Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Shiloh Conservation Area in Billings, MT

Shiloh Conservation area is a man made park in the West end of Billings, Montana.  It has become a gathering place and habitat for a great many different kinds of birds and small animals.  It also has several paved trails for hiking, walking and bicycling.  With several lakes and various types of other water bodies connecting each other through the property as well as plantings of many types of natural foliage and trees it is becoming a very excellent destination for people who are interested in observing nature in a population area like Billings.  



Here several American Avocets feed in one of the many water bodies.  May 27, 2016 at 10:46 am. (Canon EOS 7D w/  EF-S 18-135 mm IS lens) (f/14; 1/8000 sec; ISO 1600; 300 mm focal length)


Here is an American Coot preening near one of the bodies of water.  July 19, 2016 at 5:31 am.  (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF 75-300 mm f/4-5.6 III Lens)(f/5; 1/2500 sec.; ISO-400; 150 mm focal length)


American Coot w/ young in one of the many lakes. July 19, 2016 at 5:37 am. (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF 75-300 mm f/4-5.6 III Lens)(f/5; 1/3200 sec.; ISO-400; 150 mm focal length)


Creek through field near parking lot on southeast side of the park.  July 19, 2016 at 5:01 am. (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF-S 18-55 mm  Lens)(f/5; 1/500 sec.; ISO-400; 39 mm focal length)


Dam from one water feature to another on the property.  May 22, 2016 at 7:07 am.  (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF 75-300 mm f/4-5.6 III Lens)(f/5.6; 1/800 sec.; ISO-100; 95 mm focal length)


Flowers, straw and fence post near southeast entrance to the conservation area. July 18, 2016 at 4:37 am.  (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF 75-300 mm f/4-5.6 III Lens)(f/4.5; 1/1250 sec.; ISO-400; 120 mm focal length)


Great Blue Heron fishing in one of the water features on the property. May 27, 2016 at 10:48 am. (Canon EOS 7D w/ Sigma 150-500 mm f5-6.3 lens) (f/14; 1/6400 sec.; ISO-1600; 300 mm focal length)


Great Blue Heron after successfully fishing in one of the waterways.  May 22, 2016 at 7:21 am. (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF 75-300 mm f/4-5.6 III Lens)(f/11; 1/125 sec.; ISO-100; 300 mm focal length)  


Great Blue Heron watching the waterway.  May 22, 2016 at 7:00 am. (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF 75-300 mm f/4-5.6 III Lens)(f/10; 1/500 sec.; ISO-250; 300 mm focal length)


Kildeer resting on rock near water feature in conservation area.  May 22, 2016 at 6:53 am.  (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF 75-300 mm f/4-5.6 III Lens)(f/10; 1/500 sec.; ISO-250; 300 mm focal length)


Fishing shelter on the lake near the southeast entrance to the conservation area.  July 19, 2016 at 5:08 am.  (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF -S 18-55 mm Lens)(f/5; 1/2500 sec.; ISO-400; 41 mm focal length)


Mallard drake swimming in lake near the southeastern entrance to the conservation area.  May 22, 2016 at 7:22 am.  (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF 75-300 mm f/4-5.6 III Lens)(f/11; 1/200 sec.; ISO-100; 300 mm focal length)


Man made waterfall on the lake near the southeastern entrance to the conservation area.  July 19, 2016 at 5:05 am.  (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF-S 18-55 mm Lens)(f/4.5; 1/1600 sec.; ISO-400; 31 mm focal length)


Toward the Southwest with a view of the Beartooth Mountains.  May 22, 2016 at 7:08 am.  (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF 75-300 mm f/4-5.6 III Lens)(f/5.6; 1/800 sec.; ISO-100; 140 mm focal length)


Mallard Hen next to one of the water features in the conservation area. July 18, 2016 at 4:42 am.  (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF 75-300 mm f/4-5.6 III Lens)(f/5.6; 1/500 sec.; ISO-400; 300 mm focal length)


One of the many red winged blackbirds that inhabit the conservation area.  May 27, 2016 at 10:30 am. (Canon EOS 7D w/ Sigma 150-500 mm f5-6.3 lens) (f/14; 1/8000 sec.; ISO-1600; 300 mm focal length)


Interesting combination of downed tree and growing one near the southeastern entrance to the conservation area.  July 18, 2016 at 4:35 am.   (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF 75-300 mm f/4-5.6 III Lens)(f/4; 1/2500 sec.; ISO-400; 75 mm focal length)


Saturday, July 2, 2016

Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park celebrates 75 years

This year marks the 75 anniversary of the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park in north central Montana and south eastern Alberta.  It is the portion of the border where Glacier National Park and Waterton National Park meet.  The following photos were taken over several years in both parks.

