Sunday, March 27, 2016

Yellowstone photos to honor the 100 anniversary of the National Park Service

2016 is the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service and it seems only fitting that I should blog some photos from Yellowstone National Park and from Glacier National Park.  This blog will be featuring photos from Glacier National Park and my next blog in a few days will be photos from Yellowstone National Park.  Montana/Wyoming has the rare connection to the First National Park in the United States - Yellowstone National Park.  The next few photographs were taken over the past few years in Yellowstone National Park.


Hot Springs pool in Norris Geyser Basin -10/26/2013  12:00 pm [Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF-S 18-135 (f 3.6- f5.6) IS Lens]; (f/6.3; 1/320 sec; ISO-100; 41 mm focal length)


Interesting coloring of chemicals in Norris Geyser Basin - 10/26/2013 12:07 pm  Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF-S 18-135 (f 3.6- f5.6) IS Lens]; (f/22; 1/10 sec; ISO-100; 21 mm focal length)


Colors and textures of chemicals in Norris Geyser Basin - 10/27/2013  7:53 am [Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF-S 18-135 (f 3.6- f5.6) IS Lens]; (f/32; 1/2 sec; ISO-2000; 55 mm focal length)


Sunset mist and people waiting for the colors of the sunrise at Mammoth Hot Springs - 10/27/2013  7:36 am [Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF-S 18-135 (f 3.6- f5.6) IS Lens]; (f/5.6; 0.8 sec; ISO-400; 54 mm focal length)


Sunrise across Mammoth Hot Springs - 10/27/2013 7:43 am [Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF-S 18-135 (f 3.6- f5.6) IS Lens]; (f/5.6; 1/4 sec; ISO-400; 18 mm focal length)


Another view of the sunrise across Mammoth Hot Springs - 10/27/2013  7:39 am [Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF-S 18-135 (f 3.6- f5.6) IS Lens]; (f/5.6; 1/2 sec; ISO-400; 28 mm focal length)


Landscape facing west near Norris Geyser Basin - 10/26/2013  10:16 am [Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF-S 18-135 (f 3.6- f5.6) IS Lens]; (f/11; 1/30 sec; ISO-100; 55 mm focal length)


Extreme close up (what will happen if you have the wrong lens on your camera) of Bison walking next to the road one lane away - 10/27/2013  10:14 am [Canon EOS 7D, Sigma 150-500 mm (f5-6.3) APO DG OS]; (f/5; 1/200 sec; ISO-1000; 150 mm focal length)


Waterfall heading into Yellowstone Canyon - 10/9/2010  12:12 pm  ; [Canon Digital Rebel XTi, Canon EF 75-300 mm (f/4-5.6) III lens] (f/8; 1/400 sec; ISO-400; 80 mm focal length)


Bison taking a dust bath near the Lamar Valley - 7/31/2010  5:54 pm [Canon Digital Rebel XTi, Canon EF 75-300 mm (f/4-5.6) III lens]; (f/5.6; 1/40 sec; ISO-1000; 300 mm focal length)


A misty morning at Mammoth Hot Springs - 10/10/2010 9:15 am [Canon Digital Rebel XTi, Canon EF 75-300 mm (f/4-5.6) III lens]; (f/11; 1/500 sec; ISO-320; 75 mm focal length)


Old Faithful spouting as regular as clockwork - 10/9/2011 7:37 am [Canon Digital Rebel XTi, Canon EF-S 18-55 (3.5-5.6) lens]; (f/16; 1/500 sec; ISO-400; 55 mm focal length)


Yellowstone elk grazing without a care in the world - tourists beware those antlers are sharp and he can move a lot faster than most would think  - 10/9/2010 4:13 pm [Canon Digital Rebel XTi, Canon EF 75-300 mm (f/4-5.6) III lens]; (f/5.6; 1/80 sec; ISO-400; 140 mm focal length)


Bison grazing peacefully along the Yellowstone River - – 10/9/2011 10:50 am [Canon Digital Rebel XTi, Canon EF 75-300 mm (f/4-5.6) III lens]; (f/5.6; 1/130 sec; ISO-400; 210 mm focal length)

Friday, February 19, 2016

Today I decided to take my dog for a walk near the Beartooth Highway south of Red Lodge.  Since it's winter, the highway is closed about 12 south of Red Lodge and that's where I spent the afternoon with my dog Jane.  It is quite warm for this time of year, but it was also very windy as well.  I hope you like the selection of mountains and creeks that I photographed.


