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Owen Sowerwine, Wings, Tails, Tracks, and Trails!

I went on a hike yesterday with a great group who who got together for this event lead by Brian Baxter and hosted by WildMontana.org. We explored and found a great variety of tracks and had great time. Due to the exceptionally high water in this area we were not able to explore the banks of the river and wetlands as we had hoped but still saw lots of interesting wildlife and tracks. Some of the wildlife included this frog, Eagles, Osprey, Ducks, Deer and numerous birds. I am looking forward to doing this again in the near future.

Blastoff

 Snow Geese image from the morning blastoff, between Choteau and Fairfield, MT at Freeze Out Lake. This is a stopping point on their migration north to breed.

Just posted this yesterday online for the first time. This image has been exceptionally well received with over 5000 views in one day on Flickr.com. So far this is my most viewed image of anything I have ever posted.

Here is great info about these birds on Wikipedia for anyone interested in their migration and breeding patterns.  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snow_geese)

 

 

Great Horned Owl

Went looking for Snowy Owls today (2013-01-06) in the Mission Valley of the Flathead south of Polson, MT, I got skunked on that but was able to stir up some Great Horned Owls. In all I found three within about a quarter mile of each other. All in all it was great day!

  • >> Camera Info/Settings:
  • - Canon 7D
  • - Canon 70-200mm 1:2.8 L IS @ ??mm
  • - Canon Extender EF 2x II
  • - 1/8-second exposure @ F??
  • - ISO ?
  • - Medium Gitzo tripod.. 
  • - Adobe DNG Converter - 15 to 25% smaller files average.
  • - RAW file processed with Lightroom 4

Wind Shear

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A different view of St. Nick than I posted a few days ago. This I think is even more dramatic as it shows what the wind is doing up higher. 

Apologies for not posting this last night but crappy Wildblue satellite service failed, I wish I had another choice besides satellite. Maybe next year there may be another option in this area.

As always thanks for the views and any comments. Please feel free to criticize if you are so inclined!

  • >> Camera Info/Settings:
  • - Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTI
  • - Canon 70-200mm 1:2.8 L IS @ ??mm
  • - 1/8-second exposure @ F8
  • - ISO 100
  • - Adobe DNG Converter - 15 to 20% smaller files average.
  • - RAW file processed with Lightroom 4
  • - No HDR

The Image Within

I will probably continue with my snow theme for a while as this is all I see this time of the year. I hope everyone enjoys these images. 

Image of the old homesteaders cabin at Luebeck Lake just inside GNP park boundaries. This is very near what is known as False Summit and is about four miles east of Marias Pass which is the continental divide.

  • >> Camera Info/Settings:
  • - Canon 7D
  • - Canon 100-400 1:4.5-5.6 L IS @ 190mm
  • - 1/3200-second exposure @ F5.6
  • - ISO 800
  • - Handheld
  • - RAW file processed with Lightroom 4
  • - PSD file processed with Photoshop CS6

Winter in GNP

Sticking with the winter theme here is another shot that includes St. Nick on the far right with just a little glimpse of Hwy. 2 as it rounds the corner.

  • >> Camera Info/Settings:
  • - Canon 7D
  • - Canon 24-105m 1:4 L IS @ ??mm
  • - 1/8-second exposure @ F11
  • - ISO 100
  • - Singh-Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer/Color Intensifier
  • - Medium Gitzo tripod.. 
  • - Adobe DNG Converter - 15 to 20% smaller files average.
  • - RAW file processed with Lightroom 4
  • - No HDR

Nice Light -- After the Storm

From the archives, this was shot a little over a year ago after a very heavy early storm.

  • >> Camera Info/Settings:
  • - Canon 5D Mark II    
  • - Canon 24-105m 1:4 L IS @ 45mm
  • - 1/320-second exposure @ F16
  • - Singh-Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer/Color Intensifier
  • - ISO 200
  • - Handheld 
  • - Single RAW file processed with Lightroom 4

St. Nick -- HAPPY NEW YEAR

St. Nick -- HAPPY NEW YEAR from GNP!!

