Two Willows

A couple of different willows I photographed this week:

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Bent and Broken Willow along the Teton River, Sugar City, ID 2014

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Last Light on Willow, Hibbard, ID 2014

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Elk Legs in Sagebrush at Dusk

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Elk Legs, in the Sagebrush Landscape at Dusk, near Rexburg, ID 2014

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Elk Legs and Sagebrush Landscape (with Menan Butte and Road), near Rexburg, ID 2014 (foreground illuminated with headlights)

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Elk Legs and Sagebrush Landscape (with Menan Butte and Road), near Rexburg, ID 2014 (foreground not illuminated with headlights)

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Two Photographs of the Same Tree

These two photographs (both photographs are of the same tree) were taken shortly before and after sunset at one of my favorite local locations to make photographs, a quiet little spot along the Teton River near Sugar City. Both photographs are stitched from three separate images using a 24mm tilt shift lens (a pretty sweet tool).

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Willows along the Teton River, Sugar City, ID 2014

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Willow along the Teton River, Sugar City, ID 2014

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Land For Sale and New Neighborhoods (Riverton, UT)

We were visiting my parents in West Jordan, UT this weekend. I took a quick drive one morning to see what I could see and found a couple of funny things.

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Land For Sale (with Robert Adams as developer), Riverton, UT 2014

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Not Fake Deer, Riverton, UT 2014

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More Sagebrush and Sky: Double Rainbow

It was a mess out on the desert today. Hail storms, lightning, wind, rain, and cold. At the end of the evening though the storms cleared, the winds calmed, the sun parted, and this happened:

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Sagebrush and Sky with Double Rainbow, Fremont County, ID 2013

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Another Sagebrush/Sky Image

Yesterday evening as Susan and I were walking around the Rexburg Farmer’s Market I noticed the sky was starting to look pretty intriguing. After we bought a few treats, I dropped Susan and the kids off at home and raced as fast as I could north to take advantage of the spectacle. I would have liked to have gotten there 20 minutes or so earlier, but I was treated with a pretty spectacular show. Here are a couple of the better ones:

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Sagebrush and Sky with Approaching Rainstorm (longer horizontal) 2013

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Sagebrush and Sky with Approaching Rainstorm (less horizontal) 2013

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Sagebrush Prairies As Far As The Eye Can Reach (Wilford Woodruff Quote)

“I can see these great sagebrush prairies, as far as the eye can reach” – Wilford Woodruff 1884

The above quote is from Wilford Woodruff, who was describing the landscape surrounding Rexburg in the late 19th century. It is actually part of a larger prophecy which reads as follows:

“I promise you that the climate will be moderated for your good. I can see these great sagebrush prairies, as far as the eye can reach, turned into fertile fields. I bless the land that it shall yield forth in its strength. Flowers and trees and fine homes shall grace this valley from one end to the other. Schools and colleges of higher learning shall be built to serve you that you may learn the mysteries of God’s great universe. I see churches and meetinghouses dotting the landscape, where the God of Israel may be worshipped in spirit and in truth. Yes, and as I look into the future of this great valley I can see temples — I can see beautiful temples erected to the name of the living God.” Wilford Woodruff 1884

It seems the prophecy is coming true. I like the sagebrush prairies though. I guess I hope that not all of the sagebrush prairies of the upper snake river valley are turned into fertile fields.

I’ve been turning my attention to these sagebrush prairies of the upper snake river valley this summer. Here are some efforts thus far:

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Meadow Lake under Full Moon

My friend David invited me to go camping and fishing at Meadow Lake in the Lemhi Mountains last week. I brought Ethan and we had a great time fishing and exploring. Here is a view of the Lake under the full moon at 11:30 pm.

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Meadow Lake lit by a Full Moon, near Gilmore, ID 2013

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Approaching Storm over Menan Butte

It’s taken a while, but I’ve come to appreciate the monotonous sage and basalt dominated landscape of the upper snake river valley. If nothing else it offers a nearly unobstructed view of the sky.

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Approaching Storm over the Northern Menan Butte, Jefferson County, ID 2013

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Coffee Pot Rapids

Coffee Pot Rapids is a turbulent section of the Henry’s Fork between Mack’s Inn and Island Park Reservoir. It’s about as lovely as it gets.

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Coffee Pot Rapids on the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River, Island Park, ID 2013

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