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK MONTANA - US



1.  On the Blackfeet Reservation just south of St. Mary, beargrass is seen throughout.  It is an interesting flowering plant and one that can be seen throughout Montana.  July 8, 2010 at 1:48 pm.  (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi w/ EF-S 18-55 mm lens)  (f/9; 1/200 sec; ISO-100; 55 mm focal length)



2) Another shot of beargrass near St. Mary on the Blackfeet Reservation just out side of Glacier Park. July 8, 2010 at 1:48 pm.  (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi w/ EF-S 18-55 mm lens)  (f/11; 1/200 sec; ISO-100; 45 mm focal length)



3) Wild flower on the hillside near the tourist center at Logan Pass on the Going to the Sun Highway in Glacier Park.  July 7, 2010 at 11:40 am.  (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi w/ EF75-300 mm lens)  (f/7.1; 1/400 sec; ISO-400; 300 mm focal length)



4.  Mountain Goat Ram near the visitors center at Logan Pass on the Going to the Sun Highway in Glacier Park.  August 11, 2007 at 2:07 pm.  (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi w/ EF-S 18-55 mm lens)  (f/11; 1/250 sec; ISO-400; 55 mm focal length)



5)  Rugged mountain features on the Going to the Sun Highway between St. Mary and Logan Pass.  August 11, 2007 at 1:50 pm.  (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi w/ EF-S 18-55 mm lens)  (f/14; 1/400 sec; ISO-400; 27 mm focal length)



6) Two mountain goat rams hanging out near the top of Logan Pass in Glacier Park on the Going to the Sun Highway.  August 11, 2007 at 3:49 pm.  (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi w/ EF 75-300 mm lens)  (f/5.6; 1/200 sec; ISO-100; 300 mm focal length)



7.  Wildflowers along a creek coming down the mountainside near the top of Logan Pass on the Going to the Sun Highway in Glacier Park.  August 11, 2007 at 4:54 pm. (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi w/ EF-S 18-55 mm lens)  (f/8; 1/125 sec; ISO-100; 55 mm focal length) 



8) Looking at Mini Glacier from Logan Pass on the Going to the Sun Highway.  August 11, 2007 at 6:57 pm.  (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi w/ EF-S 18-55 mm lens)  (f/9; 1/100 sec; ISO-100; 51 mm focal length)



9)  Lake McDonald facing North towards the south end of the Going to the Sun Highway in Glacier Park.  July 13, 2008 at 12:34 pm.  (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi w/ EF-S 18-55 mm lens)  (f/5; 1/800 sec; ISO-100; 44 mm focal length)



10)  East Glacier Lodge near Highway 2 on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.  July 1, 2013 at 6:27 am.  (Canon EOS 7D with an EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22; 1/40 sec; ISO 1600; 29 mm focal length.)

11)  Chief Mountain in Glacier Park on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in North Central Montana.  July 1, 2013 at 8:37 am.  (Canon EOS 7D with an EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22; 1/160 sec; ISO 1000; 100 mm focal length.) 


WATERTON NATIONAL PARK ALBERTA, CANADA




12)  Rocky Mountains in Waterton National Park just north of the Chief Mountain Border Crossing. July 1, 2013 at 9:27 am. (Canon EOS 7D with an EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22; 1/30 sec; ISO 500; 19 mm focal length.) 



13)  Rockies from Waterton Lakes in Waterton National Park, Alberta, CANADA.  July 1, 2013 at 9:37 am.   (Canon EOS 7D with an EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22; 1/30 sec; ISO 400; 18 mm focal length.) 



14) Rockies and Waterton Lakes heading towards Prince of Whales Hotel. 7/1/2013 at 9:38 am.  (Canon EOS 7D with an EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22; 1/25 sec; ISO 320; 18 mm focal length.) 


15) Prince of Whales Hotel on Upper Waterton Lake.  July 1, 2013 at 9:51 am.  (Canon EOS 7D with an EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22; 1/40 sec; ISO 500; 22 mm focal length.) 


16) Looking West toward Prince of Whales Hotel on Upper Waterton Lake in Waterton National Park.  July 1, 2013 at 10:24 am.  (Canon EOS 7D with an EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22; 1/40 sec; ISO 400; 26 mm focal length.) 



17)  Looking West on Upper Waterton Lake.  July 1, 2013 at 9:53 am. (Canon EOS 7D with an EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/6.3; 1/125 sec; ISO 100; 33 mm focal length.)  



