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I am selecting one photo each week for this photo-blog. I got a new Leica D-Lux-6 to add to my Canon Digital SLR, and look forward to wading deeper into my love of photography.

Genie's a Spokesmodel-Week 1

Genie's a Spokesmodel-Week 1

For a Zoo Atlanta campaign to recruit Volunteers. She is the only Lutheran snake handler I know. This will be an exception to the rule that I'm only posting my own photos. Couldn't pass this one up.

My new toy

My new toy

Got a Leica D-Lux-6 for Christmas. I wanted an everyday camera that would still produce quality images without the weight of my Canon DSLR.

Leica lenses, the best

Leica with Leather Case

Leica D-Lux 6

Canon T2i

Canon T2i

My DSLR is a Canon. I have shot with Canon SLR's back to the print era. Now, I primarily shoot through two lenses.

Quality at half the price

Quality at half the price

Canon also makes fine lenses. I first bought into Canon before our first trip to Alaska 20 years ago. I realized I could buy a whole outfit, with a couple of lenses, for less than I could purchase one lens for my Leica M2R. Now, I shoot through an EFS 18-135 and an L Series 100-400 zoom. These are the tools I have used for the last several years to capture the photos on the blog.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place-Week 2

Between a Rock and a Hard Place-Week 2

I have been watching this pine tree grow out of this boulder for several years. Finally, the light was right and I stopped and took a picture.

Fire & Ice: Genie sits by the fire in the snow-Week 3

Fire & Ice: Genie sits by the fire in the snow-Week 3

We have had mild weather so far in January, so one afternoon we decided to go make a fire at our campsite and enjoy an afternoon of simulated winter camping.

Sawtooth & the Indian Peaks-Week 4

Sawtooth & the Indian Peaks-Week 4

The Continental Divide in the Indian Peaks Wilderness

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch-Week 5

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch-Week 5

Hepburn's subspecies. This is a rare sighting in the Colorado Front Range. Showed up at our feeder this week. Never seen one of these here in the twelve years we've been here.

Rock Arch-Week 6

Rock Arch-Week 6

Peak to Peak Highway

Leo's 1st Sled Ride-Week7

Bighorn Sheep-Week 8

Bighorn Sheep-Week 8

Spotted a couple of sheep at the bottom of St. Vrain Canyon near Lyons, CO. We see them a few times a year here.

Full Moon over Boulder-Week 9

Foreground Awash in Color-Week 10

Foreground Awash in Color-Week 10

Vast Panoramas in the Distance seen from Inspiration Point in Bryce at Dawn.

Mushroom Cloud over Mt Evans-Week 11

Eagle Peak Sunrise-Week 12

Eagle Peak Sunrise-Week 12

We left the cabin at sunrise, driving back to Atlanta. Our last Colorado sunrise for a while.

Mother & Child - Week 13

Mother & Child - Week 13

Sweet Easter moment

Nostalgia-Week 14

Nostalgia-Week 14

On the side of Mellow Mushroom on Peachtree. Reminiscent of my first car, a 1964 VW Bus with tie-died curtains and a mattress in the back. Quite a hit at the Atlanta Pop Festival in 1970

Serenbe-Week 15

Serenbe-Week 15

Beautiful thoughts that resonate with my soul.

Reflections-Week 16

Reflections-Week 16

A piece of art by Kevin Byrd, my son-in-law.

Little Early for Bluebirds-Week 17

Little Early for Bluebirds-Week 17

Spring snows at Eagle Peak

Art from Antiquity-Week 18

Art from Antiquity-Week 18

Part of my friend Richard Kessler's collection at his Grand Bohemian Hotel in Orlando, FL

Oia, Santorini - Week 19

Oia, Santorini - Week 19

Churches everywhere. One town had 80 churches. I told Genie, nobody can get along. They get mad and start another church. Some of the churches were private, built by one family. They opened to the public only on the birthday of the Saint of their naming.

Blue Mosque at Dusk - Week 20

Blue Mosque at Dusk - Week 20

We visited Istanbul and stayed in Sultanahmet. Our last night we had dinner atop the Seven Hills Restaurant. It was an open air restaurant a block away from the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia. We were captivated by the scene at dusk.

Pig Truck-Week 21

Pig Truck-Week 21

Saw this truck parked at the Kroger. Appears to be on a national tour.

1947 Hudson-Week 22

1947 Hudson-Week 22

Our dear friend Harlan Dahl passed away last week. He was a master appraiser and judge at antique car shows. Here is his 1947 Hudson parked at his funeral.

Downtown Atlanta/Piedmont Park - Week 23

Downtown Atlanta/Piedmont Park - Week 23

Got some incredible views of the city from the open cockpit of the 1941 Smith D-25 Biplane that took us on a tour of the city. Here you see Midtown, the Botanical Gardens, Piedmont Park and Downtown.

Lake Nottely Sunset-Week 25

Lake Nottely Sunset-Week 25

We spent the weekend with our best friends, David and Jennifer Meszaros, at their cabin on the lake. Sunset from their cove.

Bumper Sticker Theology-Week 24

Bumper Sticker Theology-Week 24

Bumper sticker theology is so Candler Park where spiritual but not religious is a way of life. Happiness is a choice. The Meaning of Life is to Live it. There's no Way to Peace, Peace is the Way. Scale Down. Earth. Bend. I changed the license number to protect the innocent.

