q.com (TREELINE PHOTOGRAPHY) https://treelinephotos.com/blog/2018/5/spring-trip-to-wyoming-montana Fri, 25 May 2018 01:30:43 GMT
A FEW MORE OSPREY IMAGES https://treelinephotos.com/blog/2018/4/a-few-more-osprey-images

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treeline@q.com (TREELINE PHOTOGRAPHY) https://treelinephotos.com/blog/2018/4/a-few-more-osprey-images Tue, 24 Apr 2018 23:26:35 GMT
Spring time in Colorado https://treelinephotos.com/blog/2018/4/nesting-birds-in-colorado It's been a beautiful Spring this year with plenty of sunshine and varying temperatures. Spring flowers are in bloom and the avian nesting season is here. Lately I have been in the field photographing the many varieties of birds in our area.  I have been focusing on Blue Heron and Osprey for the most part.  Both of these birds frequent nesting sites in Colorado.  I have seen up to sixteen Blue Heron nest in one cottonwood tree this year.  I have placed a video on YouTube under Treeline Photography showing Blue Heron building a nest.  This time of the year we have many birds in the area to include several types of Hawks, Eagles, Osprey, Blue Heron and several varieties of waterfowl and songbirds.  

I have posted a few images of both Osprey, Pelicans and Blue Heron in this post.  I will follow up with other images as I capture them.

Regards,

Don

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treeline@q.com (TREELINE PHOTOGRAPHY) https://treelinephotos.com/blog/2018/4/nesting-birds-in-colorado Thu, 12 Apr 2018 14:40:11 GMT
YouTube and video. https://treelinephotos.com/blog/2018/3/youtube-and-video Its been awhile since I posted.  I have been dipping into video with a GoPro system that I recently purchased and more or less neglecting my blog.  The winter months tend to get long and things slow down business wise so I decided to try something new.  Along with learning the in's and out's of video my son-in-law has convinced me to create a few slide show's and put them on YouTube. As time goes on I hope to create a few mixed media show's that include both stills and video and upgrade my hardware and software to accommodate it.

If you wish to view my first attempts at this go to YouTube and type in Treeline Photography and the slide show's should appear.  Hopefully as I upgrade my systems and software I will be able to improve on the quality.  We did have another great year at the gallery in 2017 and would like to thank those that supported us. 

Regards,

Don

 

 

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treeline@q.com (TREELINE PHOTOGRAPHY) https://treelinephotos.com/blog/2018/3/youtube-and-video Sun, 18 Mar 2018 04:55:40 GMT
MERRY CHRISTMAS 2017 AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018. https://treelinephotos.com/blog/2017/12/merry-christmas-2017-and-a-happy-new-year-2018 136 Porcupine with antler136 Porcupine with antler BOY'S CLUBBOY'S CLUB DEER RIDGE TRAILHEADDEER RIDGE TRAILHEAD Will here we are again ushering out another year.  The time seems to fly by faster each year.  We were just reminiscing about the thirty years that have gone by since we established Treeline Photography. I started out holding down my corporate job and starting up the photography business in 1987. Without the help and support of my wife Kathy I would not have been able to accomplish the goal of leaving the corporate world and going full time with the photography. 

We travelled, increasing my photography inventory, opened a gallery, attended art shows, submitted to stock agencies, and sold out of other galleries and shops. They were great years staying busy and meeting many terrific people and developing friendships. So here we are 30 years later mostly retired but still enjoying nature and experiencing the wonders of creation. 

Once again we would like to thank those who supported us through their purchases and encouragement over the years.  We had a great year of sales through Wild Spirits Gallery in Estes Park, Colorado.  Wild Spirits is owned by Greg and Leslie Peterson and we sell our work through their Gallery exclusively.  If your visiting Estes/RMNP please stop in and say hello.

