While visiting my brother and his family in Golden we were lucky enough to visit Boo the bear for his morning feeding this fall. Boo is an eight year old Grizzly who lives on the ski hill in a special habitat. During the ski season at Kicking Horse he hibernates as folks ride on by. At this time in the fall he was stocking up on calories for the long hibernation. There were two moments that I was “bluff” charged by Boo showing his dominance and you can notice the sequence in some of the photos.
Yesterday I took one last trip in my 1971 VW Van before selling it. I decided to make it a photo outing to the Butterfly Pavilion in Broomfield Colorado. They have a fantastic little indoor rainforest atrium full of butterflies from around the world. They introduce new ones twice a day and are constantly receiving more cocoons in the mail. It was a great experience that anyone would enjoy. Here are a few varieties I was able to catch with my camera.
A second set of photos that I just finished editing from my trip to Tucson. These shots feature the wolf and the red-tailed hawk. It was so special to see these animals in their natural habitat at the living desert wildlife museum.
In 2007 I visited New Zealand and spent 6 months there. For three of those months I lived and worked in Takaka, part of the Golden Bay- a very special place near the northwest tip of the South Island. I took countless trips to Wharariki Beach, a mystical and beautiful stretch of sand dunes, wildlife, monolithic stone formations, grassy hills and rough ocean. Here are a few of the photos I captured while there.
While in Tucson this past week I had a great time checking out the desert and its beauty. Here are some wildlife photos I took while visiting the Desert Museum- a place where you can see these and many other animals in their natural habitat in a way that is more special than a zoo or museum, basically in the wild! This set features Wildcats (Ocelot, Mountain Lion) and Raptors (Great Horned Owl, Prairie Falcon, Red-Tailed Hawk and Chihuahuan Ravens) as well as a photo of the Cactus Wren.
It was quite bit out of my way to get to the World Elephant Polo Championships, but I had to make it happen. Yes, it is a real sport and the elephants are quite well-trained. Each elephant has 2 people-a driver and a player. The elephants in competition were all owned by the Tiger Tops Jungle Resort, a high-end jungle getaway on a massive preserved area which features jungle tours on elephant back. This event is held on an airstrip outside of the jungle. I found out about it while trekking in the Himalayas and reading a very old Nepal travel magazine at a guest house. Quite a bit of research led me to realize that it was possible for me to attend. Here are a few highlight photos from the days events.
The end of fall 2012 brought with it the most spectacular sunsets I have ever seen consistently night after night. While the sun set behind the Rocky Mountains the geese settled in for the night.
Up above 14,000 Feet atop Mount Evans in Clear Creek County Colorado mingling with Big Horn Sheep and Mountain Goats.
While in Nepal during 2011 I wandered around in search of high and holy places. Here is a set of photos featuring holy places like Swayambunth (The Monkey Temple), the Great Stupa at Boudhanath, The Golden Temple in Patan and other stops along the way.