This week’s E-Staycation will take you to the Mesa Verde National Park.
There are some amazing ruins here. You can take both walking and driving tours, and there is so much to see. You want to check when these ruins will close for the season. Two ruins closed three days before we left on our trip at the end of September, and the other ruin closes from about mid-October through mid-April, due to snow.
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
September 7, 2020
by admin Comments Off on 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.
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
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.
The Pinal Mountainsnear 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.
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.
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.
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
July 8, 2020
by admin Comments Off on E-Staycation – Arizona Renaissance Faire and Boyce Thompson Arboretum
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.
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.
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.
Have Fun, Jeff
June 16, 2020
by admin Comments Off on This week’s E-Staycation will take you to the South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon
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.