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 222016
 

Twice into Yellowstone is unusual, but when you have a lifetime pass…why not?  I really wanted to get over to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone again.  We found a really awesome picture of Janis and Chris there taken in about 1980 and I just wanted to go again.  Janis and I had a great time and saw some wild life, found parking easily everywhere we went and we had awesome angry sky and it all worked out to a nearly perfect day.  I’ve got shots of the Upper and Lower Falls on the Yellowstone River and then on the way back we did one of those one way side trips and visited the Virginia Cascade on Gibbons River.

Three picts of the Yellowstone:

Three of the Virginia Cascade on the Gibbons River:

Oct 222015
 

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.

 

Oct 172015
 

Fall Color this year is different than the last couple of years.  I got some great pictures of fall as my sister Marcie and I paddled down Henry’s Fork of the Snake River, the very last day of September.  There wasn’t another person any where!  It was awesome as we practiced our silent paddling down the river trying not to disturb anything that might be in, on or close to the river.  We were rewarded for our efforts and I’ll share those shortly.  Today I’m just going to share a couple of shots of the river which includes a couple of panoramas.  I was a little nervous taking my camera down the river in a canoe, but all went well, as you can see.  The panoramas were done hand held.  For some strange reason I didn’t take my tripod.  Oh, yea I remember!  How’s a tripod going to work in a canoe?

Oct 112015
 

The nights following the solar eclipse were also mostly clear.  There was a few lightening flashes off in the distance and a couple of clouds to add a little interest, but generally a great night for stars.  Lighting and stars would have been pretty cool.  The moon came up later and the sun was setting early so venturing out to take starry night pictures was better than usual.  My sister was with me for this shoot and as we were winding up she recommended shooting straight up.  We even caught a shooting star!  What a great idea!  I also took a picture which included the river, which I really like, and yes there are some of the stronger stars reflected in the river.  The most predominate stars (a group of four above the horizon) is Orion’s Belt.  Exposure was about 24 seconds at f3.5 at 18mm

Aug 132015
 

I anticipated getting a couple of new night sky pictures this year at the cabin but the moon and the clouds worked against me and I didn’t get much.  What I’ve shared here is a couple of shots from the first night at the cabin.  July 31st was apparently a “blue moon”.
Two definitions:

  • Blue Moon = The third full Moon in an astronomical season with 4 full Moons (versus the normal 3)
  • Blue Moon = The second full Moon in a month with two full Moons.

At any rate I was just experimenting with exposure and etc and after a few shot decided to zoom in on the moon.  I’m shooting with an 18 – 135 mm lens so zooming in isn’t getting in tight as you can see.  An interesting thing happened.  I got an object in the picture that I can’t identify, and didn’t see with the naked eye.  Wild.  Let me know if you’ve got any ideas.  There is a lot of lens flare in the first picture, maybe the unknown is caused by that?

Apr 292015
 

Last week I spent some time in a part of the country I’ve never been to.  Little Rock Arkansas is an interesting little town.  I was there for a class and the requirements were such that I didn’t get a lot of time for getting exploring or taking pictures.  I did manage to get out for an hour or so a couple of evenings.  I’ll share what I captured here over the next couple of days.  I walked right past the Clinton Presidential Library and didn’t get one picture.  I scouted pictures but never got back to take any.  I did get pictures of and from the Presidential Bridge.  The bridge is an old rail road bridge that crosses the Arkansas River and has been fixed up and made into a nice pedestrian bridge.  I’ll share those first.

Oct 182014
 

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.

 

Oct 132014
 

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.

Sep 232014
 

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.