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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.

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