Photographing Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

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Photographing Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
Mar 30, 2013

So, this has been quite a productive year already. I have been busy photographing Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge which I can only describe as paradise for nature and wildlife photographers. Located in Denver, it is a location which many don't know about in spit of it being in a major metro area. The place is absolutely gigantic in size and has quite a storied history being an old weapons manufacturing site for the military and later a superfund site for the EPA. Since being cleaned up, it is beaming with life; Coyotes, Bison, Deer, Bald Eagles, on and on. It really is a very special place and it has absolutely been the focus of my photography the last few months. In a way it is nice as it is so very close and has allowed me to concentrate on wildlife. So, the next time anyone is in Denver I highly suggest getting here!

I thought that I would share some of my images I have taken over the last few months with you all. These were all photographed using my A550. Lens breakdown basically is Sigma 170-500mm, Minolta 18-70mm (yep, old kit lens, my copy is sharp!) Sigma 28-90 Macro, Minolta 35-70/f4, Beercan. Wildlife photos all taken using a Puffin Pad and generally landscapes were shot using Fotodiox filters (Grad ND, CPL) and tripod.

Away we go!

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A little "behind the lens action". First image taken with my Droid and the second is the image my camera was taking at the time.

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Perhaps one of the largest Mule deer bucks I have ever seen and the subtle light and fog made for great atmosphere

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Sunrise before entering the wetlands area. Fog is rare in Colorado & I am all about it as a photographer whenever I see it.

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A landscape study of the Arsenal

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An unbelievable backlit sunrise over the front range...there was a snowstorm in the mountains and the rising sun turned it pink. Love skies like this!

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Ferrugineous Hawk keeping a close eye on potential prey

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Another shot of the Ferrugineous Hawk

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Sunrise Over the old Willow trees

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You all should have seen me shouting at this scene. I was over the moon with the light.

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Now and then it just all comes together doesn't it?

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All about light and color.

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Another study of the sunrise over the old Willow trees

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Cottontail in fresh snow

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Mule deer ...she made for a great model for me

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Another photograph of the Cottontail

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Spring is in the air as the Mountain Bluebirds are starting to return

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Coyote on the prowl while hunting

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The wetlands come alive at sunrise

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Lake Ladora at sunrise

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Sunrise over the Rockies and Lake Mary

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A study of the light and how the color was creating layers along the boardwalk at Lake Mary

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Western Meadowlark belting out a tune

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A face only a mother could love

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Such awesome animals, always a joy to photograph the Bison

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