Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Celebrate our Rich History as a Nation


Today, the fourth of July, seems like a fitting time to focus on the memorials to our history as a country and the veterans who made our lives free.  



The World War II Memorial is especially sentimental to me since my dad and his brother Edward were on Guadalcanal.  Here you can see the Pacific memorial from the Atlantic side with the fountain in the middle. 4/21/2005 at 2:43 pm.  (Fugi Finepix digital camera) (f 3.2, 1/105 sec, ISO 100, focal length 25 mm)


Taken from the Pacific side of the monument one can see the Guadalcanal battle on the rim of the monument. 1/21/2005 at 2:49 pm.  (Fugi Finepix digital camera) (f 2.8, 1/140 sec, ISO 100, focal length 6 mm)


Washington Monument from Lincoln Memorial.  1/21/2005 at 2:59 pm.   (Fugi Finepix digital camera) (f 3.2, 1/200 sec, ISO 100, focal length 17 mm)


Viet Nahm Memorial.  4/21/2005 at 3:01 pm.   (Fugi Finepix digital camera) (f 3.2, 1/17 sec, ISO 100, focal length 12 mm)


"Coming in from Patrol" statue at the Viet Nahm Memorial.  4/21/2005 at 3:01 pm.   (Fugi Finepix digital camera) (f 3.2, 1/15 sec, ISO 100, focal length 14 mm)


Korean War Memorial on the Mall in Washington DC.  4/21/2005 at 3:15 pm.   (Fugi Finepix digital camera) (f 3.2, 1/50 sec, ISO 100, focal length 19 mm)


Iwo Jima Memorial at Arlington Cemetary.  5/30/2007 at 5:13 pm.   (Canon EOS Rebel XTi with EF-S 18-55 mm lens) (f 10, 1/160 sec, ISO 400, focal length 34 mm)



Iwo Jima Memorial at Arlington Cemetary.  5/20/2007 at 5:15 pm.  (Canon EOS Rebel XTi with EF-S 18-55 mm lens) (f 13, 1/320 sec, ISO 400, focal length 28 mm)



In the Black Hills of South Dakota the faces of three presidents are carved into the granite cliffs and is called Mount Rushmore National Park. 8/9/2010 at 3:12 pm.  (Canon EOS Rebel XTi with EF-S 18-55 mm lens) (f 11, 1/200 sec, ISO 400, focal length 49 mm)



One thing we don't realize often is that the American Indians in the United States have the most per capita service in the military.  Here is a memorial being carved into the granite in the Black Hills of South Dakota to remember a famous Sioux warrior Crazy Horse.  This is especially interesting because to the Sioux the Black Hills were sacred and Crazy Horse is an example of the the warrior culture that came from the plains Indians.  Also interesting is that there are no photographs of Crazy Horse so the likeness depicted on this memorial is based on interviews of people who knew Crazy Horse and a composite of the photos drawn from the memories of the people who knew him.  8/12/2010 at 2:07 pm.   (Canon EOS Rebel XTi with EF-S 18-55 mm lens) (f 4, 1/2000 sec, ISO 100, focal length 8 mm)



The final selection is from the celebration of the new Indian Veteran's Memorial at Rocky Boys Indian Reservation in North Central Montana.  You can see the memorial of an Indian with a War Bonnet in the top center.  8/7/2004 at 9:38 am. (Olympus C200Z digital camera) (f 4.1, 1/800 sec, ISO 100, focal length 12 mm)

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Anniversary at Yellowstone National Park

Here we are in Yellowstone Park after our trip across the Beartooth highway. We spent Friday night in West Yellowstone and stopped in at the Grizzly and Wolf Adventure Center.  There were a lot of things to see including some amazing raptors, grizzly's and wolfs.  The second day we went to Old Faithful Lodge for breakfast, took a 5 mile walk in the geyser basin, drove several times across the Continental Divide, drove along Yellowstone Lake, and then returned to Billings via the Beartooth Highway.  As are trips to Yellowstone, it was always full of exciting things to see as well as watching amazing people who don't seem to realize that the animals are wild.   I'm always surprised there aren't more animal attacks, especially with elk and bison, as tourists nearly walk up to them to get selfies.  