When you leave Red Lodge and travel the Bear tooth Highway to Cook City, you start low and gain altitude rapidly on the way.  These photos are at the beginning of the trip and are much lower than later, but because it's winter, the road is blocked before you gain much altitude.  This is a series of photos of the mountains that line the highway (here you can actually see the highway after the point that it's closed.  February 19, 2016 at 4:51 pm.  (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF-S 18-55 mm lens [3.5-5.6])  (F/7.1; 1/8000 sec; ISO 6400; 32 mm focal length)


Another view of the hills.  February 19, 2016 at 4:51 pm. (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF-S 18-55 mm lens [3.5-5.6]) (f/7.1; 1/8000 sec; ISO 6400; 33 mm focal length)


Another mountain view with a stand of bushes at the base.  February 19, 2016 at 4:52 pm.  (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF-S 18-55 mm lens [3.5-5.6])  (f/7.1; 1/8000, ISO 6400; 48 mm focal length)


Another view of the mountains.  February 19, 2016 at 4:50 pm..  (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF-S 18-55 mm lens [3.5-5.6]) (f/7.1; 1/8000 sec; ISO 6400; 55 mm focal length)


Mountains with interesting cliffs.  February 19, 2016 at 5:02 pm.  (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF-S 18-55 mm lens [3.5-5.6])  (f/7.1; 1/8000 sec; ISO 6400; 36 mm focal length)


Creek that runs through the campground near the location of the closure of the Bear tooth Highway.  February 19, 2016 at 4:58 pm.  (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF-S 18-55 mm lens [3.5-5.6])  (f/7.1; 1/6400 sec; ISO 6400; 21 mm focal length)


Rock creek as it flows next to the highway.  February 19, 2016 at 4:27 pm.  (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF-S 18-55 mm lens [3.5-5.6])  (f/7.1; 1/8000 sec; ISO 6400; 31 mm focal length)


Rock Creek as it runs along the Bear tooth Highway.  February 19, 2016 at 4:29 pm.  (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF-S 18-55 mm lens [3.5-5.6]) (f/7.1; 1/8000 sec; ISO 6400; 31 mm focal length)


Bridge over Rock Creek.  February 19, 2016 at 4:32 pm.  (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF-S 18-55 mm lens [3.5-5.6])  (f/7.1; 1/8000 sec; ISO 6400; 25 mm focal length)


Creek that flows into Rock Creek with a fast shutter speed;  February 19, 2016 at 4:23 pm. (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF-S 18-55 mm lens [3.5-5.6])  (F/7.1; 1/1600 sec; ISO 800; 41 mm focal length)


Same view with slow shutter speed.  This stops the motion of the water and gives a softer white area where the water flows over the rocks.  February 19, 2016 at 4:24 pm. (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF-S 18-55 mm lens [3.5-5.6])  (f/32; 1 sec; ISO 100; 41 mm)

Seattle Waterfront

On January 31 I made a one day trip from Billings to Seattle and back to attend a Memorial Service for a former Bellevue Police Lieutenant I worked with.  During that time, I spent a few hours on the Seattle Waterfront - a place I truly miss living inland in Montana.  Here are a few of the photos from that time on Elliott Bay.


As I walked to the pier, since the street is torn up it's no mean feat, I head toward the Ferris Wheel and see where to purchase tickets for the ride.  You can also see the end of the Pier Building that houses several shops and restaurants.  January 31, 2016 at 11;11 am.  (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF-S 18-55 mm lens [3.5-5.6])  (f/8; 1/320 sec; ISO 400; 30 mm focal length).


