3 weeks in WyDaho
We took our summer vacation over most of the month of August - specifically to photograph the Perseid Meteor showers in Grand Teton National Park. I went prepared (you need some pretty specific equipment to really successfully create meteor showers/Milky Way photographs) and had a game plan.
And, because of that game plan - plus a little luck - I came away with a few excellent photographs from that trip.
Capturing these celestial bodies is a LOT of fun. Although sometimes, as in the case of the above image, a little nerve wracking. I was in bear country (Black Bear AND Grizzly) and all by myself down at the shore of Surprise Lake - my wife opting for the extreme safety of the thin nylon tent walls to keep her safe from the Grizzly Bears - clicking away at this mesmerizing scene before me and waiting for a big ole meteor to come streaking through.
I SAW the meteor!… but because I was mucking with camera settings I didn’t capture it on camera - only with my eyes. The most important lessons are learned the hard way. Set it and forget it.
I’ve been asked to do a blog post about night sky photography. I don’t know how I feel about that because I feel my audience… You!… are more interested in my images and the stories behind them. But… if you would like to know more about how to capture these types of galaxy photographs - please leave a comment in the section below and let me know.
After spending a week in the Tetons we headed off in a different direction and decided to head in a different direction and meet up with some of our closest friends and our god-daughter, Ivy, for some deep back-country hiking.
We went backpacking for a 5 day/4 night trip into, literally, the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. And I don’t say that lightly… I’ve been to over 40 countries and all seven continents and THIS place, deep in Wyoming was the most beautiful. For me, anyway.
We hiked to places that no trail went to. We had entire lakes to ourselves. It was incredible and I really can’t wait to return.
One new experience for us was backpacking with goats!
I never knew how awesome this could be! When fully grown they can haul about 40 lbs each, they are easy to feed (because they literally eat anything), and when it’s time to hike they just fall in line and follow you - just like a dog! Just this single outing made Stacy and I want to move to Idaho and buy some goats… what a life that would be!
Check out my friend Stephen Barnhill’s Vimeo page. He also creates amazing picture frames so you might see some of that on there, too. But really… he loves taking videos of his goats and his family while high up in remote mountains.
Speaking of family… This little one is ours!
After our adventures in Wyoming we headed towards Idaho where we had really bad luck weather-wise due to the smoke from all the forest fires happening this year.
I did manage to come away with one very cool image of Stacy at the Craters of the Moon National Monument with which I’m very pleased.
Because of all the smoke I just didn’t have an opportunity to create anything else worthy of sharing with you. I would like to leave you with some other images from our time in the Tetons before I end this post, though.
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