At the Grizzly and Wolf Adventure Center they have quite a selection of raptors.  There are three bald eagles, this being one.  All of the animals at the center are animals that have been injured and can't make it on their own in the wild.  8/5/2016 at 5:11 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/14; 1/400 sec; ISO-1600; 126 mm focal length)


One of the spectacular birds you'll ever see in the wild or in a zoo or raptor center is the Golden Eagle.  Not quite as big as the Bald Eagle, they are still huge birds with exceptional coloring. 8/5/2016 at 5:10 pm. (Canon EOS 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/14; 1/500 sec; ISO-1600; 120 mm focal length)


This is a Peregrine Falcon.  One that I've read a lot about in the C.J. Box books I've read.  An incredible hunter and one that falconers often are fond of.  8/5/2016 at 5:14 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/14; 1/200 sec; ISO-1600; 135 mm focal length)


This little ground squirrel is friendly and obviously is often fed by the tourists. 8/5/2016 at 5:07 pm. (Canon EOS 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/14; 1/1250 sec; ISO-1600; 135 mm focal length)  


Wolves are hard to get close too and therefore seeing them in the Grizzly and Wolf Adventure Center is a treat.  They aren't very active however and as you can see the fences are pretty thick. 8/5/2016 at 5:25 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/14; 1/400 sec; ISO-1600; 135 mm focal length)


As we entered the park and moved past the Madison River we saw a great field full of elk.  We had to stop and I got my long lens out and spent a long time focusing on various cows and bulls in the herd. 8/6/2016 at 7:16 am.  (Canon EOS 7D with Sigma 150-500 F5-6.3 Lens) (f/14; 1/60 sec; ISO-1600; 289 mm focal length)


Here we see a spike bull and a cow grazing in the lush grass of this meadow.  8/6/2016 at 7:11 am. (Canon EOS 7D with Sigma 150-500 F5-6.3 Lens) (f/14; 1/80 sec; ISO-1600; 340 mm focal length)


 Grazing bull and cow elk in the meadow along the Madison River on the west side of Yellowstone National Park.  8/6/2016 at 7:07 am.  (Canon EOS 7D with Sigma 150-500 F5-6.3 Lens) (f/14; 1/60 sec; ISO-1600; 340 mm focal length)


In the same meadow there were several Canadian Geese wandering through the wildflowers. 8/6/2016 at 7:08 am.  (Canon EOS 7D with Sigma 150-500 F5-6.3 Lens) (f/14; 1/80 sec; ISO-1600; 340 mm focal length)


As we turned south towards Old Faithful we followed the Madison River for many miles and were able to see incredible rocks and rapids along the way.  8/6/2016 at 5:34 am. (Canon EOS 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/4.5; 1/640 sec; ISO-400; 37 mm focal length)


Another shot of rocks and rapids in the Madison River.  8/6/2016 at 5:34 am. (Canon EOS 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/4.5; 1/160 sec; ISO-400; 37 mm focal length)
 

As we began walking from the Parking Lot at Old Faithful Village we saw the Firehole River that opens into the Geyser Basin.  8/6/2016 at 6:14 am.  (Canon EOS 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/3.5; 1/1250 sec; ISO-400; 19 mm focal length)


Throughout the Geyser Basins there are many geysers some erupting and others between eruptions. This one is beginning to spit hot water. Yellowstone hast two types of geysers, cone type and fountain Type - this is a cone type guyser.  8/6/2016 at 6:31 am.  (Canon EOS 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/4.5; 1/4000 sec; ISO-400; 31 mm focal length)


This is a hot spring next to a cone geyser (Castle Geyser).  Again their are two types of geysers, fountains and cones, this is a fountain type geyser.  8/6/2016 at 7:08 am. (Canon EOS 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/3.5; 1/4000 sec; ISO-400; 18 mm focal length)


The Upper Geyser Basin around Old Faithful is criss-crossed with boardwalks.  The only safe way to transit a geyser basin. 8/6/2016 at 7:07 am.


A little squirrel with a nut in it's mouth eating on the side of the boardwalk.  8/6/2016 at 6:49 am.  (Canon EOS 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/5.6; 1/800 sec; ISO-400; 135 mm focal length)


The squirrel took to the tree next to the boardwalk. 8/6/2016 at 6:50 am.  (Canon EOS 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/5.6; 1/1000 sec; ISO-400; 135 mm focal length)


Another of the many geysers in the Upper Geyser Basin erupting as we walked through the many thermal features. 8/6/2016 at 7:33 am.  (Canon EOS 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/5.6; 1/3200 sec; ISO-400; 135 mm focal length)


Old Faithful erupting with a view from the Upper Geyser Basin.  Old Faithful Lodge is on the right. 8/6/2016 at 6:33 am.  (Canon EOS 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/3.5; 1/4000 sec; ISO-400; 19mm focal length)


A noisy Raven keeps our attention during our walk. 8/6/2016 at 7:21 am.  (Canon EOS 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/5.6; 1/3200 sec; ISO-400; 135 mm focal length) 


A bison laying in middle of the Upper Geyser Basin.  8/6/2016 at 7:57 am.  
(Canon EOS 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/5.6; 1/2000 sec; ISO-400; 92 mm focal length)


The viewing area for Old Faithful the most famous geyser in the world with a few hundred tourists waiting for the show.  8/6/2016 at 8:08 am.  (Canon EOS 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/3.5; 1/4000sec; ISO-400; 18 mm focal length)


