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Snake River Float 
Posted: august 30, 2018
 
For a number of years, my friend Chris Conant, who guides on the South Fork of the Snake River, has said he would take me on a float so I could take photos of beautiful Fall Creek Falls from a river perspective. Well today was finally the day.

Chris, his first mate Sage, Rick Schuessler and I made the voyage down the Snake. It was a beautiful float and we had a great time together especially the first mate.

We saw many raptors along the way both perched in trees and in flight. Unfortunately, I had very little luck getting decent photos of these magnificent birds. My guess is that my shutter speed was too slow (~ 1/250 sec) for an in-focus capture in a moving drift boat in moving water. If I get the opportunity to do this again, I believe I will shoot for 1/1000 sec or maybe even higher.

We did get some really nice photos of the falls.

While at the falls, Chris spotted a moose on an island adjacent to the falls. It was feeding on the willows. We took some photos while also taking photos of the falls. The moose then went into the water and swam towards the falls. Chris was ecstatic as in all of the many, many times he had been down that section of the river, he had never seen what we were observing.

Upon reaching the area just beneath the falls, the moose fed on the vegetation. Quite a nice viewing experience for all... well the first mate did not seem to be too impressed.
 
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camas & mud lake wildlife refuge
Posted: august 29, 2018
 
Rick Schuessler and I visited these two refuges today. The weather was fantastic.

At Camas, the ponds were almost non-existent compared to my visit at the end of July. Where there was water, one could see the birds standing on the bottom of the pond while feeding.

Two highlights of the day: a pair of Great Blue Herons and a Rough-Legged Hawk (I think) perched on a post with it's mouse dinner.
 
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camas national wildlife refuge
Posted: July 31, 2018
 
I discovered this on the Web. It is located about 1-1/2 hours drive from Driggs. I had previously visited Gray's Lake National Wildlife Refuge a few years ago and was not overly impressed. Camas was impressive especially for the large amount of birds that can be seen there.
 
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milky way
Posted: July 12, 2018
 
Went down to Swan Valley again for the Milky Way. This time I was the only photographer there. I used my light to illuminate the schoolhouse from my shooting location. I seemed to have the best luck with the light on its lowest setting lit for about 2/3 of the time the shutter was open.
 
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fourth of July parade
Posted: July 04, 2018
 
The parade in Victor was pretty good again this year. It was the first time Bruce & Betsy Canaga had been here for the parade.
 
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milky way
Posted: June 14, 2018
 
Last night I drove down to Swan Valley for my first ever Milky Way shoot. As I was getting setup, another photographer (Bob Seidel from Idaho Falls) arrived. Bob is an experienced Milky Way photographer so it was nice to have a knowledgeable person on hand.

Bob's plan was to create some images that featured the schoolhouse along with others to feature the Milky Way and then composite them in Photoshop. Since I am not a Photoshop user, my plan was to take a single photo to process in Lightroom.

Bob setup some lights for the evening inside the old schoolhouse. They were a bit too bright for my single image as you can see with the photo on the left.

My resultant photos are pretty crude in my opinion. Other than the lighting problem mentioned above, the stars are not in focus. Clouds, at times covering the Milky Way, were a bit of a problem as well.

We finished up around 2:30 AM. I wound up spending the night in my gasoline powered tent (my car) with the intention of taking some more photos the next morning.

I also went to Fall Creek Falls and had breakfast at the South Fork Lodge before returning to Casa Budde West.
 
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Teton valley
Posted: august 24, 2017
 
Rick & Dawn Schuessler and I took a drive up to around Felt to drive the road that Rodney Henry had introduced me to earlier this summer.

The clouds were nice so we took some photos.
 
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lavender farm
Posted: July 26, 2017
 
There is a farm just north of Teton Idaho that grows lavender and sells products made from that lavender.

I have contemplated going there to take photos for sometime now but it is forty miles from Driggs. I became inspired to make the trek after running across another photographer's photos of lavender fields on line.
 
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Fourth of July fireworks
Posted: July 04, 2017
 
We attended the Driggs Fourth of July Fireworks display this evening. As usual, it was quite good but with a bit of a twist on the grand finale. Most of the finale was lower to the ground than usual. Not a lot of the "kabooms" I like so well.

I thought I would give it a go and attempt some photos this year.
 
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Teton valley
Posted: July 01, 2017
 
My good friend Rodney Henry was going for a ride in his dune buggy in Teton Valley north of Tetonia and offered to take me along. We covered many roads that I had never been on before. Some of them could be driven in a passenger car but some of them, NO WAY.
 
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Teton county rodeo
Posted: June 23, 2017
 
I had not been to the Friday night Rodeo in Teton Valley for quite some time. Some friends were going and invited me to join them. We all had a great evening!
 
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along highway 32
Posted: June 11, 2017
 
I enjoyed the photo session on Highway 33 so I decided to try Highway 32 today. This is the scenic road we drive when we go to Yellowstone for the day.

The clouds were once again very nice today.
 
