Saturday, December 24, 2016

How was your 2016? Mine was pretty good....

It's time for my annual blog entry!  Seriously?  What kind of blogger am I?

Oh well.  Here's a synopsis of my 2016.....in pixels!

I waded across the Paluxy River in Dinosaur Valley State Park near Glen Rose, Texas, in March.

April 1st found us at Enchanted Rock State Park near Fredericksburg, Texas.  The bluebonnets were in bloom and the hiking was fantastic.


We stayed at the weirdest B&B near Enchanted Rock.  The accommodations were... strange, but there were a few interesting photo ops.  I like rust;  just sayin'.


In May we traveled to New Jersey to visit our daughter's future in-laws and got to do a side trip to Philadelphia.  Here's Independence Hall...

I also made a new friend.  Meet SJ.

In June we were back in Idaho and Wyoming.  I never get tired of the Tetons.

July got us back to Idaho with a little trip to the Sawtooth Mountains near Ketchum.  This is McGowan Peak and Stanley Lake.

I also captured my all-time favorite photograph of the love of my life, Jill.

Teton Creek never disappoints if you have a good tripod and a long exposure.

Timing is always important too.  Here's a July rainbow in Hayden Valley in Yellowstone National Park.

August was hot.  And I was stuck in Texas.  It made me sad.

But September picked up with a trip that included Idaho, Wyoming and Utah and a first big camping trip in our Gateway Teardrop camper.  Oh by the way, Gateway Teardrops is a company that I started with my brother back in 2015 and we build cool little campers.  Check them out here.

There was a little camping in Grand Teton National Park...


and then in Bryce Canyon National Park...

...and then a little Zion National Park on the way back to Texas.














Then we wrapped up the year with a few days in December at Folly Beach, South Carolina, as we prepared for our daughter's wedding in Charleston.

This was one of my favorite spots at the beach.




















Here's another.














And of course, no wedding would be complete without a shot of the bride.




















That brings us to the end of 2016.  I hope your year was productive and that you got to spend time with those you love.  May the Lord bless you in the coming year.  Merry Christmas!

James



Friday, January 1, 2016

A Look Back at 2015

From Big Bend National Park on the Mexican border to Glacier National Park on the Canadian border, 2015 was a great year for me and my camera.  I saw some cool places and got to shoot some really interesting things.  Here are a few of my favorites:


Chisos Mountains - Big Bend National Park, Texas

The stars at night... are big and bright .... deep in the heart of Texas!

Santa Elena Canyon - Big Bend National Park, Texas

Teton Range - Teton Valley, Idaho (and Wyoming)

Face-off - National Elk Refuge - Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Dogsled Races - Jackson, Wyoming

Skijoring - Driggs, Idaho

Graduation - Clemson University - Clemson, South Carolina

Grand Teton National Park - Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Glacier National Park - Montana

Avalanche Creek - Glacier National Park - Montana

Mount Gould - Glacier National Park - Montana

Grand Prismatic Spring - Yellowstone National Park - Wyoming

Teton Valley, Idaho
Teton Valley, Idaho - it's not just about potatoes

Milky Way over Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Bull Elk - Rocky Mountain National Park - Colorado

Coal Doing His Thing... 

Coal 


As you can see it was a fun year.  The Canon equipment performed well and I can't wait to see what adventures we get into in 2016!




Thursday, January 8, 2015

December in Teton Valley, Idaho

It's not always easy to get to Teton Valley but it's always worth the trip.  This year we left DFW on the day after Christmas and ALMOST made it to Idaho Falls before they diverted us to Salt Lake City.  A day later we finally arrived in Teton Valley - and boy, was it COLD!  I'm not sure if the cold caused the navigational system at IDA to malfunction or what, but we sure LOVED that bus ride from SLC to IDA.

We skied one day at Grand Targhee on the west side of the Tetons and then spent a couple days enjoying Jackson Hole.  One of our favorite places to drive is around the back side of the National Elk Refuge.  That's where we saw a group of bighorn sheep trying to wash a pickup truck.  I'm guessing they like road salt!

