I know, I’ve been pretty remiss about posting to this site. I have good intentions and then I get either lazy or sidetracked.
Putting that aside, I recently visited Mount Rainier National Park during the week the smoke rolled in from the wildfires in California and Oregon. I didn’t realize this until after I got there, since the weather reports were calling for clear, sunny skies and I wanted to get out along Stevens Canyon Road and the Nisqually-Paradise Corridor to photograph and video some scenes. My plan changed a bit, as you can see.
When I returned home, I had questions about what might and might not be impacted by all this smoke (aside from being able to photograph a landscape), so I did some quick research, wrote an article, and the National Parks Traveler published it today.
To read that article, click on either image above or below.
A highlight of my summer visit to Padre Island National Seashore a few years ago was the opportunity to photograph a public Kemp’s ridley sea turtle hatchling release into the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. If you are thinking of attending a public viewing of the releasing of these nacho-sized little guys, however, you’ll have to wait until 2021, as all public viewings have been canceled for this year due to the coronavirus. As you can see in the last photo, there is definitely NO social distancing of the 700 – 1200 participants who attend these viewings. On that particular day I took the photo, there ended up being 900 people.
When I visited Yellowstone National Park last year, I recorded all sorts of sounds of the park’s geology. And, in today’s Podcast #60, the National Parks Traveler has captured other sounds of wild Yellowstone.
To listen to Yellowstone’s sounds of geology (plus running water and some birds), click on the image above.
To listen to the National Parks Traveler’s Podcast Episode 60 (with different sounds of Yellowstone), click on the image below.
I just finished listening to the National Parks Traveler’s Podcast Episode #51. Loved it! I had the book on pre-order already and am really excited about reading it when it becomes available. And of course, I love bison. If I didn’t think the hummingbird was my spirit animal, I would think bison were. Anyway, if you like wildlife, botany, geology, or bison, you should give this podcast a listen.
Just click on the image to be taken to the podcast site
As for this image, it was taken during my atumn trip to Yellowstone National Park. It’s what I first beheld when approaching Porcelain Basin, within the Norris Basin area. Those two steamers there are, I believe, Black Growler Steam Vent and Ledge Geyser. Correct me if I am wrong. I was looking at a map of the area and they seem to be in the same position as the two named entities.
For all that autumn is a less-visited time (relatively speaking) for Yellowstone, this particular area was pretty crowded, mainly with tour buses. So I had to stand there a bit in order to get a clear, non-peopled shot. That gorgeous turquoise water makes me think of glacier-fed waters, but in reality, these waters are hot and would literally skin you alive if you dipped a toe in them because they are so caustic.
It’s pretty cool when we see bison roaming the landscapes of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, and they sure make for great photo ops. Now, Montana officials are going to allow wild bison back in the state, but they want more study done as to where they are going to be allowed to roam, according to an article published in today’s edition of the National Parks Traveler.
To read the article, click on either of the images above.
Wheeee! TFW (that feeling when) you know it’s Friday and you have a fun weekend planned.
I’m working on the Lake Clark National Park and Preserve gallery on my photo website. One more gallery after this one and I’ll be up to date with keywording the National Parks and Other Landscapes folder on the site. The Lake Clark one will take a little longer because I found images I’d not even looked at in the archives. I don’t know why I never worked on them. Maybe I didn’t have the editing skills to bring out the potential. Who knows. At least I have a few more images to add to the gallery, so there will be more than just 46 images for that gallery (some galleries have way more images, and others have around that many or less).
This little guy (or gal – I didn’t look up its knickers) was having fun rolling down a pebble incline while it’s mother watched off to the side. I was with a photo tour and we were in the referenced park, standing on the beach and photographing this momma and her cubs that had emerged from the forest. It was one of those trips where, if it hadn’t been for her and her babies, we would not have had much wildlife to photograph during our stay. It’s like that, sometimes, with wildlife and with wildlife photo tours. Sometimes you have a plate full of fun, and other times, you make do with what you can get.
The National Parks Traveler published my latest “Photography In The National Parks” column. This one deals with what you might see and photograph in Yellowstone National Park, beyond the wildlife and geysers you expect to see.
Portrait of A Moose Cow, Fishercap Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana
Last week was Waterfall Wednesday, so this week, it’s all about the wildlife. This beautiful moose cow was photographed at Fishercap Lake in the Many Glacier area of Glacier National Park, Montana. I’d already heard that moose sightings were common at this lake, so I spent different times of day photographing there. It was nice to be able to do this, since my timing was a little poor to visit this national park. The Sprague Fire was raging, and there was so much smoke in the air during that time, I could barely see the mountains for landscape images. So, I’m glad I was able to clearly focus on something else.
A home where the bison roam, at Elk Ranch Flats, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
If you’ve never been to Grand Teton National Park, before, maybe you should put that on your next vacation plan. This national park was a part of my road trip itinerary during my move last summer, and I wrote an article about it, which the National Parks Traveler has published. Gives a new meaning to the word “Grand.”
Dusky Grouse On Display, Signal Mountain Summit, Grand Teton National Park
Actually, I almost named this “Dusky Grouse On The Run,” since it was moving at a brisk clip alongside the road down from Signal Mountain in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. Sometimes, that’s how I used to feel when I was getting ready to go to work in the pre-dawn hours.
Anyway, I couldn’t believe my good luck that morning, at the summit of Signal Mountain. I’d already captured numerous images of the female dusky grouse, and was feeling pretty lucky about it as I began the slow drive down the road back to the main park highway (the speed limit is either 15 mph or 20 mph). I happened to turn my head to the side and see this fanned out set of feathers. I stopped the car (nobody was in front of or behind me) and looked closer and realized I was watching a male on display. So I grabbed my camera with the 100-400mm lens (with the 1.4x extender on) on the seat beside me and proceeded to get some wonderful images of this beautiful bird, about the size of a chicken. Serendipity plays a large role in photography.
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