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September 17, 2020
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The Writer’s Resource Book Of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror And Mythology

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September 15, 2020
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Hi Everyone,

A photographer that I follow, Gregory Basco of Deep Green Photography, has just come out with a new ebook. This ebook is called Flash For Nature Photography, and it looks amazing. I haven’t seen the book, but from the pages he shows here https://www.deepgreenphotography.com/flash-for-the-nature-photographer it looks like a master class in flash photography.

If you haven’t seen his photographs from the jungles of Cost Rica, you need to visit his site. You won’t be disappointed, and you will see the fantastic images he creates with flash.

Head on over and check it out.

Have Fun,
Jeff

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September 7, 2020
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Tracking Fall Colors 2020

Soon, fall colors will be here. 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. But I also have an extensive listing for the rest of the country and a listing for Canada. There are also links to articles to help you take great photographs of Nature’s display of color.

fall colors at Sunset Crater

As you go to these websites, 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. And if you have a favorite place to shoot, let me know.

Have Fun,
Jeff

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 in Arizona – Links to sites for fall colors, broken down by the month they change color.

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

When and Where to find fall colors in Arizona – Where to shoot in Arizona in different months.

The Pinal Mountains near Globe offer several trails with maples, sumacs and sycamores that change color. Colors usually peak in late October. Check out the Ice House Canyon trial, Six-Shooter Canyon trail and the Pinal Mountain Range. Ice House can be hard to find, so get directions from the Ranger office in Globe.

Fall colors at La Pasada, Winslow

The Rest Of The Country

California Fall Foliage – Links to changing colors across California.

Colorado Fall Foliage– Links to changing colors across Colorado.

Fall Foliage Articles – Links to changing colors and webcams across the United States.

Nationwide Fall Foliage – Links to changing colors all across the United States.

15 Epic Fall Foliage Drives with Kids – The title says it all. And these drives are all over the country.

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.

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

Changing colors
Aspen leaves on fallen log at Snowbowl, Arizona

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.

Photo Tips for Fall Foliage – Articles on photographing fall foliage.

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September 2, 2020
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Resource Book For Genre Writers.

Hi Everyone,

If you’re a genre writer, you’ll want The Writer’s Resource Book Of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Mythology at CreativeCauldron.com/writers-resource-book

Have Fun,
Jeff

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August 24, 2020
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Are You Making Time For Photography?

Here’s a great video by Adrian Vila titled “Are You Making Time for Photography?” https://fstoppers.com/education/are-you-making-time-photography-506987

For more tips on making more time in your day, check out my article “Creating More Time In Your Day,” at http://www.jeffcolburn.com/articles/creating-more-time-in-your-day/

Have Fun,
Jeff

Butterfly - The Arboretum at Flagstaff - FlagArboretum0110
Butterfly – The Arboretum at Flagstaff – FlagArboretum0110

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August 1, 2020
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UFO or Weather Balloon?

My friend Rob knocked on our door the other day to tell us there was a weather balloon overhead. I hadn’t seen one of them in decades. But there it was, a perfect sphere floating up there. It slowly drifted higher and moved to the west.

I enlarged one of the photos I took, and my questions are, where is the payload module and parachute? Is this a weather balloon? What do you think it is?

Have Fun,
Jeff

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July 8, 2020
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E-Staycation – Arizona Renaissance Faire and Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Hi Everyone,

This week’s E-Staycation will take you to the Arizona Renaissance Festival and the Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

Huzzah, every year we spend a weekend at the Arizona Renaissance Festival. It’s nice to catch up with friends who work at the Festival and to see our favorite performers. We go in costume, which adds another layer of enjoyment, especially when you do a little role playing.

Aloe aculeata from South Africa, from the Grass Tree Family
Aloe aculeata from South Africa, from the Grass Tree Family

After the Faire we always visit some interesting place in the area. This time we went to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, which is just about 20 minutes from the Festival. It has great gardens and hiking trails and a nice little gift shop.

Sit back and enjoy this etrip http://www.jeffcolburn.com/articles/arizona-renaissance-festival-and-the-boyce-thompson-arboretum/  

Have Fun,
Jeff

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June 25, 2020
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Inspiration

Hi Everyone,

In these difficult times are you looking for a way to be inspired, uplifted and motivated? Then check out my new Inspirational photographs with words at http://www.jeffcolburn.com/photographs/. Just scroll down to the middle of the page, and enjoy.

These 12 x 12 inch (30.5 x 30.5 cm) laminated photographs make a great gift for yourself or a friend.

Inspiration, Nature

Have Fun,
Jeff

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June 16, 2020
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This week’s E-Staycation will take you to the South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon

Hi Everyone,

This week’s E-Staycation will take you to the South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon.

 

A while back, my wife, Linda-Ann and I took a hike into the Grand Canyon. It was my first time, and my wife’s second time, going below the rim. Linda-Ann hiked 6 miles (9.7 km) down the Bright Angel Trail 30 years ago. Over the years, we have walked the entire thirteen miles (21 km) of the Rim Trail, and some sections we have covered several times. But going down into the Canyon is an entirely different experience.

This was a great hike that I recommend to anyone who enjoys hiking and grand vistas.

Sit back and enjoy this etrip http://www.jeffcolburn.com/articles/jeffs-arizona-adventures-south-kaibab-trail-grand-canyon/

One of the great views at Cedar Ridge.
One of the great views at Cedar Ridge.

Have Fun,
Jeff

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May 28, 2020
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E-Staycation – Kachina Trail

Hi Everyone,

This week’s E-Staycation will take you to the Kachina Trail, Arizona.

If you’re looking for a great hike, you need to try the Kachina Trail near Snowbowl in Flagstaff. It winds along the base of the peaks, takes you through thick forests and to open meadows. And if you go in the Fall, the Aspens are amazing.

Kachina Trail

Sit back and enjoy this etrip http://www.jeffcolburn.com/articles/jeffs-arizona-adventures-kachina-trail/

Have Fun,
Jeff

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