Monday, July 3, 2017

Bald Eagles around Steamboat Springs, CO

We are lucky to live a place were you can see these eagles on a daily basis, flying over head, fishing out of the Yampa river or nearby ponds that have been stocked.

Bald Eagle,Steamboat Springs
Doing his morning fly by

Resting after fishing

Winter time
Bald eagle, Steamboat Springs, Colorado

One of the 2 local Bald eagle that are here all year round

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Chicago, Illinois

I had to spend the day in Chicago in March this year and was surprise how much I enjoyed walking around this big city, it was a windy and cold day, coffee shops were on me list of stops to warm up and watch people go about their business (people watching should be a sport) 

Downtown Chicago Illinois
Down town Chicago 
Hire bike stations seem to be everywhere 
face on the wall, Chicago
Face on Wall
Walkway under the road that ended up at the beach

Taco lined up in Downtown Chicago
Taco trucks, downtown Chicago

Something that I enjoy very much, Tacos, also check out the Tattoo show at the Field Museum  (must see) to the end of April 2017.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Night Skiing in Steamboat Springs - Colorado
Night Skiing in Steamboat Springs and Down Town - Colorado

Trout feeding on the Yampa river
Trout rising for an insect

Summer and Winter time in Steamboat Springs makes a great destination for the fly fisherman with the Yampa river running through town with easy access, or you can get one of the local guides to take you to some of the private sections of the river. Ice fishing can be done on Stage Coach Reservoir.  For the none fisher person lots of hikes close by.

Ballooning in Steamboat Springs
Early morning Balloon ride over Steamboat

fog coming in over Steamboat Springs
Early morning fog rolling over Steamboat Springs

In the winter season skiing and snow boarding are the main sports going on in town, with the ski field and lifts just a short ride up the road on local transport, or stay at one of the many condos that are on the hill. Great restaurants and Bars can also be found in town, sushi to pub food.   

snow shoes
Don't ski, go cross country snow shoeing 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Big horn sheep looking down
Big Horn Sheep
 This photo was taken from the road as the Big Horn Sheep look down on us from a rocky out crop
Big horn sheep on rocks
Big Horn sheep

Bull Bison at Bison Range
Bull Bison
If you find yourself in Montana and around the Flathead lake area, south of the lake you will find the National Bison Range, self drive, cost of $5. Best time to visit is first thing in the morning, less people on the road and the wildlife are more likely to be on the move, especially when the days are getting warmer. Take your time. Plus you will also get some great views of the area.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Winter Sunrise in steamboat Springs, Colorado USA

Friday, February 7, 2014

Galapagos Islands

Quito - Galapagos

After flying in from Peru and spending only 1 night in Quito, 1 or 2 full days would have been be nice, as it's (be warned) an hour drive into town to accommodation from the new airport in good traffic, (tip) Next time we would fly into Guayaquil as accommodations are a lot closer to the airport,unless you were going to spend more time in Quito.
Quito City at Sunset
Quito City at Sunset
Day 1
The Next day it was up early to catch the transport back to the airport, through quarantine with plenty of time to catch our flight over to the Galapagos with AeroGal (great airline) we won't talk about American Airlines and their service and flight (never again comes to mind)
Coming in to land we had a great view of some of the islands and the clear waters that surround them, with images of Great Tortoises in my mind, but alas I was to be disappointed on this day. Baltra Airport is very new and modern, a short time later we were through customs and waiting to board the bus for a 5 min ride down to the pier.
As we waiting for the zodiacs to take us and our bags over to the ship, sea lions showing off around the pier and my first Marine Iguana making his way across the road, filled in the time.
Once on board we were under way to Sullivan Bay on Santiago island for a afternoon walk on the lava field and our first Galapagos sunset.
close up of lava field Sullivan Bay
Lava Field
lava cactus
Lava Cactus

Sunset on Sullivan Bay Lava field
Sunset on Sullivan bay lava field

Gear For The Trip

Camera Gear that we took for the trip: Canon 7D sigma 50-500 (this lens is heavy)was my main lens that was on the camera most of the time(400mm would be just fine) for landscapes and some wildlife shots I use a Sigma 17-70 great lens,Tripod, Samsung NX300 with 200 zoom light and takes great photos also a GoPro hero3 for underwater video and stills. One thing to remember is the Wildlife is not that afraid, making it easy to get close to them.

Marine Iguana taking in the sun
Marine Iguana taking in the sun (Samsung NX300)

Check out more Galapagos photos at Inxs Photography - The Wildlife Around Us

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Redwood National Park - California

After a long 12 hour drive up from Southern California I got into Crescent City to meet up with a friend that had driven south from Idaho and we were both glad to be out of our cars.
The next morning it was into Starbucks for the morning heart starter and a look around the town, first stop was Battery Point Lighthouse, sitting on a small island just of shore, the tide was in so the only way over would of been to swim, "note to self check tide table next time," would of been nice to get across, also check out the group of seals living in the harbor enjoying leftovers from the fishermen.
Battery point lighthouse in Crescent City - Northern California
Battery Point Lighthouse - taken from the breakwater across from the island

Redwood National Park - Northern California

Making our way down the coast on a very misty morning, stopping at False Klamath Cove for a walk out to the point and a look around Lagoon Creek.
false Klamath Cove next to the 101 Hwy
Looking down onto False Klamath Cove from the 101
Trees of Mystery is a self guided walk through the Redwood ($15pp) and a ride to the top of the hill on the Skytrail gondola very enjoyable (check out Paul Bunyan and Babe)

After the tress of mystery, Klamath was the next stop for fuel etc, just over the bridge (going south) turn right and take the Coastal Drive road that follows the coast for a few miles some great vistas of the coast and also a great spot to watch the salmon fisherman and seals competing for a feed (when in season) and the old WW2 radar station.
Northern California coast line look north from the Coastal Drive Rd
View from the Coastal Drive Rd - looking north
Elk Prairie was our camping spot for the next 2 nights, all I can say about it - it's great camping under these giant trees another spot is Mill Creek, these two are a must stay. From Elk Prairie you can do the Cal-Barrel road, drive over to Gold Bluffs Beach (the road is dirt) and do the short hike to Fern Canyon and check out the Beach, there is also camping there.
Gold Bluffs Beach, Redwood National Park
Gold Bluffs Beach - Redwood National Park
 Also close by is Lady Bird Johnson Grove on Bald Hills Rd (great view at the top of Bald Hills Rd) Elk Meadows, watch the Elk feed in the afternoon/evenings.
Two of the Hikes I enjoyed the most were Damnation creek trail and Boy Scout trail both about 3 miles each way, there are also loads of smaller walks around if you just want to take is easy. Remember to put your arms around a tree and give it a hug (probably have to be a group hug unless you find a small tree)  enjoy. Now for that long drive back to work.

Misty morning hike on the Damnation Creek Trail
Misty Morning hike on the Damnation Creek Trail
Damnation Creek Trail meets the Ocean  - Redwood National Park
A misty morning at the end of Damnation Creek Trail

Redwood Sorrel at the base of a Redwood tree - Redwood National Park
Redwood Sorrel(Oxalis oregana) at the base of a Redwood tree

Redwood National Park - Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park - Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park