Backyard Squirrel

Here's a shot of one of my backyard squirrel friends from a few winters ago. 

This one enjoys the free meals but gives me the evil eye and chirps in warning if I get too close for a photo. 

I took this shot with a Canon 6D DSLR camera and a Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM telephoto lens.

Star Trails Over Colorado Springs

I took this shot from the foothills of Cheyenne Mountain, near the entrance of the NORAD Cheyenne Mountain complex, looking east towards Colorado Springs.

The North Star, Polaris, is just outside the upper-left edge of the image. You can see the increasingly large concentric circles as you move further and further away from the North Star. 

I took this shot with a Canon 70D and a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX lens. It's the result of many, many long exposure shots combined into a single composite image in Photoshop. 

The Day Moon

The waxing gibbous moon during the day. I love the blue and white contrast of the lunar surface when viewed in daylight. 

I took this photo with a Canon 70D DSLR and a TMB92L refractor.

M51, the Whirlpool Galaxy

M51, popularly known as the Whirlpool Galaxy, is a face-on spiral galaxy in the constellation of Canes Venatici. 

A smaller galaxy, NGC 5195, can be seen interacting with it as the two galaxies pass each other, tidally interacting and distorting one of the spiral arms of M51. Both galaxies lie more than 31 million light-years from our own galaxy. 

I took this image with a TMB92L refractor telescope, a Hutech-modified Canon T3i DSLR, a Orion SSAG autoguider and 50mm guidescope, all on a Celestron AVX mount.

M22, a Globular Cluster in the Constellation of Sagittarius

M22, or Messier 22, is a bright globular cluster in the constellation of Sagittarius that is readily visible in binoculars in the summer sky. 

The dense star cluster is one of the nearest of the roughly 150 globular clusters surrounding the Milky Way. M22 was the first globular cluster ever discovered, back in 1665. 

I took this photo with a TMB92L refractor telescope, an unmodified Canon T3i DSLR camera, and a Celestron CG-4 mount equipped with a tracking motor. This was one of my first-ever attempts at long-exposure, deep-sky imaging. 

Double Rainbow over Colorado Bluffs

Photo of a double rainbow arching over the bluffs behind my old townhouse complex in Colorado Springs. This beautiful rainbow appeared after a particularly memorable afternoon thunderstorm.

I took with a Canon 70D DSLR camera and a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX lens. 

Hiking in Red Rock Canyon Open Space

Red Rock Canyon Open Space is a wonderful spot for hiking in the foothills of the Front Range Rocky Mountains in Colorado Springs. The park offers terrific views of the famous Garden of the Gods rock formations, which you can see here in the upper-left. 

I took this photo with a Canon 6D DSLR camera and a Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens.

Pulpit Rock and Mount Herman

Pulpit Rock is a prominent rock formation on the eastern side of Colorado Springs, near the Austin Bluffs and the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Campus. 

You can hike to the top of the rock formation, and, if you zoom in on this photo, you'll see a couple people sitting at its peak. The 9,063-foot Mount Herman looms in the background, another great hike in the area. 

I took this photo with a a Canon 6D DSLR camera and a Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens.

A Deer Feeding in Garden of the Gods

This photo of a mule deer having breakfast was taken just after sunrise at Garden of the Gods. 

I'd gotten to this spot an hour before sunrise to capture the aspenglow on Pikes Peak. As the sky began to lighten, I noticed seven or eight deer around me lounging in the grass and feeding on some shrubs. I snapped a few pics with my Canon 6D DSLR camera and a Canon EF 70-300mm telephoto lens. This one is my favorite.

Pikes Peak from Palmer Park

This shot of Pikes Peak is from a morning hike in Palmer Park after it snowed. 

Palmer Park is a Central Park size area in the center of Colorado Springs that features dozens of hiking trails that wind around the series of large bluffs that constitute the park. It's probably my favorite place to hike in Colorado Springs.

I took this with a Canon 6D DSLR camera and a Canon EF 70-300mm telephoto lens.