A Dew-covered Start

A short break from my recent road trip, while I keep busy downloading images and editing them :o)

Yesterday morning, I made a trip to the nearby natural prairie to see what has changed since my last visit, almost 5 weeks ago. As I started my hike across the prairie, I saw this cute little male Widow Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula luctuosa) that was perched on a grass blade, covered in early morning dew:

Widow Skimmer Dragonfly male

As he was covered in small, dew droplets, he was unable to fly. This allowed me to set up my tripod and capture a series of 14 extremely closeup images for stacking in a focus-stacked software program (Helicon Focus):

Widow Skimmer Dragonfly male

Besides this little gem, I found several new wildflowers blooming … I’ll share some of those in another post.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod with Graff Studioball SB-QR ballhead
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/6.3 (top image) and Aperture f/3.5 (bottom image)
  • Shutter 1/10 sec. (top image) and Shutter 1/20 sec. (bottom image)

 

 

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Colorado’s Red Mountains

While photographing in southwest Colorado from Black Bear Pass, our jeeps took us to the top of the pass where we were able to get quite a wonderful view of the Red Mountains:

Colorado's Red Mountains

Colorado's Red Mountains

Colorado's Red Mountains

Quite an impressive view! The Red Mountains are a set of three peaks (Red Mountain #1, #2 and #3) in the San Juan Mountains of western Colorado in the United States, about 5 miles south of Ouray. The mountains get their name from the reddish iron ore rocks that cover the surface.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF28-135mm, f/3.5-f/5 IS lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod with Graff Studioball SB-QR ballhead
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/18
  • Shutter 1/25 sec. to 1/30 sec.

 

 

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Black Bear Pass

Well, I’m back home after an exhausting ~4 weeks on the road … but what a trip! Thanks to all for the kind comments, retweets and “Likes” while I was gone, especially the past few days when I’ve not been able to publish to Twitter or Facebook … if you went directly to my blog page to keep abreast of my travels, I hope you enjoyed the blog posts during the time I was away from the internet.

Today’s post is from one of my favorite stops along the photo tour … Black Bear Pass in southwest Colorado, just outside Ouray. After a jeep ride into the high country, we were sitting on what looked and felt like the top of the world. Here are a couple of my favorite landscapes from Black Bear Pass, a meadow covered with wildflowers and a mountain stream winding down the mountain and through the landscape:

Black Bear Pass (Colorado) landscape

Black Bear Pass (Colorado) landscape

We spent a half day on Black Bear Pass … but still not enough to get my fill! More Black Bear Pass images to come.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF28-135mm, f/3.5-f/5.6 IS lens, at 95mm (top photo) and at 135mm (bottom photo)
  • Bogen 3221 tripod with Graff Studioball SB-QR ballhead
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/22 (both photos)
  • Shutter 1/25 sec. (top photo) and 1/60 sec. (bottom photo)

 

 

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Yarrow

On my last leg of my recent photo journey, and will be returning home later today. In this post, I’m featuring some macro photographs of Yarrow wildflowers that I found in a meadow at Crystal Lake in southwest Colorado:

Yarrow wildflower

Yarrow wildflower

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with Graff Studioball SB-QR ballhead
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture info not available
  • Shutter info not available

 

 

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Old Yeller

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Without a good wildflower ID book with me, I’m not able to identify this beauty I found at Crystal Lake (Colorado):

Yellow Wildflower

Yellow Wildflower

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod with Graff Studioball SB-QR ballhead
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/22 (top photo) and f/8 (bottom photo)
  • Shutter 1/4 sec (top photo). and 1/20 sec. (bottom photo)
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Thistle

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A few thistle plants were found around Crystal Lake:

Thistle wildflower

Thistle wildflower

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod with Graff Studioball SB-QR ballhead
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/9 (top photo) and f/11 (bottom photo)
  • Shutter 1/13 sec (top photo). and 1/5 sec. (bottom photo)

 

 

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Daisy

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Quite a few Daisies (Oxeye Daisy, I believe) were found around Crystal Lake:

Daisy wildflower

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod with Graff Studioball SB-QR ballhead
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter 1/200 sec.

 

 

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Colorado Fireweed

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During my second visit to Crystal Lake (Colorado), I found a single Fireweed (Chamerion danielsii) growing. Here are a couple of images I captured from this lone plant:

Fireweed wildflower

Fireweed wildflower buds

This beautiful wildflower blooms from the bottom, up. And only a few reddish-purple flowers bloom at a time. The common name of Fireweed is derived from it’s ability to rapidly colonize recently-burned areas after a forest fire … not from it’s reddish color.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with Graff Studioball SB-QR ballhead
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter 1/200 sec (top photo). and 1/160 sec. (bottom photo)

 

 

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Showy Daisy

After today’s post, I’ll be without internet for a few days as I embark on a short photo project. In the meantime, I have scheduled new posts to publish every morning during my short absence. So be sure to check the new posts on my blog at this link: Show-Me Nature Photography blog

In two visits to Crystal Lake (Colorado), I found many wildflower species. One of the prevalent wildflowers was the Showy Daisy (Erigeron speciosus), at least this is what my Colorado wildflower ID book suggests. Regardless, it is quite a showy wildflower, with big, beautiful flowers and growing in nice clusters:

Showy Daisy wildflower

Showy Daisy wildflower

Coming up, more wildflowers from Crystal Lake.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with Graff Studioball SB-QR ballhead
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter 1/160 sec.

 

 

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Crystal Lake (Colorado)

Today’s post is the first from the second part of my recent road trip. After photographing in Glacier NP for a week, I drove to southwest Colorado (Ouray was my home base for the week) for some early mountain wildflower photography. I was part of a photography group from the Rocky Mountain School of Photography and we had a very well organized agenda. We had multiple jeep rides into the old mountain and mining trails that are located in the Ouray-Silverton area. As Mother Nature was on our side, we had wonderful wildflower exhibits everywhere we traveled! In fact, I think I saw more wildflowers in that week than I have my entire lifetime!

This post was from our first morning out. Not far from Ouray is Crystal Lake, a beautiful lake that presents wonderful reflections of the Red Mountains. In addition to these great reflections, many wildflowers were just beginning to bloom. Here are a couple of landscapes I captured at Crystal Lake:

The Red Mountains of Colorado

Crystal Lake, Colorado

I think you’ll agree that Crystal Lake is a beautiful place to spend some time!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF28mm-135mm, f/3.5-f/x IS lens
  • Bogen 3221 Tripod, with Graff Studioball SB-QR ballhead
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/16
  • Shutter 1/8 sec. (top photo) and 1/40 sec. (bottom photo)

 

 

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