All posts by Robert Winslow

For some reason you have to double click on the photo in order to get the proper paragraph spacing. In 1971 Robert hiked the entire Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. By completing this 2000+-mile journey, he became just the 36th person to have walked the entire trail continuously in one year. Along the way, Robert carried an old Argus C-3 camera that he borrowed from his grandfather. It had no light meter so Robert wrote down all of his exposures in a notebook so that he could learn the best camera settings for different light conditions. Upon completion of the Trail, Rodale Press contacted Robert to contribute to a book called “Hiking the Appalachian Trail”. One of his photos appeared on the cover of the second volume along with thirteen other photos on the inside. While Robert was completing his graduate work in biology, he entered a photo contest run by Nikon and won a fourth place. Later, while teaching at Idaho State University, Robert took photography courses in the Art and Journalism departments. At this time, he also began teaching nature photography classes. Robert is an internationally known nature photographer with thousands of published images. He holds a master's degree in Biology and taught Outdoor Education and Wilderness Studies as a full time faculty member at Idaho State University for six years. Since moving to Durango in 1981, Robert has been a full time freelance photographer. His work has appeared in/on many books, magazines, gift items and in over 20 different calendars in one year. His photos have been used in national ad campaigns by such diverse entities as Adobe, Amtrak, The National Audubon Society, The National Geographic Society, The Nature Conservancy and Phillips Petroleum. Several of Robert’s photos are in a new video presentation produced by the WildEarth Guardians and narrated by Alan Arkin to facilitate efforts to protect and restore wolves. The 2011 International Wolf Center Calendar was exclusively Robert's photos. He has won numerous photo awards including Grand Prize winner in the National Wildlife Cover Photo Contest out of over 10,000 entries. He is also the First Place Winner in the Wildlife Category In Outdoor Photographer's Magical Adventures Photo Contest. Robert has run customized individual and private group photo tours to select locations around the world for over 20 years. He is semi-retired from leading these tours so please contact Robert directly if you are interested in traveling to Kenya or other locations. Robert is currently retired from teaching advanced photography programs for The Mountains and Plains Institute for Lifelong Learning and Service. Since 1981 Robert has lived in Durango, Colorado where for some unknown reason he is included in a list of Famous Faces of Durango at www.durango.org/durango-area/people He has been married to the amazing Marilyn S. Leftwich, PhD since 1987. Contact information Robert Winslow Robert Winslow Photo, Inc. Mail: PO Box 334 Durango, CO 81302-0334 Courier: 235 Oak Road, Rafter J Durango, CO 81303-7655 Phone: 970-259-4143 Email: rwinslow@mydurango.net Robert's Facebook address: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/profile.php?ref=name&id=100000550352839 Bob and Marilyn's personal website: www.marilynandbob.smugmug.com

Old Slides – Cairo, Egypt

I’m going through and editing, scanning and tossing old slides.

People piling into a Public Bus, Thrir Square,  Cairo, Egypt, Africa

This is the bus that we (wife #2 and I) took into downtown Cairo, Egypt from the airport. We were trying to save money and didn’t take a cab.

I can still remember the ride. The guys (no women on the bus) were very nice and made room for us and helped with our luggage as well. Some of them tried to converse with us in English I don’t know if we would have made it off the bus without their kind assistance. 1983. I’m not sure what it would be like now.

Two Different Birds Deliver a Lesson for Me and Others

A couple of weeks ago, an Anna’s Hummingbird showed up at the feeder at a friend’s house in Edgemont Highlands. This bird is common in “open-wooded or shrubby areas and mountain meadows along the Pacific coast from British Columbia to Arizona.” (Wikipedia) The only other reported sighting of an Anna’s in my area was in 1970! On Monday evening, I was able to photograph the bird even though the light was low.

