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We were up relatively early and headed over to Mount Rushmore from our hotel in Hill City. Although we are out in the Black Hills quite frequently we spend most of our time looking for wildlife or hiking. We had a couple of Linda’s sisters along with us so we spent more time visiting traditional sites on this trip. It was cloudy when we arrived but as the morning wore on the sun came out.

We were lucky to see some Mountain Goats as we walked along the boardwalk below the carvings.

There were a few flowers in bloom at the Monument.

 

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These are some of the photos I took on a walk through the farm prairie this week.

Monarch Butterfly

Gloriosa Daisy

Lilies

Sowthistle

Honey Bee

It was late in the day and we planned to stay in Grand Junction, Colorado. On the way we took a detour to drive through Colorado National Monument.

 

 

One day in Page we signed up for the Canyon Adventure Boat TourĀ  out of Wahweap Marina. The tour lasted several hours and covered Glen Canyon Dam, Antelope Canyon, and Navajo Canyon. It had been years since we had been on Lake Powell so the leisurely tour was a nice way to spend part of a day. The first shot is from the Wahweap Marina Overlook.

A spectacular setting for boating.

Glen Canyon Dam from the Back.

It was a beautiful spring day and it was spring break many places. Antelope Canyon was filled with paddle boarders.

We headed back through Navajo Canyon.

We were up early and decided to drive out to Horseshoe Bend and look around. When I first visited this location I drove out to photograph the sunset. I was the only person visiting except for a ranger who was out looking for Peregrine Falcons. We spent an hour together and didn’t see another sole. My how things have changed thanks to social media. When we first arrived in page I suggested that we drive out to Horseshoe Bend to take some sunset photos. As we neared the parking lot we noticed cars parked along the road. The parking lot was full. We decided to come back another time. When we arrived in the morning we were able to get the last parking slot. Those following us were parking along the road. Apparently this location is on the bucket list for every foreign visitor. As you can see the place is a zoo.

After getting a bite to eat we drove out to Bonanza Falls to photograph at sunset. As I had mentioned in earlier blogs there was a lot of water flowing in the rivers. Bonanza Falls also had more water than normal. Generally I like less as opposed to more water flowing because it provides more opportunities for intimate shots of the waterfalls.

 

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One of the most popular photographic locations at Bond Falls is called the Z. It provides an opportunity to capture falls reflections and an waterfall all in the same photo.

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While the main attractions at Bond Falls are the waterfalls there are also opportunities to photograph fall color reflections.

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After spending some time at Au Train Falls we drove down through Au Train to Au Train Beach on Lake Superior. I managed to take a few shots while my wife was trying to find the Packer game on the radio.

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I’ve only photographed a few birds in the last couple of weeks. This Northern Cardinal was particularly interesting because it had lost all of it’s head feathers. Not sure if it happened because of a bug infestation or a molting problem. I photographed the same bird a few weeks later and it’s head feathers seemed to be growing back.

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I think this is some kind of warbler but haven’t figured out what kind. It turned up during the migration.

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The fledgling Red-bellied Woodpecker has been around for the last month.

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The White-breasted Nuthatches have been coming around now that fall is near.

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The Mourning Doves are still perching on my feeders. They have been trying to perch on the black sunflower feeder but the perches are just too small.

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