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Encountering A Swarm of Bees in Hunter Canyon near Moab

Last weekend we were in Moab for almost a week playing and hiking and boating.  For one of our hikes we decided to head out Kane Creek Road to Hunter Canyon.  We’d heard it was a nice place to hike and that it recently had water flowing.  Today, it wasn’t flowing; it was stagnant and sort of icky which is no good when you have kids that love the water.  It was also hot and humid in the canyon.  But, the biggest issue we saw was about 60 yards past the register when we heard a really loud buzzing.  It got louder and louder as we kept going.  Until, we looked up and saw a swarm of MILLIONS of bees pouring up into the sky from an underground nest.  We quickly, stopped, turned around and then slowly walked back towards the trailhead.  We were done hiking here for the day.

Before I turned around, I shot this picture.  It’s not great, but I wasn’t gonna hang around for a masterpiece.  You can see all the blurry dots are bees… And the arch in the background.

Click to enlarge and see the bees in Hunter Canyon

Click to enlarge and see the bees in Hunter Canyon

We told the BLM and the visitor’s center, but probably they won’t do anything, so, be careful when you head out there.  Anyone ever see this out there before?

Learning Adobe Lightroom

Our Grand Canyon trip, was really fun, and somewhat hazy, chilly and breezy the entire time we were there – well, except the day we left when it cleared up and calmed down.  That didn’t keep us from taking lots of pictures with the new Nikon D3200, which, while not the highest end camera out there, really is fun to use and play with.  I’m a big believer in the theory that the camera matters less for good photography than it does the subject, but it sure is nice to have!

Last year during Spring break, we took one of our thrice a year trips to Moab and headed to Dead Horse Point for sunset.  On the rim were all sorts of folks with really high end cameras on tri-pods and shooting hundreds of pictures, and me on, elbows on the railing, with my iPhone snapping away. I think I did pretty good.

deadhorsepoint

So, I thought I would try to edit this in Adobe LightRoom and I’m still learning, but a few edits later and I’m fairly happy with the results.  To me this just feels richer with more depth and texture.  It’s how you make photography feel more like being there.

Dead Horse Point - from iPhone, edited.

Dead Horse Point – from iPhone, edited.

So, back to Grand Canyon and it’s hazy views. I was somewhat disappointed that the pictures weren’t coming out very good.  They were dull and lifeless.  That’s when I stumbled upon Wilderness Dave’s post about Editing photos in Lightroom. I was suddenly inspired!  So, that night, I decided I needed Lightroom, ordered it and downloaded and started playing. Many times I turned the canyons purple and the sky red, but as I’m getting the hang of it, I’m finding it really powerful. Here’s an original photo:

grand canyon first look original

Grand Canyon First Look Original

After importing this image into Lightroom, I discovered that it can see through the overcast haze and distance to see what the camera sees and bring it out easily.

grand-canyon-first-look-edited

Grand Canyon First Look Edited

Original and Edited Side by Side

The crazy thing is I don’t really know all that much yet. Seriously, between reading Wilderness Dave’s post and watching the video below, I’ve figured out a great deal.  I can’t wait to learn more as I know I’ve still got a lot to learn.  But, so far, I’m pleased!  And while the camera might not always be the most important part of photography, sometimes some really good software helps.

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