10k Photography: Blog http://10kphotography.com/blog en-us (C) 10k Photography ashlee@10kphotography.com (10k Photography) Fri, 03 Jul 2015 22:40:00 GMT Fri, 03 Jul 2015 22:40:00 GMT http://10kphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u282848954-o321997053-50.jpg 10k Photography: Blog http://10kphotography.com/blog 87 120 Watched Like a Hawk http://10kphotography.com/blog/2015/4/watched-like-a-hawk We watched this beauty having a snack when we had the tables turned on us as s/he noticed us and the stare down began.  The moment was a little intense but it was quickly realized that neither party had any intention of intruding on one another's space and the feasting resumed.


ashlee@10kphotography.com (10k Photography) hawk nature prey wildlife http://10kphotography.com/blog/2015/4/watched-like-a-hawk Sun, 05 Apr 2015 23:13:33 GMT
Dog Fight? http://10kphotography.com/blog/2015/2/not-a-dog-fight ***The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th photos in this set were shot through a car windshield.


We recently spotted two juvenile bald eagles sitting on a frozen portion of a lake.  Because they were so far away, we waited, in hopes that they would take flight and head our way.  Soon enough, one did just that. As were were guessing where he was headed, and as we followed along in our vehicle, we saw a hawk suddenly approach and attack the eagle.  The eagle was completely upside down at one point, as they dueled it out, midair. While their encounter was short lived, it was filled with heart pounding action.  The eagle left, continuing in the direction he had started out in, and the hawk remained, circling his air space, keeping a watchful eye.  It was then that we were able to scramble for a shot of the juvenile eagle and his impressive wingspan.  Definitely an exciting moment. 

Don't forget to keep your eye on the sky! 


ashlee@10kphotography.com (10k Photography) aerial-combat bald-eagle bird eagle fight hawk nature wildlife http://10kphotography.com/blog/2015/2/not-a-dog-fight Fri, 06 Feb 2015 02:03:21 GMT
Pablo Part II http://10kphotography.com/blog/2015/1/pablo-part-ii Here's a better look at our resident Great Horned Owl, Pablo. We spotted him watching us, in the beautiful, golden glow that Colorado basks in, just as the sun spreads across the morning sky.

Have a wonderful weekend!

(Word on the street is that Pablo has a bit of an ornery streak. In other words, keep an eye on your small dogs.)


Great Horned Owl in the Sunrise

ashlee@10kphotography.com (10k Photography) great-horned-owl owl sunrise http://10kphotography.com/blog/2015/1/pablo-part-ii Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:15:26 GMT
Pablo http://10kphotography.com/blog/2015/1/pablo Have you ever had the feeling of being watched?

We have a friend, who we lovingly refer to as Pablo, and who visits us frequently. On this day, the sun was just barely lighting the sky, the first hints of snow were softly falling, and there he was. We would not have seen him had we not first watched him swoop low across the ground and then camouflage himself high in the branches. A most wonderful start to the day.

Have a beautiful weekend!

(Great Horned Owl)

Great Horned Owl

ashlee@10kphotography.com (10k Photography) great horned nature owl wildlife http://10kphotography.com/blog/2015/1/pablo Fri, 23 Jan 2015 03:50:38 GMT
Frozen Year End http://10kphotography.com/blog/2014/12/frozen-year-end As we prepare to ring in the New Year, we would like to thank you for an amazing year here at 10k Photography. We have experienced an unbelievable amount of interest and support as we continue to follow our passion of capturing and sharing moments and memories with, and for, you. We look forward to staying connected with our amazing client, customer, and fan base, as well as creating new connections in the new year.  As always, please feel free to share our website and/or Facebook page.  We hope you have an amazing 2015, full of love, laughter, good health, and many, many memories.  :)

To commemorate the freezing temperatures we are experiencing here, we would like to share our gallery of frozen bubbles. Wherever you are, we hope that you warmly enjoy.  :)


ashlee@10kphotography.com (10k Photography) Frozen Bubbles http://10kphotography.com/blog/2014/12/frozen-year-end Wed, 31 Dec 2014 03:00:05 GMT
Summer Sunset http://10kphotography.com/blog/2014/8/summer-sunset I absolutely adore where I live.  I can never not look at our mountains.  I remember staring at them, as a kindergartener, from the school playground, thinking I could run to them and back in the short 15 minute recess we had each day. It never occurred to me that they looked so close because they were so BIG.  In reality, I was about an hour's drive away.  When we would visit, I can still remember the overwhelming awe I felt as the mountain walls rose above our car, seemingly swallowing us, the farther in we drove... It is the same feeling I get now, each time I make the venture with my own family.  A-maze-ing.  They are majestic in every way and I feel honored that I can share a piece of their beauty with you.

