This year, the fall colors in Colorado were spectacular and lasted a bit longer than usual. The dry, cool fall days promoted rich colors that lasted weeks instead of days as we sometimes see when it is wet and windy. Most of these pictures were taken outside of Aspen, Colorado on a drive down Castle Creek Road. With this beautiful color, it really doesn’t matter what kind of camera equipment you have. You only need to worry about the light and composition. I hope you enjoy these shots!
Category Archives: Other Photography (not bird hunting)
We enjoyed a beautiful Saturday morning at the sporting clays field. The Nikon D850 was set to a shutter speed of 1/2000 to try to capture the moment of truth.
Since Tex is in traction there is no point in hunting just yet. So we took a weekend and went to Aspen to see the fall colors and hit them near their peak. Beautiful stuff!
Summer is for clay target shooting. This beautiful Colorado memorial weekend we hit the sporting clays course and captured the incoming swarm of #8s.
At the end of September we had a super moon eclipse. A tripod, a cloudless night and a few rum and cokes produced these pictures.
May God continue to bless our great country!
American flag and cross in Aspen, Colorado.
We hope you all have a wonderful 4th!
This Robin’s nest with some fresh young ones is in our front yard. I think these chicks are days old.
Through the years, I have picked up old cartridges here and there. Below are some of the more interesting ones.
From the left: 32-20 | 40-82 | 45-70 | 25-20 | 25-35 | 30 G 1903| 44 rim fire | 405 Win | 38-55 | 44 WCF | 38-90 | 33 WCF | 351 Win SL | 32-40 | 40-65 | 38 Colt NP | 450 Nitro Express 3 1/4″ | 38 WCF | 30 WCF | 41 rim fire | 44 WCF | 38-56 | 22 Win Mag | 40-60
Before heading to the Great Plains for birds, we head to the Colorado mountains for the views. Here are some of last weekend’s shots in an around Vail.
Mountain view from Piney Lake
This 9 banded Armadillo was most likely headed to Colorado.
Not all birds are for hunting. Here are some Barn Swallows that nest in a nearby parking garage. These guys are advanced fliers, darting in and out of the garage and chasing bugs in aerial dog fights at the nearest intersection. Ever notice how these little fork-tailed birds swarm at traffic intersections? Maybe that’s where the bugs are.
I have seen a few of these one room, white cinder-block houses next to the railroad tracks in Colorado and Wyoming. No windows, a fireplace and a nice outhouse out back. Anyone know what they were built for? Maybe a shelter for rail workers or storage?
Here is a pair of nasty, mangy, pet-killing coyotes. These are in the open space behind my house in the middle of Denver’s suburban sprawl. Beautiful animals.
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How fun would it have been to hunt wild quail on a southern plantation in 1905! That is the year my grandfather was born – TR is president, the Civil War was lost only 40 years ago, the side by side game gun had reached the pinnacle of perfection, cigars are good for you and this vintage ad is in the box of fresh Remington paper shot shells you just opened.
This has been an incredible year if you like the high country fall colors. The right temps, moisture, lack of moisture, sunshine or whatever; the color has been intense and enduring. Another reason why fall is the best season of all. These shots were taken yesterday near Kenosha pass.
When the limit of birds is off being plucked and the worn out dogs are sleeping in their boxes, we occasionally head to prairie dog town for observation and ballistic analysis. These are wary creatures and must be viewed from afar, sometimes 400+ yards, but it is the distance that makes this interesting. There is a machismo appeal to the awesome technology of today’s optics and rifles. The ability to put 55 grains of copper and lead on a 12″ target a quarter of a mile away is exhilarating. Whac-A-Mole for adults.