I had my Mom and nephew in town for Thanksgiving and we took a drive through the Garden of the Gods the next day. We've had a particularly wet fall, with several snowstorms coming through Colorado Springs since mid-October. Our most recent storm dumped 7 or 8 inches of snow on the city, with far more in the mountains. This photo was taken a couple days later, when warming temperatures had begun to slowly melt the snow. I took it with a Canon 6D DSLR camera and a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens.

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Another shot of one of my backyard squirrel friends. This one enjoys the free meals but gives me the evil eye and will chirp at me if I get too close for a photo. This was taken with a Canon 6D DSLR camera and a Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens.

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Another shot of one of my backyard squirrel friends. I have a band of four or five squirrels that show up each morning looking for a free meal. I took this photo using a Canon 6D DSLR camera and a Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens.

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I have a habit of feeding the squirrels in our backyard. So much so that they show up every morning for breakfast. Here's one of the younger ones enjoying some seed during the tail end of a snowstorm. I took this photo using a Canon 6D DSLR camera and a Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens.

Another shot of the Milky Way from the Paint Mines Open Space in Calhan, Colorado, last night, my favorite and most visited site for photographing our galaxy. I light painted the foreground with an iPhone and blended it with a second exposure of the sky. This shot was taken with a Canon 6D DSLR camera with a Rokinon FE14M-C 14mm F2.8 Ultra Wide Lens.

After having not imaged the Milky Way all summer, I went to the Paint Mines Open Space in Calhan, Colorado, last night, determined to get a photo before the core sets for the year. Here is our home galaxy rising above two hoodoos in the Paint Mines. Interestingly, we ran into another Milky Way photographer already set up in the park. He wasn't sure how to get into the rockier sections of the Paint Mines, so we all went together and ended up spending a couple hours imaging together.

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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.