Will its time again to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

God Bless,

Don & Kathy George 

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treeline@q.com (TREELINE PHOTOGRAPHY) https://treelinephotos.com/blog/2017/12/merry-christmas-2017-and-a-happy-new-year-2018 Thu, 21 Dec 2017 19:09:54 GMT
HAPPY THANKSGIVING https://treelinephotos.com/blog/2017/11/happy-thanksgiving The photograph in this post is of an old settlers cabin in Grand Teton National Park. It was used in the filming of the movie "Shane".  The Park service has decided to let it deteriorate which is a shame since its part of the history of the Jackson Hole area. I've often visited the area and thought of all the events and holidays that must have been celebrated here.

We would like to take this time to wish all our viewers a great Thanksgiving and a happy holiday season.

Don & Kathy George 

 

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treeline@q.com (TREELINE PHOTOGRAPHY) https://treelinephotos.com/blog/2017/11/happy-thanksgiving Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:19:22 GMT
WILD HORSES OF THE WEST https://treelinephotos.com/blog/2017/11/wild-horses-of-the-west 557 PRYOR BAND NEW FOAL 2016557 PRYOR BAND NEW FOAL 2016 515 PRYOR RANGE515 PRYOR RANGE 538538 548548 566566 503503 501501 506506 500500 511511 512512 514514 516516 524524 520520 537537 527527 I have been asked on occasion where I photograph wild horses.  Three of my favorite areas are in Wyoming and Montana.  I choose these areas because of the terrain.  There are also areas in Colorado and Nevada but I stick for the most part to Wyoming.  The areas I'll be writing about are located in Rock Springs, Cody, and Lovell, Wyoming.  

The first of these areas is North of Rock Springs.  It is a 24 mile self -guided gravel road that ends in Green river, Wyoming.  Its called the Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Tour.  Along the way keep a lookout for pronghorn antelope, elk, deer, coyotes ,hawks, eagles and other wildlife. It generally takes about 1.5-2.0 hours to complete.  I would make sure that I had a full tank of gas and a good spare tire before you begin.  There are roads that off shoot (mostly tire tracks) the main road and I would recommend you have a high clearance vehicle if you decide to take one.  Most of the time you will be able to spot the horses from the road.  Make sure you have binoculars also for best viewing .  Once you get to the end of the road you can take l-80 either East or West or return back over the gravel road to Rock Springs.  If you don't want to take the gravel road you can stop at the Rock Springs Wild Horse holding facility just North of Rock Springs and tour the facility which is open year-round. (307) 352-0292) 

The next area is close to Lovell, Wyoming in the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation area. This is the home of the Pryor Mountain Mustangs.  The area starts in Wyoming and extends into Montana.  It is also known for its scenic views and is the home also to a group of Bighorn Sheep.  The Bighorn Canyon winds through the area and is very impressive. 

The Pryor Mountain Mustangs were verified by DNA analysis to have descended from Colonial Spanish horses brought to the Americas by the Conquistadors in the 1500's.  They also have the distinction of being the only mustang herd remaining in Montana.  Most of the horses live on East Pryor Mountain, where they are relatively easy to find.  The horses living on the range's desert lowlands can be seen along Highway 37 in Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.  Its well worth your time to stop in Lovell and visit the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center.  They can tell you where the horses have last been seen and share information on the horses.  Lovell is about 45-50 minutes North of Cody, Wyoming.  We usually stay in Cody and if you haven't visited the Buffalo Bill Historical Center its a must.

The last area is the McCullough Peaks Horse Management Area.  This area is managed by the BLM and consist of 109,814 acres of land.  To view the wild horses, travel east from Cody on Highway 14-16-20 to mile marker 72 its about 18-20 miles from Cody.  On the left you will see a gate and horses are often in this area.  I usually have better luck going to mile marker 74 where you will see a kiosk and the Whistle Creek road sign on your left.  You can manage some of these roads without 4WD but I would be careful of the offshoots.  After a rain or snow I would not attempt to go into these areas.  The red clay becomes as slick as ice and the chances of getting stranded are high. A couple of years ago it had rained hard during the night so I decided not to go out.  Instead stayed in town and went to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.  Later we went into a couple of stores where I overheard a couple talking to the store manager.  They were from Iowa and were driving a new Ford 250 4WD truck.  They were new to the area had gone out into the Peaks in search of horses that morning.  They drove down into a canyon area and got stuck.  His wife had a heart condition and they couldn't get out.  He had buried the truck up to the doors and tore up a section of the road trying to get out.  He said he had to walk out of the canyon to get cell service.  He dialed 911 and after explaining his situation the 911 operator said "How stupid was that."  He had to get his wife out of the truck and climb to the top of the hill.  A cowboy with a truck managed to get in far enough to pick them up. They had a meeting set up with the BLM and were killing time in the store until the meeting.  The store manager told me they would be fined for the cost of repairing the road that could end up being in the thousands of dollars. I don't know how or when they ever got his truck out and I'm only telling you this so that you take me seriously about not going in when the roads are wet.

