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!

Jun 092016
 

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.

Nov 302014
 

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving for everyone living in the US.  We spent the extended weekend with family in a remote area.  That’s right no cell phone service unless you held your mouth just right and then it was iffy.  I took my camera along and took a few pictures and I’ll share a few here.  I was trying to get some more milky way shots, but once again the moon was to bright and I didn’t want to stay up until it set so I could get the moonless sky so hope you like these anyway.  There was a good sunset one night and clouds all that night so no stars.  Then Friday we did a little four wheeling in the snow.

Oct 272014
 

This will be the last of the posting for this years Fall Color Safari.  These pictures were all taken around Timpanogos Cave National Monument.  The area is absolutely beautiful and the fall color would have been even better if we’d been there a few days earlier.

The first picture is of and old and apparently abandoned bridge and steps that I found interesting.  The picture of the aspen trunk illustrates just how easy it is to scar the bark.  Then there are several panoramas of the area.  It was getting pretty dark at this point in the trip.

Oct 232014
 

Let’s continue up Big Cottonwood Canyon.  We made a stop close to the top of the canyon.  Unfortunately, just as I had feared we were a little late to have a lot of color at this elevation, so from here down into Midway was mostly comments between my wife and I about how beautiful this must have been a few days or a week ago.  These first two panoramas are from an area toward the top of the canyon, but not quite to the ski areas.  The last one is of the area of the Sundance Resort area in the Alpine Loop.  This area is always gorgeous any time of year.  The sun was hard to deal with in this one so it’s not the best pic, but you get the idea.  The sun was in my face or into the lens in these pictures

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.

Oct 092014
 

I promised a friend that I would post a few close shots of aspens.  Well, here’s what I captured the other day.  One of these is also a pan, but closer than the over all pans I posted earlier.  This was my first time up to Powder Mountain.  Powder as it’s known by locals is not one of the most popular ski areas, but if your into lots of interesting terrain it’s one of the better resorts.  I took these shots hand held and as a result there were a lot that didn’t turn out.  Lesson learned – better to set up the tripod than to get home and not have much.  Because these shoots where done near sunset there really wasn’t very much light and even though I had the ISO turned up 400, the shutter was 1/30th at of a second at f8 – usually not a problem, except that is was cold at 8,100 ft with no sun.

Jun 162014
 

I don’t know what it is about the cabin, but it seems like every sunset is awesome or at least better than sunsets almost everywhere else.  I went up to the cabin over the Memorial Day week end with a couple of my brothers to open the cabin.  Here are a couple of samples for your enjoyment.  These were all done handheld ISO 400.

Apr 152014
 

After spending time in a very frozen New England it was nice to come home and see some significant signs of spring.  I took these photos with a 100mm macro lens.  The f stop was f7.1 and shutter speeds varied from 1/1250 and 1/250th second, ISO 100.  We have a flowering plumb in the front yard which I really like and it went nuts with blooms this year.  I also grabbed a shot of one of our bulbs.  The bulbs didn’t do very good this year.  Must be time for some new ones.