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Oldie But a Goodie

I know that I have not posted any new images here for a while, I’ve been busy with a new job building elevators and it has taken up a large portion of my time recently. I will be taking a two week photo-spree vacation this spring so new images will certainly follow soon enough…

In the meantime I thought that I would periodically post some of my favorite past images, this one is from Yellowstone National Park and, you guessed it, It’s Yellowstone Falls taken from the end of Uncle Tom’s Trail:


This is one of my favorites because it is a fairly difficult set of rickety stairs, at least for an old fart like myself hauling a fifty pound pack of photo gear and using a tripod for a walking stick,  to get to this point. It was also a great velvety smooth time exposure that did not require any ND filters to capture due to this waterfall being in the shade. It is also a multi-exposure High Dynamic Range (HDR) processed image.

Glacier National Park Trip 2013

I recently returned from a road trip to Glacier National Park, with a short side trip to Yellowstone National Park on my drive back home. I am not very excited about the photographic results, since upon arrival I had a case of the trots which prevented me from my planned hiking trips into the backcountry. As such, I had to improvise to find differing subjects that I had already thoroughly imaged during my trip last year to this crown jewel of a National Park.

Here is the link to the new gallery:
Glacier-Yellowstone 2013 Trip

The one really overwhelming obvious observation of Glacier this year is that there has been a remarkable change from just one year ago. That change is that there has been a noticeable INCREASE in the number of glaciers int the park from the exact same time one year ago, both in the size of the glaciers and also in the sheer numbers of visible glaciers. One obvious observation is that the official park literature, which ceases at 2009 when the glacial retreat ceased, there is an overwhelming silence about the apparent turnaround in the glacial retreat supposedly caused by Anthropogenic Global Warming. (lies by omission are still lies) In my opinion it should be renamed Anthropomorphic Global Warming, since the alarmism is little more than the projection of human influences that is about as believable as the human projections found in any Disney cartoon.

I had a real grizzly bear scare while taking the Moonset shot over Logan Pass but I never had a good opportunity to photograph one up close. I did have a second scare as I exited an outhouse, I opened the door and was face-to-face with a bear. After my blood pressure settled I had to laugh as it was only a Black Bear who was just as startled as I was. I Ran to get my camera and got a quick shot of it fleeing the area, more scared of me than I could have ever been of it.


By thursday I felt somewhat better so I tried a hike up to Hidden Lake above Logan Pass. This was a fairly easy 1.5 mile (2.4 km) and 500 foot (152 m) vertical hike. Halfway up my stomach started seriously rumbling and I thought for sure that I was going to have to bare all and demonstrate an unintended fertilization of the alpine meadows, with absolutely nowhere to hide. Luckily I was barely able to make it without completely embarrassing myself. I did get some decent shots but forgot my panoramic gear so I was actually somewhat disappointed in the effort.

The next day I tried another hike, this time a 1 mile (1.6 km) 700 foot (214 m) vertical climb to Apikuni Falls. This was a very successful hike with some decent images. I would have liked to have spent an entire day there when the falls were in full flow but I planned to leave Glacier for a day in Yellowstone National Park.

It turns out I should have spent the entire day at Glacier since it rained there practically continuously. I ended up opting out of my real reason which was to travel and photograph the Beartooth Highway from the northeast entrance to Red Lodge Montana. Glacier Park’s Going to the Sun road is arguably the best scenic road in the lower fourty-eight and the Beartooth Highway is arguably the second best scenic adventure.

Instead I made a B-Line to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, also on my way home, but there again the rain and clouds prevented any decent photo-ops so I continued on to an eventual uncomfortable sleep in my car at a rest stop a few hours later. My luck was not very much in my favor on this trip, even with the setbacks I still had a blast that outweighed, by a large margin, the best times I ever had at “work.”


My Personal Gallery Picks

Since I now have numerous galleries with thousands of images I decided to consolidate some of my best images from all of the galleries into a more manageable set of four galleries that each include only about fifty of my best shots. Here are the links:
Five Star Picks
Four Star Picks
Three Star Picks
Two Star Picks



Yellowstone Falls

One of the most popular attractions, second only to Old Faithful, at Yellowstone is the ‘Grand Canyon of Yellowstone’ which is the south rim of the gorge created by the Yellowstone River and some of the best views overlook the lower falls area. The closest  one can legally get to the falls is from Uncle Toms Trail which terminates about 3/4 down the canyon and is just below the crest of the lower falls. Several of my images of the falls are from this vantage point. There are 358 steel mesh steps and several hundred vertical feet of switchbacks to gain access starting from an elevation of about 8000 feet above sea level, not for the weak hearted or breathing challenged. Here is a video from Uncle Toms Point.



This next video is from the top of the opposite north side of the canyon at Lookout Point. The terrace below is called Red Rock and is about 1/3 of the way down the canyon while Uncle Toms Point is about 3/4 of the way down the canyon. Some of my images are also from this vantage point. Most of them are taken from the south rim at Artist Point, sorry no videos from there.


For reference the Yellowstone River Canyon is about 1200 feet deep while the Colorado River Grand Canyon is about 3000 feet deep at the popular south rim vantage points.



Welcome to my new blog. I’m really not sure how this blog will progress but I will be trying to post regularly and will try to keep it limited to photography in as much as possible. I have recently updated my web page http://www.photodady.com and thanks to The Turning Gate Lightroom plugins it looks pretty nice even though I mainly used the basic default settings.

I have just recently finished post-processing about four thousand pictures captured on my trip to Yellowstone National Park. I had a fantastic time there, had a fresh snowfall in the mountain passes, crisp morning frost in the high plains, numerous encounters with wildlife that was mostly undisturbed due to the lack of late season crowds. In short it was a complete success. To top it all off I also experienced, and captured, a fantastic sunrise in the South Dakota Badlands Door Trail on my trip back home to Woodbury Minnesota.

The following link is something very new to me, hi-def video capture from my camera. The short video is the same perspective found in one of my stills located in the Yellowstone Gallery.  It is of one of the many thermal pools located at Mammoth Hot Springs. Sorry I’m still very new to video and have obviously not yet figured out how to embed it in the proper format so you will probably have to download it and view it in your own player.
_DSC4885 – Wi-Fi

Below is a picture of a grunting and snorting bison that decided that I should get back in my car, I immediately obliged. After I shut my car door he settled down and slowly walked past my door continuously eyeballing me extinguishing any ambiguity, as if there were any, and letting me know exactly who was in charge here.

bad scentBad Scent in the Air


I will try and regularly post something interesting and pertinent to something found in my galleries or some future project that I might be preparing for.


Thanks for your support!