The topography is highly variable, ranging from mostly flat to slightly rolling foothills carved by drainages, to colorful badlands and desert mountains featuring steep slopes, cliffs and canyons. Its a beautiful area and provides some great backdrops for photography.  The horses are in very good condition and tend to be moderate-to-large sized.  They come in a diversity of coat colors to include bay ,brown, black, sorrel, chestnut, white, buckskin, gray, and palomino.  If you don't want to go out on your own there is a person in town who will provide you with a tour. Go to the visitor center and they will give you the information.

There's nothing to compare seeing these wild mustangs running across the sage and hills.  It truly gives you a feeling of being in the Wild West.  I usually like to visit the areas in Spring when the foals are born or in the Fall. I've included in the post a few pictures of the mustangs and the areas they live in. I hope this answers some of the questions that I have received on photographing these majestic animals. If you need any other information please feel free to contact me.

Regards,

Don

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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treeline@q.com (TREELINE PHOTOGRAPHY) https://treelinephotos.com/blog/2017/11/wild-horses-of-the-west Sat, 11 Nov 2017 21:15:05 GMT
FALL IS IN THE AIR 2017 https://treelinephotos.com/blog/2017/10/rocky-mountain-elk North East Fall ColorNorth East Fall Color Rainbow of colors, NortheastRainbow of colors, Northeast Poudre Canyon, ColoradoPoudre Canyon, Colorado Spent several days over the past week photographing Elk and Bighorn sheep.  The Fall color this year was all over the board.  The change was later than usual and the snow storm and wind we are expecting tonight should finish most of the color.  However the Elk were out in abundance but I did notice less Harems than I have in the past.  It seemed that there were an abundance of bulls and less cows.  Not sure how the Park Service has been managing the herd but that is my observation.  One morning alone I counted 36 bulls most without cows.

We will be traveling East shortly to visit family and enjoy the Fall color, pumpkin farms, cider, donuts, and great eating at family owned restaurants.  I will be including a few Fall images in this post hope you enjoy them.

Regards,

Don

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treeline@q.com (TREELINE PHOTOGRAPHY) https://treelinephotos.com/blog/2017/10/rocky-mountain-elk Tue, 10 Oct 2017 00:10:02 GMT
ELK CHALLENGE https://treelinephotos.com/blog/2017/10/elk-challenge As Fall approaches Bull Elk start to gather cows together for the breeding season.  They then protect the harem from other bulls who try to take cows from their harem.  This establishes a peeking order where only the dominant and strongest bulls breed and preserve the blood line. Most of the time the herd bull will run off the smaller bulls but on occasion a bull of the same stature will challenge for the breeding rights.  The breeding season occurs in the Fall so the calves will be born in the spring and have a better chance of survival.

Included are a few images of the challenge.

Regards,

Don

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treeline@q.com (TREELINE PHOTOGRAPHY) https://treelinephotos.com/blog/2017/10/elk-challenge Mon, 02 Oct 2017 17:34:06 GMT
RIVER OTTERS ACROBATS IN THE WILD https://treelinephotos.com/blog/2017/8/river-otters-acrobats-in-the-wild If your going to attempt to photograph river otters you better eat a hearty breakfast.  Otters are full of energy and are constantly on the move.  I have followed them along rivers and around Beaver ponds and lakes on many occasions.  Sometimes I have ended up miles from the car when finished.  I must say they live in the fast lane for sure.