Anna's Hummingbird, Calypte anna, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
Anna’s Hummingbird, Calypte anna, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
Anna's Hummingbird, Calypte anna, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
Anna’s Hummingbird, Calypte anna, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America

Anna's Hummingbird, Calypte anna, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America

Anna's Hummingbird, Calypte anna, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America

 

Two days after I photographed the Anna’s and just after we’d finished a bird walk, a birder called me to say she had found a Chestnut-sided Warbler. This bird breeds in eastern North America and in southern Canada westwards to the Canadian Prairies. There had only been two other reported sighting of a Chestnut-sided Warbler in La Plata County until this one. I drove and then hiked to where Susan was still monitoring the bird. Eventually, it showed up again and I was able to get some good photos in good light. It really pays to keep a camera in a daypack.

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Chestnut-sided Warble, Setophaga pensylvanica, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
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Chestnut-sided Warble, Setophaga pensylvanica, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
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Chestnut-sided Warble, Setophaga pensylvanica, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America

What is interesting is that those two very rare birds to our area – one from the West Coast and the other from the eastern US – showed up within a few days of each other. Why? Could it be global climate change?

Whatever the reason, I love these two birds and feel a kinship with them. Whether they know it or not, they are explorers and pioneers. Seekers. Risk-takers. Perhaps lonely – and maybe because of it – they are adventuresome. They are willing to strike out from what is normal and explore new territories and distant horizons. We could all stand to learn to live a bit more like these beautiful birds.

Our trip to New York City in June

42nd Street from Tudor City

Here are a few cell phone photos from our recent trip to NYC.  Marilyn sings with the Durango Choral Society and they along with the Artistic Director, Dr. Linda Mack Berven were asked to perform at Carnegie Hall with Linda as the conductor. We were there for six days and five nights.

 

 

 

 

One day we took a walk on the High Line Trail which has lots of native plants growing along the way.

Even though we rode the subways a lot we never encountered a rat except for this one.

Inflatable Rat Near Hudson Yards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We visited the 9/11 Memorial Museum. It was very powerful. If you decide to go, I would recommend that you spend at least two hours in it. This photo was taken at the outside memorial.

Oculus at the rebuilt World Trade Center site
LInda conducting rehearsal at Carnegie Hall
Tom Miller and Marilyn Outside Carnegie Hall after the concert.
Marilyn and Tom Miller at Carnegie Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Times Square – can you find Marilyn?

Time’s Square

Near the United Nations Building

Here are some images from the 416 Fire which started on June 1, 2018 and was finally 100% contained onJuly 31, 2018

I’ve got to figure out how to make these images larger for viewing. The first photo is so dramatic when viewed larger.  There should be some way that one can click on the image to make it bigger.

416 Wildfire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America

416 Wildfire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
416 Wildfire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
416 Fire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
416 Fire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
416 Fire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
416 Fire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
416 Fire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
416 Fire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
416 Fire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
416 Fire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
416 Wildfire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
416 Wildfire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
416 Wildfire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
416 Wildfire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
416 Wildfire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
416 Wildfire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
416 Wildfire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
416 Wildfire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America

Wildebeest Crossing

We saw hundreds of thousands of wildebeests and many thousands of them crossing the Mara River and I’ve got dozen of images.  Everyone always asks about crocodiles getting a wildebeests so I’ve included one image.

Wildebeest Migration, Connochaetes taurinus, Masai Mara, Kenya, Africa
Wildebeest Migration, Connochaetes taurinus, Masai Mara, Kenya, Africa

The sight of the large herds stretching from horizon to horizon is awe inspiring and one of the most dramatic wildlife life spectacles on the planet, but unfortunately the Mara is being ruined by the encroachment of livestock grazing and the poisoning of wildlife by the locals.

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Crocodile catching a Wildebeest, Mara River, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Africa

Four out of seven vulture species found in Kenya are Critically Endangered, while one is Endangered. These birds face a number of threats but the major is poisoning, which accounts to over 60% of their deaths. Over a recent stretch of 2 weeks guides have recorded over 30 vulture deaths.

A few Leopard Images from the Masai Mara

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Leopard, Panthera pardus, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Africa, Carnivora Order, Felidae Family
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Leopard, Panthera pardus, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Africa, Carnivora Order, Felidae Family
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Leopard, Panthera pardus, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Africa, Carnivora Order, Felidae Family
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Leopard, Panthera pardus, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Africa, Carnivora Order, Felidae Family
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Leopard, Panthera pardus, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Africa, Carnivora Order, Felidae Family
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Leopard, Panthera pardus, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Africa, Carnivora Order, Felidae Family
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Leopard, Panthera pardus, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Africa, Carnivora Order, Felidae Family
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Leopard, Panthera pardus, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Africa, Carnivora Order, Felidae Family

African Lion Cubs in the Masai Mara

I’m trying to catch up on sharing some images and events.
Here’s a few images of African Lion cubs in the Masai Mara taken during the photo tour I led to Kenya in August/September of 2017

Unfortunately the Mara is being ruined by the encroachment of livestock grazing and the poisoning of wildlife by the locals.  The famous March Price was poisoned by locals a few years ago and these lions are now found further inside the Reserve.  There are dozens of new camps and the Mara is overcrowded with vehicles and many are driven by inexperienced guides who care nothing about the well-being of the animals.  The Mara is not like it used to be and I am glad that I was able to see it the way it once was.

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African Lion Pride with cubs, Panthera Leo, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Africa
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African Lion Pride with cubs, Panthera Leo, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Africa
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African Lion Pride with Cubs, Panthera Leo, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Africa
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African Lion Pride with Cubs, Panthera Leo, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Africa
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African Lion Pride with Cubs, Panthera Leo, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Africa
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African Lion Pride with Cubs, Panthera Leo, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Africa
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African Lion Pride with Cubs, Panthera Leo, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Africa
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African Lion Pride with Cubs, Panthera Leo, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Africa
African Lion cub, Panthera Leo, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Africa
African Lion cub, Panthera Leo, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Africa
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African Lion Pride with Cubs, Panthera Leo, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Africa
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African Lion Pride with Cubs, Panthera Leo, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Africa
African Lion Cub, Panthera Leo, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Africa
African Lion Cub, Panthera Leo, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Africa
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African Lion Pride with cubs, Panthera Leo, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Africa

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Pride of African Lions, Panthera Leo, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Africa
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Pride of African Lions, Panthera Leo, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Africa

An Interesting Day, but not all that unusual for life in Durango

It was quite an interesting day, but then again every day in Durango is new, different and interesting.

Marilyn woke up this morning before 6 AM and realized that I was not in bed. She noticed a light on in my office, but I was not in there. She then searched all over the house (even in closets) thinking that something might have happened to me. She thought that maybe I had had a heart attack or stroke and had wandered off in a daze. While downstairs she noticed that my old winter down jacket was missing from its hook. She let Duffy out the East door and called me – still no response. Then they went out the West door and finally found me photographing the Super Blue Blood Moon!


It was the first total lunar eclipse since 2015 and the first Super Blue Blood Moon visible from the U.S. since 1866! There was a thin layer of high cirrus clouds and the moon eventually dropped down into thicker clouds and disappeared, but I did manage to get a few okay photos through the thin cloud layer. Canon 500mm/f4.0+ 1.4x, Canon 7D Camera, ISO 1600, -0.33 exposure compensation. f/5.6. Exposures 1 sec. to 0.4 sec.

Then in the late morning we arrived at the Snowdown’s Fashion Do’s and Don’ts’.

Snowdown is Durango’s crazy week-long winter festival. The Fashion Do’s and Don’ts’ is a rather wild noisy event attended by over 600 people. The theme for Snowdown this year is “It’s a Black Tie Affair”. Photos taken with my Samsung Galaxy S5.

 

Prizes were awarded for the best dressed, worst dressed, funniest costume, best theme and the costume grand prize. I’m not sure which one Marilyn and I won, but we were the last ones announced and we were awarded a $100 gift certificate to Guido’s Pizza Pasta Panini. Guido’s is a restaurant, bar, gelateria and market (gastronomia). Thank you Guido’s!!!!

Then when I got home this afternoon from walking Duffy there were four big bucks in our yard. They did not cooperate so never got all four in one photo. Image taken through the kitchen window (again with the Samsung cell phone).