Thursday, September 5, 2013

Purple Mountains. Amber Waves. You know the rest...

Summer is beginning to wind down and I think I've set a new record for long distance driving.  Starting in late May I drove from Savannah, Georgia, to Texas;  then Texas to South Carolina and back;  then Texas to Colorado;  then Texas to Idaho and back; then Texas to Colorado and back again; then Texas to South Carolina and back again; and then Texas to Idaho and back again.  Man, my butt is sore!

I did get to take a few photographs in the midst of all this traveling.  Some of the places I visited were quite spectacular.  Here's a shot from Lake San Cristobal near Lake City, Colorado.  I had been driving around in the rain most of the afternoon when the clouds parted in time for a beautiful sunset.

Next is a shot of Henson Creek along the Alpine Loop Scenic Drive near Lake City.  This is a good example of a long exposure (0.8 seconds) making the water look very soft.

Here's a shot from Teton Valley, Idaho.  The barley fields are ready for harvest and the Tetons go purple at sunset.  I never get tired of that place.

My favorite wildlife shot of the year was in Yellowstone National Park along the Madison River.  She was not interested in his offer.

Madison River - Yellowstone National Park - 2013

Earlier in the summer I got this shot that combines my favorite place - Teton Valley - and one of my other favorite pastimes - biking.  I was out on this evening riding the trail bike on the old Oregon Shortline Railway between Ashton and Tetonia, Idaho.

4x4 + Trail Bike + Big Sky + Purple Mountains = Almost Heaven

And as the sun sets on another summer, I'm looking forward to football season.  This year we're going to homecoming at Clemson.  It should be awesome - except for the 950 miles of interstate to get there.

Late Summer Sunset in Teton Valley, Idaho

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Best of 2012

A few days have passed since the end of 2012 and now it's time to post my favorites.  I would have gotten to it earlier but the celebration after the Clemson victory over LSU just...wouldn't....stop!

We'll start with a shot of my kids before the Clemson / Georgia Tech game.  Clemson won that game too!  

My favorite Idaho shot from the year was taken in late January on a snowmobile trip in the Targhee National Forest.  Very cold!

Best of 2012 - Warm River near Ashton, Idaho

I took an early summer roadtrip with my son out west.  We visited Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Arches, Canyonlands, and Rocky Mountain National Parks.  He called it The Great American Roadtrip - GART.  Here's a shot taken right after sunrise at Bryce.  I love the way the backlighting on the hoodoos made them glow.

Best of 2012 - Early morning glow in Bryce Canyon National Park - Utah

This one is a detail shot from Whitewater Falls, a 410-foot cascade in the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina.  A 1/15th second shutter speed made the water look nice and soft.

Best of 2012 - Middle detail of Whitewater Falls - Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina

Here's a shot from Wahoo Bay in Haiti.  Of course I had my camera with me as we enjoyed the sunset from a beachside restaurant.  

Best of 2012 - Caribbean Sunset - Wahoo Bay, Haiti

My hometown of Aledo occasionally yields a nice shot.  I like the late afternoon light and the foreground tree as a frame.

Best of 2012 - Aledo, Texas

And, how about a little football?  I shot this at the Louisiana Tech vs. UT-San Antonio game.  I think it should have been interference.

Best of 2012 - Shoulda been interference!

And finally, a shot from downtown Fort Worth:  old and new, colors and angles!

Best of 2012 - Downtown Fort Worth, Texas

I'm hoping 2013 will be a good photography year.  I've scheduled a trip to Washington, D.C., in March and I'm sure I'll be back in Idaho this summer.  I'm also hoping to make a trip to Zion with my son - sort of a GART II.  And of course, I'm sure there will be a trip or two back to Clemson.