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.
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.
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?
Last week I spent some time in a part of the country I’ve never been to. Little Rock Arkansas is an interesting little town. I was there for a class and the requirements were such that I didn’t get a lot of time for getting exploring or taking pictures. I did manage to get out for an hour or so a couple of evenings. I’ll share what I captured here over the next couple of days. I walked right past the Clinton Presidential Library and didn’t get one picture. I scouted pictures but never got back to take any. I did get pictures of and from the Presidential Bridge. The bridge is an old rail road bridge that crosses the Arkansas River and has been fixed up and made into a nice pedestrian bridge. I’ll share those first.
I wanted to save this post till last because I think it’s the most awesome, but my better half can’t wait so here it is. I’ve called this Starry, Starry Night for obvious reasons. I started doing research on how to do this kind of a shot a couple of months ago. I’ve always wanted to do something like this and my new gear was a big step in getting me there. When we first got to the cabin there was a full moon which completely wiped out any chance of getting a good star picture, let alone a milky way shot. I was out at somewhere between 10 pm and midnight every night we were at the cabin anyway shooting away. I finally got good conditions the last night there. The moon came up late and allowed me to finally get the shot I’d been looking for. I’ve posted pictures of shots from various nights along with the best results. These picture were all taken on Henry’s Fork of the Snake where the cabin is. The most successful pictures were shot with the lens and camera set at 18 mm, ISO 3200, f3.5 for 25 seconds. I didn’t do any processing of shots other than the first two.