This is the very first photo I snapped in 2012. Yes, another hawk, a Red-Tailed Hawk, to be precise.
I was driving home along County Line Road, when I saw this fellow perched on a pole. I slowed and pulled over well ahead of it, hoping it would not get spooked.
A few seconds later, as I jumped out of the car with camera in hand, it was already airborne.
Luckily, it headed on a flight-path that would take it almost directly over me. I’ll put one more shot here, but if you click on any of the above pictures you will be linked to a small SmugMug gallery with a total of eight (8) shots for this hawk, and three more for the hawk shown further down the post.
Later that afternoon, as snow clouds gathered over the Front Range, I headed for a short drive on a couple of dirt roads I like to travel.
I had shot the hawk earlier, but before that nothing for a whole week. Bad way to start the year.
I crossed under I-25 and headed on a road that cuts through the Greenland Ranch Open Space. I had been meaning to snap a picture of the house below ever since I moved here, and now, six years later, here it is.
The next three pictures are of various “natural” fence posts. Branches enlisted for a role that carries their usefulness well past their death.
I like natural fence posts . . . they blend in better.
As I kept driving I saw a horse and rider in full gallop going along one of the ridges. I stopped the car to snap some picture . . .
And they stopped to see what I was doing . . . eventually they got going again, but no gallop.
Heading toward Palmer Lake and County Line, the snow began to fall . . . and I saw one more hawk on a pole. This one a ways off, and not as well lit as I like . . . the clouds were gathering to shield the sun.
This hawk too took off right away, despite me being a long way off.
What is impressive about these pictures, at least to me, is they are crops of a very small part of the whole photograph. I was pleasantly surprised they show as much detail as they do.
With the snow falling, I headed back home. Not a bad shooting day for my first of 2012.
As usual, better versions of the pictures can be found by clicking on any of the pictures and going to the respective galleries in SmugMug.
Thanks for visiting.