On a Clear Day | a 7 Image Story Most people like a clear day. Some days are obviously clearer than others. These 7 images represent some of my clearest days, although not the absolute clearest. (My clearest day was in Alaska while flying northwest out of Fairbanks.) We also expect more from images on a clear day. They are supposed to be good. After all, it was a sunny, clear day. These images also come from some of my favorite places: the Grand Tetons, the Badlands, Wind Cave, Yellowstone, Montana, and flying.
The Grand Tetons get many clear mornings. Low lying fog along the Snake River still lingers for this mid morning image. Fall color in Teton country provides many contrasts between the flats and the mountains. The lone tree has been one of my most frequent subjects in one of my favorite national parks, Wind Cave. The Montana countryside is clear and filled with contrasts. With hay stacked sky-high, the Bridger Mountains stand many miles in the background. Northbound along the southeastern shore of Lake Michigan, it’s a clear day, CAVU. Reflect on the grandeur. Rocks at the Badlands are truly inspiring with their stark contrasts and large rock formations. The great plains are known for their thunderstorms. Sure, this Storm over the Badlands was a very lucky click to capture the lightning. Although Yellowstone is not necessarily known for its mountains, the mountains help put the rainbow in perspective.
Each image will be posted individually this week with a bit more narrative under category On a Clear Day.
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Fall Trail at Oxbow Bend Sure, this image does not look like most images of Oxbow Bend; no mountains, no river, no snow. Sometimes, just turning the camera to the scene behind you pays great dividends. This wildlife trail winds its way southeast away from Oxbow Bend.
Oxbow Bend Back View Sometimes, when you turn around to see what landscape might be there, it’s a pleasant surprise. This view at Oxbow Bend, away from the mountains, creates a bit different mood. Of course, without the nice sky, this image would be flat. The sky makes all the difference.
Oxbow Bend at Grand Teton NP The Grand Tetons always appear magnificent whether in color or B&W. Oxbow Bend was once reputed to be the most photographed landscape in the country. Maybe, it still is. Dawn at Oxbow Bend is always an emotional experience rain or shine. Always, remember to turn around to see what is to your back when focusing on a great image.
The Aspens turn magical by fall’s setting sun in the Grand Tetons.
Light & Color As the nice light from the setting sun spreads across the Grand Tetons, almost any click is a nice image captured. Today’s image is a similar image taken in the same timeframe as yesterday’s image.
Good Light In search of the good light; it’s every photographer’s quest. This image comes from the Grand Tetons last October in some of the best light I have ever shot. Why B&W? Well, I just like it, even thought does not show off the light as well as color might.
Road to Oxbow Bend Some claim that Oxbow Bend is the most photographed location in North America. It certainly seems to retain its beauty no matter what time of year. On this morning, after capturing images from daybreak, this image just appeared. Actually, I captured numerous bracketed images in anticipation of a possible HDR, but they were not necessary.