Thunderbirds Fly By to Honor Frontline Responders

In a surprising, yet touching event today, the Air Force Thunderbirds took off from Greeley, CO early on their way to fly over at the Air Force Academy’s graduation ceremony in Colorado Springs. But instead of flying directly to Colorado Springs, they took a lazy path over every hospital between Ft Collins and Colorado Springs to honor all the frontline nurses, doctors, EMTs etc. fighting and saving lives in this pandemic.

Social and local media outlets were told of this event and given a timeline and flight pattern a couple days ago. So I grabbed my sons today and headed to what turned out to be a perfect viewing location — just east of Good Samaritan Hospital off 120th St on the east side of Lafayette.

An hour later than the much publicized schedule, (the graduation ceremony was delayed by rain at the Air Force Academy) the Thunderbirds finally showed up and my selected location was perfect.

Settings: Nikon D500, Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6 ISO 100

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Bald Eagle Pond Has a New Perch

The massive Cottonwood tree out on the island in Bald Eagle Pond, St Vrain State Park, was toppled sometime over this past year. Now all that remains is the bottom third. Very sad.

While we were camping there this past weekend, a juvenile Crane lighted on top of what’s left of the old tree, sunny and preening herself. This is a very tight crop of an image taken from about 250 yards away, hand-held with my Nikon 200-500 lens.

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Lake Marie, Wyoming

I took a slight detour/adventure trip last weekend while camping at Curt Gowdy State Park in Wyoming. I drove about 1.5 hrs West of our camp spot to the top of the Snowy Range pass, to go fish a little alpine lake I remember from a day-trip with my wife Katherine back in the fall of 1996 or 1997.

Nestled near the top of the Snowy Range Pass, just west of Laramie Wyoming, sits these lakes and the picture below is of Lake Marie. Wow. What a scene! Fishing was pretty good too, catching Rainbows and Brookies on a Parachute BWO.

Sunrise at Lake Marie
Lake Marie
Lake Marie 8-shot Pano

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