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Re: Your Best Nature Photos Thread

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TwoXseveN wrote:
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Holland MI:

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Also Holland:

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Love that dramatic sky shot, 2X.
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Re: Your Best Nature Photos Thread

Post by durangopipe » Sat Jul 22, 2017 1:10 pm

Well, I wasn't sure I was going to post these.
They're going to blow my cover story of being a perfesser.

But I dug these out this week to share with Tatanka, copied them with a digital camera and have them up on Imgur so here they are:

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For about 15 years, in my 30s and 40s, I worked on a backcountry survey crew. These are from a job we did, now I'm thinking it was 1979.
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Re: Your Best Nature Photos Thread

Post by hugodrax » Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:51 pm

durangopipe wrote:
Sat Jul 22, 2017 1:10 pm
Well, I wasn't sure I was going to post these.
They're going to blow my cover story of being a perfesser.

But I dug these out this week to share with Tatanka, copied them with a digital camera and have them up on Imgur so here they are:

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For about 15 years, in my 30s and early 40s, I worked on a backcountry survey crew. These are from a job we did, now I'm thinking it was 1979, in the Jemez Mountains in Northern New Mexico.

We were doing field control for an aerial mapping project of a large chunk of wilderness/ranch then known as the Baca Location. Subsequently, the federal government bought the land and now much of it is in the Valle Caldera National Preserve.

I imagine GaryinVA knows it well. It's just west of Los Alamos. Gorgeous country. Full of fish and game, and at the time no humans except us.
And I bet you smoked a pipe while packing, too, didn't you? :chili:
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Re: Your Best Nature Photos Thread

Post by durangopipe » Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:18 pm

hugodrax wrote: And I bet you smoked a pipe while packing, too, didn't you? :chili:
Not when I was working on that job - that was before I smoked a pipe.

And my crew boss had a saying: "Never hire a man who smokes a pipe and wears a straw hat. If he ain't lighten' his pipe, he's chasin' his hat." Needless to say, I always brought a felt hat to a job.

Somewhere, I have a photo of him saddling his horse. I hope to find it, and if I do, I'll post it. He grew up on a cattle ranch outside of Chama, New Mexico. He was an opinionated, demanding, perfectionistic, cranky man, but one of the most capable horseman/surveyors/woodsman/hunters/you name it I've very known.

I count being a regular on his crew among my most rewarding experiences.

I could tell stories about him and that crew forever. In one of my books I have a piece about him called, "A hatful of gold . . ."
When he wasn't working, he was in the backcountry doing something. Usually hunting or looking for a lost Spanish gold mine. He believed those lost mine legends with every ounce of his being. But he never found gold. At least not that kind.

But I have since smoked on horseback (worn a straw hat, too). Puffing a pipe on a horse at a walk in the mountains is about as much fun as a man can have.
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Re: Your Best Nature Photos Thread

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Re: Your Best Nature Photos Thread

Post by Jocose » Sat Jul 22, 2017 7:57 pm

Goose55 wrote:
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Hey, I think that's Skip's image.
Which?
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Re: Your Best Nature Photos Thread

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DP is the most interesting man in the world.
Please, not in a million years. No more of that or I will be afraid to post.

That's kind of why I was initially reluctant and then took out some of the info I'd posted, but I was having a bit of a nostalgic moment after digging out those photos, and I thought others might enjoy them too.

We moved to a small mountain town, had a son, and I had to make a living.
Same story as many others here. Just in another place.

I was blessed to have landed in a place like this.
God has given me an amazing life, and all I am is grateful.
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Re: Your Best Nature Photos Thread

Post by FredS » Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:09 pm

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. . .Puffing a pipe on a horse at a walk in the mountains is about as much fun as a man can have.
Dude, you need to get to town more often. They got girls. And beer. And dancin'. Way more fun than a stinky old horse.

And FTR, I don't care for horses. At all. My grandpas horse bit my foot. A girlfriends horse kicked me. And everybody else's horses step on my toes.
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Re: Your Best Nature Photos Thread

Post by durangopipe » Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:33 pm

FredS wrote:
Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:09 pm
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. . .Puffing a pipe on a horse at a walk in the mountains is about as much fun as a man can have.
Dude, you need to get to town more often. They got girls. And beer. And dancin'. Way more fun than a stinky old horse.

And FTR, I don't care for horses. At all. My grandpas horse bit my foot. A girlfriends horse kicked me. And everybody else's horses step on my toes.
Yeah.
All true.

