Saturday, August 6, 2016


This is the results of the last half of my shooting at Monument Lake. I hope you enjoy. There are three springs that feeds into the lake and this is the stream coming from one of them.

Normally I don't bother with macros too much. I'm not a fan of the vignetting that occurs which is very visible at the corners of this frame. That became more of an issue when I added the filter adapter to the Fuji. Hopefully it won't be much of an issue with the Canon T6 I just ordered.

I was hiking up the main stream coming into the lake when I spotted this Great Blue Heron. I think I captured him well.

I did photograph this picnic table before but not as close. The amount of water in the stream has lessened with the summer which allowed me to get further over on the sand bar that's formed.

Love this old building. It sits near the road coming in to the parking area and overlooks the lake. I'm half tempted to turn this image into a black and white for uploading to Viewbug on Monday.

This is the second Great Blue Heron of the day. I think I captured his best side in this image.

Thank you for checking out the pics. Have a great and try to enjoy your life.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Flowers and fences

We went up to Monument Lake yesterday once more. I always try to shoot something new each time. Doing the same subject all the time could get a bit boring. Yesterday I took a different trail in that spirit. I'm thinking it's one the local residents created so they could get to the lake. Interestingly enough there was a rustic looking fence line to one side.

These looked a bit interesting so I photographed them.

 It was very windy yesterday so I had to use relatively quick shutter speeds, and every shot was handheld. I will be posting some more images in the next couple of days including at least one of the Great Blue Heron images.
Have a great day and try to enjoy your life a bit.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Old bridge

The old bridge in the photo has always interested me, especially since I'm a bit of a historian. When you see it with less vegetation you can see where the couple of spans ends so it's now a bridge to nowhere. I'll note it's not real easy to get to the place where I shot the image at. Pretty good image though.
The stream is Fountain Creek. Where the bridge appears to be is at the end of what's presently Mountview Ln when you look at it on Google Earth.

Being curious I've always wondered when the bridge was a bridge people used. I looked up maps from 1909, 1949, 1951, and 1961. The bridge came up on the 1949, and 1951 maps. I was thinking it was destroyed during the floods of 1965 but it was not. 
Below is a screenshot of part of the 1951 map. It's just left of the R in Roswell. The road going north from there I believe is present day Mark Dabling Blvd.
One point of note on the map is Pikeview Station where the power plant is today. The red line to the left of the station is present day Nevada Blvd. To the left of the red line you'll see a bunch of buildings marked. Those were the Anderson film company which also was an aircraft manufacturing company until the early '30's. They, however, went into advertising from then until I think in the 1970's.
Nichols Field is the other one. Doing a little research when you flew to Colorado Springs on Pan Am you landed at Nichols Field in the 1920's. It was basically the main airport though there was about 20 other airfields in the area.
I'm hoping you enjoyed this little foray into local history. Have a great day and enjoy life.