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October 17, 2019
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Photo – Grand Canyon North Rim Fog 1

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We went to have breakfast one day at the Grand Canyon Lodge at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona. Much to our surprise, there was fog. It was moving around in clumps of what looked like clouds. A server said she had worked there for four months and had never seen fog. Of course, that was the one morning I didn’t bring my tripod, but I took a lot of hand-held photos. About two hours later the fog “clouds” dissolved, and a fog haze filled the canyon.

This is image # GCNorthRim-0502

If you would like this print hanging in your home or office, or want to use it as a stock image for your business, go to www.jeffcolburn.com/faq/ordering-images and it can be yours.

Have Fun,
Jeff

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October 16, 2019
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Photo – Grand Canyon North Rim Sunset 1

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The sun had dropped behind the edge of the canyon just 1-2 seconds before I took this photo at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona. There were some amazing sunsets while we were there. This shot was taken from a trail next to the Grand Canyon Lodge. I would take a few shots, grab my gear and run a little further down the trail, take a few shots, rinse and repeat.

If you keep shooting after the sun goes down, the colors are amazing. Just go for longer and longer exposures. You’ll see one of these long exposure sunset shots in a future post.

This is image # GCNorthRim-0259

If you would like this print hanging in your home or office, or want to use it as a stock image for your business, go to www.jeffcolburn.com/faq/ordering-images and it can be yours.

Have Fun,
Jeff

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October 10, 2019
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Photo – Grand Canyon North Rim 1

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Wow, look at those layers on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona. This shot was taken close to the lodge. It was overcast, cold, windy and a rain storm was heading toward us, and I loved every second that we spent there.

This is image # GCNorthRim-0062

If you would like this print hanging in your home or office, or want to use it as a stock image for your business, go to www.jeffcolburn.com/faq/ordering-images and it can be yours.

Have Fun,
Jeff

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October 9, 2019
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Photo – Grand Canyon Views

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We just spent a week at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. What a beautiful place. During our stay we hiked over 20 miles and saw some amazing scenery. This was my first time at the North Rim, and Linda-Ann’s second time. One advantage of being about 1,000 feet (305 meters) higher than the South Rim is that you can see further, which leads to expansive views.

These images show some of the views we had when eating. Every day for breakfast we had this view through the window at the Grand Canyon Lodge dining room. The picnic table is at Point Royal. Do you see the raven a little to the right of center? He hung around the whole time we were there. It was amazing watching him land in the high wind. Just before he landed he spun around 180 degrees so he was facing into the wind, and landed backwards on the edge of the cliff. The photo that includes my lunch container is at Cape Final.

Have Fun,
Jeff

View from Grand Canyon Lodge dining room.
Point Royal with Raven
Cape Final

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October 3, 2019
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Photo – Dragonfly 2

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This dragonfly was in Flagstaff, Arizona near a sewage treatment plant. There’s lots of water due to the outflow from the plant, and lot of critters are there.

This is a different one than in yesterday’s photo. I also noticed something interesting. When a dragonfly would fly away, they would often return to the exact same place, with the same orientation, within a few second. This guy landed on that branch three times before I was able to get this photo.

This is image # IMG_6999

If you would like this print hanging in your home or office, or want to use it as a stock image for your business, go to www.jeffcolburn.com/faq/ordering-images and it can be yours.

Have Fun,
Jeff

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October 2, 2019
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Photo – Dragonfly 1

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This dragonfly was in Flagstaff, Arizona near a sewage treatment plant. There’s lots of water due to the outflow from the plant, and lot of critters are there.

I tried to get some shots of dragonflies, with no luck, so I moved and photographed a rock covered with petroglyphs. As I was walking away from the rock, my wife called out and pointed to the dragonfly. I still had the camera on a tripod, but the path was too narrow to set it up. So, I held the camera in one hand, and angled the tripod in the other. Then I tilted the tripod’s head to get the camera level. I’m sure it was quite comical to watch. But I got the photo, and that’s what counts.

This is image # IMG_6991

If you would like this print hanging in your home or office, or want to use it as a stock image for your business, go to www.jeffcolburn.com/faq/ordering-images and it can be yours.

Have Fun,
Jeff

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September 19, 2019
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Photo – Little Painted Desert 2

Hi,

Here’s another shot of the Little Painted Desert in Arizona near Winslow. The overcast sky set an interesting mood for the photograph.

