Photographs by Frank

11 October 2021

Random Photos (2021 Trip)

Filed under: Misc.,Road Trips — Frank @ 10:00 PM

I made about 2,700 exposures in the month we were “on the road”*. Some of these photos don’t fit the stories that I tell in the other posts. Thus I post them here.

The photo titled “Woody’s Sign #2” (in the color section) requires some explanation.

Woody Guthrie’s famous song “This Land is Your Land” is usually sung in an abbreviated version. One of the often omitted verses reads as follows:

As I went walking I saw a sign there,
And on the sign it said “No Trespassing.”
But on the other side it didn’t say nothing.
That side was made for you and me.

More than ten years ago, on the Rhode Island coast, I made a photo of a no trespassing sign similar to this one. Now, I have two such photos. I think that I have the beginnings of a new project!!!

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* In these blog posts, I have shown 110 photos in total.

Great Lakeshores (2021 Road Trip)

Filed under: Landscapes,Road Trips — Frank @ 9:30 PM

After our trek on “the 200s”, we spent the next five nights in Michigan exploring the Lake Superior and Lake Huron shores. We spent two nights near the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore area, two nights further east on Whitefish Bay (both Lake Superior) and one night in Harrisville, MI on Lake Huron.

While at the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, we did a 10 mile hike visiting both Chapel Rock/Beach and Mosquito Beach along the way. The four mile stretch between these two beaches is reached only on foot or by boat. The scenery was spectacular although the weather (heavy overcast and some fog) was not ideal for photography. This was true for most of our visit to Pictured Rocks.

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Lakeshore #1 (Raven/Chapel Rock)
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Lakeshore #4 (Grand Portal Point)
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Lakeshore #16 (Lake Huron Sunset)
Lakeshore #16 (Lake Huron Sunset)

Of course, where there is shore there are lighthouses. I photographed a few! Perhaps the most interesting of these was the lifesaving station at Vermillion. It is a little off the beaten path! I was looking at the map of the Whitefish Bay area and noticed a point marked Vermillion on the Lake Superior shore. It was at the end of a dirt road about seven or eight miles from the main road. Intrigued and knowing nothing more, we headed for Vermillion and were glad we did. At the end of the road was a nature preserve and a well preserved lifesaving station, but no lighthouse. It was well worth the trip.

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Whitefish Point Light and Foghorn, Lake Superior (MI)
Whitefish Point Light and Foghorn, Lake Superior (MI)
Lifesaving Station (Vermillion, MI)
Lifesaving Station (Vermillion, MI)
Point Iroquois Light, Lake Superior (MI)
Point Iroquois Light, Lake Superior (MI)
40 Mile Point Light, Lake Huron (MI)
40 Mile Point Light, Lake Huron (MI)
Old Presque Isle Light, Lake Huron (MI)
Old Presque Isle Light, Lake Huron (MI)
New Presque Isle Light, Lake Huron, (MI)
New Presque Isle Light, Lake Huron, (MI)

While we were camped in Harrisville, MI we decided that it was time to head home. The distance from Harrisville, MI to Antrim, NH is roughly 800 miles. We made this distance in two days. We stopped for the night in a motel near Rochester, NY and made it home late afternoon on Friday (8 October)… exactly one month and 6,772 miles after we set out.

Elk Rut and Prairie Dogs (2021 Road Trip)

Filed under: Mammals,Road Trips,Wildlife — Frank @ 8:02 PM

Our usual route east, towards home, from Western Montana is US Route 2 which runs across the country just south of the Canadian border. This time, we decided to try a different route… a series of state routes numbered 200. We picked up Montana 200 in Missoula (the route starts a bit farther west, at the Idaho border) and eventually continued on the contiguous North Dakota 200 and Minnesota 200 until we were in the Duluth area. This week-long, roughly 1,100 mile trek took us across the central parts of those states. We saw lots of prairie and not a lot of people.

The drive was interesting and quite different from the drive on US 2. The towns along route 200 are generally much smaller and farther apart than the towns along US 2. I think that this is because of the railroad… US 2 generally follows the railroad while the 200 route does not.

The drive was interesting, but I did not make many successful landscape photos along the way. I guess that I did not find a muse in the high prairie. However, I did photograph wildlife in two locations.

Back in 2017, we spent a few hours at the Slippery Ann elk viewing area of the C.M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in central Montana. This trip we stopped and spent the night. The elk rut was in high gear (as it was at more-or-less the same period in 2017) and we spent a late afternoon and early evening watching and photographing the action… it was fascinating. The bugling continued after it got dark and, in fact, went on all night. We were hoping to photograph again in the morning before moving on but the elk were in the woods and thickets nearer the river rather than out in the open by the road. We could hear them but not see them.

