R is for Red, or is R for Rocks

Your Choice

Red or Rocks, or could it even be Red Rocks

I’ll let you decide. I was in Denver, Colorado for GeoWoodstock, a Geocaching event and the day after the main event a group went to Red Rocks Amphitheatre at 05:00 to see the sunrise.

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Before sunrise the rocks are illuminated by spotlights.

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Once the spotlights are turned off, about half a hour before sunrise the view of Denver is more breathtaking than a photo can show.

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And then comes sunrise itself.
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And of course, the one of the rocks in full morning sun.

for 26 Weeks Letter Challenge: “R”

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Crossing the Channel

I must have dozed off because I didn’t hear the sound of the engines when I awoke. We must have docked somewhere. Then I realized that my bike ride around France had ended and I was again close to home. It was evening as I sorted thought the dozens of bicycles on the Dover-Calais ferry.

My destination for the night was the Luddington House Hotel with a comfortable bed and hot showers. Both would be a welcome change from the past week, I’d been camping every night and cooking most breakfasts over a small camp stove. Occasionally I’d find a small cafe with dinner, but for the most parts, the camp stove also provided a warm dinner, hardly satisfying.

Exiting the ferry I turned left and headed out, around the traffic circle, crossed Back Rd W, and Athol Terrace till I came to Marine Parade, paralleling the A-20. In about 100 meters I arrived at my destination. And a great night’s rest.

There must have been some sort of celebrity here, a TV-news van was parked out front. But I was too tired to care who it was. A good night’s rest in a comfortable bed was all that I cared about.

for Sunday Photo Fiction – July 10, 2016

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Q is for …… Qajaq

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Trying to come up with a word for ‘Q’ was easy.

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Paddling on the South River at Galesville, Md. with a hand carved paddle! I even prefer one of them when I’m in my factory made plastic kayak. Amongst us paddlers we even refer to them as ‘skinny sticks’.

Go ahead and try to pronounce it and you will probably come out saying something like “KAYAK” and you’re not too far off. It’s the Greenland way of spelling it. And usually reserved for the kayaks known as Greenland Kayaks built with a frame and covered with Seal Skins, or more likely Dacron or Nylon. The boat in the photo is an old frame that’s been recovered several times. Dave, the owner, doesn’t remember how many times, but the last time he re-covered it was when I helped him back in 2014 (see it here for some more details and the work involved along with a short video.)

for 26 Weeks Letter Challenge: “Q”

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O is for …

Is this cheating? After last week’s challenge “N is for ” where I responded with photos of Nests with a Bald Eagle and Ospreys. Right away I thought of more Osprey for the expected O challenge. So here goes.

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Camera model : NIKON D80
Date/Time : 2010:04:14 16:08:22
Resolution : 600 x 402
Flash used : No
Focal length : 400.0mm (35mm equivalent: 600mm)
Exposure time: 0.0010 s (1/1000)
Aperture : f/6.3
ISO equiv. : 400

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Camera model : NIKON D7000
Date/Time : 2014:07:28 17:38:03
Resolution : 600 x 397
Flash used : No
Focal length : 105.0mm (35mm equivalent: 157mm)
Exposure time: 0.0020 s (1/500)
Aperture : f/5.6
ISO equiv. : 320

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Camera model : NIKON D80
Date/Time : 2010:05:06 16:37:10
Resolution : 600 x 402
Flash used : No
Focal length : 400.0mm (35mm equivalent: 600mm)
Exposure time: 0.0010 s (1/1000)
Aperture : f/16.0
ISO equiv. : 400

for 26 Weeks Letter Challenge: “O”

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N is for Nest

Bald Eagle at the Osprey Nest

I think this is my first time contribution to Lori’s 26 Weeks Letter Challenge. Cee gave me the nudge with Nest. I had two good shots of nests this past spring, both at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, near Cambridge, Md.

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Camera model : NIKON D7000
Date/Time : 2016:01:16 17:24:30
Resolution : 4028 x 2668
Flash used : No
Focal length : 400.0mm (35mm equivalent: 600mm)
Exposure time: 0.0003 s (1/4000)
Aperture : f/6.3
ISO equiv. : 640

This was the in Mid-January. The Osprey haven’t returned yet, but Bald Eagles are nesting in the refuge. This Bald Eagle is sitting on a structure build for nesting Osprey. The strange piece that sticks up from the right side holds the “Osprey Cam“. Note: as I write this post in Mid June the cam is inoperative, two chicks are in the nest and they will have to fledge before anyone can get to the nest to make repairs. But if you visit the Cam’s website you will see a shot of the chicks taken from about the same spot I took this photo of the Eagle. On the Osprey Cam site is a link to the Eagle Cam.

Osprey at one of the many Osprey Nests

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Camera model : NIKON D7000
Date/Time : 2016:04:15 15:18:48
Resolution : 2705 x 1791
Flash used : No
Focal length : 340.0mm (35mm equivalent: 510mm)
Exposure time: 0.0002 s (1/6400)
Aperture : f/11.0
ISO equiv. : 2800

I was back at Blackwater in Mid April when I spotted this Osprey nest with two birds in it. As I watch one of them flew off taking a fish with it. I don’t know where or why it left, or where it went.

for 26 Weeks Letter Challenge: “N”

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Three Doors for Norm

Which door needs repaining?

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Camera model : NIKON D7000
Date/Time : 2012:01:09 18:05:13 UTC
Resolution : 4928 x 3264
Flash used : No
Focal length : 50.0mm (35mm equivalent: 75mm)
Exposure time: 0.0020 s (1/500)
Aperture : f/5.0
ISO equiv. : 200
Exposure bias: -1.33

for Thursday Doors by Norm 2.0

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