This is image # Winslow0143

If you would like this print hanging in your home or office, or want to use it as a stock image for your business, go to www.jeffcolburn.com/faq/ordering-images and it can be yours.

Have Fun,
Jeff

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September 18, 2019
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Tracking Fall Colors 2019

I can’t believe that Fall is almost here. I was in Flagstaff, Arizona last week and one species of tree is already starting to change color.

Soon, the reds, yellows, oranges and other colors will be popping up everywhere, so grab your camera and take some great photographs of Mother Nature’s big show.

To help you get the most out of your shooting, I’ve updated my annual list of links about Fall colors and where to find them. Since I live in Arizona, I’ve put together a special section for my state.

As you go to these sites, you will often find many links to other sites. You could easily spend an entire day following link after link, or just go to the main pages I have listed here.

I hope you get some fantastic photographs this year. Feel free to leave a comment with a link to your images of changing colors. I’m sure everyone would love to see them.

Have Fun,
Jeff

Aspens on the Kachina Trail kachinatrail-0098

Arizona

Fall Colors on the Coconino – This Coconino National Forest site explains why leaves change colors, what trees produce what colors, and hikes to see this wonder of nature.

Fall Colors – Current Forest Information – You can find up-to-date changing color information here.

Leaf-Ometer – It tells how the leaves are changing around Flagstaff.

The Rest Of The Country

15 Epic Fall Foliage Drives with Kids – The title says it all.

Fall Foliage Prediction Map – Use the slider to see when colors may change, and by how much, everywhere in the country

Natural History Coverage – California – Lots of links for California’s changing colors.

Natural History Wanderings – Colorado – Plenty of links for Colorado.

Fall Colors – The Great Smokey Mountains – A National Park Service site with detailed information about leaves changing color in the Great Smokey Mountains, as well as hikes and drives to take.

Fall Color Report – Minnesota – Detailed information on where the leaves are changing color in Minnesota.

Fall Color Report – Wisconsin – Detailed information on color changes, and when the colors will peak.

The Foliage Network – This is a list of scenic drives all over the country.

Current Fall Foliage – The Weather Channel has a map of the U.S. showing where the leaves are changing colors by region.

Natural History Wandering – National – A list of links to National, State and Regional tracking sites.

Leef Peepers – Links and phone numbers for fall foliage information for New England, Midwest, Rockies, West and South.

National Fall Color Website – See a national map showing color changes and select a state or forest to see events in the area.

The Foliage Network – Lots of information and videos on Fall Foliage for the Midwest and East.

State by State Guide to Fall Foliage – An About.com site with information on changing colors in many states.

Travel Notes – A list of links from various states.

Natural History Wanderings – Webcams and Articles – Webcams, so you can see what’s really happening out there.

Fall Color Webcams – Webcams across the country.

There’s a National Fall Color Hotline too, 1-800-354-4595. Call this number and choose the area of the country you’re interested in and get information on leaf color, scenic drives, peak times for the colors and other fall activities.

Canada

Natural History Wanderings – A list of several sites that track changing colors in Canada.

Articles

How To Take Photographs On A Windy Day – This is one of my articles, and it will help you get great photos of Fall colors even if there’s a little breeze, or howling wind, when you arrive at your shooting destination.

Natural History Wanderings – Articles – This page has links to articles that will help you take great photos of the Fall colors.

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September 12, 2019
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Photo – Little Painted Desert 1

Hi,

You’ve probably heard of the Painted Desert in Arizona. But have you heard of the Little Painted Desert in Arizona near Winslow? It’s just like the big one, but yes, little. It’s beautiful, with a post-apocalyptic picnic area and it can get very windy if a storm is coming in. When I was taking this photo I kept getting sand-blasted. But it was well worth it.

This is image # Winslow0136

If you would like this print hanging in your home or office, or want to use it as a stock image for your business, go to www.jeffcolburn.com/faq/ordering-images and it can be yours.

Have Fun,
Jeff

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September 11, 2019
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Photo – Hieroglyphic Trail 3

Hi,

Here’s another petroglyph from the Hieroglyphic Trail in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona. Notice all the images of mountain goats?

This is image # SuperstitionsHieroglyphic-0090

If you would like this print hanging in your home or office, or want to use it as a stock image for your business, go to www.jeffcolburn.com/faq/ordering-images and it can be yours.

Have Fun,
Jeff

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