This view is looking out across the Grand Valley in Western Colorado. The town you see is Grand Junction.
This view is above the Colorado National Monument. To get here, go in the east entrance to the Monument and when you go past Cold Shivers Point, turn left at the intersection going toward Glade Park. This view is a short distance from that intersection.
In the distance on the right is Grand Mesa and on the left you can see Mount Garfield. Want to buy one of my photographs? Check this out: http://www.500pxart.com/SteveMiller/store
Well guess what ! We are going back to one of my favorite places today. That would be the Colorado National Monument. The photo below was taken at sunrise. You may be saying to yourself big deal, so it was taken at sunrise. Well read on to see why it is a big deal. For landscape photography the best lighting for amazing images is either at or near sunrise of sunset. Other photographers who photograph weddings, portraits, etc. can have complete or nearly complete control over their lightning situation. They are many times in a studio with lighting setups of various kinds. Not so with landscapes. They can stay in bed until noon and still get great images.
For us landscape photographers we have to get out of bed in the dark and out to some remote location before the sun comes up. If you like to sleep in then my recommendation is don’t become a landscape photographer.
By the way, when I took this photograph is was COLD. Well not as cold as a few weeks ago when we were in Yellowstone.
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This snow scene from Yellowstone National Park my not be one of the most dramatic images you have ever seen but I find it very peaceful and relaxing. Or not, read on. Don’t forget to click on the image to enlarge. Once in awhile someone tells me it won’t enlarge. If you have trouble getting it to enlarge would you do me a favor and send me an e-mail to let me know. In your e-mail tell me what system you are using (Apple or Windows) and what browser (Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc). Unless the image enlarges you are not going to get a good view of the photograph. firstname.lastname@example.org
It was very cold the morning I took this photograph, probably about -30 degrees. I know it does not look that cold in this image but trust me, it was that cold.
What I like about this photo is the snow has not been disturbed by any animals. It is a perfect blanket of snow that is probably several feet deep. Basically it is just a relaxing scene.
Well not really true. While editing this photograph I blew it up to 100% size to look for spots on the image that result from dust on the camera sensor. When I find them I edit them out. Guess what, if you look very closely (not easy to see) on the snow between the two large trees in the center of the image you will find tracks from creature that ruined my perfect snow scene!! Oh, well. Still very nice anyway.
Today we have to go back to the Colorado National Monument. Why? because I was in this park for sunrise photography. It is not easy sometimes being a landscape photographer. I was lucky today and saw some bighorn sheep as you can see in this photograph. I do have a story to go with it so read on.While driving up from the west entrance to the Colorado National Monument there was a temporary sign along the edge of the road just past the visitor’s center that said “Slow Down, Sheep Ahead”. I thought to myself, I doubt it. Well just around a bend in the road sure enough I found these guys standing along the road. I found a place to pull off and get some shots. I enjoy seeing these creatures in the Monument.
If you go up into the Colorado National Monument often enough you are very likely to see Bighorn Sheep.
Oh, stay tuned for some early morning landscape images. Remember, that was why I was there that early in the morning.
Today I have an interesting experience to tell you about on our recent visit to Yellowstone National Park. When you look at this photo, you are going to say hey Steve, that looks like some cloud in the sky and not very interesting. Well, not quite true. Oh, I know you are tired of my saying click on the photo to enlarge. However, lots of visitors forget to do that.
This is steam and hot water erupting from a geyser. I am very close to this incredible event. This is the last photograph I took before I could see nothing. There is a narrow walkway that runs near and along side this geyser. In most places there is no hand rail. At the time I took this image there was several inches of snow on the walkway. That made for interesting walking!!
The problem is this, the slight wind we had would blow the steam cloud across the walkway and I could not see where I was going. I don’t have a photo of that because it was basically all white with nothing visible. When it does that you need to quit walking, stand perfectly still and wait for the breeze to move the steam away. If you don’t stop and wait you could walk of the edge of the walkway into boiling hot water or boiling mud. That is probably not a very pleasant experience. I had to stop about 5 times on my trip past this geyser. I probably should have turned around and gone back the way I came.
