Saturday, March 31, 2018

Aspen Eyes

These are the eyes that I was explaining yesterday. Some look more like eyes than others, but they really do look like eyes. The tree has a unique white bark that is very thin and easy to peel off. In the fall, when the leaves turn color, the Aspen Trees make the forest a very interesting place to be. The bright yellow leaves and white bark light up the forest.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Aspen Snow

The tree that is focussed on, is an Aspen Tree. This tree is known to have 'eyes' on them. As the branch gets too heavy for the tree to hold, it falls off. Before it falls off, it strains the bark around the tree giving the shape of the top of a eye. Once the branch falls, dark bark grows where the branch was. These help to make the 'eyes' on the Aspen Tree.

Thursday, March 29, 2018


Unlike the last snow peaks, these snow peaks look like something. The snow going up on the right looks like a person and the snow in the back left looks like a bull or an animal. It might just be me, but I can really see that in this picture.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Snow Shapes

As the sun hit the snow in different spots, it melted that spot. This formed very interesting snow shapes. I crouched down low and shot level with the snow. I was trying to show its shape as it rose and fell. I like how there are some different colors in the snow. It makes the picture not all white and gives depth to the snow. You are able to distinguish the different snow shapes more easily with more definition.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Snow Flakes

All snowflakes are different. This makes every snowflake different. It is what also makes every snowflake interesting. When the snowflake falls down naturally, and it doesn't get deformed, it makes a crystal. These snow crystals are very fun to photograph. They might be very small, but if enough snowflakes are together, they can sometimes form hundreds of feet of solid snow.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Black and White Bird

During all of the trips I go on, I try to look for birds. Birds are different everywhere you go. In Texas, birds have to learn how to survive in hot and dry summers. In Colorado, birds have to learn to survive cold and wet winters. Most birds are not able to live in both climates. This means that there are new birds nearly everytime the climate changes. This draws my camera to the sky to try to capture the new bird.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Snow Rock

Even though the temperature was in the 40s, some snow remained on the ground. This rock had been completely covered in snow. After multiple days of above freezing temperatures, the snow melted and more of the rock was shown every day. The snow during this picture covered only around half of the rock. I tried to capture both the snow and the rock, I think I was able to do that even though half of the snow was gone.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Pine Needles

I have talked about the temperature in three previous pictures. The temperature dipped below freezing during the night, then reached the high 40s during the day. This high temperature melted all of the snow on the trees. Luckily, later in the theme, it snowed. I took a similar picture of snow on pine needles just like this picture. The only difference is the location of where the tree is and there is snow on the needles.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

A Ski Down the Mountain

On a different part of the mountain, I took another picture from the middle of a ski run. Like the last picture, all of the elements that could ruin a picture worked for me. The sun/clouds, temperature, and snow. The snow still has its white, soft looking texture before it turned to slush later in the day. The clouds were able to stay out of my way again and let this picture carry on to mountains very far away.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Snow Capped Sunrise

As the sun rose, it lit up the top of this snow-capped mountain before the bottom. In that process, it was also able to change the color of the snow to a yellow-orange color. This picture only lasted for a few minutes before the sun's light was able to reach the lower parts of the mountain.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Snowy Ice

To be honest, I have no idea how this picture was formed. During the night, the temperature was below freezing. What likely happened is the water vapor in the air, condensed and stuck to this grill. As the water froze on the grill, it created these crystal shapes. Other possibilities of it actually snowing can't be true because nothing else had this ice formation on it. My only question about these mysterious ice crystals is, how are there small spots on snow on the ice?

Monday, March 19, 2018

Mountain High

Our first day of skiing was nearly perfect. It was not too cold, sunny, and the snow was fairly decent. These factors also helped in this picture. The cold has nothing to do with the picture, but the sun allows us to see for miles. Some clouds are in the picture, but this don't block out the mountains. The snow helps make the picture better since it gives color to the mountains and the viewer something else to look at.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Snowy Sunset

After driving for hours, we were able to make it to the mountain. While we were eating dinner, this sunset arose. It turned the clouds in the sky yellow and orange as I took pictures. I was able to capture the mountain scenery as well as the sunset. The bottom line in the picture is the mountain and in that area, you can see some snow.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Snow Covered Trees

As we drove through a pass, heading to the slopes, I found these snow covered trees. I was surprised to see so much snow on the trees since there wasn't much snow anywhere else. I wish I could have had a close up of the snow-covered branches, but it is hard to focus on something when you are moving at 30 miles per hour.