Hungry Hummer-Week 26

Hungry Hummer-Week 26

On our first day in Colorado, I took 120 pictures. Here is a Broad-tailed Hummingbird feasting on Penstemons in our front yard.

Brainard Lake-Week 27

Brainard Lake-Week 27

Brainard Lake is the gateway to the Indian Peaks Wilderness. We made a 7 AM trip up, and were rewarded with this view. I don't know if I've ever seen the lake so calm. The ridge line is the Continental Divide.

Full Moon over Boulder-Week 28

Full Moon over Boulder-Week 28

Our cabin faces East, giving us great views of sunrises, and moonrises. A full moon rises over Boulder at sunset.

Family Dinner at the Almont Resort-Week 29

Family Dinner at the Almont Resort-Week 29

Had a wonderful weekend down on the Gunnison River with all the family. Only once or twice a year does the whole clan sit down to dinner together, so I had to celebrate this one by asking the server to take our picture.

Anyone want to butt heads? Week 30

Anyone want to butt heads? Week 30

These two males are jostling with each other and butting heads. This is preparation for the rut, when the competition for females gets serious.

Waiting for Meteors-Week 31

Waiting for Meteors-Week 31

We camped out at our Mountain Hytte with our friend Beverly Gholson and our granddaughters Miya and Jasmine. We were waiting for clear skies and the Perseud Meteor Shower. Started raining about 10. Rain was coming in the front so bad we just about bailed. We hung in there, snuggled into our sleeping bags and waited. When we woke up at 4 AM, the sky was clear. We woke the girls and watched meteors from the warmth of our sleeping bags. A memory for a lifetime.

Long-tailed Weasel-Week 32

Long-tailed Weasel-Week 32

This weasel showed up in our yard at dusk. He was hunting chipmunks, squirrels and rabbits. We have only seen one of these three times in 13 years. We once saw one up in the Indian Peaks Wilderness stalking Ptarmigan, a good sized bird.

Flowers in the Fall-Week 33

Flowers in the Fall-Week 33

Beautiful Scarlet Gilia, or Trumpet Flower in our yard the last week of August. This is what happens when it rains every day.

Brown Bears at Brooks Falls-Week 34

Bighorn Ram-Week 35

Bighorn Ram-Week 35

Bighorn sheep gather in Rocky Mountain National Park

Canoe on Pond-Week 36

Canoe on Pond-Week 36

I was at a men's retreat at The Homestead at Kessler Canyon in Debeque, CO and captured this shot just before dusk

Rescue Helicopter-Week 37

Rescue Helicopter-Week 37

With all the canyon roads destroyed by the Boulder floods, over 1000 people were rescued by helicopter. Here the copter awaits its next rescue parked on the side of Peak to Peak Highway.

Sunrise from Gold Hill-Week 38

Sunrise from Gold Hill-Week 38

As we headed down Sunshine Canyon, the only canyon road not totally destroyed by the Floods, we greeted the dawn of a new day

Eastern Screech Owl-Week 39

Eastern Screech Owl-Week 39

We were at the Candler Park Fall Fest and got this Owl picture at the booth AWARE (awareone.org) an animal rescue group in Atlanta. This owl is about 6 inches tall.

Genie with a African Milky Eagle Owl-Week 40

Genie with a African Milky Eagle Owl-Week 40

Genie is a volunteer Docent and Animal Handler at Zoo Atlanta. Here she holds a HUGE Owl.

Leo with Panda-Week 41

Downtown Atlanta at Dusk-Week 42

Downtown Atlanta at Dusk-Week 42

Found a Scout Mob curated deal: Ferris Wheel riding and Roof Top Boozing. Friday night fun, First a ride on the Sky View Ferris Wheel, then drinks at the Rooftop Bar at the Glen Hotel, where I took this picture.

Early Morning on St Simons-Week 43

Early Morning on St Simons-Week 43

We went down to St Simons Island to celebrate our 41st anniversary. Every morning we took a walk on the beach. On a day where they predicted rain, we got a beautiful view.

Fall Leaves-Week 44

Fall Leaves-Week 44

Spent the week taking pictures of fall foliage both in Candler Park and in the North Georgia Mountains near Helen.

Skyline in the Rear View-Week 45

Skyline in the Rear View-Week 45

I had just exited the Connector at Freedom Parkway and was sitting at the stop light at Boulevard, grabbed the phone and snapped this photo.

Atlanta BeltLine Art-Week 46

Atlanta BeltLine Art-Week 46

Genie and I have been walking the open parts of the BeltLine near Inman Park, and taking pictures of the art on the trail. Enjoy.

Mei Lun & Mei Huan-Week 47

Mei Lun & Mei Huan-Week 47

We got to view the Panda twins before they went on display at Zoo Atlanta. Soooo cute.

Sanjiv the 2 1/2 year old male Sumatran Tiger at Zoo Atlanta-Week 48

Mary & Baby Jesus-Week 49

Christmas Lights at Eagle Peak-Week 50

Family Gathered in for Christmas-Week 51

Family Gathered in for Christmas-Week 51

Had all our children and grandchildren in the cabin together for Christmas, what a blessing.

Sunrise over the Front Range-Week 52

Sunrise over the Front Range-Week 52

It's fun taking sunrise pictures in the winter, by summer you have to get up at 5 to get these shots.

Elk in the Front Yard-Bonus Shot

Elk in the Front Yard-Bonus Shot

Happy New Year! We got up around dawn on New Year's day, and spotted four Bull Elk grazing in the front yard

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