Category Archives: At Home

When not traveling in our coach we are at home in Loveland

~Today’s Feathered Friend-Peek-A-B00

Great Horned Owl

This beautiful Mom has four babies to feed. What a gorgeous sight, watching this Great Horned Owl with her young. Not the best quality photos, but they give you an idea of the size of the nest, the Mom and one of her babies. Two of the four babies are much larger. I was told that she is a good Mom and is feeding all four well.

A fun morning spent with a friend taking these photos in the beautiful Colorado Rockies!

Getting sleepy
Getting sleepy
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“Can you see how big I am?”

~I’am a Cancer Survivor

This morning we took Kloud to Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital for her fourth and final chemo treatment. We left her in good hands. The Veterinarian staff began her treatment with an ultra-sound, a chest x-ray and blood work.
We waited nervously and patiently for the phone call telling us what they discovered. The call came a couple of hours later. Cloud’s ultra-sound and chest x-ray were clear, good, fine…….
The blood work indicated a slightly low white blood cell count, but they decided to go ahead with the chemo treatment.
We picked her up a short time ago. Kloud pranced out of the Oncology Department wearing the CSU green “I’am a Cancer Survivor” bandana! It was a very happy moment.
Hugs all around! The Vet and Staff that were assigned to her, even had tears in their eyes.

Nothing but praise for the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital and all their passionate and dedicated staff!!

A little tired from her experience today. But, happy to be home enjoying the cool, fresh air from her favorite observation place. She sits on her deck looking out over Loveland.
Our beautiful, cancer free, eleven year old!

A little tired from her experience today, but happy to be home enjoying the cool, fresh air from her favorite  place.

She sits on her deck looking out over Loveland and we hope for many more years!

~Photo Essay-A Day in Rocky Mountain National Park

A Sunday spent in Rocky Mountain National Park

The Valley looks and feels peaceful.
The Valley looks and feels peaceful after a busy tourist season

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A late autumn scene
A late autumn scene
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A beautiful sight as you drive up toward Estes Park
The green grasses of summer have turned golden.
The green grasses of summer have turned golden
A Photographer trying to capture this serene scene.
A Photographer trying to capture this serene scene.

I have more photos to share with you tomorrow. Until then enjoy your day.

Trying to talk me into a morsel.
Trying to talk me into a morsel.
"No food, no more photos for you."
“No food, no more photos for you.”

~Ribbons cross the sky and a Night Sky Photography Class

I pulled into the parking lot and turned the engine off. I opened the car door and was focused on collecting what items I would need. As I sat there fumbling around, I began to notice strange sounds emanating somewhere near me.

“What a strange sound?” I wondered. Leaving my stuff in the car, I headed toward the location I though the sound was coming from. I stood and listened. I just knew birds were in the tall grasses located near the parking lot. “What are they?” I didn’t notice any movement in the  tall autumn grasses and I didn’t see any birds.

As I continued to stand there listening all of a sudden I knew; I smiled to myself and looked up toward the late, evening sky. It was a most awesome moment. High up in the sky, flying south were hundreds of Sandhill Cranes. No mistaking their “distinct chattering” as they elegantly graced the  sky.

Hundreds of them, flying in perfect “V” formation. I followed the long line of birds until my eyes landed on the leader. I looked at this bird, wondering just how long and far he or she had been the first to face the wind, leading the others to their new destination. Admiration was what I felt.

A long “V” formed on the outside of the flock, another “V” was formed inside the outside “V”. Small “ribbons” of straight lines formed behind these “V’s”.

The flock was huge! Their sound distinct. The sight was stunning!  It was simply beautiful. I am standing there watching as they pass overhead, admiring their strength and determination.

All of a sudden, I realize I am holding a camera in my hands, I also realize  I am too stunned, too in awe and too late to take a good photo. They were too high up and I didn’t have the correct lens on the camera. But, take a shot I did.

Sandhill Cranes
Sandhill Cranes

On this evening I saw a total of four waves of Sandhill Cranes flying high over the Rockies, heading where, I’am not sure. I am appreciative of the fact I got to see and hear them as they flew over.

After the last bird flew out of sight, with camera in hand, I head over to where a group has gathered. The reason I pulled into this parking lot was to participate in my first Night Sky Photography class. I am going to learn how to take photos of the night sky.

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It was a fun evening, truly an adventure as we walked the darkening paths, setup our cameras on tripods and began the task of capturing the night sky. The beaming comes from red flash lights were needed to see the settings of the camera and provided a spooky mood.

Red Flash Lights provided spooky moods.
Red Flash Lights provided spooky moods.

The evening glow of the late evening sky turned to dark, clear skies. The quarter moon rose and was shining brightly in the west. The Milky Way outlined its presence east to west, the stars were twinkling in the clear, cool night sky and the Devil’s Backbone provided the perfect setting .

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Quarter Moon
Quarter Moon

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Beauty filled the night.