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.
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.
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:
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 told you to zoom into the picture in my last post. Well turns out that didn’t work so good. I’m posting a single picture this time. It’s twice the size as yesterday’s pictures – so I hope you can see the water drops. The downside is that it will take longer to load. It really is pretty cool. Really it is.
How many times do you watch Old Faithful before you get tired of it? Never! So if you don’t mind or even if you do here’s more photos of Old Faithful. I want to say right off that you need to zoom into these and take a close look as the sun glints off of each droplet of water! It’s really amazing – right place, right time. The first five pictures are of the initial eruption which started at 1:07:29 ending at 1:07:38 pm. Can I just say how much fun meta data is? I took lots of pictures. I’ve only shared a few here. The last picture taken was at 1:08:16. The eruption was winding down and ended about 1:11:12. At least that’s when I stopped taking pics. We had a ranger giving us a presentation about how it all works and cute little Emily (my granddaughter) kept going over and asking questions. She’s three and I thought it was pretty cute.
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.