Thursday, March 06, 2014

February Photos

 Picked up my photos from the lab today, enjoy this months offering.

 I must however have a little rant.  The camera store / lab in Bozeman is pissing me off.  This is twice now that I asked for, and paid for scans that should be around 18mb in size but I receive scans in the 2 to 4mb range.  The real hassle is that they are 30 miles away.  I guess there was a reason why I stopped using them years ago. Not sure how many more local options I have, hopefully at least one more.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

January Photos

January Picture A Day.  I picked up the photos from the lab today.  I had the film processed and scanned, less work for me but I am at the mercy of the scanner operator.  The only editing I did was resize and I ran them through the noise reduction program.  I batch processed the noise reduction and it shows on one or two of the photos

One thing I found was that work gets in the way of picture taking.  I found myself at times struggling to find something of interest.  But so far I'm one month and 5 days into it. Lets see what the next month will bring.


Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Photo a day challenge 2014

You've heard of it, take a photo a day.  I've heard of it, never have done it, gonna try it.... So here is my plan. Using the above camera and film (I have a bunch of it still), I am going to take exactly one and only one photo each day.  At the end of the month I will get film processed and scanned and post the results here.  Don't worry, if I need to take more than one photo I have other cameras for that, but this camera will be for the one shot a day.   So time to get started, its 8pm and I have to take my first picture.  I'm feeling the dog will be a big part of this process.  Lets see how long I will keep this up.



Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Bighorn Sheep

Happy New Year Everyone.  Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season.  I of course spent another Christmas day down in Yellowstone National Park.  It was a splendid day, sunny, calm, surprisingly warm even though the temps were in the low teens.  Went for a snowshoe hike by Trout Lake and saw many magnificent creatures.  Here is one of my favorite shots from the day, a Bighorn sheep ram.  Happy trails in 2014


Monday, December 23, 2013

Haven't posted here in some time. These are 2 of my favorites from 2013.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Black Mountain and Granite Peak

Two peaks in one week, I don't think I could keep up this pace.  Summer is drawing near and treks into the mountains have been way over do.   So might as well get them in when I can.

Trip #1...Black Mountain

August 28th, this is a great little day hike, probably even better if you spend a night or two at Pine Creek Lake for some fishing.  But, I only had a day.  Black Mountain is the second highest in the Absaroka range of Montana with the summit at 10,948.  I took this photo on the way down, right before the lightning and rain started.  I did the B&W conversion, but now I can't decide which I like better.  The color version to me has a "painted" like feeling to it...with Happy Little Trees too.  The B&W, a little more dramatic.  Help me decide.

Trip #2...Granite Peak SUCCESS

Sept 2nd, Labor Day.  Tallest peak in Montana 12,799.  Made it back to Granite after having to abort the attempt last year (scroll down for a trip report ).  This we did as an overnight-er.  East Rosebud to the top of Froze to Death Plateau the first day, summit and hike out the second.  I know some people do this as a day hike....more power to ya.  This was a great climb.  We did the classic East Ridge route.  Weather was great except for a little rain on the hike out.  Like many climbers on Granite, we free soloed the climb and then repelled down.  The route required a lot of attention so I didn't take a ton of photos on the way up.  This photo here was from the evening of our first day.  Glad to have made it this time.


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Down the Road

In the seven years I've been in my house, I have never seen this before.  Chopper bringing supplies to the local National Guard down the road from me.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Rocks along the Lamar...

While fishing the Lamar yesterday, I snapped this photo.  Tweeked a bit in PS


Black Bear

I think he is trying to tell me something?  I spent the day in Yellowstone NP yesterday fishing, saw this nice looking bear on my drive out.


Friday, July 05, 2013

Rock Lake

Made the hike up to Rock Lake in the Crazies on the 4th for a quick little overnight-er. the lake was mostly open but had some neat mini icebergs floating around.


Monday, July 01, 2013

Livingston Peak

And a photo from our hike on the 28th on the summit of Livingston Peak.  

Friday, June 28, 2013

Number 14

Well the old dog made it another year.  14 now.  I think his birthday is today, pretty close to today anyway.  Here we see Shiloh on another successful summit of Sacajawea Peak in the Bridger mountains.  This from just last weekend.  I think today I will treat him to another good hike somewhere.  After that I will treat myself to some Salmon Fly action on the Stone.


Sunday, April 28, 2013

Yellowstone National Park

Its been some time since I've visited Yellowstone.  Finally had a chance to go yesterday.  It was a fabulous day to be in the park, great weather, saw lots of critters, not crowded. I should go more often.


Algae Mat (Grand Prismatic Spring)

Friday, April 19, 2013

Moab Utah

Spent the last week down in Moab Utah doing some mountain biking, I got some great rides in.  I also was able to explore some areas that I haven't been to before.  One of which was the Fiery Furnace in Arches National Park. What a wonderful place to wander around in, was there about 4 hours and only just scratched the surface of what it has to offer.  

Fiery Furnace

It was also suggested to me to check out the Needles section of Canyonlands National Park.  I had not been to that area before so it sounded like a good idea.  I hiked to the Tower Ruins.  Nice little hike up Horse Canyon, about 10 miles round trip, flat, but mostly sandy.  I saw quite a few cliff dwellings along the way.  On my hike out I made the little side hike up Salt Creek Canyon to Peekaboo campsite to check out what the Park Service calls "prehistoric rock art "

Tower Ruins


All in all another great trip down to Utah and I look forward to going back again. 


Monday, October 22, 2012

Pine Creek Falls (post fire)

Hiked up to Pine Creek Falls on Saturday.  The area was just recently
Pine Creek Falls
opened up to hikers since the fire.  I was pleasantly surprised that
there was very little damage to the campground and the hiking trail,
at least on the trail as far as the top of the falls.  Here we have a two
shot pano from about half way up the falls.  You can see the top of the falls towards the top/center part of the photo.  Going to be interesting to see what the rest of the trail looks like.


P.S.  Here is another two shot pano from Aug 30th.  Day two of the Pine Creek fire.

Fall Colors

Looks like its been awhile since my last post.  Hope everyone is having a wonderful fall.  Here is a photo from this past weekend of some nice fall colors, surprising since its pretty late into October.


Friday, August 10, 2012

Mt Bike Curly Lake Trail

8/8/12... Rode the Curly Lake trail in the Tobacco Root mountains of Montana with friends Robert and Luke. 19 miles, 4000 feet of vertical, 11 miles of ear to ear grinnin' downhill.  A trail not to be missed by any mountain bike enthusiast.  This is a very physically demanding trail made even harder in my opinion by lots of loose dirt and chunky rocks especially in the switchbacks.  I don't think I was able to ride through many of the switchbacks on the way up.  There was lots of pushing!  For some good info on this and other select rides in Montana check out the Beartooth Publishing Maps.  Well worth the money.