Thirteen-Years Ago (27-October-2007) — Colorado

Autumn Nature in Rocky Mountain National Park

I miss visiting Rocky Mountain National Park nearly every week when I was working part-time in Boulder, Colorado. For the last several weeks I have been spending time a lot of time going through my image catalogs looking for bird images that I can add to My eBird checklists. I am about half way through 14 years of images. So far I found images of 375 species of birds in 46 countries, territories, and dependencies. One of the great things about My eBird is it helps me identify bird images by comparison with images in their collection, and by what birds would be common (or rare) for the locations where I took the images.

Steller's Jay. (David J Mathre)
Steller’s Jay at Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with an Nikon D2xs camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 200 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)

Daily Electric Energy Used (45.5 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (30.4 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. The sun came back. Forced air dehydrator on to dry end of season hot peppers. A deficit of 15.1 kWh.

Twelve-Years Ago (26-January-2008) — Colorado

Wintertime Nature in Rocky Mountain National Park.

One of my many trips to Rocky Mountain National Park while working part-time at Sirna in Boulder, Colorado. I saw a number of Black-billed Magpies while stopped near Moraine Park.

Black-billed Magpie at Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Black-billed Magpie at Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Black-billed Magpie at Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1/2500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Black-billed Magpie at Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1/2500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Black-billed Magpie at Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Black-billed Magpie at Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Black-billed Magpie at Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1/1250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Black-billed Magpie at Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1/1250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Black-billed Magpie at Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1/2000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Black-billed Magpie at Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1/2000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Black-billed Magpie at Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Black-billed Magpie at Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Black-billed Magpie at Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/1600 sec). (David J Mathre)
Black-billed Magpie at Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/1600 sec). (David J Mathre)
Black-billed Magpie at Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Black-billed Magpie at Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

 

Twelve-Years Ago (26-August-2007) — Colorado

Summertime Nature in Colorado.

Summer Morning Reflections at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 14 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 140, 14 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec).  Three versions — as originally processed, reprocessed three-years ago (Capture One Pro, Photoshop CC, Focus Magic, and NIK Color Efex and NIK Define), and reprocessed today. Let me know which you like better (or why I save all images — to learn from my mistakes and to used newer image processing tools).

Summer Morning Reflections at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 14 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/22, 1/20 sec). (David J Mathre)
Summer Morning Reflections at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 14 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/22, 1/20 sec). (David J Mathre)
Summer Morning Reflections at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 14 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 140, 14 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Photoshop CC, Focus Magic, and NIK Color Efex and NIK Define. (David J Mathre)
Summer Morning Reflections at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 14 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 140, 14 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Photoshop CC, Focus Magic, and NIK Color Efex and NIK Define. (David J Mathre)
Summer Morning Reflections at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 14 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 140, 14 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro (Still Life), and Focus Magic. (David J Mathre)
Summer Morning Reflections at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 14 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 140, 14 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro (Still Life), and Focus Magic. (David J Mathre)

Twelve-Years Ago (25-August-2007) — Colorado

Summertime Nature in Rocky Mountain National Park.

It only took me twelve years to figure out what type of bird this was. Clark’s Nutcracker. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 400 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/4, 1/640 sec).

Clark's Nutcracker. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 400 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/4, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Clark’s Nutcracker. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 400 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/4, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)

Eleven-Years Ago (01-June-2008) — Colorado

Springtime Nature in Colorado.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens + TC-E II 20 teleconverter (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/8, 1/160 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CS5. The Male Broad-tailed Hummingbirds arrive first in the spring to define their territories.  Spring comes late at nearly 9000 feet to Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. You hear the hummingbirds long before you finally see them (even with the car windows closed).

Male Broad-tailed Humming Bird at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens + TC-E II 20 teleconverter (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/8, 1/160 sec). (David J Mathre)
Male Broad-tailed Humming Bird at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens + TC-E II 20 teleconverter (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/8, 1/160 sec). (David J Mathre)