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Buford
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3/9/2021
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Most trips recently were more hiking or peakbagging oriented and I didn't bring a real camera for those. I did only did a couple more leisurely trips with a camera recently.

Went looking for the Mars rover and couldn't find it:








Found some other creatures:








Still need to edit multiple timelapse sequences into a single video. Colors may be screwed up and artifacts on some devices because of the video codec and color space I used. Click the image below to watch:
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kk6mbh
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3/10/2021
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Beautiful.
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Rocko1
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3/10/2021
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Your pictures are truly stunning.
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Buford
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3/12/2021
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Didn't realize the larger images would mess up the forum screen format so much. Don't really feel like finding all the lower resolution links to repost.

There are only a few minutes each day with the right conditions for this look. One more similar one:
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3/13/2021
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Amazing !
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tekewin
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3/13/2021
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Awesome as always! Wow.
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3/15/2021
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Your pictures are incredible Buford.
edited by surfponto on 3/15/2021

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rockhopper
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3/15/2021
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Excellent photography!
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Buford
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3/15/2021
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Thanks all.

Sunrise timelapse if you click the image (wish I woke up earlier to start with the stars):


Ram cropped tight:
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3/22/2021
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Same day, looking in a slightly different direction than one of the others:


Another direction:


Example of the type of hike the real camera gets left at home:
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4/13/2021
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New one:

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Scooter
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4/13/2021
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Beautiful, "The Ramp"
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4/14/2021
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Great B@W photo. I call " The ramp" The Paw.
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4/14/2021
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Another view of the ramp
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4/14/2021
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Great photos Buford!

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4/23/2021
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Beautiful...!!

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7/10/2021
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Stay safe out there. It is hot.

It was 113F at sunset and at 11:00 pm my car still said 107F last night. It was 93F with some thunder, lightning and rain this morning at 5:00 am.

Click the image below for a day to night timelapse:

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7/10/2021
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Great timelapse Buford!

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Buford
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7/11/2021
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A couple more from Saturday morning. I missed the good sunrise as I decided to camp out of the wind rather than with a good view.



Some of the best crepuscular rays I have seen.
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deborah
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7/11/2021
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Amazing pictures as always!!
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Rocko1
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7/12/2021
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Love these pictures. I find it interesting how the 'ramp' appears as if it would take about 30 minutes to get to the top, if only!
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7/12/2021
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That is a pretty spectacular sunrise Buford!
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7/23/2021
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Amazing Captures!

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7/25/2021
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More black and white


edited by Buford on 7/25/2021
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8/1/2021
Buford
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Thunderstorm over San Felipe Valley


San Ysidro range:


Next to get hit:


Ominous sign pulling into town:


Badlands:




Last touch of light:


Pastel palette:


Lots of stars:


Early morning:


It is getting more and more difficult to find badlands features without illegal tire tracks all f*%$ing over them from banned offroad activity. I try and angle things so they are less obvious or skip the shot completely.
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rockhopper
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8/3/2021
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Nice Milky Way Capture!! Ditto on the tire tracks in wilderness areas.
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Buford
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8/7/2021
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Click the images to play the timelapse videos.

Another sunset to milky way timelapse:


Thunderstorms forming over the desert timelapse:
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Scooter
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8/7/2021
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Buford wrote:
Click the images to play the timelapse videos.

Another sunset to milky way timelapse:


Thunderstorms forming over the desert timelapse:

Unbelievable, you know how to catch the "magic" of the desert !! That few people really know, thank you for sharing.
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8/8/2021
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Very nice work Buford..! Thumbs Up

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Rocko1
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8/9/2021
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Trying to beat the heat been doing a few early morning Cuyamaca hikes. Few peaks in this pic-Dawns, Rabbit, Villager, Granite, Stonewall.


Full size https://i.imgur.com/02M6YME.jpg
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8/9/2021
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Nice pic rocko1...gonna heat up again this week out there.

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Rocko1
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8/9/2021
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dsefcik wrote:
Nice pic rocko1...gonna heat up again this week out there.

Yeah, August is slim pickings for hikes. I try to be off trail by 9ish most of the time. Saw a couple of large groups of turkeys near the lake last trip.
https://i.imgur.com/rnsIUdu.mp4
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8/17/2021
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Thanks @Scooter, all. I try and capture the desert as I experience it.

For the warmer months: go early, go high, go north or a combination of all of those.

Since everyone seems to like the ridge:










Only brought the cell phone up real high. Bighorn sheep high up (cell phone shot):


Click the image for a quick video of bighorn in the hail, sleet and snow. Good ewe/lamb ratio, every ewe had a lamb and I wanted to count them and write down collar and ear tag info for some reason:

edited by Buford on 8/17/2021
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tekewin
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8/21/2021
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Is the last set from White Mountain or somewhere else? The B&W image is sweet.
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8/22/2021
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tekewin wrote:
Is the last set from White Mountain or somewhere else? The B&W image is sweet.


Correct on the location. Did a couple days up there hiking. Sure was hazy at times.

Most of the recent B&W images are 850 infrared. It cuts through the haze and makes harsh light look good.

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8/23/2021
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Nice! Haze was probably smoke from all the fires. We were in Tahoe and Mammoth in July and smoke was bad everywhere.
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Buford
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9/26/2021
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Anyone know what these bugs are:


Picture from a camp chair left out overnight.

Was camping out in the badlands. Immediately after it got dark the bugs became intolerable. Swarming all over and attached to lights as usual. Jumped in the tent but it sounded like it was raining. Thousands of them hitting the tent. Read in the tent for a while and finally turned out the lights and it stopped. Woke up to thousands of them dead on the chairs left outside, in the rolled up storm flap of the tent, rain gutters on the car. Almost an inch deep in spots.

Good thing they didn't bite or sting. Cicadas of some kind? Never experienced anything like it in Borrego before.

No milky way shots, too much haze but made for an interesting sunrise:


I'll post some more pictures later.
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tekewin
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9/27/2021
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Bugs look like some kind of beetle. See if this site helps narrow it down.

Sounds like a nightmare from a movie.
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10/5/2021
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https://anzaborrego.ucnrs.org/beetles-order-coleoptra-anza-borrego-desert-state-park/

Almost looks like metallic wood boring beetle.
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10/6/2021
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@Rocko1 Thanks, that looks promising. I'll do more searching. The Mettallic Wood Boring Beetle looks somewhat promising.





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Very nice 👍

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