Out and About – December 27, 2014

As I mentioned in previous posts, I should get back to both finishing the novel and documenting the cruise . . . and I will. Meanwhile, something recent. Warning; I’ve missed my long posts . . .

Hawk,

Honest, I have lost whatever photographic talent the unthinking universe gave me . . . out of about ten photos, including the hawk perched, the hawk launching, and hawk flying,  only three photos were decent enough to publish here.

As usual, click on any of the photos to have them open in a new tab or window, or see the full size versions in the SmugMug Gallery HERE.

Hawk,

The rest of the hawk photos were either blurred or out of focus. Stinky-poo stuff I would not have staining these virtual pages.

Hawk,

However, I was pleased with these three . . . well, two; the first is a tad soft, plus, you know, all them wires.

All of these photos are in and around Monument and Palmer (dried-up) Lake. Aside from the hawk, I got me some scenery. Scenery don’t move much.

Also, there occasionally be stuff in it . . .

Horses,

. . . in this case, horses.

Horses, Horses,

It was a pretty cold morning (around 14º F, or -10º C), and I shot all the photos from the comfort of my Tahoe.

I felt bad for these horses; at least these next guys had leather coats to keep them warm.

Scenery, Colorado, Spruce Mountain,

On the other side of the road I was traveling (Spruce Mountain Road), a small herd of cows broke into a mini-stampede, but I was not in position to shoot them (other than through the windshield), and it was something I had never seen . . . cow galloping like horses, disappearing over a small hill. These guys were moving. One actually stopped at the crest of the hill as I stopped across it, and you could see its breath blowing from its nose. A very neat picture . . . which I did not get.

Since I was here, I captured a few views of, and around, Spruce Mountain itself. A nice mesa with a 4 mile hiking trail around the perimeter of its flat top (read about it HERE and HERE).

Scenery, Colorado, Spruce Mountain,

The buildings you see in the foreground are part of, appropriately enough, Spruce Mountain Ranch.

By the way, if you do go to SmugMug, and you look at the full size version of the photo, you can see hikers at the very end of Spruce Mountain. Hard to see, but they are there.

I got me a few more shots from the area . . .

Scenery, Colorado, Spruce Mountain,

Scenery, Colorado, Spruce Mountain,

You can see the people on Spruce Mountain a tad better in this photo.

Scenery, Colorado, Spruce Mountain,

Scenery, Colorado, Spruce Mountain,

I know; very repetitive, but I was looking for the artistic shot. The problem is I don’t be an artist, so I’m trying to guess how an artist (photography artist) would see this scene.

Here’s a better photo showing the people atop the mesa.

Scenery, Colorado, Spruce Mountain,

I feel like ducks . . . do you feel like ducks? Great; it’s settled, then.

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

These are ducks at the Monument Library pond . . . technically they are on the water, but it’s all frozen over except for a small corner.

I like the duck roughly in the middle and upper third of the second photo . . . I was not aware ducks, much like dogs, mark their territory.

When I got there, this bird caught my attention.

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

I was not sure what it was until I got home, but the way it held itself, I thought (improbable as it was) it might be a wren of some kind. I thought so because of the way it held its tail.

Ducks, Geese, Birds, Ducks, Geese, Birds,

Those are not flicks of the tail . . . it was actually holding that pose, but it did occasionally drop it.

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

However, once I saw the markings, I could identify it . . . an American Tree Sparrow. You don’t see them much, as they prefer wooded areas during the warmer months.

Here’s another friend from past visits to the pond . . .

Ducks, Geese, Birds, Ducks, Geese, Birds,

No, I don’t mean the Canadian Crap Machines; it’s the fellow with the bump, a Brown Chinese Goose. I’m wondering if they are now permanent residents here.

As some might have noticed from the second group shot, the moment I parked, the ducks started to wander over my way (I stayed in the car; them things are vicious). They do that whenever anyone stops because these birds get fed a lot. Adults, kids, adults and kids. Most often it’s bread (not good for them), but sometimes it’s actual feed.

Once they knew I was not bringing them food, many sat where they were, and they were close to the car, affording me decent shots shots.

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

Here they are, everyone sitting down again . . .

