Archives for November 2010

Classic Bosque Morning

It was one of those mornings that you are glad you got out of your warm bed and braved the cold to make a photograph There were some wispy clouds in along the horizon, the sunrise was beautiful and the Snow Geese lifted off en-masse at just the right time. That’s the Bosque I know and love!…

On the way to the Crane Ponds along the highway I saw that the geese had landed in the Railroad Ponds and the light was still beautiful so, I had to stop to make a few more images…

It was then that a blur flew past me shouting “Fire in the mist! Fire in the mist!” It could only be one person, Artie Morris. I looked to where he was hightailing it and sure enough, there was mist rising off the water at the back of the pond with the sun backlighting it. Add a beautiful tree and a few Sandhill Cranes and you get…

Images created with Nikon D3S, AF-S 24-70mm, AF-S 600mm with TC-17E II on Lexar digital media

It’s so good to be back at Bosque and to find that the geese and cranes are back in big numbers. This afternoon, I simply enjoyed watching and photographing the Snow Geese as they soared…

There seem to be quite a few blue phase Snow Geese and I was able to get my lens on one as it flew by. The angle as it banked really shows off it’s bluish colors…

I always find it a challenge to do verticals as the Snow Geese bank at high speeds but, it really is a powerful composition when you can get it…

The blackbird flocks have been very active today and I tried to get the shot of them all banking at once in perfect unison. I got a few images that I like but still think there is room for improvement. Something to work on this week…

And of course, there are the explosions when something triggers the geese into the sky en-mase. The key is to be ready and nail the shot right at first liftoff, before it gets too chaotic. It wasn’t until I looked at this image on my computer that I saw a Sandhill Crane amongst the geese…

Images created with Nikon D3S, AF-S 600mm VR, TC-14E II on Lexar digital media.

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Back To The Bosque

This is my tenth year of visiting Bosque del Apache and each of the last few years I think to myself that I may take a break for a year or two but, like the call of migration to the Snow Geese and the Sandhill Cranes, I too am drawn back time after time. I arrived yesterday filled with anticipation of what this year’s adventure will bring. I was not disappointed as the bird count is high (nearly 40,000 Snow Geese and nearly 10,000 Sandhill Cranes, way up from last year) and the conditions are excellent. I spent the morning getting up to speed on my panning game at the ponds along the highway…

Once the birds had left the ponds I took a spin around the farm loop to find several thousand birds coming in to the fields to feed. Once again I worked on panning and isolating individual birds…

When the birds are in the sky and come across the mountains in the background, it can be a very cool perspective image. The challenge is to get the bird just above or below the horizon to avoid a merge with the bird and mountains. Certainly a good use of continuous advance firing…

Another challenge is to get multiple birds in one frame, have them all sharp and in good position. In this case the bonus was a blue phase Snow Goose in the center of a threesome as they flew by…

With just one morning under my belt and the panning skills ramping up for a great week I can hardly wait for my group to arrive so, I can share the magic that is Bosque with some very eager photographers. Stay tuned.

Images created with Nikon D3S, AF-S 600mm VR, TC-14E II on Lexar digital media

So Much To Be Thankful For…

With Thanksgiving Day coming to an end, it’s important to pause in our busy lives and give thanks for all the blessings that are bestowed upon us…

I am thankful for my husband, Frank who loves me unconditionally and supports me in my crazy adventures knowing that I have to follow my dreams even if it means that he doesn’t get to see me as often as he would like.

I am thankful for our two kitties, Goldie & Malu who have brought us so much joy with their cute antics and loving ways.

I am thankful for my parents who have always believed that I could do anything I set my mind to and it seems they were right as I am lucky to be following my dream. Mom & dad, thank you for all your love and support over the years. You are the best!

I am thankful for all my friends. I am richer for knowing all of you and having the honor of being your friend.

I am thankful for all the people who have touched my life in one way or another. I am all the richer for having known you if only for a moment or a lifetime.

I left home this morning, winging my way to Bosque for my last Excellent Adventure of 2010 and as always I get a window seat that allows me a glimpse of Mt Hood both going and again when I am returning home. It is my landmark that I see as I leave home and better yet, the welcoming beacon that confirms that the flight is taking me home to my honey.

I am thankful for all the wonderful adventures I have had and look forward to the many more I will get to experience in my life as well as the people I will continue to cross paths with over the coming years. Thank you!