Great Horned Owl fledgelings. On a private photography workshop this weekend we spent two days photographing raptors in southern Colorado. We discovered these two exquisite Great Horned Owl fledgelings on the second day which for us topped the previous day with the hawks and eagle altercation. This scene seemed a fitting moment and conclusion to a wonderful trip, that re-enforces the great continuum and absolute balance of nature.
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Yesterday’s Hawks and Golden Eagle. These two Swainson’s hawks were defending their nest from imminent danger from the Golden Eagle. The altercation didn’t last very long, it amounted to about a dozen frames on the camera, until they chased the eagle off.
Below are two more images from this day in Colorado.
Sandhill Crane, Bosque del Apache (Woods of the Apache), Socorro, New Mexico. I was feeling nostalgic and talking to a friend and client about a potential trip to the “Bosque” this coming winter and decided to post a photo of a Sandhill Crane. Perhaps it will manifest into a few trips there to the Bosque del Apache this coming winter. Love the Sandhills. Click on the image to expand for effect. Thanks for looking. G
The road through the fog bow, El Rito, north, New Mexico. Early one morning on the drive to Denver I just had to pull over and watch the fog recede and the sun begin to breathe it’s breath on the landscape. What I call a fog bow developed and added an extra element to the scene. Thanks for checking in. G
Abstraction in steel and glass, Alamosa, Colorado. Sometimes I point my camera at a scene I think I want … and as I look deeper in to the composition I develop a roving eye and ultimately delve deeper and deeper. What started out as an image of a broken piece of glass in a window became this scene. G
Overlooking the Rio Grande Gorge with a view of Taos Mountain in northern New Mexico. Although I make lots of portrait images of people, I rarely include them in a landscape composition. In this case the photographer is a photo tour client participating in the Abiquiu and Rio Chama photo tour trip. Including him in this scene, I felt, would express a sense of what it might be like to stand on the very rim of the Gorge, with a broad view across the canyon to Taos Mountain beyond. Thanks for looking. G
Ant hill in the field in San Cristobal this evening. I love to watch them grow in their individual perfection. I included the elements of the landscape for scale and location. I spotted this particular ant hill this evening and put the camera on the ground to include some sky for balance. Thanks for looking. G
Swainson’s Hawk, San Luis Valley, Colorado. We stumbled across this beautiful creature and made a few images as it let me know, in no uncertain terms, that I was encroaching on it’s nesting territory. There were many hawks this day and any approach seemed to entice them from the nest, to abandon the chicks in order to distract us intruders. We moved on and left them to their familial duties. Thanks for looking. G
On the road (literally) in San Acacio, Colorado. I’ve been photographing this building for many years. On it’s last legs, or is that stilts? the old home has been a wonderful subject all this time. Now, as it corkscrews, as the wind torments the siding and the interior folds in on itself, the character of the building begins to resemble that of an elderly person requiring the aid of a walking stick. Thanks for looking. G
Our Lady Of Guadalupe shrine at the Santuario de Chimayo New Mexico. This is a scene I photographed in 1984. In the late 1980’s I created a series of polaroid transfer images. This is a scan of the original “emulsion transfer” process produced on “Arches” water color paper. I think the process lends itself well to the subject matter. Thanks for looking. G
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Rio Grande del Norte National Monument at the Taos Junction Bridge in the Orilla Verde Recreation Area section. I’ve used this image as a photo of the day previously but if the proverbial you know what hits the fan we could loose some 27 National Monuments.
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