I thought posting this image from a few years ago might be good way to start the New Year. This peak is known as St. Nick. If you know the area this is off Hwy. 2 in the Pinnacle area and just a short hike to get this view. Although it is rare for it not to be enveloped in clouds.

Wishing you all the best in 2013!! 

  • >> Camera Info/Settings:
  • Canon Rebel XTI
  • Canon 70-200mm 1:2.8 L IS @ 195mm
  • 1/50-second exposure @ F25
  • ISO 100
  • Medium Gitzo tripod.. 
  • Single RAW file processed with Lightroom 4

15 Minutes Later, Sunset #2

Edit--This image was taken 15 minutes after my previous post. 

Logan Pass and Going to the Sun highway opened last week so I thought I would make a quick trip across to see what the conditions were like. Still a lot of snow up top. I came up the west side where it was clear with clouds hanging over the interior of the park I thought that there might be one of those classic sunsets from the Wild Goose Island overlook. It was spectacular although it did not light up quite like I hoped but still worthwhile!

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  • Camera Info/Settings:
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  • Canon 5D Mark II    
  • Canon 16-35mm 1:2.8 L II @ 21mm
  • 1/10-second exposure @ F10
  • Singh-Ray soft .9 ND graduated filter
  • Cokin Z-Pro filter holder with Cokin 82mm adapter ring
  • ISO 100
  • Medium Gitzo tripod.. 
  • Single RAW file processed with Lightroom 4
  • Photoshop CS6
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Sunset -- GNP, MT

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Logan Pass and Going to the Sun highway opened last week so I thought I would make a quick trip across to see what the conditions were like. Still a lot of snow up top. I came up the west side where it was clear with clouds hanging over the interior of the park I thought that there might one of those classic sunsets from the Wild Goose Island overlook. It was spectacular although it did not light up quite like I hoped but still worthwhile!

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  • Camera Info/Settings:
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  • Canon 5D Mark II    
  • Canon 16-35mm 1:2.8 L II @ 21mm
  • 1/10-second exposure @ F10
  • Singh-Ray soft .9 ND graduated filter
  • Cokin Z-Pro filter holder with Cokin 82mm adapter ring
  • ISO 100
  • Medium Gitzo tripod.. 
  • Single RAW file processed with Lightroom 4
  • -------------------------------------------------------

Two Medicine, Glacier National Park, MT

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2012-06-09 Sunrise

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  • Camera Info/Settings:
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  • Canon 5D Mark II
  • Canon 24-105m 1:4 L IS @ 32mm
  • LEE soft .9 ND graduated filter
  • Lee foundation kit filter holder with Lee 77mm adapter ring
  • B+W Circular Polarizer
  • ISO 100
  • Medium Induro tripod..
  • 1.3 sec. Single Exposure
  • Adobe DNG Converter - 15 to 25% smaller files average.
  • RAW file processed with Lightroom 4
  • TIFF file processed with Photoshop CS6
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Stupid! Ravens

05-17-2012__Quite fun to watch these ravens diving and swooping around this eagle. Amazing how calm he was. If he decided to let em have it there would be nothing but black feathers left.

The Dance

Osprey nest, Hungry Horse Reservoir. An archive image from September 2010 that I have never posted.

Close-Up

And yet another image from last week (05-15-2012). This was the first time this year I saw any goats in GNP. I have been looking everyday for almost a month. Not sure why they were so late coming down this year. Heard of several possible reasons with one being wolves have decimated the herd in their winter grazing area. Personally I would rather see these animals than wolves. So far I have seen no baby goats. I hope to soon!!

Smilin

Yet another image from last week (05-14-2012). This was the first time this year I saw any goats in GNP. I have been looking everyday for almost a month. Not sure why they were so late coming down this year. Heard of several possible reasons with one being wolves have decimated the herd in their winter grazing area. Personally I would rather see these animals than wolves. So far I have seen no baby goats. I hope to soon!!

Thristy

Another image from last week (05-14-2012). This was the first time this year I saw any goats in GNP. I have been looking everyday for almost a month. Not sure why they were so late coming down this year. Heard of several possible reasons with one being wolves have decimated the herd in their winter grazing area. Personally I would rather see these animals than wolves. So far I have seen no baby goats. I hope to soon!!