To close out the year, I thought I’d take you through what I think are my highlights from the past 12 months, followed by the location, comments and shooting info.
April 26 – Vermillion Lakes, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Nikon D300s, Nikkor 24-70mm @ 70mm, f/8, 1/50 sec, ISO 200, Gitzo tripod
December 15th was slide show night for the Taber Photography Club. I wasn’t able to attend, as usual, but did send in a slide show of my recent trip to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Apparently there were 17 shows (5 min or less) viewed that night. I heard from a number of friends who were at the meeting and everyone agreed the shows were a big hit.
My video is 4 minutes 21 seconds, if you have a few minutes, take a look and let me know what you think.
It looks quiet and peaceful here but it was nearly elbow to elbow with other photogs at the World Famous Oxbow Bend on the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. The sky was ominous and I thought going wide (12mm) would show it off the best. (more…)
Ansel Adams “The Tetons – Snake River,” Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: 79-AA-G01
I don’t remember the first time I saw the above image, but it had to be more than 30 years ago. Ansel Adams has been the inspiration for me as long as I’ve known about photography and for a lot of my travel over the years. This year was the first time I visited Grand Teton National Park. (more…)
Also known as a Canada Jay, Camp Robber Jay or a Whisky Jack, the Grey Jay is a member of the Corvidae family. Corvids include jays, crows, magpies and ravens. Perisoreus canadensis is the species name for the Gray Jay. It’s territory ranges from Newfoundland in the east to Alaska in the west, and from the North West Territories in the north to New Mexico in the south along the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Coast to Oregon. The required habitat usually includes Black, White or Englemann Spruce, and/or Lodgepole or Jack Pines. (more…)
I grew up in a dry area where we didn’t see lily pads. Seeing them on TV on in movies made them seem quite exotic. I’m attracted to them, photographically speaking. (more…)
When you are in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park, you see the grand vistas and the fall colors make it that much better. A few cloud might help the above photo but the backlighting of the yellow leaves of the poplar trees is irresistible. (more…)
Small mammals like Pikas can often be harder to photograph than large mammals like Elk and Bison. First off, they move faster. There is less to focus on. Even when you are close, they are still small in the viewfinder. So when the Pikas do stop for a moment, it’s time to fire the shutter. (more…)
When driving up to the Old Faithful parking area, we saw a number of people speeding. This was somewhat unusual for our trip, especially in the park. Sherri asked me “Do they know something we don’t?” Looking back, I think they might have known the next eruption time for the Old Faithful Geyser. (more…)
Well, I’ve been blogging on WordPress since February 2010, and this is blog post one hundred and one.
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The above image was taken on our trip to Yellowstone. We stopped just off the north entrance road alongside the Gardner River on our way into the park on Sunday morning. I saw the giant boulder in the middle of the stream the previous 2 days and I had to shoot it. I wanted the creamy looking water and knew I needed my Singh-Ray Vari-N-Duo filter to get the long shutter speed I wanted. I composed to take advantage of the beautiful S-curve in the river and placed the boulder right on the s-line. Although most of the canyon was in shade, there was still a fair amount of contrast. I tried to use as little of the sky as possible to reduce the contrast as much as I could but there were still deep shadow areas under the trees and bushes. This is a 3 image HDR, taken at f/16 at 2, 4 and 6 seconds.
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Orange Mound Spring is a thermal feature on the move. The build-up is now encroaching on the road and has narrowed the pavement. (more…)
After supper last night, I was just bagged. I had planned on going back to Lamar Valley for another try at the wolf pack there. At bed time, we decided not to set an alarm, so it was up at 9am. After packing the truck and having breakfast, we checked out of the Travelodge, and headed south. Just past the Golden Gate above Mammoth Hot Springs, we spied a coyote walking beside the road looking for his breakfast. (more…)
We had a full day of travel, walking and shooting. I’m too tired to write much, but am putting up a few images for your enjoyment. More verbiage to come later. Off to Jackson, WY and the Grand Tetons.
After leaving Gardiner, MT this morning, we headed east from Mammoth towards the north east entrance at Cooke City. We wanted a glimpse of the famous Lamar Valley Wolf Pack. The fire on Mount Washburn (the Antelope Blaze) was under control but still adding a lot of smoke into the atmosphere. There was a large crowd in the Lamar Valley and Sherri got a quick view of a Wolf butt through someone’s spotting scope. We heard them talking about the wolf activity that we “just” missed (rats). Better luck tomorrow… (more…)
We left the house at 9:15 pm and were in Taber by 12:30, and then in bed by 1:30 am. 5 am came mighty early today, but we were ready to go at 5:30 am. At the Border just before 7 am with a 20 minute wait to get across. After the sun came up we watched the shadow of the Yukon on the side of the ditch as we were driving down Interstate 15. The drive down US 89 from Great Falls was very interesting even though we didn’t stop for pictures. We made it to Livingston at around lunch time. Montana’s Rib & Chop House, on Park Street in Livingston was serving an active lunch crowd. Sherri’s Shrimp Po’Boy and my Pulled Pork sandwiches came quite quickly and were excellent. Then it was back on the road to Gardiner. (more…)
On October 1, 2010, Sherri and I will be headed south, to Yellowstone National Park. This will be Sherri’s first visit to Yellowstone. We were close last year when we stopped at Rexburg, Idaho on our way to Boise. I haven’t been to Yellowstone since the early 1970’s and have been wanting to go back for a while. There are more hydrothermal geologic features in Yellowstone than in the rest of the world. So there’s lots of interesting things to see, not counting the landscape and the wildlife. I don’t have any recent images from Yellowstone, so I’ve found some great images on Flickr for you to peruse.
Grand Prismatic Spring.