Experiment to see if I could get a decent shot of the moon using only a zoom lens. Nikon D7000 camera, handheld (no tripod), Tamron 70-300mm lens set to 300mm, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/400 second exposure.
Blasting down country roads, playing tag with the thunderstorms. Good times…
Average altitude = 6000 to 8000 feet.
Roads = dirt.
Mountains = all around.
Temperature = 69 degrees.
Nearest town = 15 to 20 miles.
Percentage of time where I wasn’t exactly sure where I was = 80%
Favorite Tune = “Too Much Pork for Just One Fork” by Southern Culture on the Skids.
Fun = absolutely.
Please note: No cows were annoyed during the making of this post.
Looks like summer to me!
Near Priest Pass, Montana. Altitude about 6000 feet.
Tried to cross Mullen Pass. Denied! Too much snow on the road.
Abandoned house near Elkhorn, Montana.
If you look to the left of the peak (you may have to click to see the larger version of the image) you can see the moon rising over the clouds.
Another weekend roaming the countryside with my camera, dodging thunderstorms, annoying the cows…
Scene from a pleasant evening drive through the farm country a few miles outside of town.
This is a panoramic image (built from 8 exposures) done without a tripod in very low light conditions. So it isn’t the sharpest photo I have ever taken. But I thought the colors made it a keeper and worthwhile to share.
Exploring the area and dodging thunderstorms this evening. Found an abandoned train station with the accompanying bullet riddled sign (a Montana staple) and a rainbow appeared.
This, in a nutshell, is what my part of western Montana looks like. Amazing big blue skies, rolling hills, farms, ranches, every shade of green, and just about any direction you look you can see mountains in the distance.
I read that the U.S. Air Force has a number of nuclear missile silos scattered around the farm country north of where I am now living. I did a little research and headed out this morning to see if I could find one.
Doesn’t look like much from the side of the road. A fenced in area with phone and power lines running into it. But under the ground there should be a Minuteman III nuclear missile.
The front gate.
The sign on the front gate and all other sides of the fence.
Please note: all shots were done with a zoom lens from a public road. Similar, and more detailed, photos and maps of missile sites can be found in many places on the internet.
Spring rainstorm moving across the Olympic Mountains near Seattle.
Wind and rain most of the weekend. Got a few pictures in the hills north of town today.
Funky clouds over the desert country in eastern Washington.
I asked one of my new co-workers where I might find some farms around here with abandoned barns and stuff like that. He laughed and said “try finding one around here that doesn’t have them!” I went down the road a few miles and sure enough…