Jack Stephens: Blog http://jackstephens.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Jack Stephens jstephens62@comcast.net (Jack Stephens) Mon, 30 Sep 2013 02:10:00 GMT Mon, 30 Sep 2013 02:10:00 GMT http://jackstephens.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-5/u800273987-o373066906-50.jpg Jack Stephens: Blog http://jackstephens.zenfolio.com/blog 120 102 Glacier National Park http://jackstephens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/9/glacier-national-park Glacier National Park has been on my "bucket list" for awhile, so this September I finally made it there. It reminds me very much of the Canadian Rockies in the Banff/Jasper area of Alberta that Ellen and I went to a couple of years ago. Massive mountains that defy description are all around, along with wildlife that is hard to find elsewhere. I had hoped to get close looks at Mountain Goat at Logan Pass, but it was not to be. I DID get to see Grizzly Bear just off the trail to Iceberg Lake. He was eating berries, and was aware of the presence of hikers nearby but not at all interested in us. I had my bear spray at the ready but with no need, he moved off after a few minutes and allowed us all to pass. Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of him; my camera was stowed in my backpack and I thought it unwise to take my attention off the bear to get the camera out. I could imagine the rangers saying "And then he stopped to get his camera out, with the bear just 20 yards away! What an idiot."

jstephens62@comcast.net (Jack Stephens) http://jackstephens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/9/glacier-national-park Mon, 30 Sep 2013 01:45:57 GMT
Palouse 2013 http://jackstephens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/palouse-2013 I returned to the Palouse in eastern Washington in June of 2013. I had been for the first time in 2012, and returned with my friends Marvin Cooper, BiHoa Caldwell and Barb Ingram. We were joined by Anita Erdmann from Calgary and Jim Zeiner from southern California. Jack Lien was our trip leader, he has lived in the Palouse for many years and knows the area very well. He runs tours in the spring and fall through his company https://fourseasonsphototours.com/Palouse_Photo_Tours.php.

The Palouse is an agricultural region in eastern Washington, north of Pullman and south to Spokane. The smooth rolling hills were formed by windblown soil from retreating glaciers at the end of the ice age. The soil is incredibly fertile, and some of the highest yields of wheat in the country come from this area.

The images from the trip include the hills of course, the best views are from Steptoe Butte at sunrise or sunset. We would also shoot old barns, old cars,  crop dusters, and wonderful cloud formations. We did go out at night to "light paint" an old grain elevator, which involves leaving the shutter of the camera open while you sweep the structure with a flashlight. A special bonus that night was that we got to see the Northern Lights! An unusually strong solar flare caused this to occur, you could not see the colors with the naked eye as they were dim, but the camera picked them up. Thanks to Anita for putting us on to this.

It was a great trip, please feel free to comment.

jstephens62@comcast.net (Jack Stephens) http://jackstephens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/palouse-2013 Sun, 04 Aug 2013 16:04:30 GMT