I was glad to eventually get out of the steam which by the way smells bad, like sulfur. There are more images of Yellowstone landscapes and wildlife in the main part of my website. Love Yellowstone in the winter.
Today we are back to Yellowstone National Park. As I mentioned in earlier posts, we had a fantastic time in our recent trip to Yellowstone. The winter time is a wonderful time to see the park. Due to fewer people in the park we saw more wildlife than we have seen on other visits. The wildlife we saw and photographed included: Bison (Buffalo),deer,elk,moose,bobcat,bald eagle,coyote and bighorn sheep. Check the page in the main part of my website titled “Wildlife” to see some of these images.
This image of a bighorn sheep worked out great because the sheep were not very far from us and did not mind have their photographs taken. Click on the image to enlarge.If you have never been to Yellowstone in the winter then you should definitely make the effort to see it during the winter season. Yes, it can get cold but the scenery and animals are worth the effort.
Stay tuned for my next blog when we will look at some of the wonderful scenery in Yellowstone.
Here is a link to more information on Yellowstone: http://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm
If you think the Buffalo in this photograph is cold, well you should have been a human in this environment. It was colder than hell!! Look at this image and then read the rest of my blog. Oh, and as usual, click on this image to enlarge it. We got up before sunrise each morning and headed into the park to do some landscape photography. Remember, the best photographs are at or near sunrise or sunset. Not easy being a landscape photographer.
On two of the mornings it was -25 to -27 degrees. Out in the park it went to -35 degrees. On the day we headed to the Tetons it was -45 degrees. We are not talking wind chill, this was the actual temperatures.
I was warm because I was bundle up with clothing to be able to withstand these temperatures. However, you can not work a camera with thick gloves. My fingers just about froze off. At times I could not feel my fingers.
Stay tuned for more from Yellowstone and the Tetons.
Oh, keep checking my main pages. Specifically Wildlife and Other Landscapes pages.
We just recently got back from a winter trip to Yellowstone National Park and the Tetons. I can not begin to tell you how wonderful the trip was but some of my photographs will speak for themselves. To start things off, here is a photograph of a Bison (or Buffalo) at close range. I was leaning against the side of the vehicle to steady my camera and this big bull just kept coming toward me. The park service wants you to keep 25 yards away from these animals but someone forgot to tell the Bison this information. He was not upset with me he just wanted to be where I was standing. I got back in the van and he walked on by with no problem. Click on image to enlarge.
Buffalo Close UP
The only way you can see Yellowstone National Park in the winter is with a group that is authorized by the park service. The groups travel by either snowmobile or snow coach. We did the snow coach method. The only exception to this is the road into Mammoth Hot Springs and east of Mammoth going out the east entrance. You can drive that road.
We were part of a photography workshop led by a photographer named Jess Lee. There were 6 of us in total which was great. It was not one of these deals with 20 people. Jess really knows the park and the wildlife. If you want to photograph Yellowstone and the Tetons in the winter then I highly recommend you do it with Jess. Here is a link to his website: http://www.jessleephotos.com/
On my website, check the pages on Wildlife and Other Landscapes for some other photographs. I will add more over the next few weeks.
I will have more information about the trip, weather and other fun stuff in upcoming blogs. So check back again to see more photography.
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This photo of a Collared Lizard is from the Colorado National Monument. These lizards while not extremely common in the park I usually see one a number of times a year while hiking. Unlike other lizards the collared lizard will let you get fairly close to them. While tempting to grab one, I have heard that is not a good idea. The park rangers will not only be unhappy with you but also they have a reputation for having a powerful bite.
They are obviously very colorful and make for a great photograph.
As you go west across Utah the collared lizards are not colorful like this one.
This frozen water is along the road up to Grand Mesa in Colorado. To get to this point you take HWY 65 which leaves I-70 a few miles east of Grand Junction and heads for Cedaredge, CO. You travel through a canyon with high walls for a few mild. Shortly before you cross over Plateau Creek you will find this frozen waterfall on the left hand side of the road.
We go past this waterfall fairly often in the winter on our way to cross country skiing on Grand Mesa. The place we ski is called Sky Way. The trails are usually nicely groomed. We only like to ski groomed trails.
Grand Mesa usually gets lots of snow in the winter and the scenery is magnificent.