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The second wildlife opportunity along this section of the trip was unplanned. We pulled into a campground in the north unit of Teddy Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota one evening. As I wandered the environs looking for landscape photographs (an endeavor complicated by power lines), I heard odd noises coming from a fenced in pasture abutting the campground… the sound was almost, but not quite, avian. I wandered over the found that the noises were emanating from prairie dogs!

I made one photograph through the fence (the first one shown below) but by the time I found a better vantage from which to photograph (a matter of maybe five minutes) the light had faded and there were zero prairie dogs to be seen! Of course, they were all back out-and-about the next morning and I made many photographs of these amusing creatures.

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The Bitteroot Valley (2021 Road Trip)

Filed under: Landscapes,Road Trips — Frank @ 6:03 PM

After our raft trip we spent four nights visiting Joan’s brother and his wife in Hamilton, MT.

During our visit we made one long (about 8 mile) hike to Coquina Lake in the wilderness area of the Salmon-Challis National Forest. Additionally, we did two drives (with a little walking) on Forest Service roads; one drive in the Bitterroot Mountains, (on the west side of valley) and one in the Sapphire Mountains (on the east side).

The autumn colors were in full swing in the Rockies so many (but not all) of my photos from these trips are in color.

Color Work

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9 October 2021

River of No Return/Frank Church Wilderness Raft Trip

Filed under: Autumn,Landscapes,Road Trips — Tags: — Frank @ 10:34 PM

Joan and I returned from a month long road trip yesterday (Friday) afternoon. We left two days after Labor Day and made more-or-less a beeline for Salmon, Idaho.

We made overnight stops in western New York, Ohio, Iowa, Minnesota, Wyoming and central Montana. The last day of the outbound leg, we made a brief stop at Joan’s brothers house in western Montana to drop off our camper before proceeding to meet the folks we would be rafting with in Salmon.

The river we ran is the main stem of the Salmon River. This stretch of the river is also sometimes called the River of No Return* and runs through the Frank Church Wilderness which is the largest wilderness area in the lower forty eight states. We were on the river for six days/five nights. The boats were oared rubber rafts and inflatable kayaks.

Our truck was shuttled to the takeout and after we got off the river, we headed back to Hamilton, MT where we had left the camper. We spent a few days visiting Joan’s brother and sister-in-law before beginning our meander back east. (More on rest of of the trip in subsequent posts.)

Of course, I made a few photographs along the way!

The first batch shown below are photos I made while we were in camp… usually before breakfast or in the late afternoon/early evening before dinner. They were made with my main (dSLR) camera.

The second batch of photos are those made during the day (either at lunch stops or while on the river) using a small fixed (wide angle) lens camera.

As the regulars know, my landscape work in mostly black and white and thus the large majority of these photos are of that ilk.

However, I have snuck a few (three, to be exact) color photos in at the end of the first batch. Not even I would try to photograph a rainbow in black and white!!! As for the last photo (made early on our last morning on the river), the sky was just to luscious in color to convert.

So without further ado…

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Salmon River Trip #1
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* This name is not as bad as it sounds. Early settlers (ranchers and miners, in the main) would build boats in Salmon (and up river) and then float the river to their camps. Upon arrival the boats would be dismantled and the (valuable) lumber used for other projects. Thus, is was boats that did not return not people.

3 October 2019

2019 Trip – Other Subjects

Filed under: Road Trips — Frank @ 11:00 AM

As we travel, I make photographs of random things that catch my eye.

Here are some of those photos from our recent trip…

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Rose Hip
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Lobstah
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Dinghy
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Bouys
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At Sea / At Peace
At Sea / At Peace
Fisherman's Memorial, Lubec, ME
Fisherman's Memorial, Lubec, ME
Covered Bridge Interior (detail)
Covered Bridge Interior (detail)
Pitcher Plant Flowers - End of Season
Pitcher Plant Flowers - End of Season
Stone Stack
Stone Stack
Sunset Reflected
Sunset Reflected
Cheticamp Island Bovines
Cheticamp Island Bovines
Semipalmated Plover (juv.)
Semipalmated Plover (juv.)

2 October 2019

2019 Trip — Landscapes

Filed under: Early Fall,Landscapes,Road Trips — Frank @ 5:00 PM

This trip was mainly about the landscape and it did not disappoint.

As much as possible, we stuck to local roads and hugged the coast beginning with coastal US1 from Brunswick to Calais, Maine. We spent time at Acadia National Park, both on Mount Desert Island and on the Schoodic Peninsula.

At Calais, we crossed the border into New Brunswick and followed the north shore of the Bay of Fundy. We spent time at the Bay of Fundy National Park. Eventually, arriving in Nova Scotia, we hugged its western coast and spent time at Cape Brenton Highlands National Park.