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along highway 33
Posted: June 09, 2017
 
I had taken a drive up Highway 33 yesterday with my good friend Rodney Henry to do some shopping in Rexburg ID. On that drive, I spotted some compositions I wanted to work on. Today had some great clouds so I drove Highway 33 in hopes of catching some nice photos.
 
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Teton valley Idaho
Posted: September 01, 2016
 
Rick Schuessler and I decided to do our photography in Teton Valley Idaho today.

We drove up Highway 32 just north of Tetonia. Along this road, we took some photos of an old house on a hill that overlooks the valley and back at the Tetons. We continued north and stopped to take photos of the old Pillsbury grain elevator (now used to store seed potatoes).

We then proceeded to Ashton and then south on Highway 20 to Highway 33. Drove that back to Driggs stopping at the scenic overlook just before Tetonia.
 
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casa Budde west
Posted: august 15, 2016
 
We had a pretty terrific sunset last night here in Driggs.

I have never seen this massive of a cloud formation before at sunset. Just had to go outside with camera in hand. Enjoyed this spectacle with my neighbor Jackie Mullen.
 
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fourth of July parade - victor, id
Posted: July 04, 2016
 
As usual, this was a great event attended by a large crowd lining Main Street in Victor.
 
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Teton valley sunset
Posted: September 05, 2015
 
Rick Schuessler and I went out tonight to catch the sunset here in Teton Valley.
 
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Teton valley, Idaho
Posted: September 04, 2015
 
Today we spent most of the day working on home improvement projects and watched part of the first Washington University volleyball match which they won 3-0.

After those were completed, we drove the west side of Teton Valley as Rick had not seen that before.
 
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Victor Fourth of July Parade 
Posted: July 04, 2015
 
Today was the annual Fourth of July Parade held in Victor Idaho.

There were a lot of parade participants as well as spectators. There were marchers, horses, old cars, local activity groups and merchants in the parade. The oldest resident in the valley was also featured and got a great ovation from the spectators.

It seems everyone had a good time especially the kids. They scrambled to pick up candy being thrown by folks on the floats.
 
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gray's lake
Posted: June 30, 2013
 
Grays Lake is a wildlife area in Idaho that is south of my place in Driggs. I have been meaning to go there for a number of years and finally made it today. 
 
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fireworks at huntsman springs
Posted: June 29, 2013
 
Yeah. I know it isn't The Fourth yet. The Huntsman Springs folks who put on our fireworks here in Teton Valley insist that it happen the weekend before the Fourth. 
 
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photo walk - land trust
Posted: June 22, 2013
 
The Teton Regional Land Trust sponsored a "photo walk" at their most recent property, a four hundred acre parcel of land along the Teton River. It was being headed by Loren Woods, a Jackson photographer, whom, I had met via email over this past winter.
 
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bear lake
Posted: June 23, 2012
 
I was originally planning a photo outing to the Grays Lake Wildlife Refuge but I missed a turn. As I have been wanting to take a day trip to the Bear Lake area at the border of Idaho and Utah and I was almost there when I discovered I missed my turn... what the hell.

There is a
Bear Lake Wildlife Refuge and wetlands where I wound up taking photos. I got a few usable photos but I would not say the area was worthy of another visit. 
 
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sand dunes - st. Anthony, id
Posted: June 03,2012
 
I had always wanted to visit the St. Anthony Sand Dunes only about 45 miles from Driggs. We decided on a "down day" from hiking, so Steve, Kathy and I decided that today was the day. Nice area with some nice photo ops. I plan to return someday. 
 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
casa Budde west
Posted: September 01, 2010
 
My bird feeder has attracted a number of birds.
 
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rodeo
Posted: July 23, 2010
 
My good friends (Chuck & Meg Reller) from Florida introduced me to the rodeo tonight. Quite fun.
 
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palisades creek
Posted: June 25, 2010
 
This is one of my favorite hikes. I introduced Chuck & Meg Reller to it today. They loved it!
 
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rodeo
Posted: July 09, 2010
 
My good friends (Chuck & Meg Reller) from Florida introduced me to the rodeo tonight. Quite fun.
 
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Driggs air show
Posted: June 05, 2010
 
This was a pretty impressive air show.

There is a doctor from Jackson that owns and has restored a number of vintage airplanes. A number of them are on display at The Warbirds Cafe. You will occasionally see them flying above Teton Valley but today they were all in the air.
 
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palisades creek
Posted: July 10, 2008
 
Did the Palisades Creek hike today with Cleary Eckleman & Beth McIntosh.
 
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casa Budde west
Posted: July 06, 2008
 
I was taking flower photos at Casa Budde West. The next door neighbor's family was visiting and the grand kids were playing in the backyard.

I took some photos for the grand parents to enjoy.
 
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Teton valley Idaho
Posted: August 23, 2007
 
The Ferguson's and I decided that today we would explore the west side of Teton Valley.
 
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swan valley
Posted: August 03, 2007
 
My good friends Mike & Judy Quirk were visiting. We decided to head down to Swan Valley.

We visited the old school house as well as Fall Creek Road.
 
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Teton valley Idaho
Posted: July 15, 2005
 
Took a swing up to Lower Mesa Falls and around Teton Valley today.
 
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