Thursday, August 24, 2017

Albion Basin, Utah


Albion Basin, Utah

Two more floral images from Albion Basin, Utah. I often find satisfaction in finding small glimpses of simple beauty that go unnoticed by passers by who are looking for something spectacular to photograph.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Cascade Springs, Utah

Cascade Springs, Utah
I took a quick trip up the canyon to enjoy the cool, refreshing water of a mountain stream when the temperatures were over 90F degrees in the valley!! (Taken at Cascade Springs in American Fork Canyon.)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Solar Eclipse 2017

Solar Eclipse 2017

I was not going to bother taking photos of the eclipse. I figured there would be a zillion photographers with ginormous telephoto lenses who would get far better shots than I would ever be able to get. But at the last minute, I just couldn't resist, so I drug Jeff out of bed around 3 am and we drove 5 hours...(well I drove and he slept), to about 40 miles east of Jackson, Wyoming. And despite all the hype, there was very little traffic along the way. We parked in a beautiful area of pine trees and wildflowers, along with just a few other eclipse watchers and waited for the big event. The time of totality was indeed an eerie event. The sky turned a weird color and was dark enough to see stars, and the temperature dropped dramatically. In the end, we were both glad we made the effort to witness this event.

P.S.  A friend made the following comment on my facebook post of this photo:  "What filter did you use? 10 stop ND would probably not be enough to protect your camera."  Here is my response:

I went to a class at Pictureline about photographing the eclipse. The instructor said you can buy an expensive filter or you can make one. He suggested buying a special solar optical film sheet and making your own. He showed examples of cutting out the bottom of paper cups that would fit over your lens and taping the film over the resulting hole. He stressed not to tape anything directly onto your lens because there could be the possibility of damaging the lens, but also because you would need to take it off quickly to photograph when the sun is in totality. I looked on line and saw all different ways of constructing DYI filters, all of which seemed too much of a bother. I didn't even know where to purchase that special film. Then a few days ago I was in Pictureline again and they had just received a shipment of squares of that film, specifically for the eclipse. I decided to buy a sheet and the clerk said I was lucky I showed up when I did as they would be sold out that day. When I got home I had the brilliant idea to just tape the film over my lens hood with painter's masking tape that could be removed easily. It was easily done, and I could quickly take the lens hood off and on the camera as needed. Took less than 10 minutes to cut a circle of the film and tape it on. I kept thinking this probably won't work, or else surely someone else would be talking about doing this. Anyway, it worked like a charm! Here is a picture:
  

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Upper Mesa Falls, Idaho

Upper Mesa Falls, Idaho

"Rainbows introduce us to reflections of different beautiful possibilities so we never forget that pain and grief are not the final options in life."  -- Aberjhani


Friday, August 18, 2017

Red Fish Lake, Idaho

Red Fish Lake, Idaho

Another view of this beautiful lake, taken earlier in the day.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Red Fish Lake & Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho


Red Fish Lake & Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho

Idaho has some stunning scenery.  In my opinion, this area is every bit as spectacular as the more popular Tetons, which are not far from here.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Just the Two of Us!

Will you...........?

Don't know this couple or what they were discussing, but they only had eyes for each other and they certainly were not admiring the scenery, at least when I snapped this photo. (If it was a 'significant' time for them, it's too bad I can't send them this photo!)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Sunrise at Albion Basin

Sunrise at Albion Basin
Such a beautiful place!!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Shoshone Falls, Idaho - A Different View

Shoshone Falls, Idaho
(Different direction, different time of day, different light, than last post.)


Friday, August 4, 2017

Shoshone Falls, Idaho

Shoshone Falls, Idaho

What a surprise! I have traveled within a few miles of this beautiful place many times and never knew it was here! This is Shoshone Falls in Idaho and I took this photo just before sunset a few days ago. Hard to imagine that at times these falls completely dry up....according to the park ranger.