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 242016
 

I’ve been taking pictures of the wild flowers around the cabin for years.  Last year I saw one that I hadn’t seen before but before I had a chance to check it out it had disappeared.  This year we were up a at the cabin a little earlier than usual (the end of July) and there were Sego Lilies everywhere.  So I grabbed a ton of pictures.  These were in and around our favorite huckleberry picking spot.  The variation in color from one flower to the next we pretty interesting and the colors on the pedals seemed to be painted on.  Enjoy.  By the way the Sego Lily or Calochortus nuttallii is the Utah State flower and is native to Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico.  I feel really smart now.

Aug 152016
 

Just shooting random pics while waiting for everyone to finish there shopping and misc. breaks.  This is a single shot HDR’d in Lightroom.  The exposure was .6 seconds at f8 ISO 200 hand held.

Old Faithful Inn

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.

Aug 012016
 

Before I post pictures of Island Park vacation pics I thought I’d share one from our week in Newport Coast.  I’m not sure why I didn’t take a lot of pics in CA, but this sunset panorama taken from the balcony of the room we stayed in says a lot.  This is three pictures edited and stitch together in Lightroom.  The more I learn about Lightroom the happier I’m am with it.  Enjoy!

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Jun 292016
 

A few more flower shots to finsh up the latest from Island Park.  Again these were all shot with my Canon and a 100mm Macro Lens

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Jun 152016
 

I went to Island Park last week end to help roof the cabin.  I had a chance to take a few pics.  I’ll have to admit that I made an error in shooting.  I had my ISO set real high trying to shot the moose in low light conditions a couple of weeks ago.  Well I didn’t remember to look so all of these were shot at that same ISO which means that there not as good as they could be.

There was an unbelievable amount of pollen blowing out of the pine trees and it was everywhere.  Something interesting happened in one of the pictures below you’ll see what looks like a heart shaped crystal with a little spot of pollen in it.  I don’t know how that happens, but it sure makes for a great photo.  I’ve also pictured the pine pollen, you can see it covering all of the spider webs.

I’ve also included forget me nots and a pretty yellow flower my wife really likes.  Enjoy!