Nov 282016
 

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.

Thankful for the beauty that surrounds me every day.

Thankful for the beauty that surrounds me every day.

 

Sep 292016
 

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.

Sep 162016
 

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.

Enjoy!

Aug 242016
 

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.

Aug 042016
 

This year we took some rookies into the park.  I have fond memories of my Gram and Granddad taking me through the park so I hope my grand kids had a good time as well.  Here’s a few pictures of paint pots and etc.  These pics are all taken at Biscuit Basin we had plans to visit one other basin, but the kids weren’t up to it.  There’s always next year and a good excuse to go back!  I’ll post Old Faithful and some other pics later.  I’m really liking the improvement in the new Photoshop.  Yes these are all post processed.  I shoot all of my pictures without letting the camera process the info at all.  It’s call shooting in RAW.  So I have to do something to them so you can enjoy them, and I hope you do.

Jun 292016
 

A few more flower shots to finsh up the latest from Island Park.  Again these were all shot with my Canon and a 100mm Macro Lens

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Jun 152016
 

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!

 

Jun 062016
 

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.

Jun 032016
 

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.

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Apr 272016
 

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.