Turning back towards home, we explored the northern shore of Bras d’Or Lake on Cape Brenton Island and the eastern shore of mainland Nova Scotia. We turned north towards Turo before we got into Halifax (we like to avoid cities) and then turned westward at Turo to follow the coast again. Heading back into New Brunswick, we retraced our outward bound route down the coast and home. We were gone two days short of three weeks.

We could have stopped to photograph at many more places than we did… we would still be on the road if we had!

One subject that we ignored this trip were the wonderful little churches found in almost every village and hamlet we passed through. Many are perched scenically on a high point of land. One could spend an entire trip just photographing churches. Maybe someday I will!

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Acadia NP, ME
Acadia NP, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Nr. West Quoddy Light, Lubec, ME
Nr. West Quoddy Light, Lubec, ME
Nr. Pointe Wolfe Beach, Bay of Fundy NP, NB
Nr. Pointe Wolfe Beach, Bay of Fundy NP, NB
Pointe Wolfe Beach, Bay of Fundy NP, NB
Pointe Wolfe Beach, Bay of Fundy NP, NB
Nr. Capre Enrage Light, NB
Nr. Capre Enrage Light, NB
Corney Brook, Cape Brenton Highlands NP, NS
Corney Brook, Cape Brenton Highlands NP, NS
Nr, Corney Brook, Cape Brenton Island Highlands NP, NS
Nr, Corney Brook, Cape Brenton Island Highlands NP, NS
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Hopewell Rocks, NB
Hopewell Rocks, NB
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Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Pointe Wolfe Covered Bridge, Bay of Fundy NP, NB
Pointe Wolfe Covered Bridge, Bay of Fundy NP, NB
Pointe Wolfe Covered Bridge, Bay of Fundy NP, NB
Pointe Wolfe Covered Bridge, Bay of Fundy NP, NB
Laverty Lake, Bay of Fundy NP, NB
Laverty Lake, Bay of Fundy NP, NB
Watherfall, Bay of Fundy NP, NB
Watherfall, Bay of Fundy NP, NB
Atlantic Sunset #1
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Nr, Corney Brook, Cape Brenton Island Highlands NP, NS
Nr, Corney Brook, Cape Brenton Island Highlands NP, NS
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Otter Cove, Acadia NP, ME
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Acadia NP, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Nr. West Quoddy Light, ME
Nr. West Quoddy Light, ME
Nr, Corney Brook, Cape Brenton Island Highlands NP, NS
Nr, Corney Brook, Cape Brenton Island Highlands NP, NS
Cape d'Or , NS
Cape d'Or , NS
Hopewell Rocks, NB
Hopewell Rocks, NB

11 October 2018

2018 Road Trip (Part 9) — Great Sand Dunes National Park

Filed under: Landscapes,Road Trips — Frank @ 9:15 PM

Great Sand Dunes National Park in south central Colorado was the last “scenic” stop on our road trip.

We arrived in the late afternoon to interesting light on the dunes and made some good photos. The details in the windblown sand were as interesting to me as the epic landscape. The sun went behind some clouds on the horizon well before it set ending photography for the day. Such is life.

We camped for the night and hoped for nice light in the morning. Alas, this was not to be. However, we got an early start towards home!

These dunes are, simply said, fantastic… unreal. They scale is difficult to comprehend… there are some very tiny people in some of the frames. The first ridge of dunes (which is all one can see here) is 700 feet high.

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2018 Road Trip (Part 8) — Mesa Verde National Park

Filed under: Landscapes,Road Trips — Frank @ 9:15 PM

Not much to say… Mesa Verde, in southwestern Colorado, is reputed to be “the site” for prehistoric Native American ruins. It lives up to its reputation. We spent a rainy morning in the museum. It was as interesting as any of the outdoor sites.

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2018 Road Trip (Part 7) — Natural Bridges & Hovenweep National Monuments

Filed under: Landscapes,Road Trips — Frank @ 9:15 PM

On the drive from Capitol Reef NP to Hovenweep National Monument we made a brief stop at Natural Bridges National Monument to view the sights from the rim. Between the altitudes and the knees, the steep hike to the bottom of the canyon for close up views of the bridges was not on the agenda.

Natural Bridges

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The drive from Capitol Reef in south central Utah to Hovenweep National Monument on the Utah- Colorado border passes through some of the most desolate and fantastic terrain I have even experienced, we did not stop to make any photographs… we were pressed for time and for places to safely pull the camper off the roadside. A return trip is certainly warranted.

The remote Hovenweep National Monument is well worth the trip to this out of the way spot. It is not as “built up” as the busier Mesa Verde National Park, The ruins are not as large or as extensive as in Mesa Verde but they are very accessible and interesting.

Hovenweep

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