Saturday, June 23, 2012

2012 Summer Wildlife

I have been photographing wildlife near my parents house most of the summer when I have had downtime from chasing and moving.  Enjoy some images below of critters in their natural habitat.

Turtle Trio!  But...can you find five painted turtles?
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Big turtle, little turtle
Baby Painted Turtle
Bald Eagle
Great Blue Heron in flight
Purple Martin Silhouette
Soaring Turkey Vulture
Adult Great Blue Heron

6/8 - 6/12 2012 Check Yo' Mileage

Mid June provided a lot of driving with few opportunities for classic supercells.  Alas, Walker and I trekked to the northern and central High Plains for storm photography chances, as chasing opportunities were dwindling for both of us (I have one more trip coming up in mid-July).  It is nice to take personal chasing trips, as logistics of tour-guided chases be stressful (e.g., lodging for 18 folks, forecasting pressure, bathroom stops, food).  Personal trips often provide unique opportunities to become close with Ma' Nature, especially when your daily average mileage for the trip nears 800 mi.!   Along the way, we were able to take in some beautiful landscapes including:  Teddy Roosevelt National Park, Pikes Peak, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Collegiate Peaks, and Capulin Volcano National Monument (second trip there for me in less than a month!). 

I love guiding people into the Plains, but it sure is nice to have a personal trip once in awhile...
Sunset at Teddy Roosevelt National Park
Panny view at summit of Pikes Peak
New Mexico Severe Convection

88-D BREF  of our "cute" little cell
Pretty NM convection
Beautiful Mountain Sunset
Great Sand Dunes National Park
High Park, CO Wildfire (Northern CO) made many scenes on our trip hazy