Monday (25-February-2008) — Colorado

Elderhostel “Photography in the Southwest” Workshop Day 1.

The Elderhostel/Road Scholar “Photography in the Southwest” workshop was based at Kelly Place B&B  just outside of Cortez Colorado. This is a great location in McElmo Canyon, quiet and remote. It borders Canyon of the Ancients National Monument. The following images were taken in and around Kelly Place during the first day of the workshop.

Window looking out at Sleeping Ute Mountain and wood ladder to the Kiva at Kelley's Place near Cortez, Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens and interior fill flash (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/11, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Window looking out at Sleeping Ute Mountain and wood ladder to the Kiva at Kelley’s Place near Cortez, Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens and interior fill flash (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/11, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Wood ladder to the underground Kiva at Kelley's Place near Cortez, Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/11, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Wood ladder to the underground Kiva at Kelley’s Place near Cortez, Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/11, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sleeping Ute Mountain and red back-hoe on an early winter morning at Kelley's Place near Cortez, Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 22 mm, f/16, 1/10 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sleeping Ute Mountain and red back-hoe on an early winter morning at Kelley’s Place near Cortez, Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 22 mm, f/16, 1/10 sec). (David J Mathre)
Weeds with morning dew on at Kelley's Place near Cortez, Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 200, 130 mm, f/2.8, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Weeds with morning dew on at Kelley’s Place near Cortez, Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 200, 130 mm, f/2.8, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Old tree on a hill at Kelley's Place near Cortez, Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 200, 70 mm, f/16, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Old tree on a hill at Kelley’s Place near Cortez, Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 200, 70 mm, f/16, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Juniper berries at Kelley's Place near Cortez, Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 200, 70 mm, f/11, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Juniper berries at Kelley’s Place near Cortez, Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 200, 70 mm, f/11, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)

Sunday (24-February-2008) — Colorado

Winter in Colorado: Mesa Verde National Park.

On the way from Boulder, Colorado to Kelly Place a B&B just outside of Cortez, Colorado I stopped for a few hours at Mesa Verde National Park. While at Mesa Verde, I met up with my father (Loren) and brother (Erik). We would be spending the next three days attending the Elderhostel/Road Scholar “Photography in the Southwest” workshop.

Winter Panorama while driving in Mesa Verde National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 14-24 f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 22 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)
Winter Panorama while driving in Mesa Verde National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 14-24 f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 22 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)
Mesa Verde National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200 VR lens (ISO 320, 44 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec) (David J Mathre)
Mesa Verde National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera  and 18-200 VR lens (ISO 320, 44 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec) (David J Mathre)
Stone Grain Grinding Tool. Mesa Verde National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200 VR lens (ISO 200, 135 mm, f/11, 1/250 sec) (David J Mathre)
Stone Grain Grinding Tool. Mesa Verde National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 18-200 VR lens (ISO 200, 135 mm, f/11, 1/250 sec) (David J Mathre)
Icicles. Mesa Verde National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 200, 135 mm, f/5, 1/160 sec) (David J Mathre)
Icicles. Mesa Verde National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera  and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 200, 135 mm, f/5, 1/160 sec) (David J Mathre)

Wednesday (20-February-2008) — New Jersey

Backyard Winter Night Sky in New Jersey: Lunar Eclipse.

The moon does turn red during a lunar eclipse, even if it is only a partial eclipse.

Luna Eclipse over New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1 sec). (David J Mathre)
Luna Eclipse over New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1 sec).

Friday (15-February-2008) — New Jersey

Backyard Winter Night Sky in New Jersey. Moon Ring and Orion.

The 22° Halo around the moon is caused by refraction of ice crystal high in the atmosphere.

Winter Night Sky over New Jersey. Moon, moon ring, Orion. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 17-35 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 17 mm, f/2.8, 30 sec). (David J Mathre)
Winter Night Sky over New Jersey. Moon, moon ring, Orion. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 17-35 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 17 mm, f/2.8, 30 sec).