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We went hiking today in Aiken Canyon Nature Preserve, a beautiful area for hiking along SH 115, south of Colorado Springs and Cheyenne Mountain State Park. While hiking the Aiken Canyon Loop Trail, a great 4 mile trail that takes you through forests, fields, and dry creek beds, we saw lots of butterflies feeding on the wildflowers. I used a Canon 6D DSLR camera and a Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens to take this photo. 

I took this photo this past January while hiking Templeton Trail -- my favorite trail in Palmer Park, a series of bluffs at the heart of Colorado Springs. I used a Canon 70D DSLR camera and Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX lens.

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The view from the top of Red Mountain, a 7,375 foot mountain on the edge of the small town of Manitou Springs. This is looking south, towards Cheyenne Mountain and other smaller mountains in the foothills of Colorado Springs. You can see downtown Colorado Springs in the upper left corner of the photo, just below the horizon. I took this photo with a Canon 6D DSLR camera and a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens. 

Red Mountain is a 7,375 foot mountain in the foothills of the Colorado Front Range that overlooks the town of Manitou Springs. It lies just south of the Manitou Incline and offers great views of the many hikers ascending the grueling trail that ascends nearly 2,000 feet in just one mile. The summit of Red Mountain features the graffitied remains of the old summit house. I took this photo using a Canon 6D DSLR camera and a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens. 

The waning gibbous moon setting over the Colorado Springs Front Range. A few birds were kind enough to fly across the field of view while I was shooting this photo. I took this picture with a Canon 70D DSLR camera and a Sigma AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG telephoto lens. 

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Some of the many rock formations visible while hiking Templeton Trail in Palmer Park in Colorado Springs, a wonderful Central Park size that sits atop a series of bluffs at the heart of the city. I took this photo with a Canon 70D DSLR camera and a Canon EF-S 17-55mm lens. 

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Photo of a double rainbow arching over the bluffs behind my old apartment complex in Colorado Springs, taken with a Canon 70D DSLR camera and a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX lens. 

I took this photo of Saturn and four of its moons back in 2013, when I lived in Arkansas, on a night of incredible seeing. I captured this image by taking two exposures, one for the planet and a second for the moons, and then combining them into a single composite shot. I used a Celestron C6 SCT telescope on a CG-4 mount and an ASI120MC planetary/lunar imaging camera.

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The largest sunspot in 24 years occurred in late October 2014. I managed to photograph it on October 27, 2014, using a Canon T3i DSLR camera and TMB92L refractor telescope equipped with a white light filter. The sunspot is comparable to Jupiter in size. A sunspot is a cooler area on the surface of the sun caused by fluctuating magnetic fields. 

Here is the Milky Way, our home galaxy, as seen from a field near the Paint Mines Open Space in Calhan, Colorado. I took this long exposure photo with a Canon 70D DSLR camera and a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX lens.