Moose in Colorado

Morning surprise. Moose feeding on the edge of the lake. On a short trip to Buena Vista in Colorado. We drove up to Cottonwood Lake, west of the town on 306. Turn right on W Main Street, at lights. If coming from the North. Follow the road up until you come across the sign to the lake on the left. Then it’s a gravel road up to the lake.

Female Moose
Moose feeding. Cottonwood Lake Colorado

Young Female Moose feeding

Moose feeding on edge of lake in Colorado
Moose feeding on edge of Cottonwood Lake CO
Cottonwood Lake Moose
Moose. Cottonwood Lake
Moose feeding cottonwood lake Colorado USA
Moose – cottonwood Lake Colorado

Deer can also be found feeding along the edge of Cottonwood Lake.

Mule Deer
Mule Deer making its way through the water

If no wildlife can be found. Cottonwood Lake is a great place to go fishing. Hike around the lake edge. Take in the great vistas from the lake, of the mountains. Get your coffee from Brown Dog coffee and go check it out.

Glacier National Park

Midget Creek near Lake McDonald Lodge

Glacier National Park in winter time is still a great time to visit. access to trails is limited as is road access. When I visited this time in April 2021 the road was open to Lake McDonald lodge. A few people walking on the closed road. Keen hikers heading up Sperry Chatets trail for some high country skiing. Walking around the McDonald Lodge and making our way down to the lake edge. With no one around it was nice, compairded to the summer madness.

Lake McDonald
View of Mountain from Lake McDonald Lodge

Walking along the lake edge. You can take in the great views of the Mountains at the head of Lake McDonald.

Looking back to Apgar

Looking back to Apgar Village from McDonald Lodge. West Glacier

No one here. Apgar Village

Apgar Village West Glacier no one around

If you are heading to Glacier National Park this year there is a new Ticketed Entry that you have to use to book online before you go.

New Zealand Landscapes

Landscape prints form the south Island of New Zealand. Wharariki Beach and the Archway Islands. Nelson. Queen Charlotte Drive. West coast of New Zealand. including Arthur’s Pass.

The Farrier

The Farrier is a very important part the the equine industry. With some veterinarian skills he or she can look after your horses hooves. From timing hooves to making shoes for problem feet. Protecting hooves for trail and working horses. Stopping wear on performance horses. These men and woman have a very important part to play in keeping your horses hooves in the best condition possible.

The Farrier above is sizing the shoe. After heating the shoe up he will press the hot shoe onto the hoof to see where the hoof needs to be trimmed. Then using his blacksmithing skills to altered the shoe to match the hoof. This does not hurt the horse.

Heating up the shoe
Heating up the Shoe

Heating up the shoe before using his blacksmithing skills on the anvil. To resize and alter the shoe to fit the hoof.

working on the Anvil
Working the shoe on the Anvil
Filing Horse hoof
Using a Rasp the file the Hoof

Using a rasp. The farrier will now fine turn the hoof before the metal shoe is fitted. The final stage is nailing the shoe onto the hoof. This does not hurt the horse. The nail goes through the side wall of the hoof and the end is then broken off. Depending on how fast the hoof grows this can be done again in around 6 to 12 weeks. Performance horses can be shod more often.

Nailing on shoe
Nailing the show to the Hoof

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Driving from Alamosa Colorado its around 32 miles (35min) to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. taking the 160 and the 150. If you are going to camp at the park make a reservation first HERE it can and does get very busy. Or you can camp at the San Luis Lakes Wildlife Area on County lane 6 north. Just outside the park for free, as we did. With a great view back across to the sand dunes and the Rocky mountains.A great place to get sunrise photos.

Great sand dunes national park
Looking back at the Sand dunes from San Luis Lakes Wildlife Area Camping area
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Colorado

From the car park you walk out across a flat area first before you get the the dunes. We make up our minds to go left away from the crowds and sand boarders. Most people seem to go straight out form the car park and to the right and sand board. The one thing I like about getting away from the crowds. You can see all the foot prints of the animals that live in and around the dunes that come out at night to feed. Taking photos as the sun moves across the sky can also give you different and interesting affects of the dunes. The photo below was taken using a 15mm. down very low looking back up the sand ridge.

