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Fire and Smoke Sunrise

Fire and Smoke Sunrise
Fire and Smoke Sunrise

Fire and Smoke Sunrise

IT’s winter with ice and snow covering the ground. It’s time to burn slash and branches from around the homestead. This is a yearly chore.. 

Some of the extra brush we get from wind damage or tree maintenance we put out on the prairie in piles to provide cover for small animals. Other piles get burned. This one burned hot and provided a sun filter effect for me to take advantage of lolol. I’m always looking for new ways to filter light from that overly bright orb that appears to move across the sky. 

The overall effect I think is attractive in many ways. I’m not sure what to compare it to. Perhaps one of the artists out there can put a label who I was channeling at the time. Looks like a painting to me. Of course that is always a goal but it doesn’t always happen hard as I try lolol. No “filters” involved here as I use no such things in front of my lens. A cell phone might actually be able to take this image. I honestly didn’t see this coming but had to try anyway. Just hanging out on the edge of what is photogenic. I find the simple things are often the most interesting to me and often you the viewer. 

Hope this finds you all well and safe this Saturday Noon. Busy day Saturday, I’m doing images all day, virtually every day now.📸👀

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

Fire and Smoke Sunrise

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Sunny Sunny Sunset

Sunny Sunny Sunset
Sunny Sunny Sunset

Sunny Sunny Sunset

I do a bit of close up photography of the sun and the moon. This is the sun on a smokey summer night as the horizon rose to meet it. Usually one would have to either totally shut down the camera to light or use a glass neutral density filter on front of the camera to photograph this. With enough forest fire derived smoke in the atmosphere, the picture becomes easier.

This sun as are most of the sun images I’ve taken at the solar minimum show no sun spots. We are literally at a sunspot low since 1913. Low sunspot numbers lead to a cooler climate on a general level due to a large number of reasons. We are in solar cycle 24 (since 1755 when they were first noticed and subsequently recorded. These cycles from low to high sunspot numbers with an average 11 years. This is a very interesting time to be an informed geologist watching the climate “debate”. I’ve been following this since 1976.

The Maunder Minimum was an extended period from 1645 to 1715 where it got cold as the sun (the furnace) turned down the heat. Known as “the Litle Ice Age, the growing season in Europe shortened by a full month. Crop losses caused mass famines . The population of Iceland decreased by about half. . Exceptionally severe winters were the rule in North America. China had to change the crops it had grown for centuries to adapt .

If the furnace turns itself down, famine with hard times follow. Warm times geologically have been periods of high biological activities. We better hope it doesn’t get colder….. During Maudner: (Solar radiance was down about .24% lower than current levels so it doesn’t take much)

Location: Bliss DInosaur Ranch, Wyoming/Montana borderlands.

Title: Sunny Sunny Sunset

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Smokey Summer Sunset

Smokey Summer Sunset
Smokey Summer Sunset

Smokey Summer Sunset for Christmas Eve

With forest fires way to our west this summer, some of the sunsets were seriously moderated by the smoke. Any particulates in the atmosphere will act as a defacto filter that reduces overall light along with a color filter. All colors but the red were effectively prevented from making it to my camera by the hundreds of miles of atmosphere. Normally Yellow light would be a component of the lowest sun but not under these extreme conditions.

In all fairness, last summer was a better fire year “up here” though some local smaller fires broke out. We were wet all summer thank heavens. Unfortunately, places like California Burned but we were mostly out of the serious smoke from those events. I’ve seen HORRIBLE air quality here from forest fires west of us . We’ve had days where it was just plain unhealthy to go outside.

The only good part about the big unchecked fires brought on by mismanagement of the forest litter, is the wonderful photographs they bring on downrange of the fires. Having fought a few fires over the years, I will tell you they are terrifying. If you’ve ever seen a 200 year old 50 foot tall pine torch and was fighting that fire anyway, you might be my friend.

From all of us here at the Bliss DInosaur Ranch, Merry Christmas Eve, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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

Title: Smokey Summer Sunset

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Sharpie Trailing Smoke

Sharpie Trailing Smoke
Sharpie Trailing Smoke

This is a Game Trail Camera capture. (Satire) It appears that’s a Sharpie Trailing Smoke. Anti-Sharp Tailed Grouse Shotgun fire is pretty rare around here. I doubt that could be the cause. It must be that the “Pete” Brothers (the local windmill pair) have been skimping on their scheduled repair. That is NO way to run an airport. I expect too much as they are just Windmills.

Back to my normal programming.

Holy Crap!. These game trail cameras never fail to amuse and amaze me. Catching 7 flying Sharp Tailed Grouse automatically shows you how many are up here currently. There MUST be more lolol. I’m thinking I have a flock of about 100 birds based on what I’ve seen to date. I watched a HUGE flock fly an escape and evasion routine. I intruded into their area by accident and it was quite a commotion.

The trick of Game Trail Camera Photogray is WHERE

The other day I was in a grove of thorn trees that Wildlife use for cover regularly. I was planing game trail cameras down there for the winter. A large flock of perhaps 20 of these birds landed just over my head maybe 10 feet up. I had not conventional camera, just a hand full of game trail cameras. Marked up as a missed opportunity. I don’t think I’ve ever been closer. I slowly walked around doing my “planting” of several cameras. A few flew, then a few more each time I moved.

Location: Bliss Dinosaur Ranch, Wyoming/Montana borderlands.

Title: Sharpie Trailing Smoke

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Smokey Sunset in the Backcountry

Smoky Sunset in the Backcountry
Sunset in the Backcountry

During the smoky days of the summer of 2019 we only had a few weeks of forest fires giving us red/umber sunsets up here in the
high backcountry of the Montana/Wyoming borderlands north of Gillette Wyoming. The Rim of the Powder River Basin immediately to our west and western Edge of the Wyoming Black Hills at my doorstep easterly. We have 180 mile horizon to horizon views here.

I live and work in this environment if you don’t know me or follow me yet.

The Bliss Dinosuar Ranch sits on a series of high ridges high above the surrounding drainage here on the Montana/Wyoming border literally. We are 70 miles from the nearest 3 color stoplight here but there is a 4 way red 50 miles away🤣

I prefer to drive in the backcountry on two track roads which I do about 10 miles of day of. I encounter many strange beasties and beautiful scenery along the way.

I usually have 6 or 7 camera/lens options with me and hopefully I’m able to capture just a tad of the little zen like things I see everywhere up here.

So many photos, so little time.

Location: Bliss DInosaur Ranch, Wyoming/Montana borderlands.

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Hot Cherry Sunset

Hot Cherry Sunset
Hot Cherry Sunset

There the Smoke Veiled Sunset was all about a “Hot Cherry” look. I think this image channels Japan very nicely lolol. Not bad from the borderlands….

This is ridge 1 taken from Ridge 2 looking into a terribly summer forest fire smoke filled sky. This is what it really looked like. Remember I try REALLY hard to be a photorealist.

Location: Bliss DInosaur Ranch, Wyoming/Montana..