Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Fiery Reentry


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On February 23, 2015 space debris from Stage 3 of the booster rocket that put a Chinese satellite into orbit in December of 2014 fell back to earth. There were very few sightings because it was almost at 11:00 p.m. MST, but it was reported by people from Mexico to Alberta, Canada. Of course there are very few photos of it because no one was expecting it and I just happened to be at the right place at the right time.

It was actually much closer than it appears in this photo because I was using a 14mm lens and so it makes things appear a lot further away. In this image It is disappearing to the North over the Grand Tetons in Wyoming, USA. I think it's also kind of cool that you can see trails from parts that were coming off of it and following along. They must have been pretty big parts. The light on the snow is from the moon which was hidden behind the Moulton Barn in Grand Teton National Park.

I posted a different photo from the same sighting a couple weeks ago, but I like this image even better.


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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Night Sky over the Tetons

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If you know the Tetons you know that there are now towns or anything else that could possibly produce light pollution for many many miles to the North and so I was perplexed by the red sky to the North. I am told that on that particular night the Northern Lights were seen much farther south than normal and so I have to assume that that is what we were seeing there.

I hope to be doing quite a bit of Night shooting in the future and am even attending a seminar by The Master of night photography, Mr. Royce Bair, this coming week. I've got A LOT to learn.


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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Freedom Idaho Garage


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This is in the town of Freedom, Idaho and directly across the street is the Freedom, Wyoming post office.  I never did see the Freedom, Idaho post office.  Is this business closed or open?  I vote closed, but then why have they shoveled away the snow to the doors?

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Once in a Lifetime!

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My photo buddy (Chad) and I were in Teton National Park on Monday night taking photos of the night sky with the Moulton Barn in the foreground (freezing our tails off) when this incredible streak of light appeared in the sky to our south east, headed north west.  We thought it was a comet or meteor until we learned the next morning that it was what was left of a Chinese rocket that had deposited a satellite in orbit this past December.  How often do you happen to be at the exact right place at the exact right time and are set up to capture something like this?  Sorry about the large watermark on the photo, but if anyone is interested in purchasing a print or licensing this photo in a higher quality and resolution please contact me, OTHERWISE PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS PHOTO FOR ANY REASON. 

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Zion's Beauty


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I had to send my baby to the hospital on Thursday, overnight express through the post office. I got an email from Canon saying they got her and would be fixing her under warranty and I should have her back in about a week. I've still got plenty from recent trips that I should be posting anyway. I do miss her though.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

A touch of Snow

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My favorite shot of Mesa Arch so far.  Hopefully there will be even more opportunities in the future.
 
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Monday, January 12, 2015

Zion Peaks

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Back in November I joked about all the photos I brought home from Southern Utah, but I've been slacking on getting them posted. If you want more comment, if you don't just ignore and I'll get the hint.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Mesa Arch from a Different Angle

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Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park, near Moab Utah.  How many times can a person go there and still be fascinated? . . .  I don't know yet.

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Thursday, January 08, 2015

The Cairn Garden



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Just got back from another trip to Moab to visit our wonderful National and State parks. Many trails in that area are across slickrock where it is much harder to follow them because you can't see them like you do ones through forests and other places with soft ground, or on pavement.  To mark these trails they use "Cairns" which are piles of rocks as you can see in the photos above.

I've also added one more photo. I always thought that park rangers went out and created the Cairns one at a time, but on this trip as we were headed to a new arch I had never seen before, called Corona Arch, we came across a garden where it appears that the Cairns are grown. As you can see there are many baby Cairns and even a few very old ones that have grown big and tall. I'm sure they will be harvested very soon for use to mark an important slickrock trail.


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