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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Denver Botanic Gardens & Zoo

Today was a free day at the Denver Botanic Gardens, so we decided to drive down to Denver to see what was blooming. Since it's barely spring, there wasn't much blooming outside (last year on a free day in early spring, there was way more). But the inside areas had plenty of blooming plants and the weather was okay enough to be outside and enjoy a walk through the gardens.

After we were done walking around the Botanic Gardens, we decided to go over to the zoo since it was just a few blocks away. We're members at the zoo, so the entire day was free to us!

Ripped LeafSharp TeethWilted BudsBallPollenGolden TipsPink Puff BallsFurry TentacleSoft BallWhite InsidesScience PyramidTropical  ConservatoryIn the SkyRoof TopBright YellowRomantic GardensLate Morning NapPlayfulOut of the WaterBetween the LinesGreen FoodSnack TimeStaring

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Weekday Hike - Devil's Backbone

Katherine and I decided to go on a picnic and a short hike after work. The weather was nice - upper 70's, and we didn't have anything planned for dinner, so we grabbed a few sandwiches from Subway and went to Devil's Backbone. It's only about 5 minutes from our house, and we knew they had some picnic tables about 100 feet from the trail head. We ate our food and walked down the trail a little way.

Long ShadowsEvening HikeAlong the HillAs the Sun Goes Down

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Mike's Camera Demo Day at the Denver Zoo

I was really excited for Mike's Camera Demo Day at the Denver Zoo this year. They typically do this event twice a year (once in the spring and once in the fall), but last year Mike's Camera and the Denver Zoo couldn't come to an agreement on the days. So when I noticed that they were planning on doing it, I knew I had to go!

This was the first real time that Katherine and I had been to the zoo since going to South Africa. A few weeks ago we came to the zoo because we were in the area (for the Denver Botanical Gardens free day, which is just down the road from the zoo). We weren't quite sure how much we would enjoy the zoo after being on safari in South Africa. The animals were, to say the least, not as photogenic as the ones in Africa.

We both rented the same camera body, Canon 5D Mark IV. We were able to use it the entire day - which usually isn't the case. The first set of lenses that we rented was a Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 IS II USM and a Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS USM. I loved the 70-200 because of the low aperture. When we returned those lenses, we opted to try something different and headed to the Tamron booth. We rented two Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro lens. We walked around taking pictures of the blooming flowers. We enjoyed doing that a lot more because after going to South Africa, the animals were pretty boring. The last set of lenses that we rented was a Tamron 100-400 f/4.5-6.3 and a Tamron 15-30 f/2.8 wide angle. I was shooting with the wide angle the entire time, but there weren't many opportunities at the zoo to really use that lens. I would love that lens on a photo walk through the city or even on a hike up in the mountains.

In total, we rented over $13,000 worth of camera equipment. Additionally, they had 2 crews of people with bigger lenses throughout the zoo at different exhibits that had single lenses that retail $12,000! All you had to do was walk up and attach your camera. All for the low cost of FREE, I think we'll be going to this again.

RelaxingBehind the LensSharp TeethSleeping LemursVibrany FalmingosHeavy GearBlack and WhiteCamouflagedUp CloseClimbing the RoapSpring TulipsPetalsSprouting TreeTipAsian Small-Clawed OtterArgus MonitorBloomingIn the GrassElephant ArenaFlags in the SkyFavorite MonkeysLong Way DownPink TulipBlossoming

Sunday, April 29, 2018

North Lake Park

Katherine and I went for a walk around the North Lake Park this afternoon. The weather was nice so I grabbed my camera and we went to the park!

Balancing ActPink Super MacroReady to BloomIN the ParkNorth Lake ParkIn a FishBlooming TreeWandering Around

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