May 26, 2015

Water Rockets

This past weekend, we had the opportunity to spend a bunch of time with my family doing various activities.  Yesterday, we headed to the park and made and launched water rockets.  It was a lot of fun and we discovered that we have some decent rocket scientists in the family.

May 19, 2015

A Quick Trip to Farmington Bay

I recently had the new 100-400mm lens added to my collection so I felt like it was a good excuse to make a quick trip to Farmington to see what I could see.  If you live in Utah, you know that our weather has been a bit soggy for the past couple of weeks.  This day was no different.  I did manage to get out for a few minutes between downpours and captured a few good images.  I can't wait to spend more time with this fantastic lens!

For the next images, I added the 1.4x Teleconverter to give me a little more reach.

May 14, 2015

A Few From The Flower Garden

Spring is well under way and we're rapidly approaching summer.
That means the flowers are out. And, since the flowers are out, I figured I should take a couple of opportunities to spend some quality time with my macro lens.

May 10, 2015

A Little Utah Wildlife

This weekend, my son and I spent some time wandering the the west desert.  Calling it a desert doesn't do the area justice as it's really a pretty fantastic area.  Though it's really dry and desolate, there are a lot of springs that provide water for a lot of wildlife that calls the area home.  We managed to get rain for most of the trip, so the wildlife we did find was pretty wet and soggy.

This area is home to some pretty big herds of wild horses.  We did see several herds, but they were a long way off.  The exception was this guy.

We spent a bit of time wandering the Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge.  This place is in the middle of the desert and has around 10,000 acres of marshes.  There were birds everywhere.
Someone was really creative when they named these guys.  These are Yellow Headed Blackbirds.  There were a lot of them around and they make a ton of noise.  They were fun to watch.

These guys are Black Crowned Night Herons.  There were a number of them around, and they were very skittish.

There were also a lot of these American Avocets.  It was fun to watch them foraging for bugs.

As we were leaving the preserve, we came across this Osprey hanging out in the top of an old tree.

After leaving the preserve, we continued our wander and ended up passing through the thriving metropolis of Callao.  All twelve houses.  As we were coming into town, we happened upon a herd of Turkey Vultures.  They were all hanging out with their wings spread.  My assumption is that they were trying to dry off.  It was pretty funny to watch them.

As we worked our way through town, we happened upon these two.  It would appear that they weren't too happy with the weather.

Probably the most prevalent animal we saw were antelope.  They were everywhere.  This guy was hanging out near the road and was pretty content to let us grab a few shots before he took off.

May 7, 2015

A Bit Of Seattle

Over the past several years, I've had the opportunity to visit Seattle a number of times for work.  I've always enjoyed wandering the downtown area, especially Pike's Market.  There is an endless number of opportunities to make some photographs.  Well, I was there last week and had some time to do a bit of wandering.  As an added bonus, I had the opportunity to shot with the new Canon 5DS and 5DSr bodies.  These were pre-production shooting samples so image quality may not be final.  That being said, I really like what I was able to produce with the cameras and can't wait to get more time with them.  And, I also got to shoot with the new Canon EF 11-24mm f/4.0L lens.  Oh man that thing is sweet!
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