Greater Yellowstone Area

Well I’m back on the road after staying in Idaho Falls for a week, and I’m very excited for the opportunity to catch some great shots now that I’m heading through a very scenic part of the country. The greater Yellowstone area I’m in refers to the Yellowstone Super-volcano area, not necessarily Yellowstone National Park. I spent Monday afternoon climbing out of the Idaho Falls valley and up into this beautiful area. I had been to Yellowstone National Park years ago as a kid, but never got the opportunity to explore the Idaho side of the same environment, and I have to say it’s exactly how I remember the park. The pictures I’ve been taking these last two days here have been some of my favorite so far this trip, probably due to the fact that I finally feel like I’m getting a hold of what my camera can really do. I guess that’s what will happen when you spend a week off the road. So with some new photography skills/ideas and a beautiful new landscape to live in, I feel right back at home. Stay tuned to the blog (or just “Follow” to be notified of all new postings) as I’m going to be heading up North through the Montana Rocky Mountains. The epic landscapes and breathtaking scenery should make for some beautiful shots, weather and bears allowing of course.

-Warren

Pictures:

Natural frames in Idaho with the clouds rolling in on the mountains

Natural frames in Idaho with the clouds rolling in on the mountains

Beautiful rivers in Idaho

Beautiful rivers in Idaho

Rainy day in Idaho

Rainy day in Idaho

Almost to Montana

Almost to Montana

Being high up in the mountains made for beautiful clouds passing overhead

Being high up in the mountains made for beautiful clouds passing overhead

Property lines in the valley

Property lines in the valley

Changing colors in Idaho

Changing colors in Idaho

Playing with natural frames

Playing with natural frames

 

Pictures from Day 16:

Low clouds rolling over the mountains

Low clouds rolling over the mountains

Clouds as big as mountains

Clouds as big as mountains

Golden valleys and blue mountains

Golden valleys and blue mountains

The sun setting over the forest

The sun setting over the forest

Spent a few hours out in the valley watching the sun set, there was a moment of only about 10 minutes where the suns rays could visibly be seen across the valley

Spent a few hours out in the valley watching the sun set, there was a moment of only about 10 minutes where the suns rays could visibly be seen across the valley

The path back into the woods

The path back into the woods

Playing with more natural frames in the valley

Playing with more natural frames in the valley

Sunsets in the mountains can lead to insane lights/colors in the clouds

Sunsets in the mountains can lead to insane lights/colors in the clouds

Clouds at sunset over the valley

Clouds at sunset over the valley

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Idaho Cont.

Well my time in Idaho with family is coming to an end. I have to say that I really enjoyed the time I spent here for many different reasons. Spending time with family is always a plus and sleeping inside is definitely a major plus. But the call of the wild and the thrill of open country is becoming to loud for me to continue to ignore. I’m well rested and ready to embark into what I’ve been told is some of the most beautiful parts of the country. I’m excited to share with everyone some beautiful pictures in the next few days. I’ll be leaving Idaho Falls for the greater Yellowstone area, as well as the Rocky Mountains of Montana. Both of these places should hold great opportunities for some really nice pictures and camping. So it’s back on the road for me, constantly in search of a new place to sleep and an internet connection.

-Warren

Stars over Idaho Falls, the city lights even in a town of less than 100,000 have a major impact on the night sky

Stars over Idaho Falls, the city lights even in a town of less than 100,000 have a major impact on the night sky

Idaho sunset

Idaho sunset

Double rainbow over Idaho Falls

Double rainbow over Idaho Falls

The Huffman sheds, full of all sorts of hidden toys and equipment

The Huffman sheds, full of all sorts of hidden toys and equipment

The property was first built on during the Great Depression times and has since become an incredible collection of the most unorthodox building materials. I think the saying should be, "one man's trash is another's building materials"

The property was first built on during the Great Depression times and has since become an incredible collection of the most unorthodox building materials. I think the saying should be, “one man’s trash is another man’s building materials”

Inside the car restoration shop. I was able to help finish an office inside and build a retaining wall outside for this shop

Inside the car restoration shop. I was able to help finish an office inside and build a retaining wall outside for this shop

The shop office, getting close to done

The shop office, getting close to done

All sorts of cool projects in this garage

All sorts of cool projects in this garage

Makeshift shop office

Makeshift shop office

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The Huffman Clan plus Grandma

Alexander being Alex

Alexander being Alex

Wyoming to Idaho

Hey everyone! I just wanted to post some quick pictures from last night, late last night, and so far today. I just can’t wait any longer to share what I think might be the best pictures I’ve taken so far this adventure. I’ll have a write up of today’s travels later tonight. And lastly but most important, I’ve found a new hobby that I know I’ll never get tired of.. photographing the night sky!