Thursday, March 15, 2018


Unlike the last mountain, this mountain has snow almost everywhere on it. This wouldn't be a mountain that you might ski on because there is too little snow on the mountain. The quality of the picture is very high. You can see exactly where the snow meets the rock as well as the details on the trees.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Rocky Mountain

Not only is this a rocky mountain, but it is in the Rocky Mountain Mountain Range. This mountain is very similar to other mountains. There is not much snow on the mountain and its rocks are showing. During this theme, some pictures might have better quality than others. Since I don't want to take my big camera up on the mountain, I will be using a much smaller camera. Once I get off of the mountain, I will be using my big camera.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Full Bloom

Another flower that bloomed was this one. Like the rose, the colors go from light pink to dark pink. These bright pinks make the flower standout against the other flowers. They are bright and contrast the dark branches they are on.

Monday, March 12, 2018


As I continue to take pictures of the mountain and the surrounding terrain, I am going to post a few more pictures of the spring bloom in Texas. This rose is fully bloomed and in its prime and it is only the second week in March. It has been a hot winter. There were only two days with freezing precipitation. There was not any snow, but any water that was on the ground, froze several times.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Perfect Pink

This is another one of the blooming flowers that are in full bloom and in full color. The flower has a perfect pink color. The bottom is a dark pink then as you move your eyes upon the flower the pink turns to a lighter pink. You can sort of see the light pink inside of the flower. While I might be posting today, this was a scheduled post. I am driving to Colorado to enjoy the snow and the mountains. This coming week, except the beginning, because I might not have pictures yet, will be filled the snow and mountains. The snow conditions should be more than last year. The temperatures are around 40 with periodic snow days. I hope to post as many awesome snow pictures as I can.

Friday, March 09, 2018

Pink Flowers

This was another one of the trees that has bloomed. Shooting from underneath the pink flower and into the gray cloudy sky, made the flower turn to a very dark pink. You can just barely differentiate the color between the flower and the branch. It is clear to see what the different parts are because they have different shapes, but besides that, they look very similar.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Full Bloom

Some trees are started to bloom earlier this year. The temperatures have been around or over 60℉ for the past two weeks. There has also been lots of rain. Both of these things seem to be helping the flowers and tree grow. That means more colorful pictures of flowers and trees as they bloom and show themselves to the world.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018


This small bush has lots of colors all on it. From the purple stock out, there is more purple of the leaves than green on the tips of the leaves. At the very top and in the middle are some small yellow-green buds. Thue bush is definitely not lacking in color.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Bush Lettuce

This small bush looks very much like a head of lettuce. The only difference I can viable see is the leaves on this head are white and green. On a head of lettuce, the head is mostly green with a few white spots. Maybe I found a wild lettuce. I doubt it, it is probably just a wild small bush that looks like lettuce.

Monday, March 05, 2018

Small Bird, Big World

I wonder how these small birds see the world. Are we giants to them? If we are, then trees must be humongous. If you click the picture, you can see all of the smalle details on the bird. This includes the grass, the feathers on the bird, and the beak. It is a very sharp and focused picture. The only thing that is blurry is the front grass and the concrete behind the bird.

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Looking Back

As I crept closer to try and get a close picture of this squirrel, the squirrel ran up a tree. I shot from far away but I was close enough to be able to see the tiny details on it. Then I was taking the pictures, the squirrel turned around and stared at me. Afterward, he ran up the tree and out of sight.

Friday, March 02, 2018

Early Bird

This early crow was able to get his worm. In his beak is a tiny worm. The crow was resting on the porch when he swooped down and grabbed this worm. He flew back to the fence then started to eat. Unlike yesterday's picture of the all black crow, this crow has several colors on him. The blue/black wings, the black body, and the gray beak.

Thursday, March 01, 2018

American Crow

During the middle of the day, I looked on the powerline and saw this crow. When I was taking the pictures, you could see the different colors on the crow. When I downloaded the picture, all of the colors on the bird turned black. You can still see the lighter black beak and same of the yellow eye but everything else is pitch black.