This is the next pier with buildings and shops and you can see the end of the barge on which is located the crane seen in other photos of the Ferris Wheel.  This is a waterfront park with seating areas for hanging out.  January 31, 2016 at 11:13 am.  (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF-S 18-55 mm lens [3.5-5.6])  (f/13; 1/320 sec; ISO 400; 25 mm focal length)


Shooting from the pier to the port with it's container ships and cranes.  This is heading up one side of the Duwamish Waterway.  I spent several years when I was in the Coast Guard Reserve as a team leader for boarding the container ships on that very waterway.  January 31, 2016 at 11:23 am. (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF75-300 mm [f/4-5.6]) (f/13; 1/500 sec; ISO 250; 75 mm focal Length.


Seattle Fair terminal between the Ferris Wheel and the cranes on the Duwamish Waterway.  January 31, 2016 at 11:23.  (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF 75 - 300  mm lens [4-5.6])  (f/11; 1/500 sec; ISO 320; 75 mm focal length)


Unique view of the Seattle skyline taken from the pier.  January 31, 2016 at 11:20.  (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF-S 18-55 mm lens (3.5-5.6) (f/14; 1/400 sec; ISO 400; 27 mm focal length)
  white with the pointy roof) and the large rectangular building towards the left end is the Federal Building that I spent countless hours in when I was in the Command Center AND when I was in District Public Affairs.  January 31, 2016 at 11:23.  (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF 75-300 mm lens [4-5.6]) (f/10; 1/500 sec; ISO 400; 75 mm Focal length. 


Ferris Wheel on the pier with the barge and crane in front of it.  January 31, 2016 at 11:20 am. (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF-S 18-55 mm lens [3.5-5.6]) (f/18; 1/500 sec; ISO 320; 25 mm focal length)


Seattle Ferry heading for Bremerton.  January 31, 2016 at 11:25 am.  (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF 75-300 mm lens [4-5.6]) (f/9; 1/500 sec; ISO 320; 300 mm focal length)

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Canadian Railroad Vacation in 2013

This week, I'm remembering back two years at my honeymoon.  We took the Cross Canadian Railroad Trip from Vancouver to Toronto.  There were great photo opportunities and here are a few that were taken.


Sunrise in Vancouver. Day two of our adventure.  5/5/2013 at 6:53 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/22; 1/30 second; ISO-1250; 20 mm focal length)
















Hop on Hop Off Bus takes us sightseeing for the second day of our Adventure in Vancouver.  5/5/2013 at 2:28 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/4.5; 1/50 second; ISO-100; 18 mm focal length)


Obviously beginning an adventure takes a proper Piper to see us off.  5/6/2013 at 8:34 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/22; 1/30 second; ISO-3200; 26 mm focal length)


Totem Pole in Stanley Park - Vancouver.  5/5/2013 at 2:49 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/5.6, 1/80 second; ISO-100; 22 mm focal length)



Vancouver to Kamloops on the Rocky Mountaineer tour train.  5/6/2013 at 3:47 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/5.6; 1/100 second; ISO-100; 53 mm focal length)


Close up of the lead engines on the Rocky Mountaineer en route to Kamloops.  5/6/2013 at 5:02 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Sigma 150-500mm f5-6.3 APO DG 08 lens) (f/13; 1/100 second; ISO-100; 500 mm focal length)


Kamloops to Bamff on the Rocky Mountaineer.  5/7/2013 at 10:45 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/22; 1/60 second; ISO-1600; 41 mm focal length)



Mount Rundle near Bamff, Alberta, CANADA.  5/8/2013 at 10:50 am.   (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/22; 1/60 second; ISO-640; 32 mm focal length)


Bow Falls behind the Bamff Springs Hotel (Fairmont) in Bamff, Alberta, CANADA.  5/8/2013 at 3:41 pm.   (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/7.1; 1/100 second; ISO-100; 24 mm focal length)


Sunrise at Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta, CANADA.  5/10/2013 at 6:18 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/22; 1/25 second; ISO-2500;  18 mm focal length)


