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.
I’ve been taking pictures of the wild flowers around the cabin for years. Last year I saw one that I hadn’t seen before but before I had a chance to check it out it had disappeared. This year we were up a at the cabin a little earlier than usual (the end of July) and there were Sego Lilies everywhere. So I grabbed a ton of pictures. These were in and around our favorite huckleberry picking spot. The variation in color from one flower to the next we pretty interesting and the colors on the pedals seemed to be painted on. Enjoy. By the way the Sego Lily or Calochortus nuttallii is the Utah State flower and is native to Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico. I feel really smart now.
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.
I was in Boise this week end to celebrate a birthday and while I was there I stopped to check in with my mom. Her yard is always spectacular. So with Camera in tow I grabbed all kinds of photos of the flowers in the yard. I was already to late for some of them, but obviously just the right time for these. Hope you like them as much as I did.
I haven’t been doing much wildlife photography lately. Since I made a change in equipment (I’ve moved to Canon) I don’t have a long lens. The longest I’ve got is 135 mm. Wildlife photography is usually done with lenses that are 300 to 600 mm and it costs a lot of dough for a good one. Wildlife was plentiful and somewhat willing to be shot with my Canon so I didn’t deny them. My buddy got up close and personal with a moose while fishing, but I missed that one. I really enjoy Island Park in the fall. There is almost no one around, the animals are all less anxious, the fishing is awesome. Here’s what I captured the end of September. The bald eagle was perched in a tree at the edge of the river. The ducks were everywhere on the river. The squirrel was next the the trail we hike from the boat dock up to the fishing bridge.