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.
I went to Island Park last week end to help roof the cabin. I had a chance to take a few pics. I’ll have to admit that I made an error in shooting. I had my ISO set real high trying to shot the moose in low light conditions a couple of weeks ago. Well I didn’t remember to look so all of these were shot at that same ISO which means that there not as good as they could be.
There was an unbelievable amount of pollen blowing out of the pine trees and it was everywhere. Something interesting happened in one of the pictures below you’ll see what looks like a heart shaped crystal with a little spot of pollen in it. I don’t know how that happens, but it sure makes for a great photo. I’ve also pictured the pine pollen, you can see it covering all of the spider webs.
I’ve also included forget me nots and a pretty yellow flower my wife really likes. Enjoy!
As I mentioned in an earlier post. When we opened the cabin this year the grass and flowers were just starting to grow and bloom. Everyday there were new flowers. Here are a few. Enjoy.
There was no shortage of wild life this year as we opened the cabin. It was nice to be able to spend some time hanging out enjoying the show. Ducks, moose and pelicans where all putting on a pretty good show. The way the pelicans were eating I’m pretty sure I know why we didn’t see many fish. By the time I finished taking pictures of the moose it was getting pretty late, it was after 9:00 and I was shooting at 6400 ISO so the pictures are getting a little grainy. The pictures were taken handheld and the moose was moving so I didn’t have a lot of choice. Hope you like them.
Every other year it’s my families turn to open the cabin for the season. This year was our turn. I would venture to guess that the snow hadn’t been gone long because the grass and flowers were just getting started. We go up again next week to re-roof. That should be fun. Point is there’s always a price to pay to have the luxury of having a place to hang out that has the beauty of this place.
I have some shots that I really like. I’m not sure where to start so I’ll start with the a standard sunset. The sun was setting and this shot was taken looking south – not west toward the sun. Light does interesting things.
We went back up to Island Park last week and had a blast. Here are a couple of shots from our visit. After years away we’ve gotten back into going up to Sawtelle Peak. It’s right around 10,000 ft. I took some shots of flowers and other things up there earlier this summer. I’m fascinated with what happens to the trees when you get up close to the top. There’s a line called the tree line of any mountain. Above a certain elevation trees no longer grow. There’s any area close to the tree line where the trees struggle. I took a few pictures and I’ll share one here.
We also went for a little 40 mile ATV ride along the Continental Divide and surrounding area in Montana. There was an interesting series of beaver dams on the South Fork of the Madison River.
Lastly but not least is getting to start nice fires to warm up the cabin in the morning. Low temps were in the 30’s and highs about 70. Beautiful weather.
I wanted to save this post till last because I think it’s the most awesome, but my better half can’t wait so here it is. I’ve called this Starry, Starry Night for obvious reasons. I started doing research on how to do this kind of a shot a couple of months ago. I’ve always wanted to do something like this and my new gear was a big step in getting me there. When we first got to the cabin there was a full moon which completely wiped out any chance of getting a good star picture, let alone a milky way shot. I was out at somewhere between 10 pm and midnight every night we were at the cabin anyway shooting away. I finally got good conditions the last night there. The moon came up late and allowed me to finally get the shot I’d been looking for. I’ve posted pictures of shots from various nights along with the best results. These picture were all taken on Henry’s Fork of the Snake where the cabin is. The most successful pictures were shot with the lens and camera set at 18 mm, ISO 3200, f3.5 for 25 seconds. I didn’t do any processing of shots other than the first two.