Where in the World has Loren Been?

Not any place interesting, unfortunately.

I haven't been posting much lately because Lael, my granddaughter, has been working for me this summer labeling and editing all the photos I've taken since 1998. She's been sitting at the computer much longer than I can manage to do.

It's hard to believe how many unlabeled, unsorted photos I've managed to acquire over that period. After Lael labels them I hope to sort them out and delete all but the very best shots. It's been fun looking at how my shots have improved over that time (probably because the equipment is vastly superior) and occasionally I'm pleasantly pleased by shots I've taken, even with older equipment.

Of course, I'm saving all the shots of kids and grandkids and shipping them the images when I'm finished.

Realistically, there's not too many other shots worth saving, but perhaps if I narrow them down to just a few one of the grandkids will want to look at them after I'm gone.

Best of all, Leslie and I have gotten to share time with Lael again this summer and provide her with some extra spending money.

Another Colorado Outing

Grandpa got one more family outing in Colorado, this time a level one around several lakes at Pella Crossing. Despite the heat, I was determined to take my new camera and birding lens. Luckily after nearly a week, my blood oxygen was finally beginning to return to normal.

Although we didn’t see a lot of birds, I was glad that Sydney spotted this Osprey diving into the lake and that I was able to get a shot of it returning to its nest with its catch.

I’m sure Jen was glad to see this While Pelican, probably her favorite bird.

A pair of vultures

even checked us, or the nearby parachutists, out. It’s the first time I can remember seeing vultures in Colorado.

Birding and Fishing

I’ve long said that fishing and birding are quite similar. So, when Logan wanted to go fishing I volunteered to take him, even though I no longer fish, and haven’t done so for years. Logan told me that he would try to choose sites that had both fish and birds.

He even spotted my first two birds, this Double-Crested Cormorant

and this Kestrel.

Unfortunately, his first location didn’t have many birds or fish, so he directed me to a larger pond a few miles away where we both had a little more luck.

After seeing my first-ever Long-Tailed Grackle in Utah a few weeks before, I thought I had caught my second look at one. Turns out I was wrong. According to Merlin, this was a Common Grackle, another bird I rarely see living in the PNW.

This Pelican that we saw as we approached the lake was probably proof that there were fish to be caught.

The shot of the day, though, was this shot of a Swainson’s Hawk.

I thought the shot I’d captured of a Swainson’s Hawk flying overhead at Malheur a few weeks before was as good as I’d ever get, but this hawk refused to fly away even when I approached closer than I normally would. Considering it was perched just above a busy sidewalk, it appeared largely indifferent to humans.