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

Here’s a closer look at the open water . . .

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

Yes, you are seeing correctly . . . our old friends, the Muscovy Ducks are still here. Perhaps they too have become permanent residents.

By the way, I’m listening to some Tony Carey . . . not that anyone cares.

Anyway, the ducks occasionally get up, move a bit . . .

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

. . . stop . . .

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

. . . and then sit back down.

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

With a loud honk, the geese decided to come and check things out . . .

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

. . . which got some of the ducks to stand . . .

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

. . . but most held their hard-won ground.

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

The Chinese kept advancing . . . 

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

. . . and then the whole feel of the pond changed . . . a new dynamics manifested itself . . . 

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

. . . ‘move to the right’ seemed to be the marching orders of the moment . . . 

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

Something was driving these ducks, drawing them to abandon their North-South alignment, and head East. 

Food!

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

Now listening to THIS, the first song (and video) I heard (and seen) of Tony Carey, way back in the good days of MTV, before it turned to crap.

Anyway, a few ducks remained behind, picking at the remnants of previous feedings . . .

 Ducks, Geese, Birds,

Even the sparrow got into the act . . . 

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

NOOOO! . . . little sparrow; that ain’t food!

By the way, I’m now listening to THIS.

I was finished, and started back home . . . and then I saw the distant Cheyenne Mountain and Front Range semi-shrouded by advancing clouds . . . 

Cheyenne Mountain,

“This needs a panorama,” I told myself!

. . . I then looked around to make sure no one saw me talking to myself. Sure, it’s always an intelligent, entertaining, and satisfying conversation, but it looks odd to others.

Cheyenne Mountain,

Here’s the B&W versions . . . 

Cheyenne Mountain,

Cheyenne Mountain is the one with the antennas atop it . . . probably better seen in SmugMug.

I’m finishing this post by listening to THIS . . . probably louder and in better quality (the music I’ve been playing is in my PC, stuff I own).

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16 Responses to Out and About – December 27, 2014

  1. sandra getgood says:

    Ahhhhhhh…. you haven’t lost it! Beautiful pictures!

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  2. seekraz says:

    Yep…that’s alotttta ducks. :)

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  3. Never worry about talking to yourself. Worry when you start arguing with yourself. ;-) Beautiful photos, disperser. While I would have loved to see the cows galloping, (hate those missed shots myself) … I thoroughly enjoyed the rest. Beautiful country you have there.

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  4. mvschulze says:

    Enjoyed the excursion. A nice time, really nice photos. Thanks for the ride. M :-)

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  5. PiedType says:

    That is one determined-looking hawk! As for the ducks, looks like you’ve got a corner on all the ducks in Colorado. That’s okay. I’d swear all the geese winter in north Denver.

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    • disperser says:

      I’ve seen some big flocks go through here on the way south (one rose up last week, not a quarter mile away, as I was heading into the gym, and I did not have my camera with me). Migrating geese occasionally use the football field of one of the high schools near here, but only during bad weather.

      By the way, yours is one of a number of posts where I all of a sudden can’t comment, and sometimes can’t even hit like. It may register, but the icon does not show up.

      The issue, whatever it is, usually goes away after a while . . .I hope it will. I might try re-subscribing but that usually does not work either.

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  6. I love that hawk in flight! Great capture! :-)
    I DO love ducks! Those pics are amazing! Their colors are so vibrant! :-) Duck Convention?!?!
    Ha! on the talking to yourself! :-D I talk to myself all the time! :-D And I don’t mind if people notice! ;-) Glad you agreed with yourself and did the panorama views! :-)
    Wow! I really love the fence shots…the shadow of the fence is great! :-)
    HUGS!!! :-)

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  7. AnnMarie says:

    By the time I finished with the ducks I forgot how this post began, so back up I went since I recalled that I was very impressed right from the beginning with the hawk shots, especially the third one. Exceptional! Ah, nice long posts are back again.

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    • disperser says:

      Don’t know how many I will keep doing long . . . onthe one hand, I am way behind with last year’s photos, and on the other hand, I would really like to write more. I have my SV-1 novel to finish, and a number of series I started and would like to add to.

      We’ll see.

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