Friday, September 30, 2005
Ants at work. These two fire ants were moving the large rock-like object they are both attending to in this picture. Quite impressive, like moving a Volkswagen with no wheels for you and me, I think. This image was taken on September 7 with my 20D at 70-300mm zoom lens in macro mode at 300mm f.l. Exposure was 1/1000 sec at f/11, ISO 800.
Thursday, September 29, 2005
Vanishing point. Doesn't everyone take railroad track pictures? Here's mine, converted to B&W with Picasa. Picture taken with my Canon A75 on February 12 of this year at the remains of the McClintock set north of Tombstone Arizona. Exposure was 1/640 sec at f/5.
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Raptor Free Flight. The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum west of Tucson has a program they call "Raptor Free Flight" where they allow several of their raptors to fly around a viewing area, allowing visitors to the museum to get an extraordinary closeup view of these remarkable birds, which include hawks and owls. This version has been converted to B&W in Picasa. This image was taken with my Canon A75 at 16mm focal length, exposure was 1/125sec at f/8.
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Giant UFO over Southern Arizona? No, just a large lenticular cloud formation. What a sight this was on January 7 of this year in the mid afternoon. This and other lenticular clouds dominated the skyline viewed from Kitt Peak. This image was taken with my A75 at 5mm focal length. Exposure was 1/800sec at f/8, ISO probably 100.
Monday, September 26, 2005
Sunday, September 25, 2005
Saturday, September 24, 2005
In Memory of Bank One Ballpark. The Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team renamed their Ballpark from Bank One Ballpark (affectionately called "The BOB") to Chase Field after Bank One renamed themselves. Here's the north side of the Ballpark taken from the parking garage across the street after their game against the Mets on August 25. Exposure taken with a 24mm lens attached to my 20D, 1/6s at f/1.8, ISO 1600.
Friday, September 23, 2005
Walhalla Glade. This image is from our North Rim trip taken on July 22. This is the partly reconstructed ruins at Walhalla Glade along the road out to Cape Royal in Grand Canyon National Park across from teh Walhalla Overlook. These ruins were occupied by the Anasazi from about A.D. 500 to 1200. This image was taken with a 24mm lens, exposure was 1/100s at f/8, ISO 400.
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Vandenberg launch. This taken on Sept. 22 is an image showing the expanding plume from the launch of the Streak military satellite aboard a Minotaur rocket out of Vandenberg AFB more than 570 miles away. This was taken with my 18-55mm zoom set to 25mm, exposure was 4sec at f/4, ISO 1600.
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Monday, September 19, 2005
Sunday, September 18, 2005
Saturday, September 17, 2005
Friday, September 16, 2005
This is an image of Baboquivari, south of Kitt Peak. The image was obtained with my old Fuji FinePix 2650 with a B+W 092 deep red, near IR filter on August 29, 2003. The exposure was 1/2s at f/3.5, ISO 100 and the lens was at 6mm focal length (42mm equivalent in 35mm).
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Bear Down Arizona. The University of Arizona fight song is called "Bear Down, Arizona" and is derived from the story of John "Button" Salmon, the football teams Quarterback in 1926 when he was involved in a car accident. The coach visited him on his deathbed and he uttered the words on this memorial statue: "Tell them... tell the team to Bear Down." In 1952, new band director Jack Lee wrote the fight song which you can hear at this webpage: http://www.arizona.edu/home/bear-down.php or in its entirety by the Pride of Arizona UofA Marching Band at this link. This image was taken on September 14 using my Canon 20D with the kit 18-55mm zoom lens set to 34mm focal length. The exposure was 1/200s at f/22, ISO 400.
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Sunspot! I used my 70-300mm zoom lens at 300mm with a B+W 092 far red/IR filter to take this image of the Sun with my Canon 20D. The exposure was 1/8000s at f/32, ISO 100. I used the cameras B&W mode. You can see a large sunspot just below and right of the center of the Suns disk. This image was taken on September 13 at about 09:13 AM MST.
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Monday, September 12, 2005
Sunday, September 11, 2005
Saturday, September 10, 2005
Friday, September 09, 2005
This image of a hawk playing with a crow was taken on September 7 from Kitt Peak. Along with the Turkey Vultures, these large birds love to frolick in the winds and air currents around the mountain. This iamge was taken with my 70-300mm zoom on my 20D set to 300mm. The exposure was 1/1000s at f/11, ISO 800.
The buzzards love to fly around the summit of Kitt Peak, using the winds to soar with the rest of their flock. This image of one of the Turkey Vultures was taken on September 8 with a 70-300mm zoom attached to my 20D at 300mm focal length. The exposure was 1/640s at f/8, ISO 200.
Thursday, September 08, 2005
Evening thunder storm. After clouds moved in, ending my observing on the night September 7, I set up and took some photos of a lightning storm between Kitt Peak and Tucson (looks like it is near the small town of Three Points). The lights of Tucson are in the background and highway 86 which heads WSW from Tucson is visible as a row of automobile lights. This exposure was with my Canon 20D using my 70-300mm Sigma zoom at 70mm, exposure was 30s at f/4, ISO 200.