Week 10 – #33 On A Farm

Trying again just to step a little off the normal, I am going to go with a black and white version of the Moulton Barn taken with the Grand Tetons in the background for my choice for On A Farm.  Though this is no longer a working farm, this is definitely a barn on what used to be a farm.  I couldn’t think of a better view than the Cathedral Group of the Tetons for a backdrop for this barn.


Week 9 – #40 The Wheels Go Round

I love being able to see how things work and this clock definitely shows its insides.  In our current world, we walk around with cell phones and most of us have abandoned our watches.  Everything is digital. To me, what better way to show how time is kept than an open faced clock.  Thank you to Eugene Shleyzer for lending me his company anniversary  gift clock for use in my photography blog.
Tick Tock – Wheels go round and round moving the hands to keep time.  

Week 8 – #42 Walking Downtown

Continuing with my vacation photos, I was trying to decide which of the photos I took of downtown Jackson, WY would best fit this theme.  I wanted this to represent something that we do not see when we walk downtown in Sarasota.  There were many different shots I could have used, such as the theatre with Cat Ballou playing, or the street scene with the stage coach right along with the cars.  But I decided on the city square of Jackson with George Washington Memorial Park.  I was fascinated by the 4 arches made of antlers.  At each of the 4 corners of the city park, there is an arch made entirely of elk antlers.  These fall of the animals naturally and regrow every year.  The antler arches have been in Jackson since the early 1960s with the boy scouts collecting the antlers in the National Elk Refuge  and new arches are made to replace the ones currently on display.
If you look through the arch you will see the statue to John Colter who was a member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  He reported finding these unusual things – bubbling mudpots, geysers and steaming water to Fort Raymond and no one believed him and they called the region “Colter’s Hell”.  Little did they know.

If you look through the arch you will also see the arch on the far corner of the park.  This is definitely not something we would find in Florida.

Elk Arch at Jackson WY

Week 7 – # 11 It’s Big

I have to say that my trip afforded me the opportunity to find something to fit this theme and I did not even know it existed.  How terrible is that!  I know about the Grand Canyon – carved by the Colorado River and I have been there.  I have also been to Kauai and visited the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.  But I never knew there was a Grand Canyon in Yellowstone and that it was known as the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.  It is carved by the Yellowstone River and downstream from Yellowstone Falls.

It has walls of gypsum and has some places where lime is incrusted white as snow, causing the sunlight to sun produce a dazzling effect. In other places the rock is crystalline and is mostly sulphur, of a dark yellow color, with streaks of red, green and black on either side.

It definitely is BIG.

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, WY

week 6 – # 47 A Pair Of…

I have been away on a trip to Wyoming and a little of Montana and have falling behind in my postings.  My apologies.  I will try to catch up in the next couple of days.

That being said, on to the theme for week 6 – a pair of.   This really gives you a wide opening of things to use for this shot, but after being in Yellowstone with all the wildlife, coming up with a pair of something became both easy and difficult.  Hmm, which to chose, Elk, Bison, or Antelope (Pronghorns).  The Bison really didn’t “couple” up while I was photographing them.  Now I did get some young males practicing the rut, and the Pronghorns were usually in a herd not a “couple or pair”.  So that leaves the Elk.  And then do I pick the mother and daughter elk or a couple.   Such difficult decisions when you only get to pick one.

So the decision is……  the elk couple….

A pair of Elks in Grand Tetons at sunrise.