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daveman Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 24 W: 2 N: 44] (172) [2007-09-28 21:12]

Another close one, Rick. Way to go.

Dave

daveman Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 24 W: 2 N: 44] (172) [2007-08-05 14:59]

Excellent sharpness and lighting, good bokeh, uncluttered background. Also nice framing, surely a winner.

Dave

daveman Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 24 W: 2 N: 44] (172) [2007-08-04 17:13]

Very close view, not something you see every day.

daveman Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 24 W: 2 N: 44] (172) [2007-06-30 20:43]

Beautiful colors, with fauna as an added bonus.

Dave

daveman Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 24 W: 2 N: 44] (172) [2007-06-30 20:42]

Beautiful, blue, polarized sky. I haven't had a chance to get out there this year, but hope to in a couple of days. I might have cropped about an inch off the foreground, as you are missing a strong foreground element there. Is this taken from the red-rock canyon road?

Dave

daveman Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 24 W: 2 N: 44] (172) [2007-06-29 21:34]

Certainly a favourite, Debz.

Dave

daveman Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 24 W: 2 N: 44] (172) [2007-06-23 21:50]

Thanks for the update, Rick. This pic is a little sharper than your other one, with excellent colors and contrast. It's a disappointing observation that they aren't back this year in the same spot. We are witnessing extinction in progress, I fear.

daveman Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 24 W: 2 N: 44] (172) [2007-06-23 21:44]

Great balance, with excellent use of the foreground sunflower. Overall a pretty dang good pic, especially given that your lighting direction into the sun at midday was all against you. We haven't yet had the chance to get down to Waterton this year.

daveman Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 24 W: 2 N: 44] (172) [2007-06-23 21:39] [comment]

Coiled and not too happy! Good lighting.
I have had several close encounters with rattlesnakes, and am friends with a local expert on the Prairie Rattlesnake at the U of L. A couple of years ago he asked me to give a lecture on medical Rx of snakebite, as part of a rattlesnake convention here in town. We researched the Alberta experience. As far as I could find, there has yet to be a recorded case of fatal rattlesnake bite in Alberta, ever. That said, I've met a few people who regret the experience, as it is really painful. 90% male, 90% upper limb below the elbow, most complicated by alcohol, and a few curious scientists. In retrospect, I've also gotten a little to close at times. Fortunately these reptiles will work hard to avoid wasting venom on a human.

Dave

daveman Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 24 W: 2 N: 44] (172) [2007-06-23 21:18] [+]

As much as I study books on Raptor ident, I would have guessed wrong that this was a Cooper's hawk. I'll add this one as a favourite, for sure. Did you find this near Brooks?

Dave