Horses. Like Listerine.
You love 'em and you hate 'em.

Well, I guess you kinda hate 'em. :pipe3:
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Re: Your Best Nature Photos Thread

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durangopipe wrote:
Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:33 pm
FredS wrote:
Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:09 pm
durangopipe wrote:
Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:18 pm
. . .Puffing a pipe on a horse at a walk in the mountains is about as much fun as a man can have.
Dude, you need to get to town more often. They got girls. And beer. And dancin'. Way more fun than a stinky old horse.

And FTR, I don't care for horses. At all. My grandpas horse bit my foot. A girlfriends horse kicked me. And everybody else's horses step on my toes.
Yeah.
All true.

Horses. Like Listerine.
You love 'em and you hate 'em.

Well, I guess you kinda hate 'em. :pipe3:
When I lived on the hill above Oroville Dam's spillway, I'd often bring apples from our trees down the road to some horses kept by a neighbor. They'd see me coming for some distance and by the time I got there, they were patiently waiting. I'd cut the apples in half, and they consumed them with abandon. Crunch crunch crunch.
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Re: Your Best Nature Photos Thread

Post by Goose55 » Sun Jul 23, 2017 1:22 pm

This is not my photograph, but a pro's, Simon Weir's. I was so engrossed with it I had to post it. An infra red black & white of a cottage in France...

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Simon Weir. Cottage, Normandy, France - August 2007
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Weir's website, Beyond Visible Light - Shooting in Infrared,....

http://fujixsystem.blogspot.com/p/beyon ... light.html
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Re: Your Best Nature Photos Thread

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Goose55 wrote:
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This is not my photograph, but a pro's, Simon Weir's. I was so engrossed with it I had to post it. An infra red black & white of a cottage in France...

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Simon Weir. Cottage, Normandy, France - August 2007
, Modified Nikon D100 IR - Nikkor 17-55 at 38mm, 1/160 sec, f/8, ISO200

Weir's website, Beyond Visible Light - Shooting in Infrared,....

http://fujixsystem.blogspot.com/p/beyon ... light.html
When infra-red works, it works, but you have to "see" differently.
Often, it's gimmicky and can get boring pretty fast.

But it sure works for this image.
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Re: Your Best Nature Photos Thread

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Aspen!
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Re: Your Best Nature Photos Thread

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sweetandsour wrote:
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Barn swallow chicks on the back porch are out-growing the nest. But mom and dad are still feeding them, all day, every day ...

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Meanwhile, a few days ago I took this shot of our spectator on one of the back nine (13th I think) at my local golf course.

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I love Barn Swallows for their graceful and swift, turn on a dime flight. And those are excellent pics! There were some nesting around a garage I parked my truck in, near Oxnard, CA, on a strawberry farm I lived at. I remember their flight as being almost silent. Amazing creature.
The barn swallow nest was empty yesterday morning, and the air was filled with swallows. There was a nest on nearly every porch in our neighborhood, and apparently this is the time for all of the young to become fledged, (or perhaps is simply "fledge"). I made a quick estimate of 70-80 swallows on the line and in the air behind our house today.
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My 11-y.o. grandson just this past Friday commented while watching the 4 chicks in the nest, that they had never seen the world behind them. "That's right, and a neat observation by a youngster", I replied.
All of the barn swallows are gone now. "Our" chicks and the parents are probably somewhere in South America by now. At times late July there would be hundreds of them perched on the utility lines behind our house, and then suddenly they were noticeably absent. They probably left a week or two ago, and I just noticed this week, with everything going on around here.
Speaking of migration, a few hummingbirds are showing up in the past two weeks, and reportedly there's lots of blue wing teal here already, picking up grains of rice in the fields currently being harvested.
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Post by Goose55 » Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:18 pm

1st time using the new-to-me Fujifilm X-E1 for pix other than pipes. A European Collared Dove in her nest, in the Palo Verde tree in my back yard.

FX 60mm still set on iso 3400 AND all but 10% of the image was cropped in Picasa. This is just 10% of the frame. Amazing camera and lens.

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First day of autumn at the lake. 21 degrees and we got to enjoy 30 minutes of sunshine upon our arrival.

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A quick shot while crossing Sugar Creek with my mom during a recent family camping trip to Turkey Run State Park in Indiana.

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Post by Gabriel » Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:53 am

One more, just for fun. Mrs. Gabriel in one of the kid's kayaks yesterday evening:

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