18)  Near the bend in the Upper Waterton Lake looking to the West.  July 1, 2013 at 10:23 am. (Canon EOS 7D with an EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22; 1/40 sec; ISO 320; 25mm focal length.)  

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Salute to 100 anniversary of National Park Service (part two)


Mountain Sheep on Logan Pass (Glacier Park).  8/11/2007 at 2:08 pm.  (EOS Rebel XTi w/EF 75-300 mm lens)  (f/7.1; 1/400 sec shutter speed; ISO 400; 300 mm focal length)


Mother Mountain Goat and Kidd on Logan Pass (Glacier Park).  8/11/2007 at 4:12 pm.   (EOS Rebel XTi w/EF 75-300 mm lens)  (f/5.6; 1/200 sec shutter speed; ISO 100; 250 mm focal length)


Mother Mountain  Goat and Kidd on Logan Pass (Glacier Park).  8/11/2007 at 4:44 pm.   (EOS Rebel XTi w/EF 75-300 mm lens)  (f/5; 1/125 sec shutter speed; ISO 100; 150 mm focal length)


Mountain goat on Logan Pass (Glacier Park). 8/11/2007 at 4:50 pm.   (EOS Rebel XTi w/EF 75-300 mm lens)  (f/5.6; 1/200 sec shutter speed; ISO 100; 130 mm focal length)


Wildflowers on Logan Pass (Glacier Park).  8/11/2007 at 4:54 pm.   (EOS Rebel XTi w/EF-S 18-55 mm lens)  (f/7.1; 1/100 sec shutter speed; ISO 100; 55 mm focal length)


Mountain Goat on Logan Pass (Glacier Park).  8/11/2007 at 4:57 pm.   (EOS Rebel XTi w/EF-S 18-55 mm lens)  (f/8; 1/160 sec shutter speed; ISO 100; 55 mm focal length)


Looking East from St. Mary on the Going to the Sun Highway toward Logan Pass (Glacier Park).  St. Mary Lake in the foreground.  7/13/2008 at 9:45 am.  (EOS Rebel XTi w/EF-S 18-55 mm lens)  (f/3.5; 1/800 sec shutter speed; ISO 100; 18 mm focal length)


Cliff and falls on the Going to the Sun Highway (Glacier Park).  7/13/2008 at 11:17 am.   (EOS Rebel XTi w/EF-S 18-55 mm lens)  (f/5.6; 1/400 sec shutter speed; ISO 100; 55 mm focal length)


Going to the Sun Highway (Glacier Park). 7/13/2008 at 11:35 am.    (EOS Rebel XTi w/EF-S 18-55 mm lens)  (f/3.5; 1/1000 sec shutter speed; ISO 100; 18 mm focal length)


Going to the Sun Highway (Glacier Park).   (EOS Rebel XTi w/EF-S 18-55 mm lens)  (f/3.5; 1/800 sec shutter speed; ISO 100; 18 mm focal length)


Lake McDonald on the Going to the Sun Highway (Glacier Park).  7/13/2008 at 12:34 pm.   (EOS Rebel XTi w/EF-S 18-55 mm lens)  (f/5; 1/800 sec shutter speed; ISO 100; 44 mm focal length)


Upper Two Medicine Lake (Glacier Park).  7/8/2010 at 11:09.   (EOS Rebel XTi w/EF-S 18-55 mm lens)  (f/9; 1/200 sec shutter speed; ISO 100; 24 mm focal length)


Bear Grass near St. Mary (Blackfeet Indian Reservation).  7/8/2010 at 1:48 pm.   (EOS Rebel XTi w/EF-S 18-55 mm lens)  (f/11; 1/200 sec shutter speed; ISO 100; 45 mm focal length)


Chief Mountain (Glacier Park).  7/8/2010 at 2:19 pm.  (EOS Rebel XTi w/EF 75-300 mm lens)  (f/8; 1/400 sec shutter speed; ISO 100; 80 mm focal length)


Wild flower on Logan Pass in Glacier Park.  7/7/2010 at 11:40 am.   (EOS Rebel XTi w/EF 75-300 mm lens)  (f/7.1; 1/400 sec shutter speed; ISO 400; 300 mm focal length)


Mountain Lake near Chief Mountain (Glacier Park).  7/8/2010 at 2:37 pm.  (EOS Rebel XTi w/EF-S 18-55 mm lens)  (f/8; 1/100 sec shutter speed; ISO 100; 47 mm focal length)


Grizzly Bear near Chief Mountain (Glacier Park).  7/8/2010 at 3:00 pm.   (EOS Rebel XTi w/EF 75-300 mm lens)  (f/5; 1/160 sec shutter speed; ISO 100; 150 mm focal length)