This thunderhead was rising in the east just as the sun was setting in the west. I could hear thunder in that direction so the cloud was aptly named. It was advancing from the southeast but stopped when the leading edge reached overhead. I guess there will be no rain here this evening.
Early one morniing a few days ago as I was crossing the bridge at the mouth of Daggett Creek I paused to take this photo up Mores Creek. The sun was just barely visible through the thick pall of smoke. The light in the “v” on the horizon is the reflection of the sun. The source of the smoke is the Pine Creek fire a few miles from here on the east side of Grimes Creek.
Returning home from the Owyhee Bluebird Trail a few nights ago I glanced back and saw the rays of the sun as it sank behind a dark cloud. I had to use a wide angle setting to catch the full range of the back-lit clouds. The Owyhee mountain range appears in miniature between the clouds and Snake River plain in the foreground. There was just enough smoke in the air to bring out the rays.
A view of Cascade Lake from the West Mountain road. This is Springtime and everything is so green. What prompted this photo was the Bald Eagle nest in the pine tree on the right about a third of the way down from the top near the left side of the trunk. With my binoculars I could see the top of the bird’s head above the edge of the nest.
While waiting for Sandhill Cranes to come in to roost for the night we were treated to this gorgeous sunset over the Platte River near Kearney, Nebraska.
I recently visited the Bear River National Wildlife Refuge on the return trip from Kearney, Nebraska with a group of friends. The weather was threatening rain and the wind was blowing. In the scene above we find the Wahsach range capped with storm clouds.
The wind was howling and rain was falling. A group of American Avocets lines up in the lee of a tumble weed. There were large flocks of Avocets totaling perhaps 3000 individuals.
Yellow-headed Blackbirds took refuge in the tules, all facing toward the wind
On this memorable day, my 90th birthday, the four of us had breakfast at Denny’s in Tremonton, Utah. From left to right: Bob Breen, Al Larson, Denise Hughes and Cheryl Huizinga. I ate for free since it was my birthday.
A few evenings ago while driving north from the Deer Flat Refuge visitor center I encountered the above scene. I never cease to be amazed at the beauty that surrounds us. Slow down and enjoy.
The weather warmed a bit to above freezing. After a rain shower during the night fog hung low in the valley. This shot was taken looking toward the east just after sunrise. It is the same location as the previous photo. What a difference lighting makes.
Here is a view from my back yard looking toward upper Daggett Creek. Yesterday storm clouds dumped two inches of snow here. Today the sun came out, temperature rose and the snow melted. The huge cumulus clouds to the west indicate, “There is still moisture in the air.” I enjoy shooting these massive picturesque formations.
On the way to Prairie yesterday I prepared to descend the grade from Wiggins Flat and came across this view. I’ve seen it many times in fair weather but never during a rain storm. The low lying clouds give the scene an eerie effect.
This scene is of the back waters of Arrowrock reservoir on the South Fork of the Boise River.