ashlee@10kphotography.com (10k Photography) cornfield mountains rocky sunset http://10kphotography.com/blog/2014/8/summer-sunset Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:36:03 GMT
Love Doves http://10kphotography.com/blog/2014/8/love-doves I have always had a fascination with doves.  When I was young, I rarely saw them but, when I did, I was mesmerized by them. I've never been able to pin the reason why, but they have always been special.  Imagine my surprise when I discovered that a family of doves had taken up residence in a tree behind our house a few years ago.  They have done well and I have watched the family grow.  (aka- they are everywhere now) I can look out my window at any given time and be willing to bet money that I will see one.

A few days ago, I looked out and saw a peculiar looking dove.  He looked smaller and there was something odd about his beak.  At first I was perplexed but then realized, in all this time, and throughout the ever growing population of doves, I have never seen a baby.  Could it be?  I grabbed my camera and followed the youngster as he hopped along the fence.  I fired off a few shots before he returned to the dense tree (where I am convinced they secretly hide their army of young'uns, hence the reason I have never seen one).

As I pondered my discovery over the next few days (seriously... this was a big deal to me) I kept an eye out for my new little friend.  It was like magic when I happened to witness, not only the reappearance of the baby dove, but also his doting mama.  That is also when I realized how loud and demanding (and human child like) juvenile doves can be.  No different that other birds, you see... but I think, maybe, I expected actions that were a little more... angelic??  Peaceful??  Not exactly.  He squawked and beat his wings in a ridiculous manner until mama moved in and he rammed his beak into her mouth and enjoyed whatever bird yumminess she had to offer.  The scene repeated itself a few times as I watched this loving mother tend to her baby.   I stayed until, either he was satisfied or she had just plain had enough of his little birdie tantrum and they flew off. 

Being a lover of both animals and nature, I was drawn into their exchange.  It warmed my heart and feel honored that I was able to see it.  The added bonus that I got to capture a few, completely amazing moments validates the passion I have for what I do. 

ashlee@10kphotography.com (10k Photography) bird chick dove http://10kphotography.com/blog/2014/8/love-doves Sat, 16 Aug 2014 16:45:04 GMT
Super Moon 08/10/14 http://10kphotography.com/blog/2014/8/super-moon-08/10/14 It was a battle against clouds tonight as the Super Moon rose over the horizon.  And then it became a battle against clouds and mosquitoes.  If that wasn't enough, I nearly fainted at the sound of the nearby sprinkler hissing to life.  Thankfully, I was able to rescue all of my gear before any damage was done.  To say the least, I was a little disappointed. But, we can't always battle nature and win.  The person who set the timer on the sprinkler system, however... I might be willing to duel over that.  ;)

ashlee@10kphotography.com (10k Photography) moon silhouette supermoon http://10kphotography.com/blog/2014/8/super-moon-08/10/14 Mon, 11 Aug 2014 03:55:52 GMT
Mr. Dragonfly http://10kphotography.com/blog/2014/7/mr-dragonfly Ironically, not long after we shared the photo of the damselfly feeding on her prey, this beautiful creature buzzed by us before landing on our porch. He got comfortable in the highest, darkest corner available. So I climbed and stretched. He stayed like this until he flew away, giving me only one angle of his colorful body. And when he did fly away, I may or may not have scrambled down as fast as I could. Dragonflies are cool but I have never felt the urge to come into contact with one.

I have heard that, while adult dragonflies are extremely colorful, immature dragonflies are mostly green and brown. Since this one falls into both categories, I am going with late teens. Did you know that a dragonfly catches his food (other flying insects) while flying? They can easily move in six different directions and a part of their mouth is actually able to reach forward, grabbing their prey. One other interesting fact is that dragonflies have gills in their abdomen that they can breath water through. They then use those gills like itty bitty rocket boosters, shooting that water out to catapult themselves in... well, apparently any direction they want.


