I tried to come up with a scary photograph for Halloween. This works for me. You might say – “Mike! Deer are not scary!” Deer munching grass in a field? Not scary. Deer in the middle of the road? Scary! Luckily this encounter was in the afternoon and I had plenty of time to stop. If I had been on this winding mountain road in Wyoming at night with a bit of ice and snow on the road things could have gone badly for me and Bambi.
It was cold, wet, and windy today. Got me thinking about Montana in the spring when everything below was green and everything above was blue…
Scenery near Ten Sleep, Wyoming. Click to see a larger version. These panoramas are scaled down a lot for the web. If you ever wondered how big the full resolution images are, this one is about 19,000 by 5,000 pixels which works out to something around 88 megapixels.
Abandoned farmhouse somewhere in South Dakota.
View from the top of the Big Southern Butte in Idaho on a fall morning. Image was created from a mosaic of 15 exposures. Click to see a larger version.
Mid-morning view of the Idaho desert, shot from about 2/3 of the way to the top of the Big Southern Butte.
Last year I started a project called “Embrace the Gloom”. Learn how to deal with cloudy skies and dim sunlight and still get a decent image. This was the last shot from my most recent roadtrip. Looking out towards the Smoky Mountains of central Idaho in the late afternoon of a fall day as I got ready for the long drive home.
The “Big Southern Butte” in south-central Idaho. I managed to negotiate a pretty nasty dirt road to an abandoned watch tower on top of the butte, so more photos will be coming…
This panorama of Bellingham Bay, Washington, has a few glitches (probably far more obvious to me than anyone else) but I like it because I inadvertently caught my photography pal David (photosbydavid.wordpress.com) shooting the same scene.
I think I’m approaching a crossroads here. Days are getting shorter, I’m not sure how much shooting I will be able to do through a Montana winter, and in general I’m starting to suffer from a lack of motivation and energy.
Disclaimer on this next part – I always greatly appreciate the people who visit here. I try not to look at the stats for the site very often but they can be pretty depressing. Probably half of my traffic comes from three posts that were done close to a year ago. I look at the amount of effort and expense I am putting in and wonder – is it worthwhile?
I have not hit the point where I will retire the blog – but I will probably be posting less frequently as I try to recharge the batteries and figure out where to go from here.
Thanks, as always, for stopping by.
Panoramic view of Grays Lake, Idaho, on a rainy fall morning. Click to see a larger version.
You never know what you will find on the back roads. I was traveling through farm country in Wyoming when something caught my eye – a mobile SAM (surface to air missile) launcher! Next to it was a radar and I found a sign saying it was a U.S. Air Force installation. But something about the missile launcher didn’t look right. I got a closer look and realized it was not real. It was a mock-up of a Russian SA-6 missile launcher. Then I realized what I was looking at – a training setup for “Wild Weasel” pilots. “Wild Weasel” is the name for aircraft that are designed to destroy enemy anti-aircraft missiles and guns. Anyway it was a geeky thrill for me, and another reason why I always try to take the back roads instead of the interstates on my journeys.
The mock-up missile launcher.
The radar is on the left, the missile launcher on the right, and it looks like a farmer’s tractor is parked in the middle.
Close up photo of an abandoned farmhouse and barn near Four Corners, Wyoming.
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Abandoned farm near Four Corners, Wyoming.
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Devils Tower, Wyoming. I hiked all the way around the tower on a beautiful fall afternoon, so more shots are coming. 🙂
Rain over the Crazy Mountains, backlit by the late afternoon sun.
View from the Medicine Wheel Passage through the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming.