Portland

Jul 31, 2010 by Janine |
Maine is one of my favorite places. Luckily I have never had to visit in the winter, but in the summer it is glorious.

The Portland Head Light











In other news, I have had to disable comments on the blog for the time being. The spammers are relentless and I need to figure out a better way to "police" the comments. So, if you want to contact me, please email me for now. I have added my email address to the right sidebar.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Jul 14, 2010 by Janine |
My first visit to the "wild west" was a whirlwind tour of the park.

Most of these shots were out the car window as we drove. I am getting quite adept at these types of shots. Not my preferred method of sightseeing but its what I could get!













As we drove through the mountains we came upon a traffic jam. This was the culprit:



A crowd of onlookers gathered to take pictures, and instead of moving on, he decided to get comfortable:



Eventually he ambled along and we continued on.

I was rather pleased with this out the window shot. My first elk.



Steller's Jay. I had heard these at Muir Woods but never seen one before.


Alpine trail, elevation 12,000 ft






The return journey from Denver was not a lot of fun. I love travel, but I hate to travel, especially by plane. Especially US domestic. Having a flight delayed over 8 hours is a bummer, especially when it causes you to miss your connecting flight, which was the last one of the day. I won't go into the grisly details, but I will say that Delta surprised me with how professionally the situation was handled. It could have been much worse. And, I fly again in a couple of weeks!

Swamp Shots

Jul 10, 2010 by Janine |
Some more shots from the field last week. My friend the Barred Owl was very cooperative, as usual.



I am a big fan of the desaturated look but couldn't decide which version of this shot I like better:





Happily, green anoles seem to be thriving in the area where I have been working. I see at least one every day. In most places they are outcompeted by the invasive brown anoles but they appear to be doing very well.

Spot the anole



A close up



I just got back from a business trip to Denver. Luckily we had a few hours to ourselves and paid a quick visit to Rocky Mountain National Park! It was wonderful except that I was suffering from some kind of stomach issue for most of the afternoon. Pics to follow shortly. I am traveling again in the next few days as well so stay tuned...