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Hawk Medicine Telephoto

red-tailed hawk over snowy hills

It’s not spring yet

There it is, a red-tailed hawk. I didn’t see it when I took the telephoto shot, which makes this even better. For those who may not know, sightings of particular animals (and the nature of these encounters) often have great significance in Native American and other aboriginal cultures. (Google away, there are many books and [...]

The First of Many

black-chinned hummingbird

A black-chinned hummingbird, I believe »Buy This Photo!«

I hope people like hummingbird photos. Like I said, a) feeders hanging just outside the windows, b) Pentax K-x at the ready, and c) use that telephoto lens! There will be a ton of these before long. Also, believe it or not, I only just started shooting in RAW mode. For years I’ve never bothered. [...]

Taos Mountain Tweaks

Taos Mountain in the clouds

Around here, winter starts up high, then works its way down

I took this telephoto shot of Taos Mountain at around 3:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon using my Pentax K-x with 55-300mm lens on the automatic setting. As I am a lazy ignoramus on the subject, it’s never occurred to me to use a filter, which may be one reason the long shots tend to end up [...]

It’s Different Here

big ole mountains near Taos

Notable for what one doesn’t see

Sure, but then you knew that. This is a telephoto view looking west toward the Sangre de Cristos from Taos Valley Overlook about six miles south of Taos. The town itself lies beyond and below the sagebrush mesas in the foreground. That huge hulking thing is mostly Taos Mountain and belongs to Taos Pueblo. The [...]

Perfect Dove

Eurasian collared dove

Once saw one swallow 133 sunflower seeds in a row before flying away

This is a Eurasion collared dove resting in late afternoon sunlight. You can read about them here. I like having doves around. By the way, it snowed today, between two and three inches worth. That’s why the out-of-focus background is so light in color. It’s going down to 18 °F tonight. Springtime in the mountains, [...]

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