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.
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.
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 had a friend that found out about my “safaris” ask me if I wanted to go to Antelope Island and shoot Mule Deer (with my Canon). I took him up on his offer and here’s some of what I shot. Because I recently changed cameras I no longer have a “long lens” (something 300 mm or more). I must fix that soon. The animals were all shot at 135 mm which worked alright, but to get in real close a person really needs a long lens. I got as close as the deer would allow. Of course I couldn’t resist taking a couple of sunset pictures. Day is Done is a five shot Panorama looking west into the sun (already set) across the Great Salt Lake. By the way for those of you that don’t know, Antelope Island is out in the Salt Lake. It’s a State Park and is a great place for biking, hiking, horseback riding, wild life watching, boating, swimming and etc. My friend spends a lot of time watching the deer on the island and even has names for some of them. Going to hang out with them was easy because my friend know where they would be.
Take a close look at these pictures. For instants in the We Are Family shot check out the does on the left.
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.
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.
We went back up to Island Park last week and had a blast. Here are a couple of shots from our visit. After years away we’ve gotten back into going up to Sawtelle Peak. It’s right around 10,000 ft. I took some shots of flowers and other things up there earlier this summer. I’m fascinated with what happens to the trees when you get up close to the top. There’s a line called the tree line of any mountain. Above a certain elevation trees no longer grow. There’s any area close to the tree line where the trees struggle. I took a few pictures and I’ll share one here.
We also went for a little 40 mile ATV ride along the Continental Divide and surrounding area in Montana. There was an interesting series of beaver dams on the South Fork of the Madison River.
Lastly but not least is getting to start nice fires to warm up the cabin in the morning. Low temps were in the 30’s and highs about 70. Beautiful weather.
When I’m in a new place I like to explore and see what there is that’s interesting about the area I’m visiting. My trip to Hanover, NH was no different that a lot of trips I do. I had to go for work, so instead of spending a lot of time in a hotel room or some other establishment, I explored. I am going to start by sharing the pictures I took of the Simon Pierce Restaurant and gallery and studio. Unfortunately it was later in the day so the studio was closed. The restaurant by the way is outstanding! Hope you like these pics. There were obviously taken late in the day, which makes taking pictures into and out of or as a back light a little easier.
Went to Las Vegas for the week end and went for a little side trip to see the Hoover Dam. I’ve never been there, can you believe it. I took a couple of pictures and thought I would share. These were all hand held because I wasn’t sure how they felt about a guy caring all kinds of camera gear into the dam. Just so you know the security guy went through my bag pretty thoroughly. Then when we got down into the dam they told us the policy was we could “take all the dam pictures we wanted to”. I could have taken more but didn’t. The picture of the pipes was an unexpectedly long exposure 1.3 seconds hand held (I wasn’t paying attention) so I was shocked that it turned out this well. The image stabilization is awesome.