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Lego Hogwarts Castle

We needed another project to keep us busy.  We have been dabbling with some small Lego projects (as shown by my previous posts) and we needed something bigger!After an exhaustive search, we found a Harry Potter set...Hogwarts Castle.  Lego had put out earlier versions of the castle but this is the biggest to date.  Actually, I think it is one of their biggest ever sets.  Over 6,000 pieces.The project took us three weekends (about five hours a day) to assemble.  The set included 37 bags of Lego pieces and four instruction books.  We only screwed up a couple of times.  A lot of pieces look the same but have subtle differences.  You only know you screwed up when the pieces don't fit.  We were not shorted any pieces however, we have bunch of extra pieces (all small, single block size).Here is the completed castle:







Denver Zoo

Since we are not going on a safari this year (or Israel for that matter) we decided to take our big lenses out for a safari at the Denver Zoo.We opted to go during the week so we took Friday off and booked our tickets online.  We figured the earlier we got in the better.  Animals are usually active first thing in the morning.The zoo definitely had the social distancing thing down.  Timed entry, one way traffic and plenty of hand  sanitizing stations throughout the park. I commend their efforts.  It could have gone another way and then I would have to have condemned their efforts. Glad it was in our favor.We packed a lunch to eat in the nearby park after our trip to the zoo to help ensure compliance with the social distancing laws.  Saved a few bucks too.








Great day at the zoo.  
p.s. We forgot our cooler in the back of the truck.  Just got it out today.  NASTY.  I should just through all of the Tupperware away but we have enough plastic floating in the ocean as it is.

Water Droplets Part Deux

I found a hint online showing how to photograph some water droplets.  Well, in this case it is olive oil suspended on water.
The trick is to add a couple of drops of dish soap to the water and mix it in.  Once the water clears up, add the oil.
I have a lot of work to do (i.e. lighting, depth et cetera) but this is the initial outcome.




Barr Lake Part Deux

Another trip out to Barr Lake with only our Cameras and super telephoto lenses in tow.  
We opted to bring monopods in lieu of our heavier Manfrotto Tripods as our last trip we were overloaded with cameras and lenses.
I think our trial and error is paying off.