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Echinaceas, popularly known as coneflowers, are members of the daisy family of flowers. I took this photo with a Canon T3i DSLR camera and a Sigma AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG lens. 

I took this panoramic photo from the top of Pikes Peak, the 14,115 foot mountain that dominates the western horizon in Colorado Springs. This is looking northwest, towards the next chain of Rocky Mountains after the Front Range where Pikes Peak is found. I took this photo with a Canon 70D DSLR camera and Canon EF-S 17-55mm lens. 

The view from the top of Pikes Peak, the 14,115 foot mountain that dominates the western horizon in Colorado Springs. It's possible to drive to the top of the mountain via the Pikes Peak Highway. A small summit house with that serves donuts and hot dogs awaits you at the top. I took this photo with a Canon 70D DSLR camera and Canon EF-S 17-55mm lens. 

M51, popularly known as the Whirlpool Galaxy, is a face-on spiral galaxy in the constellation of Canes Venatici. A smaller galaxy, NGC 5195, can be seen interacting with it as the two galaxies pass each other, tidally interacting and distorting one of the spiral arms of M51. Both galaxies lie more than 31 million light-years from our own galaxy. I took this image with a TMB92L refractor telescope, a Hutech-modified Canon T3i DSLR, a Orion SSAG autoguider and 50mm guidescope, all on a Celestron AVX mount.

This photo shows the one day old moon setting above the silhouette of Pikes Peak, as seen from a small bluff behind my old apartment complex in Colorado Springs. You can see earth shineon the moon, the phenomenon in which the light of the sun is first reflected by the day side of Earth and back on the otherwise dark face of the crescent moon, illuminating it, too, allowing us to see detail on its surface. I used a Canon 70D and a Canon EF-S 17-55mm lens to capture this image. 

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I photographed the entire 2017 solar eclipse from Colorado Springs, Colorado, where the sun was 90 percent eclipsed at its height. (I'd had plans to travel to Missouri to photograph the total eclipse, but sadly my plans didn't work out.) Here is a photo of the eclipse at its 90 percent maximum I took with a Canon 70D camera through a TMB92L refractor telescope equipped with a white light filter.

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Adams Falls is a beautiful waterfall on the edge of the western side of Rocky Mountain National Park. The waterfall is accessible via a short, half-mile loop trail near Grand Lake, Colorado. I took this photo with a Canon 6D and a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens.

I took this panoramic photo of the 12,007 foot Mount Craig, aka "Mount Baldy," and the Colorado River while hiking the East Inlet Trail near Grand Lake, Colorado. I used a Canon 6D and a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens.

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Here's another photo of the 12,007 foot Mount Craig, aka "Mount Baldy," with the Colorado River in the foreground. I took this photo while hiking the East Inlet Trail near Grand Lake, Colorado. I used a Canon 6D and a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens.

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Mount Craig, otherwise known as "Mount Baldy," a 12,007 foot peak near Grand Lake, Colorado. I took this photo while hiking the East Inlet Trail, which follows the Colorado River. I used a Canon 6D and a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens.