December, 2006

Great Salt Lake Excursion

I had been wanting to get out to the Great Salt Lake with my friend Mike to photograph for a while now. Jon and I both happened to be in Utah visiting family, and we decided to get together with Mike for an excursion. We went to the south end of the lake to a salt operation and made quite a few photographs. The light was nice, the weather was decent, and we had a good time. It made me remember how much I used to like photographing the lake when I was a student at Utah State. Anyway, here are a few of the evenings photographs.

Mike, Great Salt Lake, 2006

Salt Excavating Equipment, Great Salt Lake, 2006

Salt and Water, Great Salt Lake, 2006

Salt Pile, Great Salt Lake, 2006

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Dancing Dogs, Espresso and Fine Art

I’ve passed this building numerous times on my way to Idaho Falls. I finally had to make a photograph today. I’m still working up the courage to go in.

Dancing Dogs, Espresso and Fine Art, Ucon, ID 2006

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Learning to Like (or at least accept) Winter

I hate winter, I always have. Everything I like to do outdoors is more fun in the spring, summer, or fall. I used to love to catch bugs and snakes (I still sort of do I guess), you can’t do that in the winter. I like to fly-fish, you can do it in the winter, but it ain’t that fun. I like to watch birds (o.k., you can do that in the winter and it’s pretty good, but it’s more enjoyable in the spring, summer and fall). I also like to photograph, which can be wonderful in the winter, but it’s much less comfortable and there’s a lot less daylight.

Over the last couple of years though, I’ve figured out a couple of things that almost make the arctic death of a Rexburg winter tolerable.

1. I watch more television, which is usually pretty good in winter.
2. I love to drive farm roads in the winter and photograph landscapes that don’t contain any subject matter. O.k., there’s some subject matter, but it’s pretty minimal – snow and sky. I also like to drive these roads looking for odd arctic birds such as Gyrfalcons, Lapland Longspurs, Snow Buntings, Snowy Owls, Rough-legged Hawks, Rosy-Finches, and Redpolls that choose to winter in the area. You’ve got to be pretty hard-core to choose Rexburg as a winter home.
3. I’ve recently been intrigued by night photography. Night photography in winter has a couple of advantages over night photography in the summer. First of all, it gets darker much earlier in the winter, so I can photograph for several hours in the dark and be home by ten o’clock. Second, the snow on the ground and the frost in the air bounce and hold much more light than conditions in the summer. Exposure times are usually much shorter, and night photographs can almost look like they were taken during the day. I guess there is one drawback – it’s really cold.

Anyway, here are a couple photographs I made this week.

Snowy Field #1, Walker, ID 2006

Snowy Field #2, Walker, ID 2006

Russian Olive at Night, Rexburg, ID 2006

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Merry Christmas

Our home computer has had some issues (I think I’ve got them solved), so Susan and I have not been as faithful at blogging as we should have been. Merry Christmas to everybody. So far we’ve had a nice, low-key holiday. We miss the family parties, but it’s too much trouble to travel with a car full of presents and children. We’ll see many of you this weekend I suppose.

The boys are enjoying their gifts (Kevin is enjoying his gameboy far too much I’m afraid). Susan and I are enjoying our children enjoying their gifts. It really is a nice time of year.

I sent out three different photographs for our Christmas card this year. I didn’t get cards to all of you I realize. If any of you would like a printed photograph (they’re small – 4×6 or so) let me know. I’m best reached at clarkd at byui . edu (I’m spelling it out weird because I’ve been getting crazy amounts of spam lately). Anyway, I hope you all had an excellent time.

Here are the three images from which to choose:

Cottonwoods, St. Anthony Sand Dunes, ID 2006

Thirty-one Honred Larks, and one Snow Bunting, Walker, ID 2006

Six Swans, Market Lake, ID 2006

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Rexburg Christmas Bird Count

Every year the Audubon Society holds its Christmas Bird Count. Participants count all the birds seen and heard in a 15 mile radius. I compile (organize) the Rexburg Christmas Bird Count. Twelve of us participated in the Rexburg count, which was held today. The weather was brutal, it was warmish (35-45 degrees), but the wind was howling at around 35 miles per hour, with gusts much higher. We managed to find 64 species (our highest total ever). Some of the more interestsing birds for the count were:

Trumpeter Swan – over 400 birds
Ring-necked Duck
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Peregrine Falcon
American Coot
Ring-billed Gull
Wilson’s Snipe
Barn Owl
American Dipper
Snow Bunting
Yellow-headed Blackbird

Here is a terrible photograph. It’s not my best work, but the purpose of the photo is to merely document the bird.

Lesser Yellowlegs, Burton, ID 2006

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I don’t belleve in Santa Claus

Kevin likes to write and illustrate his own books occasionally. Today I discovered this gem.

It may be hard to read, so I’ll type it:
I don’t belleve in Santa Claus
I used to not believe in Santa, but then I saw somthin. Somthing I never
seen befor. It was Santa.

He claims it’s a work in progress. I can’t wait to see how it ends.

All words and images copyright Kevin Clark 2006

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More Full Moon Photography

The nice thing about the full moon in the winter is that it rises much earlier than in the summer. I went out for a couple of hours this evening and was still home before 10:30. It was a bit warmer tonight, the car thermometer read 18.

Teton View Drive-In (one of my favorite subjects), Rexburg, ID 2006

Tree, Burton, ID 2006

Corrugated Shed, Burton, ID 2006

Texas Slough with Reflected Moonlight, Burton, ID 2006

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Nearly Full Moon

I just got back from photographing under a nearly full moon. It was too cold to be out for too long, but here is a view of the Teton River west of Rexburg.

Teton River, Hibbard, ID 2006

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Christmas Decorations

I’ve never been much of a sentimental fellow, but there is something sweet about the Christmas decorations and lights installed in small towns. I also like the opportunity to photograph in mixed light.

Christmas Star, Teton, ID 2006

Spruce, Sugar City, ID 2006

Tree and Backstop, Sugar City, ID 2006

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Too Cold for Fishing

It’s been really cold ever since we got back from Thanksgiving. It’s been too cold for aquatic insects to hatch. Still water and some moving water is frozen and it would be far too miserable to stand in slushy water breaking ice off the fly rod every couple of casts. I didn’t know what to do with myself until I remembered I was a photographer. There was nice soft light all day, but it was cold (the thermometer read between 18 and 6 degrees while I was out this afternoon and evening). Anyway, it was nice to be out wandering around a bit.

Small Diversion on the Teton River, near Sugar City, ID 2006

Homestead, Teton County, ID 2006

Collapsed Homestead, Teton County, ID 2006

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