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.
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 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.