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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……. 🤔🤔😲😲😲😲

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.. 

🙁 

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…..

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Lighting Was Rife Last Night

Lighting Was Rife Last Night
Lighting Was Rife Last Night

Lightning was rife last night but most of it was hidden behind rain or up in the clouds. Not a ton of strikes… We got 1.1 inches of water…..in mid august. That makes well over 8 inches since June 1. 

This is a time lapse over the ranch Homestead….

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I Saw This Lighting While Driving Along

I Saw This Lighting While Driving Along
I Saw This Lighting While Driving Along

I saw this lighting while driving along a ridge (the tree is actually on a high ridge but I was one step higher for this… It’s actually a very long telephoto shot….. I actually backed up to take it. What you can’t see here is the gully system about 100 feet deep and 400 yards wide between me and that tree lolol…

The colors……. 😲

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A Fork From God

A Fork From God
A Fork From God

A fork from god……more from last night… I wanna see the spoon to match … (I know, careful what you ask for ). 

🙂

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Sunrise Looking Back At Me

Sunrise Looking Back At Me
Sunrise Looking Back At Me

I was taking a photo of the sunrise yesterday with a 1200mm long lens and I see someone looking back at me 

:). That’s the fully spherical sun back there wearing a mask of pretty thick clouds lolol. Complex skies are always fun. 

I swear I did nothing to the image to make that face. Natural entirely.

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Rainbow Dragonfly

Rainbow Dragonfly
Rainbow Dragonfly

THis is post 12 today I think….. I will miss posting this weekend mostly however. Don’t expect much here from me as I’ve got ranch guests and they deserve 100 percent of my attention while they are here. 

Anyhow, I’m on the hunt for these guys. This was taken with completely the wrong lens holding the camera on a fixed focus about where I thought it belonged and put the camera on machine gun mode slowly moving the camera toward the dragon fly clicking 10 frames a second as it moved…..(this guy is maybe 1/2 inch long) Had to get the camera within the roughly 9 inch minimum focus for this camera. I got this as the best focus result out of about 30 images. It’s amazing it stayed there but it was very windy so it probably did not register this huge lens in it’s face as a threat as everything was moving in the breeze (grass reeds etc).. ….. I couldn’t look through the camera to focus it as it was at full arms length over a body of water….. Focus depth is maybe half an inch deep……

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Big Horn Mountains

Big Horn Mountains
Big Horn Mountains

Got a window to the 13K foot tall Big Horn Mountains 130 miles distant the other night…. They have been rare lately…. 

🙁

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Each Bale Weighs About 1 Ton

Each Bale Weighs About 1 Ton
Each Bale Weighs About 1 Ton

Each bale weighs around 1 ton, each one has to be handled, moved, stacked and either shipped or fed off.

This is step one of making hamburger…….. and Job security for that ranch… (thank god it’s not mine as that is gonna take some effort and fuel.).

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Yesterday Morning’s Sunrise

Yesterday Morning's Sunrise
Yesterday Morning's Sunrise

More from yesterday mornings sunrise. The look into the furnace post (on my personal FB wall which you should be going to if you actually want to see most of what I do every day…) is the Telescopic zoom in of the above scene.

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Slim Pickens Sharpie Grouse

Slim Pickens Sharpie Grouse
Slim Pickens Sharpie Grouse

Slim Pickens Sharpie Grouse

This image came out well lol. Some images just work better than others. I wish I could refine that process but it seems relatively random. . I have hundred of clicks on these birds but for several reasons this came out on top to post today.

It was 5 degrees F when I took this image a few weeks ago as this posts. A fairly good sized flock was hanging out in the side yard. This one flew up to an old lunch spot… Not much left…. A few were nice enough to sit for me in muted sunlight with a blue grey sky when I happened to have a 1200 mm lens with me. Up close and personal is of course the best way to see this wonderful feather patterns. Good camo too … The wind was calm for this capture. He was aware of me and considering his escape and evasion plan which he instituted shortly after this click.

I’ve worked these guys in 30 below windchill and they just hunker down. They seem to weather the storm quite well. They range up to Alaska and they mostly get as cold as we do there😜. As far as I can tell, they care not about snow. But they are heavy birds and fall into powder drifts readily lol. Also, being fairly plump birds which I consider flying boats. I sure wouldn’t want to get hit by one flying. They have come close to me before ..

Location: Bliss Dinosaur ranch, Wyoming/Montana borderlands.

Title: Slim Pickens Sharpie Grouse

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Glover Moth Sun Filter

Glover Moth Sun Filter
Glover Moth Sun Filter

Glover Moth Sun Filter

I always use natural objects to filter out the excessive light from the sun into my camera. This huge moth was a little low to the ground for me but I managed to get under them and line it up. It’s getting harder and harder to get that low anymore lol. I find the only way to do this is to look through the eyepiece to focus as this close a subject (about a foot) is tricky.

This Glover Silk Moth has a 5 inch wingspan. It’s as big as your hand.. Found all along the east/west slopes of the Rocky Mountains from Mexico to Canada. Coincidentally that is also where our ranch is located roughly lol. Liking my backyard apparently.

Like most silk moths they eat various plants during the larval stage. The adults do not eat. This one was hanging out on thie flower one morning. Being chilled, had no interest in flying away. The troublesome part was lining this up just so that the sun was entirely behind the butterfly. Nothing but some transmitted light through a pair of wings PLUS the highlights. That antenna system is a magnificent development that I as a ham radio operator am jealous of. 🤔😜

I see several of these guys each spring. They are typically not worried about me much. They get cold over night and are pretty slow until the sun warms the day. I am usually out pretty early on sunny spring mornings looking for critters JUST LIKE THIS.

Location: Bliss Dinosaur Ranch, Wyoming/Montana borderlands (Wyotana)

Title: Glover Moth Sun Filter