ashlee@10kphotography.com (10k Photography) dragonfly insect http://10kphotography.com/blog/2014/7/mr-dragonfly Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:55:38 GMT
2014 Fireworks Collection http://10kphotography.com/blog/2014/7/2014-fireworks-collection I am putting together a collection of 2014 fireworks so that they may all be seen in one place.  On some of these, I manipulated the focus while using a long exposure.  Hope you enjoy!  :)


ashlee@10kphotography.com (10k Photography) display fireworks pyrotechnics http://10kphotography.com/blog/2014/7/2014-fireworks-collection Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:16:11 GMT
A Horse of a Horsefly http://10kphotography.com/blog/2014/7/a-horse-of-a-horsefly We noticed this enormous fella parked in our driveway recently. We really needed him to move, which he had no intention of doing on his own. Before threatening to call the authorities to have him towed, I ran in to grab my camera. He stuck around for a few poses which made me wonder if he was used to being in the limelight. What convinced me is when I heard a little voice calling, "Help me! Help meeee!" (If you don't fully appreciate that reference... we'll all know which movie you haven't seen)



ashlee@10kphotography.com (10k Photography) eyes fly horsefly insect macro http://10kphotography.com/blog/2014/7/a-horse-of-a-horsefly Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:12:48 GMT
Damselfly Discovery http://10kphotography.com/blog/2014/7/damselfly-discovery While it's not the greatest capture that I could have hoped for.... it happened, I saw it happen, and I am going to share it with you. It was small, only about 2.5 inches long, and I was about 8 feet away. I was also teetering on the edge of the bank to get the best angle so it is what it is. And what it is, is what I thought was a dragonfly having a snack... until my good friend questioned that it might just be a damselfly.  And, so, off I was to find out.  I confirmed my findings by comparing the differences between the two.

A few ways of knowing the difference is that dragonflies have eyes that seem to touch at the top of their heads, while damselflies have eyes that are clearly separate and on the sides of their head. Dragonflies have more bulky bodies while damselflies have bodies that are more slender. One more difference is that, when dragonflies have their wings in a resting position, they are normally held open. A damselfly will hold its wings closed and over its abdomen.

So, there you have it... a damselfly discovery. 





ashlee@10kphotography.com (10k Photography) damselfly dragonfly insect macro prey http://10kphotography.com/blog/2014/7/damselfly-discovery Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:05:26 GMT
Mr. Mayfly http://10kphotography.com/blog/2014/7/mr-mayfly A few mornings ago, I saw this interesting character hanging out on my back door.  I curiously watched him for few moments and then decided to pull out my macro lens and invite my visitor to be a model.  Much to my delight, he agreed to strike a few poses.  In all actuality, I believe he was watching me just as much as I was watching him.  The varying positions of his eyes in these photos is proof enough to me.  I photographed him from both the inside and outside of the door, capturing a view from above and below.  What was most interesting to me is that his eyes followed me from both directions.  I refer to my visitor as "he" because, after we spent some time together, we parted ways and I set off to research a little about him and his kind.  During my investigation, I discovered that his large eyes (extremely sensitive in order to spot his lady) and long legs (in order to grab his lady, mid-air, during mating) clearly classified him as male.  I tried to find out more about his eyes but, honestly, my average research time is short and sporadic so I didn't find much.  Just that the bottoms of his eyes are used for seeing greater detail.  Mayflies have very interesting lives.  They hatch and then live under water or in damp places (under wet rocks, wood, etc) and live for anywhere from two weeks to two years at which point they emerge as a winged adult.  They rest for a while and a few hours later, they moult again into a brighter color.  Their adult lifespan is approximately one day.  The males form a swarm over water where they spot their lady friends, grab a hold of one, and mate. The female then spirals down to the water, depositing her eggs, and laying in wait for her moment of fish food glory.  The males return to land to die.  The deposited eggs fall into the water and attach to rocks or plants.  There is a certain species of Mayfly that actually pulls herself under the water to deposit her eggs before drowning.

After learning all of this, I wonder why Mr. Mayfly was hanging out on my backdoor.  I figure that maybe he is a little like me and directionally challenged. Or, he is like me and determined to step outside of life's box and live differently.  Either way (or both), I think we bonded. And I hope he left his short lived life with the satisfaction of knowing that, out of the more than billions of Mayflies flitting around out there, he was one of only a few to have been immortalized via internet fame.  Small internet fame, as it is, but seriously.... 15 minutes of fame to a Mayfly is practically a lifetime.

ashlee@10kphotography.com (10k Photography) insect macro mayfly http://10kphotography.com/blog/2014/7/mr-mayfly Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:59:04 GMT
A Moon and Venus Morning http://10kphotography.com/blog/2014/6/a-moon-and-venus-morning One of the reasons I am normally an early riser is because the world is so much different before the hustle and bustle of the day starts.  I enjoy the newness and adventurous atmosphere it provides.  My senses are on fire while discovering what awaits me.  That and it gives my mind some time to reset for the day.  And that is never a bad thing.  This morning, I stepped out side to be greeted by the brilliance of both the moon and Venus in the sky.  The low lying clouds quickly rose to cover them so the fact that I spotted them when I did left me with a great sense of satisfaction.  Sometimes, sleep is entirely too much overrated .  ;)


the moon and ve

ashlee@10kphotography.com (10k Photography) Venus moon sunrise http://10kphotography.com/blog/2014/6/a-moon-and-venus-morning Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:39:44 GMT
Strawberry Thieves http://10kphotography.com/blog/2014/6/strawberry-theives I overheard voices commenting that there was "maybe" a baby bird on our fence the other day.  I went to investigate and saw that it was indeed a baby robin.  Not only that, but the parent was nearby.  I grabbed my camera but wasn't at all happy trying to snap photos through the window so I watched for a bit while I waited for the perfect opportunity to sneak out without scaring them off.  It wasn't hard once I realized that the parent robin was disappearing for seconds at a time into one of my strawberry gardens.  At first that made me grumble but I really wanted to see the outcome so I figured I'd let it pass just this once.  Once the parent had jumped down into the depth of all that is strawberry, I quickly slid out the door and found a spot to ready my shooting stance.  I didn't have to wait long and I got quite a show.  That, and I finally have proof of who has been stealing my strawberries.  It's ok... I can share.  :)


ashlee@10kphotography.com (10k Photography) birds chick feeding fledgling robin strawberry wildlife http://10kphotography.com/blog/2014/6/strawberry-theives Fri, 20 Jun 2014 13:43:22 GMT
Say's Phoebe http://10kphotography.com/blog/2014/6/says-phoebe It was recently brought to my attention that some baby birds were about to happen.  Mama had built her nest in an awkward viewing location for humans so it was tricky to get a good shot. Tricky, as in, balanced on stairs with the camera held over my head and someone else telling me when the frame was in focus.  At first, it was thought that there was only one baby in the nest.  But once we zoomed in we counted five little fuzzy headed beaks waiting patiently for their mama's return.  Mama, was watching us closely, waiting until we left to join her babies.  We weren't sure what kind of bird she was so I did some research later and my best guess is that she is a Say's Phoebe.  They lay 4-7 eggs and, once hatched, the babies become fledglings at 12-14 days.  Mama and Papa are monogamous and will sometimes lay a second clutch. 

We hope you enjoy my death defying photos.  ;)  Included is a short video clip where you can see some movement in the nest.  (the squeak noises in the beginning are me trying to wake the babies)


ashlee@10kphotography.com (10k Photography) Say's Phoebe baby birds birds chicks nest http://10kphotography.com/blog/2014/6/says-phoebe Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:18:27 GMT
Friday the 13th Honey Moon http://10kphotography.com/blog/2014/6/friday-the-13th-honey-moon The moon is at it's lowest path this month, with its close proximity to the horizon giving it an amber glow. (Hence the name "Honey Moon").  In other words, all of the dust and pollution on the air scatters the light, similar to what happens at sunset, when the sun appears red or or orange.  Along with the lovely burst of color, during this month's full moon phase, it is is also a perigee moon (at it's closest distance to the Earth).  Put all of this together and you get an awesomely colorful moon rising into and hanging in the sky.  Pretty cool, right?  It's even more amazing when you realize that the last full Honey Moon to appear on Friday the 13th was on June 13th, 1919.  And the next occurrence will not happen until June 13, 2098.  Knowing all of this, I grabbed my gear, some kids, and set out on a short hike to watch this once in a lifetime event.  If you didn't get a chance to see it, no worries, we captured a little bit of it for you.  We hope you enjoy the photos.  Hover over each one to read its description or give it a click to see a larger view.  And have an amazing day!

First Hint of a Honey MoonWe waited for about 30 minutes before we spotted the first hint of a pinkish glow.

It Looks Like the Sun!The little ones were amazed by the color. "It looks like the sun!!"

Golden HoneyThe color was amazing!

What a ViewMy two youngest sons were with me. The mosquitoes gave them a run for their money when I asked them to freeze for this shot.

Spooky MoonOnce it had completely risen off of the horizon, it started to lose some of its golden hue. But was still impressive as it passed behind the clouds.

Honey Through the TreesI stopped for one last shot on the way back. After all, it "was" Friday the 13th. ;)

ashlee@10kphotography.com (10k Photography) Friday the 13th full moon honey moon moon http://10kphotography.com/blog/2014/6/friday-the-13th-honey-moon Sun, 15 Jun 2014 18:24:55 GMT