Wednesday, February 25, 2009

You Find the Oddest Things

I keep seeing this place on the way to Bridger Ski Resort that looks like it could be a national forest access site. It's a little dirt road with a gate across it and a brown sign by the gate. So today I went by and checked it out. It's a logging road. You can hike on it. You can hunt there, too. That's obvious from the photos. Glad no one shot me.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Culprit or Clean Up

Well, I'm not for sure if this is the culprit or if he's just here to clean up. (Some beetles eat nothing but dead trees. I assume that's to bring the tree back to earth.) Either way, this little guy got stuck in the sap. I would never have seen him except he showed up on a photo I had taken earlier. I was trying to photograph an ant stuck in the sap. No luck. This shot of the beetle is the best I could do with my digital camera. I've taken some film shots, but they have to be developed. When I went to find him on the tree, it took me awhile. He can't be any larger than 2 mm. On the flip side, he would fit the exit holes nicely. I can't find any matching photos on the internet. So I don't know if he's a pine borer. He looks like he could be a bark beetle. At this point, the tree is definitely toast. It's been bombarded by too many pests and the damage is too overwhelming.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Personal Experience

Well, here's another shot of pine borer damage. This one comes from our own pine tree. Yes, it's toast. We're trying to figure out if we should cut it down ourselves or call a tree service. I think my husband is going to do it. Well, if you look closely, you can see a bunch of small very clean holes. These are exit holes. To the right of the photo is a hole with sawdust around it, that's an entrance hole. I was looking closely at one of my photos taken earlier today and I think I have a beetle in sap. I'm going to take the photo again tomorrow since the one from today is not that focused. If so, that will be exciting. These beetles are hard to spot. I also have an ant in sap which I hope to get a better shot of tomorrow. I feel for this tree, but I guess it's not a total waste.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Back To Basics

Well today I got back to basics. I went outside. I found an insect to photograph. Well, what's left of it. These photos are of fire damage done in Madison Buffalo Jump State Park back in October 2008. The last one is of new grass growth. Don't know how long it will be before the area recovers, but this spring should be interesting.

Monday, February 16, 2009

More Flowers

Well I realize this may be a bit lazy, but here are some more flowers. I promise to get out and photograph something different tomorrow. Now you can see why I love my husband. It's the gift that gives twice: it's pretty and practical. Well, OK maybe it's only the later when you love to experiment with how light effects things as much as I do. I especially love the way light comes through flower pedals thus today's entry. Enjoy!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

Just a quick note to wish everyone a Happy Valentine's Day. My irises bloomed, and I was able to get some more pictures of them. The bouquet also has lilies which are just now opening up. Hope to have all the flowers last long enough to get a shot of the whole bouquet. Also hoping for a sunny day to get the lighting just so. Well, in honor of this day I linked to my gallery of fireworks photos. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Valentine's Day Came Early

Well, I got home from helping with art today and found a pleasant surprise on my doorstep. Flowers. My hubby got them for me for Valentine's Day. I couldn't resist finding some late light in the house so I could start taking pictures. I love the shape of irises and the way they catch the light. That was very sweet of him.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Finally Done

Well, this was our project for Valentine's Day this year. These are going to the school party. 25 mice. My son helped which is great. His dad did too. I thought this would be more unique than more licensed character cards. As long as I don't have to top this next year.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Neither Here Nor There

Well today I was both outside and bored inside. A combination day. When I was getting ready this morning I caught half my reflection in the make up mirror. I wondered, could I photograph that without getting the camera in there as well. I could. Then it started to snow and I thought wow, that is some awesome stuff coming down. It was all big and clumpy. The kind of stuff that looks awesome when it's just fallen. So I ran out to the meadow, well, my husband calls it a ravine, by our house and took some shots. That's where the blade of grass was taken. Very productive day if you count by how much photography got done.

Sunday, February 8, 2009


Well, I finally got outside again today. I went up to Bohart Ranch to go cross country skiing. While I love doing this, I am nowhere near in good enough shape for this sport. Today I got brave and went all the way up the hill to Jane's Gate. Then, despite being out of breath, decided I was going to ski in the meadow for the first time. It was worth it. It's so beautiful. And it was one of those days where the snow was all sparkly. Also the weather was so nice that I ended up removing my gloves and my hat. I was wishing I'd followed my first instinct to wear some long underwear under my long bike pants and long bike shirt. Even that might have been too warm. Just perfect and I've been in a great mood all day long. Hopefully one of these years I'll be able to go up two or three times a week if not more. That way I can get more stamina. I'd like to see the logger trails, but as far as I can tell that's pretty serious stuff. I'd have to practice a lot to get that good.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Stir Crazy

No chance to get outside yet again. So I started taking pictures of my fish during dinner. Make dinner, photograph the fish. Hum?! I'm sure the fish is happy as long as he doesn't figure into dinner. Poor little guy.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Outside Again

Hi all I got outside again today after a brief reoccurrence of the flu.
These two photos are examples of pine borer damage. The needles on a tree will turn brown. You'll see large patches of this in forests. Easiest to spot in the trees on the mountainsides. Then when you get close you get the lower photo with lots of sap oozing from the tree and some holes where the beetles have burrowed in or out. I can't tell yet. All I know is they burrow in, lay eggs, hatch, fly off to another tree and start the whole cycle over. Our neighborhood just get hit. Our neighbors across the way cut down their trees although I couldn't see that they looked that bad. This tree is completely dead in the meadow behind my house. Our trees are looking rough. My husband keeps hoping the sap and cold will win and we can leave them standing. I'm afraid it's starting to look like curtains for our two wonderful shade trees. We'll see. Wait until the bitter end. Hopefully the tree service will let me photograph the insides. If nothing else, there should be some cool tunneling to photograph.