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Reflections of a Blue Heron – A #WayBackMachine post

Reflection of a Heron

Blue Heron and its reflection – Click on image for a gallery version

I have been a fan of the Blue Heron for a long time, I find this bird to be simply fascinating, especially in the majestic way it presents itself and the amazing detail in its feathers.  I made this image of a Blue Heron and its reflection back in 2013 at the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge on the same day I made this image I have already shared here on the blog.

You might be wondering why I went back to 2013 and pulled this image out as a #WayBackMachine post and while the answer is quite simple to me, it might be a bit hard to explain.  I used a Sigma 50-500 lens to make this image.  I later sold that lens to fund the purchase of my 13″ MacBook Pro and while I didn’t use that lens a lot, I really did miss having it a few different times.  I have wanted to replace it with something long since the day I sold it but it simply never fit into the budget and there were other things that were higher on the budget priority anyway.

My recent purchase of the Nikon 28-300 has me evaluating my lens lineup again and it become very clear that my Sigma 24-70 2.8 was no longer needed and I put it up for sale.  As of today, I was made an offer that I simply couldn’t refuse, trading that 24-70 for a Sigma 150-500.  I can’t want to get back out and start shooting some herons again. :-)

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Golden Skies and the #WayBackMachine

I am a little ashamed to say that I have been neglecting this blog over the last couple weeks.  Truth be told, I haven’t really had a lot of free time to get out and do any shooting.  Over the last 3 weekends I have made road trips to Idaho to celebrate a wedding with my family.  I know, 2 trips in 3 weeks seems like a lot, but it is even odder when you consider that it was for the same wedding. :-)  In any case, I wanted to do a quick share of this image, Golden Skies, which I shot a few years ago in Arizona but recently came across again when I was cleaning up my Lightroom catalogs.  I hope you enjoy it.

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The #WayBackMachine and a perfect storm

I haven’t shared a #WayBackMachine image in a long time, and for those that don’t know, these are posts that share an image that I have previously shared, but thought would be worth sharing again.  In this case it is an image from back in Aug. 2010 of what I felt was almost a perfect storm while out storm chasing in the Arizona desert.

My wife and I had been out chasing all day, these great thunderstorms kept popping up all over the valley.  They were all very isolated and very fast.  I don’t think any of them ever hit the severe warned state, but I could be wrong about that, but in any case almost all of them were simply gorgeous and it was fascinating to watch them build and then break up so quickly.  This image, captured just a little north of Florence, AZ was one of those storms.  We were heading south when this scene started to develop right before my eyes.  I slammed on the brakes, pulled off the highway and grabbed a camera.  I ended up shooting something like 8 different rainbows that day, but this one is far and away my favorite rainbow I have ever shot.

How can you not love having a rainbow, a downpour rain shaft and blue skies all in the same image?

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C-130 Aircraft In Storage – #WayBackMachine

Since I will be flying home today after a 10 day work trip in Arizona I thought it might be appropriate to include an image of airplanes in this final #WayBackPost of the series.  Ok, I won’t be flying back on C-130 cargo planes, at least I hope I won’t, but this has always been a favorite shot of mine.  These C-130 aircraft are in storage at the AMARC boneyard in Tucson, AZ and I captured this through the chain link fence.  I actually have a print of this in my house.

I hope you have enjoyed this little series of #WayBackMachine posts.  I am really looking forward to importing and processing the images I made while in Arizona for the last 10 days.  Hopefully there will be a keeper or two in the lot.

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Sad – more #WayBackMachine imagery from the dog track

A few days ago I shared a #WayBackMachine image from an abandoned dog track north of Phoenix.  I visited this site with Mike Olbinski and Rick Young and we all had a really good time out there shooting that day.  It seemed that every direction your looked the site had a story to tell.  This scene screamed at me to make an image of it.  This room was at one time the “fine dining” room for the track facility.  I just loved how the spray painted face looked sad to be seeing the room in the condition it was in.  Of all the images from that day this one really shows how something can have a “heyday” and then fall into utter dis-repair.  It truly is sad when you think about it.

For the record, I don’t feel that it is sad that there is no longer dog racing at this track, I think that is a good thing, but I do see a certain sadness when any structure is neglected and falls into disrepair.

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