Wyoming Carwash - Bighorn Sheep at the National Elk Refuge - Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Wyoming Carwash - Bighorn Sheep at the National Elk Refuge - Jackson Hole, Wyoming

They sure are beautiful animals!
Bighorn Sheep at the National Elk Refuge - Jackson Hole, Wyoming

We also took a sleigh ride in the Elk Refuge.  It was so cool to get to see those bulls up close.
National Elk Refuge - Jackson Hole, Wyoming

National Elk Refuge - Jackson Hole, Wyoming

National Elk Refuge - Jackson Hole, Wyoming

National Elk Refuge - Jackson Hole, Wyoming


After the sleigh ride we went into Grand Teton National Park to the Snake River Overlook.  I was doing my best to channel Ansel Adams when I took this one.  Oh, and by the way, it was -17 degrees F when I took it!
Teton Range from the Snake River Overlook - Grand Teton National Park - Jackson Hole, Wyoming - Temperature was -17°F when I took this photograph.

Of course we stopped in downtown Jackson to enjoy the shopping and the scenery.
Town Square - Jackson, Wyoming

Town Square - Jackson, Wyoming

On New Year's Eve I went out at about 11pm to take some moonlight photos on the Idaho / Wyoming border.  Five seconds on a tripod with the ISO set to 3200 yielded some pretty interesting photographs.
Standing on the Idaho / Wyoming Border at 10:45pm on New Year's Eve.  It was -10°F.

And my favorite shot of the trip was on New Year's Day in the middle of Teton Valley.  I'm not sure how many more years this old place will survive.
Teton Valley, Idaho

Getting back to Texas was an adventure, too.  We were delayed two days and then our bags didn't make it for another day after that.  But, hey, who cares?  I got to go to IDAHO again.  And I LOVE that!


Friday, September 26, 2014

Summer's Over...

      In the classic 1972 western, The Cowboys, John Wayne looked up at the boys gathered around him and said, "Summer's over, boys...," as he took his last breath.  Well, I'm not dying but the summer of 2014 is indeed over.

     It's been a while - like more than a year - since I updated this blog and I'm wondering why!  I read back through some of my old posts - and they're really pretty good.  You should read them and I should write more.

      I've traveled a bit this last year and I've taken a few photos along the way.  Here's a quick review:

I went to a Clemson football game.
I went to Hawaii.
I went hog hunting.
I went snow skiing - twice.
I bought a Yeti cooler.
I was inducted into the Thomas Green Clemson Academy of Engineers and Scientists at Clemson University.
I went to Charleston, South Carolina - twice.
I went to Utah to hike with my son - again.
And, I went to Idaho and Wyoming - with a side trip to Glacier National Park in Montana.

       And now for a few of my favorite photos from along the way:

Welcome to Death Valley, home of the Clemson Tigers!



Homecoming 2013 with our goofball kiddos!



Haleakala Crater on the island of Maui, Hawaii.

Haleakala Crater on the island of Maui.

Spouting Horn - Kuaui, Hawaii.

A nice place to stop and rest.  Spouting Horn - Kuaui.

Late afternoon showers off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii.

Late afternoon showers on the island of Kauai, Hawaii.

Coyote in Yellowstone National Park.



Bighorn Sheep in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.



Azaleas in bloom in Clemson, South Carolina.



Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge over the Cooper River - Charleston, South Carolina

Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge over the Cooper River - Charleston, South Carolina

Southern Live Oak draped with Spanish Moss - Boone Hall Plantation - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Southern Live Oak draped with Spanish Moss - Boone Hall Plantation - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Aaron gets patriotic in Arches National Park, Utah

Aaron gets patriotic in Arches National Park, Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.



Travis enjoys the view from Angel's Landing at Zion National Park, Utah.



It's always important to represent.



From the top of Rendezvous Mountain - Jackson Hole, Wyoming

From the top of Rendezvous Mountain - Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Schwabacher's Landing at Sunrise - Grand Teton National Park - Wyoming

Schwabacher's Landing at Sunrise - GTNP - Wyoming

Lake McDonald - Glacier National Park, Montana

Lake McDonald - Glacier National Park, Montana

Sunrise over Two Medicine Lake in Glacier National Park, Montana

Sunrise over Two Medicine Lake in Glacier National Park, Montana

Sunset in Teton Valley, Idaho

A storm blew through Teton Valley just before sunset.  I drove north toward Tetonia unable to see the mountains but hoping that the clouds would clear out in time for a shot.  My luck was good, especially when the full moon popped out from behind the clouds too!

Strike a Pose - Bull Elk - Grand Teton National Park

Strike a Pose - Bull Elk - Grand Teton National Park

Whew!  That was a lot of travel and a lot of photos.  In fact, I took about 11,000 photos in the last year.  That's certainly not as many as I used to shoot when I was shooting lots of sports and portraits - but it was enough to get some good ones.  Click on any one of the photos and it will take you to the gallery on my website where you can find more just like it.   I hope you enjoy them.

- James