Hobbies

Photographing Stars and the Milky Way

Photographing the Milky Way

Photographing the stars or the Milky Way at night isn’t all the difficult. However, unlike most other areas of photography, whether it be landscapes or portraits, the equipment makes all the difference in the world, and it can get pricey. The reason being, there isn’t a whole light to work with, so you need to bring in cleanly, as much of it as possible. You accomplish this in two ways. The first being the camera body. A digital camera’s sensor is comprised of millions of tiny photo-sensors, which gather light…
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Pictures of Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods

The Garden of the Gods is an incredibly beautiful 1,367 acre park in Colorado Springs. It was designated as a National Landmark in 1971. One of the more cool things about this park is that tourists are allowed to climb on the rocks, and with a permit, are even allowed to scale the rocks with harnessing gear. It’s extremely well kept and offers a lot of great paved walking paths. Because of this, the park is usually bustling with people, but I was fortunate enough to capture this shot when…
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Pictures of Old Farms

Pictures of old farms

Although Colorado is synonymous with beautiful Mountain vistas, the Great Planes have their beauty as well. Many of the old farms, now worn down and in shambles, bring back a haunting simplicity to the way life use to be. Desolate, arduous and lonely, they are relics of a time long past, yet captivate the modern day imagination of how things used to be without cell phones, the internet and grocery stores. About 40 or so miles east of Colorado Springs on one those roads identified by just a number is…
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DIY Greenhouse in Colorado

Colorado greenhouse

Gardening in Colorado can prove quite challenging, especially during the spring months when temperatures can swing 50°F from one day to the next. To complicate matters, hail is quite common and can destroy a garden in a matter of minutes. Even pea-sized hail can shred through the green leaves and pit most vegetables. This has happened to us the last few years and ultimately resulted in us restarting from seeds in June, which knocked off a couple months from the growing season. That’s why a greenhouse is almost necessary when…
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Colorado Backcountry Motorcycle Ride

March is still a pretty cold month in Colorado backcountry, except as is typically the case, Mother Nature generously dishes out a few days where the temperatures are warm enough for a motorcycle ride. Fortunately for us, a couple of those days happened to fall on the weekend, so we decided to take a motorcycle route through the Rocky Mountains. The route we took was conservative, considering there was still a lot of snow in the mountains. Nonetheless, we did get a lot of off road riding in and didn’t…
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Do I Need to Heat My Chicken Coop in the Winter?

Winter Chicken Coop Colorado

We live in Colorado, and when we first thought about raising chickens, I was concerned about how to keep them warm in the winter. Colorado winter storms can be brutally cold and windy, with the windchill often dropping well below zero. The last thing I wanted to do was build the chicken coop, raise the chickens, only to have them suffer frostbite, or worse yet die in the middle of winter. After doing a lot of research, I found out chickens are actually quite hardy. As long as they remain…
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Oil Change in BMW 800 GS Motorcycle

Performing an oil change in a BMW 800 GS motorcycle is super easy, so don’t bother paying someone else to do it for you. Especially the BMW dealership who will gladly charge you a couple hundred dollars at their convenience. It only takes about 30 minutes, a tad longer if you haven’t done it before. How frequently you perform an oil change in the 800 GS is a topic of much debate. If you follow the official manual, it says to do so every 10,000 km (or about 6,200 miles)….
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