Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Morning Fog in the Valley

Just a few more vacation pics; I can't help myself.  And, so far, crowds of people haven't written in telling me to hurry up and get back to corn and soybean photos.  :)

The Fabric of Evening

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Illinois Is Such A Drama Queen

All I wanted to do was relive vacation, at least until the next one.  But I keep getting interrupted by reality.  Here are the latest zingers from the weatherman.  Enjoy.  Or not, as you prefer.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Marmot Rug

One of the attractions of the national parks is the chance to photograph a grizzly bear.  Preferably from the car with a long lens.  To paraphrase the genie from Aladdin, "Phenomenal cosmic power; itty-bitty tolerance for stupidity."

This trip I saw a grizzly for a moment at a great distance.  But I found something better:  nonstop play machines in a bear-shaped package.  I don't need no stinkin' grizzlies - I've got MARMOTS!  :)

Thursday, June 19, 2014


Oxbow Bend, in the Snake River that flows through Grand Teton National Park, is one of the must-sees of any trip.  There could be sixteen bears and a camel lined up on the other side of the road and nobody would see them; the view's that lovely.

Luckily it's on a main road and you can't miss it.  There's a parking lot and at any time of day you'll see photographers with their tongues hanging out and their tripods set up.  The best time for a calendar-worthy shot is early morning as the sun hits the mountains head-on.  (I had to figure this out on my own.  You're welcome.)  Don't discount sunset and storms over the mountains at other times of the day, though.  Sometimes the unpredictable is the best.

Wake Up!

Will this early-morning photographer wake up before his quarry swims by?