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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

Cold and Lonely in Boulder‏

December 27th, 2009 · 6 Comments

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If you didn’t believe that you could be cold and lonely in Boulder, take a look at this poor Canada goose.

Cold and Lonely on the Ice

Cold and Lonely on the Ice

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This poor bird walked across Tantra Lake just before sunset this evening when the temperature was already down to 24 degrees. The weatherman says the temperature will drop to 15 degrees tonight.

I took this shot in part because I wanted to see if high dynamic resolution or “HDR” would improve it. But shooting at 1/350th of second, I was too slow and Photomatix Pro couldn’t stop the movement of the bird’s legs among the three images I took. So I just used the one normal exposure image here.

Now, with a little experience I’m beginning to see some of HDR limitations. In addition needing to use a fast shutter speed for even slow-moving birds like this Canada Goose, I learned another limitation from eventually reading the owner’s manual, not to use flash.

Actually, this bird isn’t as lonely as it looks. About 100 birds congregated nearby around the limited open water of the lake. And the bird probably doesn’t feel the cold as much as we do. Good thing too, since it doesn’t have a warm apartment to retreat to like we do.


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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Gretchen // Dec 28, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Is that a holy goose? Looks like a halo around its head.

  • 2 David Mendosa // Dec 28, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Dear Gretchen,

    Good guess! Yes, it must be holy. I can see the halo on the website but not in my original image on my computer.

    Best regards,


  • 3 Michael Hansen // Feb 1, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    I just came across your blog and I really enjoy reading the posts. It’s inspiring. I just moved to the southwest (Phoenix) and have taken up hiking and photography to keep fit. Thanks for your inspiring blog.

  • 4 David Mendosa // Feb 1, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Dear Michael,

    That’s what I was hoping to accomplish! Thanks for writing — and enjoy the warmer winter than we are having in the Rocky Mountains.

    Best regards,


  • 5 Craig // Feb 11, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Hello David!

    I first came across your site about 10 years ago, finding it very refreshing then, even though I’m not diabetic. Sorry to say, I haven’t visited for awhile – but I decided to check in recently, not long after after my mom was diagnosed as Type II. She has really benefited from your site by the way.

    In any case, I’m astonished! What a great place to visit! It has changed so much, in ways that parallel my own interests very well. Having completed a 30 year career, I’m fortunate to be able to pursue many of the same activities you’ve been enjoying. Thank you, you’re writing hits the spot!

    Craig, Palm Desert CA

  • 6 David Mendosa // Feb 11, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Dear Craig,

    Welcome back! And don’t go away again!

    Best regards,


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