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Denver Botanic Gardens In The Spring 2021

 Denver has officially lifted its Mask Mandate for fully vaccinated people while outdoors!  I still feel a bit weary about this especially since this mandate is based on the honor system. Well, what do we have to loose right?  Head outdoors to the Denver Botanic Gardens for a bit of sunshine while it lasts today. We got to the gardens at 0900 and the really wasn't a lot of people there.  That soon changed.   People everywhere.   Just because the mask mandate has been lifted doesn't mean you can block the sidewalks, or social distance to some extent.   After just three shot hours, we got sick of the people and headed home.   Most of the above photos were taken using my Olympus 12-100mm lens (which totally kicks ass by the way) and my 60mm macro lens without a tripod.  I rule.  You know it so you don't have to verbally acknowledge it.
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Platt River Trail - Thornton, CO

 We only get one good day of weather this weekend so we took advantage of the day and took a walk along the Platt River to shoot some wildlife.  Of course, this entailed lugging our telephoto lenses. We found an eagle's nest situated about 100 yards from the trail last week when we rode our bikes along the trail but didn't have our cameras at the time. The nest has a chick!  The mother wasn't around but we figured she was out hunting so we ended up waiting about 20 minutes for her to come back with food. This is as close as we could get.  I took this photo with my 100 - 400mm Leica Lens.  Not too bad.  Wish I could have been closer but a fence was there to keep people like me out. There were egrets and geese, and other birds that I have no idea what they are called.  I asked them their name but cheep, cheep doesn't translate well in my brain. We even spotted a prairie dog who immediately alerted his troop to our arrival! As always, it was nice to get out of the house al

A Trip to the Bayou

 Now we both have at least one shot of the Pfizer Vaccine, we decided it was time to take another road trip.   Louisiana sounded good! A quick check on AirBNB and we found a nice two bedroom two bathroom home on Algiers Point.  Algiers Point is a short ferry ride across the mighty Mississippi River from Bourbon Street.   Did I forget to mention that New Orleans, LA is an eighteen hour drive away?   As always, we got up butt ass early to hit the road.  We felt we could make it to Wichita Falls, TX and stay the night at a hotel. Not a lot of stopping on the way due to the mileage we have to endure.  We did stop in Memphis, TX for a quick photo op and bathroom break: We still didn't feel safe eating in restaurants so we went to a local grocery store and picked up some heat and serve meals from the deli. Up and at 'em early the following morning to make it to New Orleans... We arrived in New Orleans around 6pm and found a small restaurant a block or so from the house.  Michelle got

Spring and the New Fuji X-E4 Camera Test Drive

 Oh what a week we had weather wise! Last Saturday Denver was hit with a major snow storm.  The estimates were anywhere between ten inches to four feet. The snow started to fall Saturday morning and didn't let up until late Sunday evening. I tried to stay ahead of the game by shoveling about every two hours.  Glad I did! The sun came out and the snow is slowly melting away. Spring came yesterday and the outside temperature was 66 (36 today). Michelle and I bought new cameras.  Yes, I know, like we need another camera. No reason to stay indoors today.  Tomorrow, yes.  Snow is expected. The new Fuji takes awesome photos.  Just look! Finally stopped for a beer here.  Yes, just one beer. Just nice being outside again.  Of course, we wore our masks and tried to social distance as much as possible.

Backyard Bird Sanctuary

 On March 13, 2021 we had what Denver calls a "Major Snowstorm". We expected approximately two to six feet of snow.  I think we received about three feet in our neighborhood.   To keep our backyard birds happy, I filled up the bird feeder the day before the storm so we could take some pictures during or storm shelter in place situation. I took a lot of pictures, most of them blurry but the following shots came out pretty good.

Arbor Lake - Arvada, Colorado

 Today the weather is going to be 70 degrees! get... out... of the... house! Rumor has it that there is an eagle nesting at Arbor Lake in Arvada.  Such a beautiful day we need to verify the rumor. Arbor Lake is a small lake with a paved walking path.  The loop is about 1 1/2 miles long.  Shouldn't be too hard to spot a nesting eagle.  If it exists that is. We got to the lake and found that it currently a home to migrating geese and fucking ducks.  Yes, the ducks were fucking.  The males were mounting the females and pretty much holding them under the water while they did their business (fucking). Yes, I took pictures in case any of them run for office in the future so I can use the pictures as blackmail.  This blog is PG-13 rated so I will not post the picture here. Nice day to be outside