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.
As far as chronology goes this is out of order, but I don’t think you’ll care. So I’ll just say we went to Breckenridge, Colorado a couple of weeks ago to start an extended fall color tour. Well we were too early. There was a very little color. If I get around to it I’ll share those later. Last week we went to Island Park like we’ve been doing the last couple of Septembers and it was awesome. Last year we were too late so we scheduled an earlier slot this year. Again not a lot a color when we got there. After a couple of pretty cool days and some time fishing while it was snowing, the fall color was coming on. What I’m sharing here are pictures I took the last day we were there and the area these are taken in is a rather small isolated area.
The area was pretty diverse. We’ve got a panorama of a pond in sunlight and everything else in shade from the clouds. These pictures were taken about 6:30 pm so a half an hour before sunset. I love what I call an angry sky and there’s a good one in these shots. Other shots are all individual exposures. I usually shoot fall color with a aperture of f8 or so. The individual tree with the blurred background was taken with 100mm lens opened up to f2.8.
This will be the last of the posting for this years Fall Color Safari. These pictures were all taken around Timpanogos Cave National Monument. The area is absolutely beautiful and the fall color would have been even better if we’d been there a few days earlier.
The first picture is of and old and apparently abandoned bridge and steps that I found interesting. The picture of the aspen trunk illustrates just how easy it is to scar the bark. Then there are several panoramas of the area. It was getting pretty dark at this point in the trip.
Let’s continue up Big Cottonwood Canyon. We made a stop close to the top of the canyon. Unfortunately, just as I had feared we were a little late to have a lot of color at this elevation, so from here down into Midway was mostly comments between my wife and I about how beautiful this must have been a few days or a week ago. These first two panoramas are from an area toward the top of the canyon, but not quite to the ski areas. The last one is of the area of the Sundance Resort area in the Alpine Loop. This area is always gorgeous any time of year. The sun was hard to deal with in this one so it’s not the best pic, but you get the idea. The sun was in my face or into the lens in these pictures
Here are some more fall color panoramas from Big Cottonwood Canyon. The one labeled Big Cottonwood is in the same area as the pan I posted earlier. The other two are of a little rapid up stream a couple of miles. The pans taken at the rapids were taken handheld because there wasn’t any place to set up a tripod. The Close picture was taken while laying on the rocks at the edge of the river. Both upper pans are three picture each and the other is five pics.
This is probably the end of what I shot earlier this month. Today Janis and I are headed out for the annual fall color shoot. It’s our objective to do new places every year and I don’t think we’ll run out of places to shoot fall color any time soon. We will head up Big Cottonwood and then back down the Alpine Loop. Should be awesome. I’m always a little afraid of being late, so well see.
These pictures were taken on my way back down from Powder. This little creek was a bit of a struggle to get down to, but worth the effort. The Ogden Divide is the road from Liberty, UT down into North Ogden. This shot was taken close to the top where there was a little turn out on the road and lots of Scrub Oak brush in the foreground. Unfortunately the scrub Oak hadn’t done it’s brilliant red thing yet. Down at the bottom is North Ogden.
I promised a friend that I would post a few close shots of aspens. Well, here’s what I captured the other day. One of these is also a pan, but closer than the over all pans I posted earlier. This was my first time up to Powder Mountain. Powder as it’s known by locals is not one of the most popular ski areas, but if your into lots of interesting terrain it’s one of the better resorts. I took these shots hand held and as a result there were a lot that didn’t turn out. Lesson learned – better to set up the tripod than to get home and not have much. Because these shoots where done near sunset there really wasn’t very much light and even though I had the ISO turned up 400, the shutter was 1/30th at of a second at f8 – usually not a problem, except that is was cold at 8,100 ft with no sun.
This is Powder Mountain.
I’ve redone my first panorama and added a panorama from my first fall color shoot. Here’s the second pan done with the tripod set up in the same location as the first shoot. Actually I did 360 degrees from the same spot and put these pans together from most of those shoots. These pans are about seven shoot each. This one is right next to the pan shown below.
This is the redone photo. You can see that a little difference in the work flow can make a difference. I’m always trying new ways of doing this stuff. For example you can barely see the moon in this one.
Went out shooting tonight after work. Several guys from work are out shooting this week end too. They took guns, I took a Canon. If you want to go shoot fall color with me sometime in the next couple of weeks lets get it arranged! I’d love to. I have Columbus Day off so Janis and I usually go shooting and then to dinner. That’s a week from Monday. Let us know if you want to come along. We start late afternoon. We’ve ended up in Evanston, WY for dinner or Eden or where ever. Pretty unstructured.
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.