Welcome to Crooks Family Photography
My family and I live in the most beautiful state in the country...Colorado. We have always loved the outdoors. We live in the Denver area and try to get outside as often as we can.

I took up nature photography as purely a hobby, and have become somewhat addicted. For me, it is just a good way to get out and clear my mind while looking for new things and exploring beautiful places.
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Summer time in the Rockies. Nothing better. Things have been very, very busy at work, so I really enjoy the times I can get out for an hour or two and hike around with my camera. I have made a lot of trips to Chatfield lately since it is so close. I am disappointed that they are going to flood much of it in the next year or two, so I've got to take advantage before it turns to lots of mud flats.

As far as new life birds go, I was able to finally get an Ovenbird, American Redstart and Red-eyed Vireo to pose for me. The Redstart had definitely been my nemesis but he finally had to succumb to my perseverance.

I am quickly gaining on a life list of 400 species, for whatever that is worth.

Check out some of the shots in the gallery section.
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Locations
Whenever I only have a few hours to get away, I usually head over to Chatfield State Park since it is so close to my house. They have a tremendous amount of bird life, and I've even encountered a bear while standing on a foot bridge. They are planning to increase the water level significantly next year, so it will be interesting to see what impact that has.

I also enjoy heading up Waterton Canyon, and of course Red Rocks park has lots of activity. If I have a little more time a love Reynolds Park in Douglas County. Amazing trails and lots of warblers and woodpeckers to be seen.

Boulder and the surrounding area is absolutely magnificent. Between Walden Ponds, Sawhill, Nederland, Hygiene and up north towards St Vrain, there is plenty exploring to do. More on locations >>
Long-eared Owl - This bird has been my nemesis for years. Finally, after a dozen failed trips I finally had one posing for me right out in the open. It was as if he was acknowledging I had paid my dues.
"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see"
- Henry David Thoreau
"A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children."
- John James Audobon
"Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson