Well, last day. Got up at 4 am for a bonus shoot. Our party dwindled to 4, but I had some great light and views. Photos came out pretty good, too. Here are some iPhone shots:
spent the rest of the morning cleaning up and sorting through my files. Ran my presentation story through my head. Have this afternoon off, so I'll pack my suitcase and take a nap. Presentation at 6 pm then a bonus shoot. Plane leaves at 8:10 AM tomorrow, so departure is 6:15. I get to sleep in!
We had a bonus evening shoot!
Then off to the Cowboy Bar.
Gonna be a tough day to pack. Lunch on the road, heat in the 90's, cave temps in the 30's, and a waste deep river crossing with camera gear!
Idaho and the western side of the Tetons.
Wading to the dunes with camera gear.
Great action on the sand by buggies and bikes, then off to a civil defense cave.
A short stop for photo op on the return trip.
Then an evening of studio work on those 20 pics!
Off today to the Jackson Hole Aerial Tram, then lunch in the Teton Valley ("Doesn't that all sound soo cool!?" ~ Tracy).
Boarding the tram for the ride up the mountain. Rendezvous Mountain. 6,300 ft up to 10,450 ft.
It was a beautiful mountain top day!
Lunch at the bottom of the mountain.
Finished up the day with a lab workshop, dinner on the front lawn grill, and a late night glow stick shoot near Slide Lake. Cabin 183 made dinner! Thanks girls! (Pooyan helped by playing in the raw hamburger).
Tomorrow, off to Idaho.
Up for an AM shoot in the Lamar Valley, then headed home by way of the Grand Prismatic.
And a stop at Old Faithful.
A final stop for a look at the Tetons: Snake River Overlook.
Up for Yoga tomorrow at 8 am!
Up at 7 for yoga at 8. Don't know why I set the clock so early... I was awake when it went off, anyway.
Now off to the National Wildlife Museum of Art!
Great museum, one of the best I've visited. An afternoon in the lab and now back to the brewpub for dinner. Rodeo shoot this evening!
My classmates were less than impressed with the backstage poking of the bulls to make them mad. They were pretty upset about the treatment of the animals. Interesting cultural aspects to the rodeo.
Packing up the truck at 7:30, departure 8:00. Yellowstone bound.
Wow! What a trip. No Internet as predicted.
Drove through Teton Park to Yellowstone, making a counterclockwise loop. Of course, stopped for lunch, a hike and photos!
On to Roosevelt Lodge.
Roosevelt Lodge - Got checked in little cabin #50 and started a fire, then went to dinner. Great place!
Next up were shots in the pm in the Lamar Valley (no pics for the blog - sorry).
A Supermoon sunset and sunrise shoot. Up at 4:10 this morn. Traveled to Mormon Row and got some great shots.
Had a nap and now off to Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve and Visitor’s Center, GTNP
Great place. A must see. Phelps Lake.
Back to the lab to process more photos this afternoon. Final presentation requires 20 photos, so I am paring several hundred shots down to the best of each day. Had about 10 yesterday.
Packing up for Yellowstone Tomorrow! Morning shoots, warm springs and geological wonders await.
Thinking of a presentation theme around entropy, one of my favorite topics. Entropy and Conflict seems fitting for this region.
Early morning shoot! This was a very exciting morning. We were up at 4:25 am am pulled out at 4:45. Temp was about 38f, so layers were in order. Coffee, gloves and toboggans, off to shoot the Tetons.
Had trouble finding the location, and it turned out the road had been closed so we had to improvise. Good fortune was with us. We stopped at a nearby location, got out of the car and walked about 50 yards and we were standing 50 yards above a Moose family.
Everyone started shooting the Moose, getting closer and closer, until the Moose decided we were too close. He climbed the hill toward us, so all 13 of us were hearded along the ridge by the bull. He surprised us and some of the party were VERY close (Pooyan)! Running was in order at that point.
After the Moose encounter, my classmate Jessie and I circled above the Moose, away from mom and calf, and worked our way to the Snake river flood plain. We crossed a creek through a swamp to get some great reflective shots of the mountains.
Next, we travel to Mormon Lane and Antelope Flatts where we had a surprise close encounter with Bison. He was in a ravine and we drove by pretty fast, about 20 feet from him. Didn't get a good phone pic, but we will be back in that area again.
Came back and walked downtown for some breakfast. Had Salmon Eggs Benedict per Professor John Holmgren's recommendation (The Bunnery). Yum! Lecture and lab work this afternoon, then sunset shoot tonight.
Sunset shot turned to Supermoon Rise.
Up in the morning for Supermoon set!
Late night and early start. Off to find breakfast downtown before community grocery shopping at 9. A good bit more chaos than I am used to, but I'm sure well have it all figured out by the time we leave;)
Lunch on the lawn.
Went to Lake Jenny. Great shoot day.
My local paper's horoscope for me said not to let anything bring me down or knock me off track! It was very appropriate for the trip ahead.
I left the house about 7:25 headed to town to catch the Grey Line to the Pittsburgh Airport. I decided to use the bus, even though the times didn't match exactly. I figured a few extra hours would let me eat and I could save to gas and $80 parking fee by riding the bus. Besides, if I have issues with my carry-on camera gear at security, it gives me extra time to work it out.
Discovered fairly quickly my carry-on needs wheels. It was too heavy to really want to carry around. Another Lesson learned the hard way. I never carry this much gear or "stuff" when I travel, but I didn't want to check all my glass, batteries, etc. Maybe ext time I ship it ahead!
Lunch at PIT was good. New place is open.
And now I sit in Dallas FW waiting for my next ride. Had a hummus an veggie snack from TGI Fridays. Surprisingly good!