Found these Cottonwoods (probably 25 trees or so total) yesterday on a drive with my youngest son. I’m sure there’s a reason to cut down these beauties. I still don’t like it.
A couple of signs I discovered while wandering around:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
After Atomic City, we drove west and into Arco (the first city in the country powered by Nuclear Power) for lunch.
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:
Spring is slowly arriving in the Upper Snake River Valley of Idaho. Snow is melting, birds are migrating, and the temperatures are hovering at or above freezing (even overnight sometimes). I’ve had a fun time photographing the minimal landscape this winter (it’s one of the only ways I have to cope with the misery). Here are a few photographs I made over the last couple of weeks. I hope I don’t have to make any more snowy photographs until November or so.
I used to despise winter. I would get anxious in the fall knowing that winter was coming soon. For some reason though, I’ve come to terms with it. The light is soft, the snow softens edges, and there are interesting birds to be found. One of my favorite winter locations is Ashton, ID. The few times I’ve been up there this winter, the fog has been pretty thick. Today was no exception.
I’m including a couple of images from today. I am a bit frustrated with the display of these really light images. The prints are a bit lovelier (take my word for it). Anyhow, I hope you enjoy.
When I woke up to thick fog I knew I had to get out and photograph. I did have quite bit to do at work though. I went out for a couple of hours this morning and had a good time making photographs near Sugar City and Teton. I then headed back to work and got most of my work done. I then drove out towards Ashton in the evening and continued. What a beautiful day. Here are a couple images: