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- Animals of Yellowstone 2011
- Birds of Yellowstone 2011
- Yellowstone/Tetons Landscapes 2011
- Yellowstone Textures
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I'm finally getting around to posting some photos of my trip to the Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park and the Badlands National Park in mid September. We had nine days of beautiful weather - blue skies and hardly a cloud. However there were several forest fires and on some days we could hardly see the mountains in the Grand Tetons and in parts of Yellowstone. We took Moose and Bison pictures in the Tetons and Yellowstone, lots of Elk in Yellowstone, Pronghorn Antelope in Yellowstone and the Badlands, Big Horn Sheep in the Badlands, and Prairie Dogs near the East entrance to the Badlands. I have been trying all summer to get pictures of a Meadow Lark and we got several with the Prairie Dogs in South Dakota. We saw only one Eagle and no Bears on our trip. There are many landscape photos and also some night sky photos in Yellowstone and the Badlands as I described in a previous blog posting. Click the links below to see more photos:
The Milky Way over Old Faithful - click to see larger
I was in the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park in September with a friend. We worked pretty hard at getting night sky pictures since it was nearly a new moon the entire trip. This photo of Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park with the Milky Way in the background was a second attempt. The geyser only erupts for a few minutes and if you don't get the shot you need to wait another 80-90 minutes for another attempt. The camera was on a tripod, 11mm lens, ISO 6400, f/4, 30 second exposure. Normally I'd say don't go over 25 seconds for stars pictures because they start to show streaks from the movement of the earth. However, with a lens that wide (set at 11mm), I think you can go a bit longer exposure. It was a beautiful night and there were several others taking pictures at the same time, so you may see very similar photos from other photographers. There are more night sky photos at the end of the Tetons/Yellowstone landscape collection.
The time-lapse video below was about 190 still images taken continuously for around three hours at about the same settings as above. I have an intervalometer shutter release with adjustable time of exposure, adjustable time between exposures and how many that you want to take. I'm not sure how long it ran because I fell asleep in the tent while it was taking pictures. They were imported in to Windows Live Movie Maker and the duration for each set to 0.15 seconds which makes them play through pretty quickly.
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The Cedar Waxwings are back on campus. They show up in bunches for a short while in the Spring and in the Fall. This one taken Friday afternoon as they gorged themselves with the fruit from the trees in the parking lot - zipping back and forth from one tree to another as if to find out which was going to provide the best meal. I do think that Cedar Waxwings are one of the prettiest birds. They have a very distinct high-pitched whistle and I can always tell when they are around. I heard some in the yard yesterday, but didn't get any pictures.
You can find more Cedar Waxwings in this collection.
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