Sand Dunes Colorado
Light and Dark Sand Dune ridge under the sun, Colorado

Walking around the dunes I like to wear shoes as there are stoney areas and the sand does get hot at times. Water is a must have item for your backpack.

Milky Way Colorado
Milky Way over campers, San Luis Lakes wildlife area

Black Bears of Montana

Black bears can be found throughout Montana. From small towns to the mountains. Around the edge of Flathead Lake you have large areas of Cherry and Apple orchards. This brings them down to feed close to peoples homes.Making sightings of them around Flathead lake area very common

Black Bear Montana
Young Cinnamon colored Black Bear near the House

The above bear is cinnamon in color, and his friend below is more black in color. Black bear are not always Black

Black Bear
Black bear at tree line
Black bear eating apples
Bear bending over apple tree
Black Bear Flathead Lake Montana
Black Bear, Montana

Iguazu Water Falls -Argentina

Iguazu Falls are on the Iguazu river that runs along the Argentine-Brazilian border and is the world’s largest waterfall system. And a is must visit the next time you are in Argentina. With one Hotel that gives you a great view of the Iguazu Falls. With early access to some of the Jungle walking trails that are close by.

Sunrise
Sunrise form the Hotel

Watching the sunrise from the infinity pool at the Gran Melia Iguaza Hotel that looks straight across to the Iguazu falls. Morning coffee at hand.

Iguazu Falls
Looking up river to the Iguazu falls

Looking up to the Iguazu falls. Argentina on the right. Brazil on the left. From one of the many walking tracks that can be found on the Argentina side. Devils Throat falls are on the right under the Argentina flag. Iguazu National Park

Devil's Throat falls,Garganta do Diabo
Devil’s Throat water fall

Devil’s Throat (Garganta do Diabo)water fall is the most popular water fall in the park. It gets very crowded and very wet on the viewing platform. Being on the first train that leaves in the morning helps. Also having a local guide is even better. With their knowledge of the area on both sides of the river. Pointing out and finding the wildlife that live in the area. They can organize transport and take you over to the Brazilian side. Guiding you through passport control a little faster. As it gets very busy.

Iguazu falls from Brazilian side
Iguazu Falls from the Brazilian side

Looking up river to the Devil’s Throat falls from the Brazilian side lookout. A good viewing point to see the size of the water falls and Iguazu river.

American Alligator

American Alligator floating on surface Bluffton South Carolina near Hilton Head Island.
American Alligator (Alligatoridae)

On our last trip to South Carolina. To the town of Bluffton. I spend some time in the evenings and mornings photographing some of the local alligators that live around the town.Finding them is not hard as they can be found sun baking on banks around the waterways.They are more active in the mornings and evenings before it gets to hot.Making for more interesting photos at those times.Watching them moving around their environment looking for food.

American Alligator taking in the Sun
Sun baking on the dock in the late afternoon.Bluffton SC

Both the photos here. where taken with a Canon 70-300 lens.Not getting to close and having a second person to watch your back is also a good idea. Unfortunately some people are feeding them. This makes them less unafraid of humans in some areas that I have photographed them. Making them more dangerous if you don’t keep you eyes open. They can move fast if they want to.

American Alligator laying in swamp near Hilton head Island,South Carolina.
American Alligator Bluffton South Carolina
American Alligator
American Alligator Floating on the Surface,South Carolina.

American Alligator floating on the surface. In the waterways near Palmetto Bluff. South Carolina.

Back of Alligator

Looking down on the back of this Alligator. You can see the small fins or spikes. Their proper name are Scutes.

Wildlife of Antarctica

When in Antarctica you see a lot of penguins and seals. Crabeater and leopard seals sleeping and resting on Icebergs. In the Zodiac you can get very close to these seals. Walking through a Gentoo or Adelie penguin rookery on one of the outer Islands or Antarctica Peninsula mainland. Making friends as you go.

Minke Whale
Minke Whale breaching the surface
Minke whale going under the Zodiac

Mammals like the Minke whale can be seen through out the day from the ship. Also coming close to the Zodiac without fear. The Humpback whale is also around in large numbers. getting very close at times.

Interaction
Humpback whale checking out the Zodiac

Close encounters with a humpback whale. checking out the people in the Zodiac.

Humpback Whale
Breaching Humpback whale. Antarctica

Humpback whale breaching as the ship makes its way around some Icebergs.