Spring is Here!

It is finally that time of year! The snow is gone from the valley, we’ve had multiple days in the 60’s, and everything is coming into life and leaf. That’s right, we have spring here in our little corner of the world.

 

 

 

 

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In the Garage

Last weekend I tagged along with Hubby while he went down to the shop to work on our four wheeler. Naturally I had my camera with me and naturally I got a bit distracted…

 

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Discovering the Boardwalk

This past week I decided to take a little stroll down by the river while waiting to pick up my older daughter from school. I new of a little spot with a path that goes down to the edge of the river. I didn’t know, however that there is and amazingly gorgeous boardwalk that goes almost all the way there. I can’t wait to go wander around again when things really start greening up this spring!

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Lunchtime

On Monday a friend told me about a bald eagle he’d seen scavenging an elk carcass out west of town. Wednesday, when I finally had a chance to go out for a photo session, I went to see if said eagle was still hanging around. He was. It turns out he was eating a sheep, not an elk. Fitting, since the field he was in has a flock in it almost constantly.
I got a few good shots in before he retreated to a high branch with Mrs. Eagle.

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XGames 2014 Preview

This was the big weekend. This was XGames weekend in lovely Aspen, Colorado. Living just 3 hours away from Buttermilk Mountain, I have the luxury of scooting over to XGames for a while, even if I have to be back in town to take my kid to school in the morning. This year I did just that for Thursday night’s events, then I got to go back for the rest of the weekend with my hubby. It was a great time, even if we didn’t stay for the night events on Saturday or Sunday… 🙂 It was cold and I was lacking in cool-guy wool socks. I will have to invest in some this year. I am in the process of processing my images, so here are a few to whet your appetite.

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Ice Climbing for a Minute

I made it down to Ouray this weekend for a bit of the annual Ice Fest. When my oldest munchkin and I arrived Sunday morning for the speed competition the weather could not have been better, save a couple of upward degrees. It was overcast, calm, and only a little chilly. Perfect weather for ice climbing, and more importantly, perfect for pictures. We walked across the bridge over the canyon and all the way around the top of the climbing area taking a few photos and bidding good morning to some climbers on our way around.

We got to the parking lot at the far end and turned around just before the wind hit and the snow blew in. It was instant. I’m not even joking. Nothing, a few flurries, then Bam! Two-inch-an-hour blizzard! We left just before the competition started due to my lack of weather protection for my camera and also the munchkin getting quite unhappy about the violently blowing snow in her face.

Needless to say, I didn’t get terribly many pictures this year at Ice Fest. However, I got a few good shots, and as a bonus I got to try out my new monopod (It’s a Sunpak, just a $25 cheapy stick, but I absolutely love it!).

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My Newest Toy

I got an awesome new toy for Christmas this year! My awesome husband bought me a Tamron a20 lens. It’s a 28-300mm f/3.5, in case you didn’t know. If you don’t know what that means, it goes from pretty wide angle to really powerful zoom. If you Still don’t know what that means, it’s an awesome camera lens.
I took it out for a little test run on a car ride to Grand Junction last weekend. The lens did really well – I need to get some more quick-zoom practice with it before XGames in a couple of weeks. Here are some of my shots from my practice run.

 

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First Winter Storm

A couple of weeks ago we had the first major storm of the year here in Montrose. We got about a foot of snow, depending on where you were. It was gorgeous! I was moving that day, so I didn’t get a ton of pictures taken. I did get several that I really like. Now that we are all moved I should hopefully be getting back on top of this blogging thing. I have more pictures from the past couple of months that I need to post on here, so those should be coming up soon.

For now, here’s the storm! Enjoy!

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The Early Birds

This weekend we stayed up at our camper. My favorite part is that our bedroom window faces east, so the rising sun shines through. Sunday morning I woke up bright and early with the time change. I looked out the side window and happened to see a bird sitting up on the weather vane on top of the shop. I believe it was a starling. More of them came and went in the first minutes of daylight. It was gorgeous.

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An Exciting Weekend

This weekend was absolutely great.

2am Saturday I headed toward Littleton, CO with the hubby and the oldest munchkin. At 8am we went into Roxborough State Park. Once we were there I headed off on a little adventure while they hung out and went on a walk.

In the park I met up with a group for a photo walk workshop. The group consisted of myself, 4 other photographers, and our leader, Colorado landscape photographer, John Fielder. Yup. (If you don’t know who that is, just do yourself a favor and hit up Google image search right now – then you can finish reading this) The five of us that were there were winners in a photography contest put on by Denver radio station KOSI101. We went on a 3 hour walk around one of the trails in the park and got some great advice, great ideas, great tips, and of course great pictures. It was an amazing experience!

After my photography outing I met back up with the family and we headed into Denver to the Downtown Aquarium. The big munchkin hadn’t been there before and she absolutely loved it – especially the sharks and the tiger.

I haven’t had a chance to process all of my pictures just yet, but here is a little taste.

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