November 2009 Squaw Creek Winter Scenes

This was from a snowy morning, turned into an extremely snowy morning. Not a ton of geese there quite yet.

The snowfall rates for about 3 hours here was insane.

It just doesn't snow a lot harder than it was now. My stupid 100-400L got condensation inside the outer glass around now. Got it cold, then warmed it up too much in the car. As it expands and contracts, it just sucks the moisture in there. No way to get that back out other than expanding and contracting it in a dry climate. This consisted of first getting the snow dried out of the car. Then it consisted of blasting the heater on the glass, followed by blasting the AC on it. Back and forth, on and on. Took right around 1 hour to get the inside dry again. Otherwise it had a big ring of haze around the shots. But anyway, ever get that and don't own a set of those extremely tiny flat head screw drivers, this method will work to dry it out.

Ducks in heavy snow.

This was cool to see them flying in this crazy snow. It wasn't easy to shoot. You'd have to focus ahead of them and let them go into the focus range while following them. Autofocus was a lost cause with all the flakes.

A different morning down there with Tyler and Chris, who were both there on the snowy morning as well. We'd hoped to get above this fog in the hills there, but found it was right even with them. Often all we'd need was a slight breeze to mix up the top layer some or blow the fog off the hills. So annoying to do the fog chase thing and have it be JUST as tall as you are on the tallest hill. Took till 1-2 pm for this stuff to ever clear too, so shooting any of the wildlife was mostly a lost cause. It was freezing fog too, which made for some interesting car parts after arriving.

Much later date now with the 600mm. This coyote stopped just long enough for me to snap a couple quick shots of him. Flinging a 12lb 600mm out the car window and doing this before sunrise isn't real easy. This is cropped in most of the way. Had to use 800 ISO to have any sort of shutter for handholding.