Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Wednesday, October 08, 2014


I did it again.
I watched my second ever and second this year lunar eclipse early this morning. Not as spectacular as the eclipse in April, as the moon seemed further away, less bright and a bit obscured by wispy clouds, but I was still glad I got up at 4:30 and went out on my deck to see it. Once again I attempted a few pictures, this time with my new lens and remote shutter release, but, alas, all I got was a small blurry moon... working on night photography definitely needs to go on my 'to do' list.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Reflections of Autumn

Fall has come to a favorite spot of mine, Willow Lake. Since discovering this little gem of a hike a few years ago, I have been determined to make it up here with my camera when the leaves were changing, but have been sidelined by a bad knee or unlucky enough to miss-timed when to expect the colors. I had reason to believe this was 'the week', but I had spent the week recovering from surgery and by the weekend, as I began to feel better, instead of hiking weather we had a dreary weekend of rain predicted, making me afraid I might once again miss my opportunity. But when a window of blue sky opened up Sunday on this otherwise very rainy weekend I suggested to my friend, "Let's go!", and he resoundingly said "Yes!" and off we went. Apparently this was my lucky year!

As frequently happens I've had a hard time deciding which pictures to post, so here is my indecisive collection of similar, yet different shots.

I wrote a little haiku to go along some of these pictures...

Autumn reflections

Leaves of green fade to yellow

Summer slips away

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Eastern Sunsets!

The sun rises to the east, and the sun sets to west. We all know this,right? But tonight as I was leaving Bear Lake, where I spent my Labor Day weekend with a friend, I saw the most glorious eastern sunset. Beautiful pink rainbow sky, it truly looked like the sun had set on the east side of the lake. I sent the picture to my friend and joked about the sun setting to the east. Being a scientist he had to tell me that that the sun didn't set in the east (duh! LOL) and that I was really seeing a reflection. Besides being a scientist my friend is also Japanese, and he told my that the Japanese name for this phenomena is 'yuuyake'. Being a scientist type as well I had to do a little research, as I knew no simple English word that described this... what I found out was that the dark blue band just about the horizon, is the "Earth Shadow" , and the pinkish rainbow of reflected light is the "Belt of Venus". I found a nice explanation of the phenomenon here. Fun new knowledge for me tonight!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Ka Boom!

This is a bit out of order for me, as I still need to post a northern adventure story and I have some southern adventures to add as well, but last night was the 4th of July, and I decided to see what my new camera lens could with fireworks. I'm a lucky gal when I remodeled my house many years ago we added a deck which gives us some nice valley views, so we can see lots of fireworks off in the distance on 4th, and on a year when the the country club does fireworks, a nice display right on the edge of my neighborhood. Last night I decided to set up the tripod and try some bulb exposures and see what I could do. Fireworks are tricky, as you don't know what they will look like as they launch, and they are so ephemeral that hitting the shutter at the right moment is a bit of crap shoot. Using bulb exposure is just a guess... a 1 second exposure? More, less, who knows? My camera is slow to process dark shots, so I would often miss a chance for a good shot while waiting for the camera to finish. I took a bunch of lousy pictures, had a few OK shots, but it sure is nice to get a shot that stands out screaming "I'm the one", as this one did!!!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Northern Adventures III

Not the best ever wild life sightings on this Yellowstone trip... It was a short trip, and there was road construction where we normally see moose, we never made it to the part of the park where we'd hope to see wolves, and not sure where the elk were, but we did see the marmots at the Sheepeater Cliffs, a few bison wandering the roads, and the holy grail of any Yellowstone trip - a bear!!!!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Northern Adventures II

A quick trip up to Yellowstone National Park.... These are all pictures from one of my favorite spots, Norris Geyer Basin. Obviously, as usual, I had trouble picking only a few of my phots to share, what a beautiful place. The dramatic storm clouds, wind blown steam and time of day (nice light!) made for a fun photo opportunity, so I clicked and clicked....

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Northern Adventures I

Sarah and I had a weekend adventure up north to SE Idaho for a memorial for our dear friend Mabel. A sad reason for a road trip, but we decided to turn it into a fun weekend of camping and exploring new places. I'm always happy to have an excuse to visit Idaho as it is an beautiful state. Many years ago, back in the '80's I think, I read a book about a guy who walked across America. In his book he described Idaho as "America's best kept secret". After moving out west and discovering Idaho for myself, I have to agree. Even the farmland of south east Idaho is beautiful!

We spent a little time walking around Idaho Falls, where somehow I forgot to take pictures of the falls, but had a lot of fun taking pictures of the cool park benches we found around town. I love it when utilitarin items are turned into works of art! Anyone who know's me knows that I'm a hot springs freak, and like to try out new ones any chance I get. Idaho has a lot of hot springs, so I decided I should add a new one to my list. A google search turned up several in the vicinity of where I wanted to camp, and Green Canyon Hots Spring, which is located kind of in the middle of nowhere in between Rexburg, ID and Driggs, ID was the one I picked, mostly for it middle of nowhere location. As hot springs places often are this one was old and run down, but in a beautiful little canyon. Maybe I'm weird but I kind of prefer the funky, old places to opulent, fancy resort hot springs. There was a small outdoor pool, a huge indoor pool, a kinds funky shower house, and a concession where they were also selling tomatoes from their geothermal greenhouse. Even though it seemed to be in the middle of nowhere apparently people drive the 30ish miles from Rexburg and Driggs to take swim lessons and water aerobics classes there. We were given a lovely spot next to stream to camp so after our nice relaxing soak we were lulled to sleep by the gurgling stream.