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Climbing a Mountain - Guanella Pass
Getting high in Colorado! Off-roading on Argentine Pass, just out side of Georgetown on Guanella Pass road. It is a little rocky to start and then smoothed out, well as smooth as an off road trail can be. Some of the trails were impassable due to snow but that didn't stop us from going as far as we could. There was quite a few people on the trail, in which most of it was one way. We had to back up a few times to let others pass. We spent around five hours out there exploring the offshoot trails and ended up climbing 11,500 feet of the best view EVER!!
We have passed by this abandoned lounge in I-76 in Henderson so many times. Today was the day to make a special trip down the Frontage Road to shoot it. Clouds from the recent spring storms really made for some dramatic images. I just love urban decay!!
At the Charles Darwin Research Station, you see the Giant Turtles and the Galapagos land Iguana. Introduced aminamls to many of the islands threaten the existence of the indigenous species. Wild dogs that were brought to the island almost killed a colony of over 500 land iguanas in 1970’s. Cats, mice and goats were induced as well, the goats and dogs have been irraticated but getting all the mice and cats poses real challenges. The Research Station was able to rescue 60 iguanas and in an effort to re-build their population, they began a breeding program for iguanas in Santa Cruz. This breeding program is still active today.
We saw the Common Cactus, Small Ground, Green Warbler, Wood Pecker, and the Gray Warbler.
Darwin identified 13 species of Finches among the Galápagos Islands that were primarily differentiated by beak size. In contrast, only one species of this bird existed on the mainland South America to the east. Darwin correctly concluded that the different bea…
Well, I bought yet another camera. The FujiFilm XT3. Nice camera, it is a an upgrade for me from the XT20, a bit larger and a little heavier and a lot faster. I shot the Denver Aquarium last weekend with the XT20 and I noticed it was pretty slow writing files and super low light yielded expected amount of grain. I love the Fuji systems!! The focus on XT3 is spot on and it did really well in low light. I am keeping the XT20 for hikes but, selling my Nikon gear. Ditching the DSLR, so sad, but it makes sense. The technology in the mirrorless systems has really improved and after shooting with the XT20 for over a year now I am convinced that mirrorless is the way to go, especially for travel - that's what I do. I took the XT20 to Greece and believe me not lugging around that gigantic Nikon around really saved my neck and back. The raw files on the XT3 are super fat, like 35MB - I still have 3TB on my Raid, so far so good.
The weather has been, well, blah in Colorado. Two wee…