Costa Rica, Southwest Parks, Florida

May 18, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

In February I spent about 3 weeks in Costa Rica photographing birds. The results are now available in a new gallery: http://www.zenfolio.com/beenthereshotthat/e/p849651629. I encountered lots of very colorful birds, over 300 species during this trip, although I did not manage to photograph all of them. Here are a few examples:

 

Golden-hooded Tanager (m) 6662Golden-hooded Tanager (m) 6662Golden-hooded Tanager (m)

 

Blue-crowned Motmot (m) 9944Turquoise-browed Motmot (m) 9944Turquoise-browed Motmot (m)

Quetzal (m, j) 8312Quetzal (m, j) 8312Quetzal (juvenile male)

In March/April I spent about 3 weeks shooting landscapes in national parks (Death Valley, Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, and Arches) plus Monument Vally (a Navajo tribal park), and in Arizona slot canyons. This trip provided an opportunity to make good use of my new Canon 16-35mm f4 L IS lens. The most recent photos appear as later entries in each of these galleries in the U.S. Parks group: http://www.zenfolio.com/beenthereshotthat/e/f1042488024.  

We spent more time in Capitol Reef than previously, and enjoyed generally good weather. A hike to the top of the Chimney Rock area provided a lot of exercise, and number of nice images, like the one below.

Capitol Reef- Chimney Rock 7107Capitol Reef- Chimney Rock 7107Capitol Reef- Chimney Rock

We also spent more time in Death Valley than previously, and had better weather, although the wind was an issue some days. The shot below is at one of the most famous sites there, Zabriskie Point, at dawn, on one of those windy days.

Zabriskie Point 5889Zabriskie Point 5889Zabriskie Point @ Sunrise

 

Although many photo guides suggest shooting Mesa Arch at sunrise, I prefer an afternoon view, as below

. Canyonlands- Mesa Arch (7512-17)-2Canyonlands- Mesa Arch (7512-17)Canyonlands- Mesa Arch pano

 

Finally, I had a great 2.5 week trip to Florida in April/May, which has resulted in a new gallery in the Birds/Florida group: http://www.zenfolio.com/beenthereshotthat/e/p267656134. This year yielded a nice set of images of a White Morph Reddish Egret at Fort DeSoto park, as well as a lot of flight shots.

White Morph Reddish Egret 1572White Morph Reddish Egret 1572White Morph Reddish Egret

 

Tricolor Heron 5436Tricolor Heron 5436Tricolor Heron in flight

Roseate Spoonbill 4000Roseate Spoonbill 4000Roseate Spoonbill about to land Purple Gallinule 4898Purple Gallinule 4898Purple Gallinule

 

I hope you enjoy these new additions to the site.

Steve

 


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