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There was a Mike’s Camera demo day at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo yesterday. I went and tried out the new Canon 6D Mk II and an EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens (wow, that’s a mouthful). The lens was pretty heavy, but it was nice to get just a little more reach than my typical 70-300mm lens gets. Such nice kit!

The 6D Mk II is really new, apparently there aren’t that many yet out. I didn’t get to spend a lot of time messing with the settings on that one; and after an hour, I returned it. I have been wanting the 6D Mk I since I used it a couple of years ago at one of these. I kept the 100-400 lens, but attached it to my own camera (an EOS Rebel T2i).

I will try to remember to mention which pictures I took with which kit over the next few days. It may not matter at all. I took this image of the moon setting over Cheyenne Mountain while I waited to sign out the stuff I wanted to try out. So this is with my go to rig: my T2i and my EF 75-300mm 4-5.6 III combo.


Lions – Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (III)


We’re coming up to the last of the lion photos before my favorite one. Mama lion, Lomela, looks rather proud and strikes a stately pose as her cub hangs out nearby.

I really like this last photo, with the cub looking up at his mother in adoration.

The next post about lions will contain my favorite photos from that day.

Lion Cubs – Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (I)


By now, it’s probably pretty clear that I like cats. There are so many pictures of our cat Rose on my blog; she’s one of my favorite subjects to photograph.

Over the weekend, Mike’s Camera was holding an event at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo where photographers could try out new gear an hour at a time. As it happens, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo also welcomed three lion cubs in early July. Further, my sister and her boyfriend met us there; we made a family day of it.

What can I say? The lion cubs are adorable.

The location isn’t ideal for photography. They keep the cubs and their mother in an enclosure with a glass front and daylight streaming in from both sides. So there’s a lot of reflections to dodge, not to mention a bunch of grubby fingerprints… because people can’t keep their hands off the glass.

Circumstances being what they were, though, we spent a lot of time around the lion cubs and I have what I consider to be amazing photos coming up.

Lomela, the mother lioness, watches over her litter. She seemed to be keeping a pretty close eye on the crowd too…

Abuto, proud papa. I don’t want to project human emotions onto the lion, but he got as close to the enclosure where the cubs are as he could and we didn’t see him stray very far.

I’m sure they have named the cubs now, but I don’t know what they are. Look how cute they are.

That’s all for now. My favorite lion cub photos are coming up.

By the way, I’ll have a couple of the lion photos for sale soon, if you’re interested.