I spend countless hours exploring the outdoors where I use my camera to record this amazing world God has provided us with. This endeavor is primarily used for photo research for the art work I produce. I feel I have been truely blessed in exploring and discovering His beauty and enjoy sharing my experiences with others. I hope you will enjoy what I am doing too.
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Monday, July 30, 2012
Our evening skies have been transformed by the Masters hand nearly nightly as He has painted the sky with the most brilliant colors. At the west edge of Dubois last evening.
The sun has yet to reach Wind River Lake tucked amongst Pine, Spruce and Fir at the continental divide. It is a crisp 38 degrees. Daiseys, Lupine, A composite Yellow flower, and Fireweed decorate the hillside leading down towards the lakes mirrored surface where the quiet still waters are occasionally disturbed by feeding trout creating circular rings and an occasional splash.
Our weather has cooled substantially the past week and it sure feels good after the hot weather we have been experiencing the past few months. 70's is to my liking and the 41 last night was perfect. Warm Springs Creek flows low but crystal clear,
Yesterday afternoon Vicki and I headed up the Union Pass road hoping to go to Gunsight Pass but the ominous clouds in that area sent us back to the hiway and we eventually found ourselves traveling westward and by suppertime we were having a Pizza at Leeks Lodge on Jackson Lake. After dinner we found this parking lot enforcer next to where we were parked.
We spent yesterday at my sister-in-laws new cabin site near South Pass and a short drive from there to Louis Lake and the South Fork of the Popo Agie River. Such a beautiful stream in the southern Wind Rivers.
We had high hopes of some moisture but by days end it was for not. However by the end of the day we were left with no rain though the sky was filled with color by the departing thundercloud. We need color and promises at days end
Vicki and I left Tom in charge of the gallery last evening and headed over to Leeks Lodge on the shores of Jackson Lake where we had a great pizza and spent the evening enjoying curtain call after curtain call of dazzling displays of nature as she painted the landscape in colors and moods well into the evening.
With the monsoonal moisture kicked in we are receiving a few light showers though nothing like Colorado is now getting. None the less though it is creating spectacular skies in the evening aided by the smoldering Cub Creek fire NW of Dubois. It puts the red into the evening clouds.
Our weather seems to be once again warming up. Just too hot and dry. This morning I did a brisk walk along the river west of Dubois fighting through brush and a few mosquitos. All that simply builds ones character. LOL
It has been a bit cooler in the Upper country and even a small shower the other evening. But just enough to dampen the ground. Yesterday was promising for rain but by evening it had nearly cleared off but left a beautiful spot of Gold across the western skies.
It is quite a contrast from the Cub Creek fire NW of Dubois in the Teton wilderness area to the snow banks on Union Pass. And the surrounding dryness of the landscape. The driest and hottest year so far ever recorded.
I caught these two Buck Pronghorn Antelope NW of town on the Winchester meadows. Even the green of the mountains has that really dry look to it. This has been the driest and hottest June ever recorded. The fire NW of town is now at 4000 acres and though in the wilderness area it is tokenly being fought due to the extreme weather conditions. As I write this it is actually sprinkling out with a deep haze over our valley. You can really smell the fire.
A large wildfire has broken out NW of Dubois in the Pendergraft meadows area of the Teton Wilderness. It has sent a huge cloud to the west of Dubois creating a thundercloud the other day. By evening it had dropped off in appearance to smoke over the DuNoir catching the last of the suns rays from the Union Pass road.
With in-laws in town I took my father-in-law for a ride up to Togwotee Pass early this morning and spotted this sow and her two cubs Grizzlies far out on a meadow at the top of the pass. Even though they were at a distance he enjoyed seeing them.
Wild Fires continue to raise havoc across the west including some big ones in Wyoming. The Fontenelle Fire about 200 miles southwest of us is covering the skies with smoke making life a little unpleasant for folks. It does create surreal landscapes at morning and night such as this scene above Dubois looking towards the Ramshorn Peak.