Photography: As Shot – Colorful Tom Turkey

NOTE – “As Shot” photographs are some that I have posted on Instagram, but without any unwarranted imposed crops, less detail reduction and more of an explanation.


On the road near Hereford, Arizona with storm clouds closing in

Tom shows his colors when is around the hens – Happy Thanksgiving – 2017!

On a hiking trip to Brown Canyon in Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, southern Arizona, we were treated to a display by this Tom Turkey who was parading around in front of two hens.

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Birds of Arizona – Phainopepla ( Phainopepla nitens )

Yesterday was an interesting day for me as the weather prediction was not excellent, but still fair and relatively mild with a predicted high in the low 80’s and we were eager to take a hike. We decided to select a route off of the Granite Mountain Trailhead (The Bootlegger Trail) which is part of the McDowell Mountain Preserve.

Whenever I hike, I anticipate capturing a picture of a bird that is either better than one that I currently have of that bird or, as a bonus, a bird for which I do not have a picture.

I have seen many Phainopeplas, but I have never been able to take a good picture of one. I also know that this is the time of the year that they visit the Sonoran Desert. I spotted one just 100 yards from my backyard a few days ago, but it was not in a very nice setting so I passed.

Today I was able to take a “starter picture” of a Phainopepla that we spotted along the Bootlegger Trail. I am labeling this a starter because I am hoping to capture a photograph that is even better one of these days!

As I have stated on this blog before, I am an amateur photographer with very limited bird photography experience and just a bit more as a birder. The only camera I have with a long reach is my Canon PowerShot SX50HS and that is the equipment I used for the shot below.


Phainopepla captured at the McDowell Mountain Preserve
Phainopepla captured at the Granite Mountain Trailhead along the Bootlegger Trail which is part of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Phainopeplas remind me of Cardinals or Waxwings because of their sleek profile and the tuft. Males are black while females are more grey. Interestingly enough, they have a red eye which is very striking and not always easy to capture in a photograph. I am placing a cropped image below to show more detail even though it may not be as sharp as I would like.


Phainopepla captured at the McDowell Mountain Preserve
A cropped version of the image above

Now I have one more picture for my collection!

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STATUS QUOtes — Picture Quote — 20170730

Today’s Picture Quote

Not all classrooms have four walls.

“Not all classrooms have four walls.”

Via

 
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Picture Quote — 20170726

Today’s Picture Quote — 20170726

You make me understand how wonderful it is for little lizards when they find that one special rock that's perfect for sunning themselves on. You make me lizard-happy. - Randy K. Milholland
“You make me understand how wonderful it is for little lizards when they find that one special rock that’s perfect for sunning themselves on. You make me lizard-happy.” – Randy K. Milholland
Original Photograph Copyright by Jeffrey B. Ross – 2014 – 2017


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STATUS QUOtes — Picture Quote — 20170714

Today’s Picture Quote

The Amen of nature is always a flower. -  Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
“The Amen of nature is always a flower.”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. –
– Photograph ©Jeffrey B. Ross –

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NOTE – The picture above was submitted for sale to a stock photography site (just one) and it was rejected because it lacked “commercial interest.” and that may be. I still like the photo, however, and I want to share it with you. I hope you like it as much as I do.

I thought it was an exemplar of the Holmes quote!

 
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Hiking the Peralta Trail, Gold Canyon, AZ – 20160619

NOTE – Keep in mind that we took this hike and these pictures represent the trail as we saw it in December, 2009. The trail may have changed a bit since them and some of the flora may no longer be exactly where we are reporting, but this is a good representation of things you may find along the way. Perhaps you will find even more intriguing highlights.

Of course the large rock formations and mountains will remain largely unchanged.


Windows in the rocks
Nature creates unusual and interesting formations

Whenever hiking a trail that is new to me, I enjoy seeing the various rock formations created by nature. Holes in the rock, such as the one pictured above, are often referred to as windows. Wind, sand or dust storms and rain create such holes by pounding away at the weak points in these structures. Over time, the rock, dirt and mud give way and create the interesting holes in the formations.

Read more about the Peralta Trail HERE.

Previous posts and photographs in the Peralta Trail series in chronological order:


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The Final Post – Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 305

Half dome, El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall

Half dome, El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall


As we prepared to visit the park and hike many of the trails, we realized how overwhelming a visit to Yosemite might be. It is vast and can be daunting. When I first started this project nearly a year ago, I wanted to provide information for those planning to visit Yosemite National Park.

JBRish is a small, narrowly focused blog that I curate as a hobby and hopefully as a service to others who might want to share and discuss many of the same ideas about the skills and interests that I have.

I was hoping to have a dialogue with future and past Yosemite visitors to create a resource as a reference for those who might desire to visit the park. Unfortunately, my posts have generated only a small amount of interest.

I have shared photographs of most of the areas we visited and besides alternate views of places and things I have already posted, I didn’t think there was much new that would compel me to continue the series. Couple this with my recent computer troubles which set me back a bit, and I think it is time to end the project.
I am hopeful that at least a few people will find the information I shared helpful.

I don’t think I could have chosen a better photograph for the final post. The above scene captured from Tunnel View showing two of the major icons of Yosemite, El Capitan and Half Dome along with Bridalveil Falls, provides an example of the amazing natural beauty of this national park.

If you love nature or hiking, I can’t recommend a trip to Yosemite more highly! Just realize that it will be crowded and remote. Bring with you all of what you might need as supplies and food are expensive. If you do have questions, feel free to post them in the comment section of any JBRish post and I will try to respond promptly.

 
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Hetch Hetchy Reservoir Structurer – Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 304

Hetch Hetchy Reservoir Structure

Hetch Hetchy Reservoir Dam Structure

Surrounded as it was by the beautiful mountains and aura of the national park, even the mundane structure of the Hetch Hetch Dam appeared attractive. As you can note, there was an abundant water release taking place this day to compensate for the full-flowing waterfalls and recent rains.

 
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Hetch Hetchy Reservoir Bridge – Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 303

Hetch Hetchy Reservoir Bridge

Hetch Hetchy Reservoir Bridge

Getting to Hetch Hetchy is a bit of a trip if you are staying in Yosemite Valley, but I do highly recommend it. The area is unlike the other places we hiked and visited in and around the national park. Even before getting on to the main trail, we knew it was different because we had to walk through the mountain tunnel to come out on the other side where the major trails start.

The photograph above shows the tunnel at the end. It can be dark and we were glad to have our head lamps so we could avoid the puddles and potential wet feet. It was also fascinating to view the water release from the bridge and to see all the spillways funneling the water in various directions.

 
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Lakes of Yosemite 4/4 (Hetch Hetchy) – Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 302

The Lake at Hetch Hetchy

The Hetch Hetchy Reservoir – Stunning!

Of all the lakes we visited, I give the award for the most picturesque to the Hetch Hetch Reservoir which created a lake that exudes personality. Surrounded by mountains which appear to be out of a fantasy movie or from the Far East, it is transporting. Add the waterfalls, wildflowers, etc. and it is a most rewarding place to visit.

The dramatic weather added to the photogenic ambiance.

 
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