Ice Coach on the Athabaska Glacier in Icefields Parkway, Alberta, CANADA.  5/10/2013 at 1:58 pm. (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/22; 1/50 second; ISO-125; 26 mm focal length) 


Lac Beauvert at Jasper Park Lodge (Fairmont), Jasper, Alberta, CANADA.  5/11/2013 at 8:11 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/22; 1/60 second; ISO-2000; 38 mm focal length)


American Falls from the Lady of the Mist.  Niagra Falls, Ontario, CANADA.  5/15/2013 at 12:52 pm. (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/11; 1/100 second; ISO-100; 32 mm focal length)


Inukshuk in the foreground with the American Falls in the background.  Taken from the Dock for the Lady of the Mist.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/13; 1/100 second; ISO-100; 41
mm focal length)


Canadian Niagra Falls taken from the Hotel where we had lunch.  6/15/2013 at 11:24 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/22; 1/80 second; ISO-200; 55 mm focal length)

Monday, August 10, 2015

Black Hills Motorcycle Rally - 75th Anniversary - Sturgis, South Dakota 2015

For the past week, I have been visiting my long time friend Mikee at his son's ranch in Belle Fourche, South Dakota.  I don't ride a motorcycle, but was there with my buddy and his friends for the 75th annual Black Hills Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota.  It's an interesting event this year estimated to draw about 1.6 million bikers (about double the usual draw).  Below are some photos I took during that 5 day trip.  Some might conclude I was photographing "wildlife" and I have to say I saw things I never wanted to see and some of the sights will haunt my memory for a long time, but seriously, it is an interesting event and there are indeed some exceptionally beautiful motorcycles  to see at the Rally.


This photo was taken Friday night, just before the official opening of the Rally, showing the front of the Full Throttle - famous hang out during the rally.  7/31/2015 at 6:36 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/6.3; 1/3200 second; ISO-800; 22 mm focal length)


By changing the mixture and adding an igniter to the pipes, this guy flames his way through the back lot of the Full Throttle Saloon.  7/31/2015 at 7:15 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/6.3; 1/2500 second; ISO-800; 92 mm focal length)


Many souvenir stores line the streets of Sturgis and surrounding communities that carry "official" Rally gear.  8/2/2015 at 6:50 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/5.6; 1/800 second; ISO-100; 18 mm focal length)


This is the shot everyone looks for - one can see how many motorcycles are gathered on Main Street in Sturgis for this exceptional event. 8/2/2015 at 7:16 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/5.6; 1/500 second; ISO-100; 18 mm focal length)


This photo taken the opposite direction on Main Street from the one above shows the tower that is in the middle of the street where one can pay a fee and get above the street to take the long photo of the collection of motorcycles.  Always thought one could be wealthy beyond lottery style if they had only 1% of the value of the motorcycles on this street alone. 8/2/2015 at 7:18 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/5.6; 1/400 second; ISO-100; 24 mm focal length)


One of the semi's turned into a street vendor at the Rally. 8/2/2015 at 7:54 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/5.6; 1/400 second; ISO-100; 18 mm focal length)


No end to the opportunities to take photos of Harley's.  8/4/2015 at 12:32 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/5.6; 1/640 second; ISO-100; 67 mm focal length)


While exiting the Full Throttle one can see the people filing in from the parking lot.  In addition to the motorcycles, there were a few cars and trucks as well.  8/4/2015 at 12:33 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/5.6; 1/400 second; ISO-100; 67

Sturgis events spread over a wide area.  Here the crowd wanders by the Rapid City Harley Davidson building.  Many vendors here and across the parking lot in addition to a huge sales floor.  7/31/2015 at 6:36 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/6.3; 1/3200 second; ISO-800; 22 mm focal length)


American Bagger and Urban Bagger Magazine hosted this competition for best of the best at Full Throttle on Tuesday afternoon.  8/4/2015 at 12:09 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/5.6; 1/400 second; ISO-100; 18mm focal length)