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.
Labor day weekend in Yellowstone and Island Park. It got smokier as the week end went along by Labor Day the sky was pretty much gray nondescript and photos taken at any kind of distance suffered from the effects of smoke. The difference in picture quality from photos taken on Thursday and then on Tuesday was pretty dramatic. All of these photos were taken on Thursday. The only picture I’ve posted from Tuesday is the brink of the Yellowstone Upper Falls and that we taken only a few feet away so smoke wasn’t to bad.
We went to the cabin for a get away for Labor Day Weekend and decided to run into the park Thursday and beat the rush weekend rush. Here’s a couple of pics from the two trips into the park (We went back in on Monday). Janis and I hiked down to the brink of the lower canyon falls on Monday and that’s one of the pics here. The other is a panorama taken on the north loop between Tower Falls and the Mammoth Hot Spring. There are still scars visible from the big fire almost 30 years later.
We went back on Labor Day and there was so much smoke I don’t think any of the pics will turn out well. The forest fires are unbelievable this year.
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.
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:
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.
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?
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
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”.
- 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?