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 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:

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 102016
 

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.

Old Faithful Big

Aug 092016
 

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.

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 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.

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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