as day shifts to night

It was just me and about three hours of sunset at Yellowstone.  I feel very fortunate to be friends with the head ranger at the park, and just beforehand, at his home, he listed off about four awesome places to go see it.  He was right!  Also, he let me borrow his tripod, so that was a real life saver (as any good ranger is known for!).

as day shifts to night

A Storm Ripping through the Valley

I figured just about the worst place to stand in a lightning storm was a gigantic old tree. So, of course, I doubled those odds by erecting a metallic tripod at the base to capture the moment… sorry mom…

A Storm Ripping through the Valley

Opera in the Wild!

While I was at this conference deep in the mountains of Montana on the Wyoming border, we took a break one day to hike up into the mountains for several hours. We hiked up with a varied assortment of people, including a world class opera singer named Laura Loge. After we reached the summit (where there was still snow) and shared a lunch, we began the journey back home. Halfway down the trek, we stopped in this beautiful little valley and we implored her to sing some opportune opera while in the green amphitheater.

She sang perfectly and it was an utterly surreal experience. I flipped on the wide angle to get both Laura and her enraptured audience to the right, a bit further down the trail.

Laura told me afterwards that it was actually called an "art song", as opposed to the opera she had been singing nightly by the fireside in the cabin to all of us.

If you want to find out more about Laura, visit her homepage at www.lauraloge.com/ !

Opera in the Wild

Alone

I was alone in Yellowstone, and I found this other guy standing alone too… so we spent a short moment together.

Alone

The Sunset at Yellowstone

I had an incredible time at the ranch for the week. We took the horses for a few hours until we got to the junction in Yellowstone, where I then took Gerry’s car out for an adventure around the park. I drove all over the place until I was able to find this area to hole up, listen to music, and wait for the sunset.

The Sunset at Yellowstone

Lost in Montana on the Fourth

I’ve spent my 4th in the wilds of Montana, out exploring the periphery of the ranch. I had a long photohike in mind, but I ended up getting distracted and never made it too far during the long walk. I also took a break to do some sketching… which is not good because it is really cutting into my photography time!

Hope you all have a good fourth!

Lost in Montana on the Fourth

The Runoff at Cutoff

I walked with this neuroscientist from Houston and a bunch of other smarty pants on a 5 hour hike around Yellowstone and over a mountain range. We didn’t bring enough water, so we would stop at snow runoff areas like this.

The Runoff at Cutoff

Artist’s Point in Yellowstone

On the way to the ranch, we stopped at Artist’s Point for a little artistic fun… I didn’t have long to spend there, so I grabbed some quick shots and moved on!

Artist's Point in Yellowstone

Ground Control

This was shot at the entrance to a ranch on the edge of Montana.

Ground Control

Family Size on the Farm

This was shot on a warm afternoon on a lovely ranch in Montana, just inside the border of Yellowstone.

Family Size on the Farm

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