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bluegrass festival
Posted: August 12
 
The weather is quite hot so I did not go to Bluegrass at all  on Friday. I went for the last three performers on Saturday when it was a bit cooler.
 
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music on main
Posted: August 02
 
Tonight's Music on Main was good as usual. Both bands were good. The main performer was Hot Club of Cowtown. Their music was very danceable so that's what many folks did.
 
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casa national wildlife refuge
Posted: July 31
 
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. Casa was impressive especially for the large amount of birds that can be seen there.
 
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music on main
Posted: July 26
 
This night's Music on Main had perhaps the largest attendance ever. This is probably due to the musical guest March Fourth Marching Band. They are a great band and great entertainers.

The couple on left is my good friend Christopher Conant and his fiancée Becca.
 
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music on main
Posted: July 19
 
This night's Music on Main was well attended. The musical guest was Amy Helm.

The young lady on the right is from Traverse City, MI. She played volleyball at Grand Valley in Grand Rapids.
 
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Targhee fest
Posted: July 15
 
This year's Targhee Fest was fantastic yet a bit on the warm side.

The highlight for me was Karl Denson performing a tribute to the Allman Brothers.
 
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music on main
Posted: July 12
 
This night's Music on Main was well attended The musical guest was Calle Mambo.
 
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milky way
Posted: July 12
 
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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music on main
Posted: July 05
 
Betsy, Bruce and I attended Music on Main tonight The musical guest was Kitchen Dwellers.
 
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fourth of July parade
Posted: July 04
 
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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music on main
Posted: June 28
 
This was the second Music on Main of the summer. The musical guest was Orgone. Their singer had quite the set of "pipes".
 
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clouds!!!
Posted: June 23
 
I woke up this morning to some nice clouds so I decided to head over to Grand Teton National Park to catch some photo ops.

After lunch I headed down to visit my friends John & Kathy  Qualy at their new home in Snake River Sporting Club. Very nice place!
 
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music on main
Posted: June 21
 
This was the first Music on Main of the summer. Great turnout of music lovers and socializers. The musical guest was John Fullbirght.
 
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milky way
Posted: June 14
 
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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the other Schwabacher
Posted: June 10
 
Last fall, Rick Schuessler and I explored the other trail at Schwabacher Landing and agreed it was "do-again-able".

This morning I awoke to clouds in the sky and headed over to Grand Teton National Park for a day of photography.
 
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Zion national park
Posted: may 30
 
When I went through Zion two years age, I somehow deleted this photo. My main objective in returning to Zion was to recapture this photo.
 
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Bryce canyon
Posted: may 30
 
We only spent an hour or so in Bryce on the way from Escalante to Zion.
 
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kodachrome state park
Posted: may 29
 
We took a late afternoon/early evening hike in Kodachrome State Park.
 
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Utah highway 12
Posted: may 29
 
After Devils Garden we decided to take a scenic drive from Escalante to Boulder Utah. I think Highway 12 is one of the most scenic drives I have ever been on.
 
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devil's garden
Posted: may 29
 
Devils Garden was very nice. We spent quite a bit of time wandering around and taking photos.
 
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cottonwood canyon road
Posted: may 28
 
The drive from Page AZ to Escalante UT along Cottonwood Canyon Road was spectacular... one great view after another.
 
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highway 89
Posted: may 27
 
We had very nice clouds today.
 
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monument valley
Posted: may 26
 
This was one of the destinations I was really looking forward to visiting. It did not "grab" me like I thought it would. Been there. Done that.

To be honest, there were NO clouds to improve the look of the photos I took.
 
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Utah highway 89-89a
Posted: may 26
 
We did this loop from Page Az to Kanab Utah and back to Page.
 
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great sand dunes NP
Posted: may 24
 
We had not planed to visit this National Park but since it was only 17 miles off the road we were traveling, why not?
 
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st. Louis zoo
Posted: may 05
 
The zoo has some new arrivals. I went to view the new cheetah cubs. They went on display yesterday for the first time.
 
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Missouri botanical garden
Posted: April 28
 
I spent the morning at the Garden. The weather was spectacular and many folks were there.
 
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st. Louis zoo
Posted: January 18
 
We had a bit of a break in our cold weather today so I thought I would go visit my "relatives" at the Primate House at the Zoo.
 
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