Update: Day 6 for me involved driving from the Teton area of Wyoming into the Idaho Falls area. I’ve got good family that recently moved to Idaho Falls and so I figured now would be a great opportunity to stop by and say hello. The drive from Wyoming to Idaho was a very beautiful one consisting of mountains, forests, and lush green valleys. I was able to take some very awesome pictures along the way thanks to all the scenery. I hope ya’ll enjoy some of my favorite photography so far this adventure. Idaho Falls at first impression is exactly what it is, a wonderful community of some really great people. This is definitely a different part of the country that I never had the privilege of exploring before.

-Warren

Sunset over the lake and mountains

Sunset over the lake and mountains

Another angle of the sunset. I think it's so cool how the reflections in the water mirror the shapes of the mountains

Another angle of the sunset. I think it’s so cool how the reflections in the water mirror the shapes of the mountains

The milky way with only a 30 second exposure. I can't wait to try longer exposures

The milky way with only a 30 second exposure. I can’t wait to try longer exposures

Camping under the stars

Camping under the stars

Bison crossing

Bison crossing

Driving out of Wyoming over Teton Pass and into Idaho

Driving out of Wyoming over Teton Pass and into Idaho

Another day in the office

Another day in the office

Texas to Denver

So I’m gone! I finally set off on Day One of my western U.S. adventure with little more than a mind full of ideas and a car full of supplies. I decided to drive from San Antonio to Caprock Canyon State Park (TX panhandle between Lubbock and Amarillo) to stay the first night. The day was full of driving through the hilliest parts of Texas as well as the flattest parts. I really enjoyed the drive because I was able to finally realize that I am indeed “on the road”. I had been waiting for that feeling for a while. By the time I made it to my campsite it was almost midnight and I was beat tired. Sleep and driving were the only two things I was going to accomplish on day one.

Pictures:

Caprock Canyon State Park (TX)

Caprock Canyon State Park (TX)

Caprock Canyon State Park (TX)

Caprock Canyon State Park (TX)

Day two started with me being able to finally see in light where I had drove into the previous night. Caprock Canyon is a very interesting formation in that is in the middle of the flattest part of Texas. I found out in the morning that Caprock is actually what the rock is called that lays underneath the Texas panhandle. So the red rocks of the canyons I was seeing were actually all throughout the panhandle. Caprock Canyon is just the only place where a lot of the rock has come through. The park was also home to the only bison heard in Texas, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to see any while I was there. The rest of the day consisted of driving through the low plains of Texas and a little Oklahoma into the high plains of Eastern Colorado. In Texas and Oklahoma, corn seemed to be the prevalent crop but when I got to the higher plains of Colorado, I realized sunflowers seemed to be a common crop of choice. These yellow dotted fields stretched for what looked like miles and at points surrounded the road on both sides. Definitely a very cool area of the country that I had never gotten a chance to experience before. The drive into Denver was much like any other drive through a major metro city around 5-6pm, traffic. After getting through all the traffic though I finally made it to where I am staying tonight. Cherry Creek State Park is a 460 acre park in the middle of Denver. I don’t mean outskirts of Denver, I mean the park is surrounded by the city. Earlier I wondered the park looking at the nature of the high plains I’d seen all day while listening to the hustle and bustle of Denver. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a park quite like this one in that aspect. I’m not sure if I enjoy hearing cars in such a naturally beautiful place, but one perk is one that I’m gladly taking full advantage of: Free Wi-Fi. And with that, I’m signing off. I’ll post again when I have something else to share.

-Warren

Pictures:

Texas Panhandle

Texas Panhandle

Crossing from Oklahoma into the high plains of Colorado

Crossing from Oklahoma into the high plains of Colorado

Sunflower fields in the high plains area of Eastern Colorado

Sunflower fields in the high plains area of Eastern Colorado

Cherry Creek State Park (CO)

Cherry Creek State Park (CO)

Downtown Denver with some sailboats out on the lake

Downtown Denver with some sailboats on the lake