I usually set my camera in AV mode and a high ISO speed in order not to blur the images due to their quick movement.  When they do come on shore they are usually tumbling around, playing and jumping back into the water.  If you catch them in the Spring when they have their pups you have a better chance of photographing them at a slower pace.  They will set the pups up on a log or shore and bring fish to them.  They are the greatest fisherman and for the most part can catch a fish at will.  I have watched them fish out an area and return in a week or so and repeat the same behavior.  A female will spend up to eight hours a day fishing to provide for her pups.

Otter bodies are elongated,sinuous, and lithe, built for vigorous swimming.  In most species the limbs are short and paws are webbed.  The tail is fully haired, thick at the base and tapering to a point, and in some species horizontally flattened.  I find it amazing that their numerous stiff whiskers (vibrissae) around the nose and snout, and in tufts on the elbow are very sensitive and are used in locating prey.  The ears are small and round and, like the nostrils, are closed under water.  Most otters have claws which come in handy especially when searching under stones for crabs.  They are protective animals. I have observed them chasing coyotes and becoming quite aggressive.  On one occasion I watched them enter a Beaver Pond and take over the beavers lodge.   Places that I have seen otters on numerous occasions are around the Oxbow in Grand Teton National Park also the Madison river and Trout lake in Yellowstone National Park. 

P.S.

God has granted me the privilege of being able to spend many years observing his creation.  He also blessed me with a wonderful wife who shares my love of nature and the Creator.  There are times when we will sit and just meditate on the wonders before us.  I would like to share a verse from the book of Isaiah that has been a comfort to us.

I CREATED YOU AND HAVE CARED FOR YOU SINCE BEFORE YOU WERE BORN.  I WILL BE YOUR GOD THROUGHOUT YOUR LIFETIME UNTIL YOUR HAIR IS WHITE WITH AGE.  I MADE YOU, AND I WILL CARE FOR YOU.  I WILL CARRY YOU ALONG, AND SAVE YOU.  ISAIAH 46:3

Regards,

Don

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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treeline@q.com (TREELINE PHOTOGRAPHY) https://treelinephotos.com/blog/2017/8/river-otters-acrobats-in-the-wild Tue, 01 Aug 2017 12:00:00 GMT
TWO GREAT WEBCAMS https://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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treeline@q.com (TREELINE PHOTOGRAPHY) https://treelinephotos.com/blog/2017/7/two-great-webcams Fri, 14 Jul 2017 01:33:43 GMT
SPRING TRIP TO JACKSON WYOMING https://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) https://treelinephotos.com/blog/2017/5/spring-trip-to-jackson-wyoming Tue, 30 May 2017 05:53:00 GMT
BIGHORN SHEEP https://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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treeline@q.com (TREELINE PHOTOGRAPHY) https://treelinephotos.com/blog/2017/4/bighorn-sheep Mon, 17 Apr 2017 02:44:54 GMT
COPYRIGHT STAMP https://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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treeline@q.com (TREELINE PHOTOGRAPHY) https://treelinephotos.com/blog/2017/3/copyright-stamp Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:41:01 GMT
SUNRISES AND WATERFOWL https://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) https://treelinephotos.com/blog/2017/3/sunrises-and-waterfowl Mon, 06 Mar 2017 17:21:40 GMT
EQUIPMENT USED FOR WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY JUNE 15, 2016 https://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,
 

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treeline@q.com (TREELINE PHOTOGRAPHY) https://treelinephotos.com/blog/2017/2/equipment-used-for-wildlife-photography Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:37:00 GMT
ANCIENT NATIVE AMERICAN RUINS https://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.

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treeline@q.com (TREELINE PHOTOGRAPHY) https://treelinephotos.com/blog/2017/2/ancient-native-american-ruins Fri, 03 Feb 2017 21:29:31 GMT
COLORADO COLOR https://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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treeline@q.com (TREELINE PHOTOGRAPHY) https://treelinephotos.com/blog/2016/9/colorado-color Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:01:37 GMT
ARCHES NATIONAL PARK https://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,
 

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treeline@q.com (TREELINE PHOTOGRAPHY) https://treelinephotos.com/blog/2016/8/arches-national-park Sat, 13 Aug 2016 03:31:30 GMT