April, 2013

Spring Break Road Trip pt. 3 – Waterfalls, Bruneau Dunes, and Craters of the Moon

The landscape in and around Twin Falls contains some of the most scenic landscapes in Idaho (I think so anyway). Down in this area we stopped and photographed Caldron Linn (which was a bit of a disappointment), Centennial Falls, Niagara Springs, and Thousand Springs.

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Centennial Falls looking West, Twin Falls, ID 2013

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Centennial Falls looking Northeast at Sunset, Twin Falls, ID 2013

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Niagara Springs, ID 2013

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Thousand Springs, ID 2013

Our last major destination of the trip was Bruneau Dunes State Park. I have to say it was a bit of a disappointment. I did manage to make a photograph in fairly ordinary light that I really like. It was a pretty quick stop and then we made our way towards home.

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Russian Olive and Parking Lot, Bruneau Dunes State Park, ID 2013

As an afterthought, on the way home we drove through Craters of the Moon National Monument. It was fairly cold and windy and we toured the park in less than an hour. Here’s one of the few photos from our stop:

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Pine on Cinder Cone, Craters of the Moon National Monument, ID 2013

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Spring Break Road Trip pt. 2 – Mammoth Cave and Shoshone Bird Museum of Natural History

Southwest of Arco we drove by a couple of caves, on our way to Twin Falls. The Shoshone Ice Caves were closed for the season, but the Mammoth Cave and Shoshone Bird Museum of Natural History was open. This is a lava tube with a homemade museum built on top of the cave entrance. It was pretty fantastic and bizarre. The museum holds fossils, taxidermy, Indian artifacts, and other items of interest. I’ve never seen so many interesting things stuffed into such a small space. If you ever find yourself halfway between Carey and Twin Falls, Idaho, you’ve got to stop and check it out.

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Cave Sign, Mammoth Cave, ID 2013

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Basalt Sculptures, Mammoth Cave, ID 2013

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Entrance to Mammoth Cave, ID 2013

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Inside the Cave Looking towards the Entrance, Mammoth Cave, ID 2013

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Signage inside the Cave, Mammoth Cave, ID 2013

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Two-headed Duckling, Shoshone Bird Museum, ID 2013

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Canada Goose hanging from the Ceiling, Shoshone Bird Museum, ID 2013

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Spring Break Road Trip pt. 1 – Atomic City/Arco

Between semesters a couple of friends and I decided to take a photo road trip through southern Idaho to visit a few waterfalls, the Bruneau Dunes, and a couple of weird little towns. We had a good time, found some cool and strange places, and managed to make a few images.

Our first stop was Atomic City,  a small town that was conceived as a community where people who work at INL might want to live. It never really took off. It now consists of a couple of bars, an abandoned garage, a few houses, some potato cellars, and a race track.

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Twin Buttes Bar Cafe, and a Chrysler, Atomic City, ID 2013

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Trailer as a Boom Box, Atomic City, ID 2013

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Abandoned Garage, a Tree, and a Trailer (with Scott Instagraming), Atomic City, ID 2013

After Atomic City, we drove west and into Arco (the first city in the country powered by Nuclear Power) for lunch.

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Mountain Man and Biscuits n’ Gravy Signs, Arco, ID 2013

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Donkey Hood Ornament, Arco, ID 2013

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Windy Evening at Market Lake (before and after sunset)

The wind was howling at Market Lake this evening, despite that it was really beautiful. Birds were plentiful and the light was amazing. I took a couple of similar photographs. Enjoy:

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Reeds in the Wind (shortly before sunset), Market Lake, ID 2013

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Reeds in the Wind (shortly after sunset), Market Lake, ID 2013

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