Throughout the park herds of bison can be viewed in fields and valleys close to the road.  These two are in the Lemar Valley on the way from Cooke City. 8/5/2016 at 12:35 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/14; 1/2500 sec; ISO-1600; 135 mm focal length)


These two Bison are also hanging out in the Lemar Valley on our way out of the park.  8/6/2016 at 2:33 pm. (Canon EOS 7D with Sigma 150-500 F5-6.3 Lens) (f/14; 1/400 sec; ISO-1600; 500 mm focal length)


Three bison relaxing in the Lemar Valley - one even taking a dirt bath.  8/6/2016 at 2:34 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D with Sigma 150-500 F5-6.3 Lens) (f/14; 1/1600 sec; ISO-1600; 500 mm focal length)


Two Swans swimming in the Yellowstone River near Canyon Village.  8/6/2016 at 1;26 pm. (Canon EOS 7D with Sigma 150-500 F5-6.3 Lens) (f/14; 1/640 sec; ISO-1600; 150 mm focal length)

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Beartooth Byway in August 2016

In August 2016, my wife and I spent our Anniversary in Yellowstone Park.  On the way we traveled over the Beartooth Byway from Red Lodge to Cooke City and back.  It is a spectacular highway with very rugged country and breathtaking views for miles and miles.  As a matter of fact we passed through a campground/general store complex called top of the world.  The Beartooth highway climbs up over 10,000 feet in the Beartooth mountains.  



Just as you cross the top of the mountains coming from Red Lodge - and you dip down a few hundred feet you get this view towards Cooke City and Yellowstone Park.  8/5/2016 at 10:15 am.  (Canon EOS 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/14; 1/8000 sec; ISO-1600; 26 mm focal length)


Heading down from the top and looking back towards Red Lodge this is the view from near the top.  8/5/2016 at 10:07 am.  (Canon EOS 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/14; 1/4000 sec; ISO-1600; 18 mm focal length)


Continuing on down the mountain on the south side one sees this view.  8/5/2016 at 10:15 am.  (Canon EOS 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/14; 1/8000 sec; ISO-1600; 26 mm focal length)


Further along one sees a series of lakes such as this one.  8/5/2016 at 10:16 am. (Canon EOS 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/14; 1/8000 sec; ISO-1600; 26 mm focal length)



As the highway cuts between two rocky hills, on the left side of the car we could ee this cute little marmot.  8/5/2016 at 10:20 am.  (Canon EOS 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/14; 1/2500 sec; ISO-1600; 135 mm focal length)


Returning from Cooke City, there is an interesting waterfall on the north side of the highway.  8/6/2016 at 2:18 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/3.5; 1/4000 sec; ISO-400; 18 mm focal length)


Lower version of the same waterfall.  8/6/2016 at 2:18 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/3.5; 1/3200 sec; ISO-400; 18 mm focal length)



The Beartooth Byway in August 2016

In August 2016, my wife and I spent our Anniversary in Yellowstone Park.  On the way we traveled over the Beartooth Byway from Red Lodge to Cooke City and back.  It is a spectacular highway with very rugged country and breathtaking views for miles and miles.  As a matter of fact we passed through a campground/general store complex called top of the world.  The Beartooth highway climbs up over 10,000 feet in the Beartooth mountains.  



Just as you cross the top of the mountains coming from Red Lodge - and you dip down a few hundred feet you get this view towards Cooke City and Yellowstone Park.  8/5/2016 at 10:15 am.  (Canon EOS 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/14; 1/8000 sec; ISO-1600; 26 mm focal length)


Heading down from the top and looking back towards Red Lodge this is the view from near the top.  8/5/2016 at 10:07 am.  (Canon EOS 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/14; 1/4000 sec; ISO-1600; 18 mm focal length)


Continuing on down the mountain on the south side one sees this view.  8/5/2016 at 10:15 am.  (Canon EOS 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/14; 1/8000 sec; ISO-1600; 26 mm focal length)


Further along one sees a series of lakes such as this one.  8/5/2016 at 10:16 am. (Canon EOS 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/14; 1/8000 sec; ISO-1600; 26 mm focal length)



As the highway cuts between two rocky hills, on the left side of the car we could ee this cute little marmot.  8/5/2016 at 10:20 am.  (Canon EOS 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/14; 1/2500 sec; ISO-1600; 135 mm focal length)


Returning from Cooke City, there is an interesting waterfall on the north side of the highway.  8/6/2016 at 2:18 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/3.5; 1/4000 sec; ISO-400; 18 mm focal length)


Lower version of the same waterfall.  8/6/2016 at 2:18 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/3.5; 1/3200 sec; ISO-400; 18 mm focal length)