Been hanging out at the cabin all week keeping it warm until my siblings come up so we can close it. It was quite a sacrifice, but I was glad to do it. Night temperatures were in the upper 20s and I was lucky to see 50 during the day. I think that happened once. Seen moose and fox and other little critters, snow, rain and sun. Sorry no pics. Anyway because of the cold pretty much every morning we have water vapor rising off the river. It looked kind of like this picture, but better in person. The camera as good as it is just doesn’t get it all. (Could be the photographer). This is a six shot pan of the whole river visible from the cabin.
Labor day weekend in Yellowstone and Island Park. It got smokier as the week end went along by Labor Day the sky was pretty much gray nondescript and photos taken at any kind of distance suffered from the effects of smoke. The difference in picture quality from photos taken on Thursday and then on Tuesday was pretty dramatic. All of these photos were taken on Thursday. The only picture I’ve posted from Tuesday is the brink of the Yellowstone Upper Falls and that we taken only a few feet away so smoke wasn’t to bad.
We went to the cabin for a get away for Labor Day Weekend and decided to run into the park Thursday and beat the rush weekend rush. Here’s a couple of pics from the two trips into the park (We went back in on Monday). Janis and I hiked down to the brink of the lower canyon falls on Monday and that’s one of the pics here. The other is a panorama taken on the north loop between Tower Falls and the Mammoth Hot Spring. There are still scars visible from the big fire almost 30 years later.
We went back on Labor Day and there was so much smoke I don’t think any of the pics will turn out well. The forest fires are unbelievable this year.
Why is it that when I’m at the cabin the moose are across the river and when anyone else is there they come knock on the door. Trust me my little Canon is nothing to be afraid of. That said here’s a couple of wildlife photos.
Seems like when we go into Yellowstone there’s always a big slow down usually for Bison or Elk or Deer. This year both Elk and Bison. Interesting story about a car full in foreigners
and the Bison, but will leave that for another time. We actually pulled over to go check out the Elk because there were three moms and four baby’s. You don’t see the baby’s everyday. They were all lounging in the grass, but moms definitely at attention.
There is nothing like a trip to Island Park to inspire me. I thought I would make the first post about the sky. The first night at the cabin I went out about 11pm and got set up to take some Milky Way picture. The Moon was up which isn’t great for taking milky way shots, but I thought I’d see what came of it.
Just as I got set up I was interrupted by a group taking a float down the river….starting there float a 11 pm! Well, lots of moon light so why not. This first shot is terrible, but I learned that I can drag the Milky Way out of even this shot. Car headlights and taillights clearly visible and making a mess of things. Maybe I should mention here that I was also interrupted by a group on ATVs out for a little midnight ride as well.
Because I wasn’t going to get a good clean picture of the Milky Way with them sitting there, I decided to move and take a shot of the moon and see what would come of that. There car headlights lit the foreground in an interesting way. So here’s what we ended up with. These shots include members of the group floating through the picture, but because my shutter was open so long you don’t even see them. You can also see that some of the planets and stars that are visible move slightly.
After these folks moved out of the scene I took a few more pics with out the benefit of there light, just to see how that would look.
Then I moved back into position to grab some Milky Way. I took only five shots and put two of them together for this two shot panorama.
I went out early two mornings as well. To late the first morning (5 am) to get Milky Way, but early enough to grab some sunrise shots. This is a five shot pan.
The last morning at 3 am the moon was still out, the sky was full of smoke from wild fires which made a nice red moon but left me with no desire to see what I might get. I went back to bed.
I’ve always Salt Lake was pretty cool. I don’t get there very often these day so recently when I was there with my camera I thought I would grab a couple of pics. I wound up with three that had reflections in them so I thought I would share. One is in the Brigham Young park of the water wheel and pond there. On other popular pic of the temple in the reflecting pool. The last of City Creek. Enjoy.
Lucky thing for us we were half an hour early to the performance at the Assembly Hall on Temple Square. Bad new is that photography of the performance allowed is not allowed. There wasn’t time before or after for pictures either. Soooo.. I went out and took a quick tour around Temple Square and grabbed a few pics of the flowers, which are always amazing.
It’s been way too long. I had a chance to be on the Salt Lake Temple Square this evening. Had a couple of minutes and my camera so I snapped a few photos. It wasn’t the best conditions for photos – just an ugly gray sky and lots of wind, but that’s alright this is fun. My niece did a piano concert in the Assembly Hall. She’s amazing. Anyway the shots I’m sharing here are the two pianos used in the concert, looking through the window into the Tabernacle while someone practices the organ and the only healthy looking blossom on a bush I walked past.
It’s become a tradition to have Thanksgiving with my wife’s family at their ranch. It’s a lot of fun and great food. Basically everything Thanksgiving is supposed to be. Conditions haven’t been great for grabbing photos but I did catch this one which I really liked. This one taken looking north late in the afternoon across a pond that’s on the ranch. I did a little bit of post processing, but not much. This was shot at ISO 200 1/200 second at f9.0. I used my 18-135mm lens set at 35mm.
I don’t drink coffee, but I do like a good hike to Coffee Pot Rapids. These shot document the hike from Coffee Pot Camp Ground down to the rapids and back. It’s not an especially strenuous hike it’s take a bit less than an hour to hike in and then another hour back. I’d say it’s worth the effort.