Archive for August 2011

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In Jackson Hole, Wyoming, along with the Fed.  But interest rates aren’t on my mind. It’s due to get cooler, with probable thunderstorms, so that’s a good thing for a photographer.  The top photo is at Oxbow Bend, the popular locale along the Snake. Instead of shooting from the pullout, which is above the lake, I went down to lake level, mostly because it was dawn and I was looking for wildlife (specifically moose). The mountains look a bit smaller from this angle, and the morning was too clear for award-winning images anyhow.  I watched a trumpeter swan for a bit. The bottom image is taken along the highway north of Jackson Hole, of my favorite grazing animal (sorry buffalo).  What a beautiful location for a horse ranch.  It’s during harsh mid-day, but still a spectacular image I think.  So I’ll stay awhile, hike during the day, and hope for the drama of a thunderstorm during dusk or morning hours.

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Posted August 31, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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Finally dragged myself out of Yellowstone, now in Jackson Hole.  This silhouette of the Tetons is from the well-known Mormon Row, a cluster of old homesteads east of the mountains, out in the sagebrush flats.  Whatever you do, preserve the outhouse, I say.

Posted August 30, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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Sulfur Spring, which erupts in a bubbling fury for most of the time, is located away from any trail, in Yellowstone’s Hayden Valley.  It is worth the cross-country hike, because it is beautiful, with delicate yellow sulfur crystals, along with cool sinter mounds, around it.  A bonus is you have the place all to yourself, which in Yellowstone is always nice.

Posted August 30, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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At dusk, golden grass glows at Yellowstone.  Once an active thermal area, this area is growing into a bison-friendly meadow.  It is located not far from Grand Prismatic Spring, along an old gravel road that is now open to bicycles as well as hikers.

Posted August 30, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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One of the thousands of alpine and subalpine lakes found in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana & Wyoming.  This one, just after sunrise on a chilly but clear and rapidly warming August day, is found just west of the 10,000+ foot pass, near the highway. I camped very nearby, with a view down onto the lake.  What a gorgeous place.

Posted August 21, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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Obviously this tourist in Yellowstone National Park is just now learning how big buffalo actually are.  I like the name buffalo better than bison.  Historically, these animals were called buffalo by everyone in this part of the world, and the word is much nicer than bison.  They really do cause many more traffic backups than for the well-known “bear jams”.

Posted August 17, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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Canary Spring at Mammoth in Yellowstone, at sunrise. High on the Beartooth in Cooke City, MT now, and headed out on a trail up to the Beartooth Plateau, under gorgeous sunny skies with fresh breezes.

Posted August 17, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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A gorgeous night spent near the headwaters of the Missouri River, in south-central Montana.  Then on into Redrock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, a place of peace, especially for trumpeter swans and other wildlife.  A rough road, had to jack up my van to get unstuck at one point.  Headed for Jellystone National Park.

Posted August 14, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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In the same wet meadow as the previous photo, but this time looking at the jewel-like dew adhering to the beautiful high-altitude grasses.

Posted August 11, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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A gorgeous sunrise up in Montana’s high country, on my way to Yellowstone.  It is a small lake and wet meadow, at over 7000 feet in the Sapphire Mtns, Skalhalo Pass.  Soggy sneakers (up to the knees) and chilly dawn temps were the price I paid, but it was worth it, with the yellow water flowers and mist rising from the lake.

Posted August 11, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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