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Everybody Hates Flies, But…

Everybody Hates Flies, But...
Everybody Hates Flies, But...

Everybody hates flies…..BUT…

There is this one species of fly (I don’t have the time to look it up 

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Filed under things no one likes that are wonderfully colored and engineered to do what they do….. πŸ€”πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ“ΈπŸ“Έ

That’s all I’m posting today. Miles of computer tangles to de-ratify….

You all have a great day and be safe in all you do.

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Lightning Here is Flocking Up

Lightning Here is Flocking Up
Lightning Here is Flocking Up

Lightning here is flocking up just like the Blue Birds and Kill Deer Birds..It’s getting ready to migrate southπŸ€”πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ“Έ

That white square is our barns roof which is about the size of a regulation football field for an idea of scale here. I’m about 1/2 mile out from it on “rattlesnake ridge”.

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Lightning Was Dancing

Lightning Was Dancing
Lightning Was Dancing

Lightning was dancing “do si do” yesterday…………They are hitting 40 miles out on the Red hills.. Close enough 

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I Knew There Would Be Rainbows

I Knew There Would Be Rainbows
I Knew There Would Be Rainbows

With rainstorms moving through the area and the sun spot lighting…… I knew there would be rainbows (which I did indeed photograph some good ones yesterday)… This one BLEW ME AWAY…. I was looking the other way and by habit looked over my shoulder. It lasted a few minutes. 

Best spot lit rainbow ever over “W” Butte which is 40 miles away..

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Some of the Color Gradients I’ve Seen

Some of the Color Gradients I've Seen
Some of the Color Gradients I've Seen

I’m having trouble believing some of the color gradients I’ve seen lately but true Cranberry is the rarest of sky colors…… This is a VERY wide angle tall shot…. Sunrise a few days ago…


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Meanwhile During Nautical Twilight

Meanwhile During Nautical Twilight
Meanwhile During Nautical Twilight

Meanwhile during Nautical Twilight yesterday about 5:14AM yesterday morning…..
The moon was JUST rising and the sun was an hour under the horizon. I have some interesting shots with this little sliver… Incoming soon. 

This was very low in the atmosphere…..

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T-Rex Teeth This Big Are Uncommon

T-Rex Teeth This Big Are Uncommon
T-Rex Teeth This Big Are Uncommon

I spent the better part of 3 days with a group of 4 astute and focused adults looking for fossils…. To my bone site (The horn Sieve site”… 

T-rex teeth this big are quite uncommon and are in high demand bringing a grand an inch on ebay. (I’ve never sold a fossil and never will). though they are not particularly scientifically interesting as an isolated specimen. I have found 7 over 20 year of working this location. 

Guests here to the DInosaur Ranch are throwing their fishing line into a “pond” with really big fish. Anything can come out of these he Hell Creek formation and this site in particular. I send fossils home with guests they recover with the caviat if they get something scientifically important, they can pick the museum it goes to. I might trade them something as interesting by not unknown for it. 

She, a first time ever fossil digger… took this home ….. They will have it professionally prepared as I suggested. It will be beautiful. 

Getting a spot to dig here….harder than finding a t-rex. Don’t ask for now.

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Pretty Anyway You Look

Pretty anyway you look
Pretty anyway you look

Hey, a landscape….. go figure…. Its 180 miles horizon to horizon up on these ridges… Pretty anyway you look… 

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Windmill Junkies Unite

Windmill Junkies Unite
Windmill Junkies Unite

Here’s another sky’s at sunset this week. “Sneaky Pete” of course saw me and hurried to photobomb the scene which otherwise was Bliss. … I have no control over his actions…. 

Windmill Weekday… Windmill Junkies Unite 🀘

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Sun Keeps Getting Stuck

Sun Keeps Getting Stuck
Sun Keeps Getting Stuck

Good Gloomy Friday morning from the Bliss Dinosaur Ranch. 

This image is from Wednesday night…..That sun keeps getting stuck between those hills. Makes for a bumpy ride….. 

πŸ™‚ Those images in a few days perhaps…. 

What am I doing today??

9 more images to post HERE alone…., 20 or more forum posts and a rainy day that I don’t want to go ouside because of my allergies…….Humm, I wonder what I’m doing until about noon or later…. I’ve got hundreds of images to finish sitting around getting older. Right now I’m ABOUT 2 days behind for “current” images and others might be from earlier summer as I try to make a dent in my “To Do” pile. 

We are SLOWLY building a website…..

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Ostriches?

Ostriches?
Ostriches?

Ostriches? They think a bird can’t see them there hidden in that crack??🀣🀣

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13K Feet High Big Horns

13K Feet High Big Horns
13K Feet High Big Horns

I had a window to the 13K feet high Big Horns the other nights twilight…. The sun is going to be setting behind them in a month…… We are 130 miles out from that range…..

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Antler Bush

Antler Bush
Antler Bush

I saw this Antler Bush on these obviously comfortable bedded down Bucks yesterday lolol….. One’s sticking his tongue out, the other is laughing…… πŸ€£ 

I finished 41 images yesterday. 6-10 minutes per image…. I haven’t even scratched the surface of the haystack of images on my computers desktop to work on……… Just saying 😲😲

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Electric Purple to White

Electric Purple to White
Electric Purple to White

Good Thursday Morning from the Bliss DInosaur Ranch…. Sorry I’m late at 8 AM starting. This one is only slightly pink. I see these from electric purple to white and everything in between…

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The Twilight Was Pretty

The Twilight Was Pretty
The Twilight Was Pretty

Good Wednesday Morning from the Bliss DInosaur Ranch. 

The twilight was pretty this AM but the sky was as clear and essentially the same sky leas last night, very humid, seen here with the BigHorn Mountains 130 miles away. Slightly accented by a Boys club walking the parallel ridge I was working. 

I will have more images like this over the fall as I figure where and when these guys walk to and from water holes and start focusing (literally and figuratively) on the big bucks..

I now know when and where this group walks from their pasture…. over this ridge, to water and back each evening anyway though I haven’t seen them in the morning do this yet. Amazingly right around sunset πŸ€”πŸ˜²πŸ“ΈπŸ“Έ. 

10 minutes sooner I’d have had the sunset behind them. I’ll get 3 or 4 more opportuninities this summer yet.. 

πŸ™‚Β Paying attention to how game moves has really helped find them..

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When Pronghorn Scurry Away

When Pronghorn Scurry Away
When Pronghorn Scurry Away

When Pronghorn scurry away, they usually pause at the ridge line to look back over their shoulder giving you one last chance and an image before poof, they are over the hill….Composition, focus, exposure all figured out before they got there……Click. That pause lasted maybe 2 seconds…. 

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The fawn never skipped a beat or looked back…

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Lightning from the Thunderstorm High Wind Event

Lightning from the Thunderstorm High Wind Event
Lightning from the Thunderstorm High Wind Event

Whew… There!! 10 images finished this AM, worked sunrise, downloading currently, 8AM….. Late…… Time to get some more images finished for tomorrow and post in about 15 forums some two different or more images… It’s going to be a busy day catching up. 

This fellow from the thunderstorm high wind event that did do some damage and I was in a car facing into the “breeze”. Easy Hurricane force winds shortly after this photo was taken. One of those “on the edge” images I probably shouldn’t have been there but such bolt shows don’t happen too often. I haven’t even scratched the pile images from this weekend. 

SO…… off to the races… I’ve still got to pick up my dig site from the work there this weekend.

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The Golden Tortoise Beetle

The Golden Tortoise Beetle
The Golden Tortoise Beetle

Good Tuesday Morning from the Bliss DInosaur Ranch….

Charidotella sexpunctata….. the Golden Tortoise Beetle…… One of my guests was an budding entomologist and grabbed this guy. Me of course never being far away from a macro.lens…… WAY smaller than a Lady Bug…

SO, I’m “back” ahd WAAAAAY behind one a dozen things… 3 days of digging will do that. I did take photos as they occurred but I have very few finished images. It will take me a while to get rolling again. I am usually 20 or more images ahead day by day….. 

SO I’m going to work this mostly cloudy sunrise (hit or miss). …Get more unfinished images for the pile lololol…

So I’m off… There will be posts today…

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Nanotyranus

Nanotyranus
Nanotyranus

This is the smaller of the two “larger teeth… Nanotyranus…. (LOOOONG discussions but probably a small T-rex…..)

I’m heading up the hill….See the east horizon….. I’ll be back around 7ish…

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Night Time 10 Second Exposure

Night Time 10 Second Exposure
Night Time 10 Second Exposure

It’s hard to remember what I posted last Friday lol. I don’t believe this night time 10 second exposure was put on. Purple is really common at night for what I’m seeing.

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A Few Too Many Grasshoppers

A Few Too Many Grasshoppers
A Few Too Many Grasshoppers

A few too many grasshoppers???? 

You might not like spiders but you have to appreciate catching and bagging your lunch for the next week in about 30 seconds… This is the moment of the “bite” with fangs in…all bad attitude and serious business for the guy on top… 

You Might note the web being ejected from the Orb Spiders Spinnerettes. The grass hopper didn’t have a chance…. Not even in the same league….

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Cellulose Filters

Cellulose Filters
Cellulose Filters

Cellulose filters and all that… (Grass is cellulose) 

:).

What do you think? crescent moon or sun? I can do either this way lol.

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Best Camo Ever

Best Camo Ever
Best Camo Ever

Best Camo EVER. Sitting on weathered ACU (Standard Issue US ARMY backpack camo)…this guy has it beat hands down…. I claim the trademark and copyright to that pattern here and now 

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Locals

Locals
Locals

Locals… 

After 20 years of serious outdoor time on my ranch I’ve ever been able to see/photograph another town or in this case Biddle Montana (12 miles crow flies) from my ranch….. I just happened to notice this scanning the horizon with a 1200mm lens from a place I hadn’t just looked that way before. If I move 100 feet either left or right, the town is hidden by the hills.. Go lower and it’s hidden, can’t go higher without a chopper…….. 

:).

Biddle is nestled right next to the Little Powder River and about 400 feet lower than where I live….

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1/2 an Hour Before Sunrise

1/2 an Hour Before Sunrise
1/2 an Hour Before Sunrise

Good Monday Morning about 1/2 an hour before sunrise.

This image of the Photobombing “Sneaky Pete” the Windmill jumping into my lightning shot. (Fast huh? ) That guy has no sense being out in a dangerous storm like that being metal and all….. I have no control over his actions……. πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ˜²πŸ˜²πŸ˜²πŸ˜²

I still have two guests digging for fossils. We had a “pretty good” dig this weekend. But…….I had to move dry dirt over the site to work the dig though. Thank heavens for diesel fuel… 

I will still be in the field today and hopefully will get SOME limited images on later today. Tomorrow I’ll be slow getting on with the clean up then back at em? 

I have lots of clean up (branches broken things by REALLY high wind….more than even we are used to) to do after the big blow the other night that came through with one of these Mesocyclones that are hanging around up here this august lolol 

Have a great day all….. Be safe in what you do.

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Two Inches of Rain

Two Inches of Rain
Two Inches of Rain

OK, I lied….One post this weekend…. Guests aren’t here until a bit later this AM. 

We’ve had 2, TWO inches of rain in 2, TWO days.. Makes looking for dinosaur bones easier and harder at the same time…. Mostly harder.. 

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From Last night…. I sat this storm for an hour with several cameras involved. Car headlights are good but you actually have to be outside (in the rain) to do images using the car head lights usually lololol… 

Have a great weekend. I will probably not post again until sunday evening or monday. 

:).

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A Very Vary Rare Selfie

A Very Vary Rare Selfie
A Very Vary Rare Selfie

A very vary rare selfie yesterday Morning watching a pretty nice sky………. I’m building a SMALL collection of these for use eventually of the photography website that we are building. Biography and all that…..