Ostrichland USA

I think I’m finally recovered from the flu. That was a really bad bout…I felt absolutely terrible Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and finally forced myself back into the office on Thursday. I tried going for a run on Saturday but my lungs felt wrecked from all of my coughing, so I had to stop after a mile and a half. I was finally able to leg out three miles today…it wasn’t my strongest effort, but it was nice to get running nonetheless.

Here’s a few photos from our California trip from Ostrichland USA. I recapped it in a little more detail on our family blog (first update in a year!) but I figured I could double dip and share the photos here too.

Ostrichland's tricked out ride
Ostrichland’s tricked out ride
The noble ostrich
The noble ostrich
Greedy little birds!
Greedy little birds!
Sara feeding the ostriches
Sara feeding the ostriches

Photo dump: Miles and the snow

One of my New Year resolutions is to take and share more photos. Having a dog as a photographic subject + “magical” snow really helps me out since I can be a pretty a lazy photographer sometimes.

A few photos from yesterday, when the snow just started falling (Canon 5D2/70-200 f4L):

Miles looking on
Miles looking on
Miles shows off his snout
Miles shows off his snout
I missed the focus on this one, otherwise this would've been great!
I missed the focus on this one! But at low resolutions it looks great.

And a few more from today (Canon 40D/40mm STM) after a day of snow. The snowfall was so heavy that the camera’s autofocus focused on the snowflakes in 1/4 of my pictures:

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Fun fact: the shovel is for when his poop freezes into the ice and I need to shovel the poop out
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Trying to get traction in the snow
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Oops his nails need a trim
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Showing off his derp face
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Getting some air time

Our January trip to the Denver Zoo

Given the unseasonably warm weather (60 degrees at some points yesterday!), Sara and I decided to take a trip to the Denver Zoo to look at some wild animals in captivity. I had only been to the zoo two times before yesterday, once for Zoo Lights and once when I ran through during the Colfax Marathon half marathon.

Here are my five favorite photos from our day. All photos taken with 5D Mark II and 70-200 f4L lens.

A lion cub and his aunt
A lion cub and its aunt
King of the city
King of the city
One of the primates
One of the primates
A leopard lazing around
A leopard lazing around
A giraffe thoughtfully chewing
A giraffe thoughtfully chewing

The Snowmageddon of November 2015 that wasn’t

We were supposed to get an epic snowstorm on Tuesday here in the Denver metro area. Arvada was “only” slated to get 8″-16″ of snow overnight, while south Denver was supposed to get hammered with 12″18″.

Expecting the storm of a century to roll in, I brought my camera to work to record a time lapse of the clouds coming in from the west. Due to a couple hiccups, which included me forgetting to press record and forgetting to bring a power cord, I only ended up getting a couple hours of footage. That compressed down to about five seconds of time lapse:

For reference, this was filmed facing west at about 108th Ave. between Wadsworth Blvd. and Simms St. in Westminster, Colo.

As weather predictions in Colorado often are, the snowfall totals in the northwest metro area were completely off. I think we only ended up getting at most, a couple inches of snow up here in Arvada. But the south metro area did indeed get hammered as promised.