Tag Archive | Sunrise

Mountain State of Mind

DSC_6065Especially now that I have to attend jury duty next week.  Ugh.  I know that I should be one of those, “it’s my civil duty” and blah-blah-blah, but seriously…no.  It ranks right up there with watching golf (For those that share my dismay at the thought of that).  Anyway, I can only hope that it is better than the last two times I was called.

The first time I was called for jury duty, I was an alternate.  An alternate jury member, meaning that I get to sit through the trial and not get to voice any of your opinions while the other jury members discuss things and ignore little details like “how you didn’t see that that the guy was carrying a 2×4?”  Yeah.  Fun-fun.  I’d like to at least get to input my opinion on such matters if I have to sit through the tiresome back and forth of it all.

The second time, I was in Ohio and they do things a lot differently.  I was called to sit in a pool of jurors.  This means, that you sit in this room with a bunch of strangers and maybe you get called for  jury duty and maybe you don’t.  Or, if you are really lucky, you get pulled for a case.  You then go to the court room, the judge sits you down, tells you what privilege and duty it is to serve on a jury, and then informs you that the case has been dismissed or settled and that there will be no jury needed.  Sounds simple enough.  All done and get to go home?  Oh, no.  Of course not.

In Columbus OH, if  you don’t get selected for a case, or in my case the trial is no longer happening, you get to sit in the room until the end of the week or until you get pulled for a trial that actually happens.  Yay!  I sat there all day for five days.  I read a book, started a book, and watched a couple of movies.  Not all that horrible.  I did get paid for being there and for work so that was good.  At the time my job didn’t require you sign over your jury check like a lot of places so I got bonus money.  Still…yeah.

Anyway, I will just take it for what it is and dream that I am somewhere else.  Like the mountains.   I hate the busy-ness of the Tetons but I am missing Wyoming, or really anywhere that is Westbound and not Indiana.  The fresh air.  The quietness.  The peace. The nature of it all.  I’ve always had a thing for mountains and with a water view, just makes it all that much better.

I didn’t quite get the water as still as I would have liked and truth be told, I cannot remember if it was sunset or sunrise.  I am thinking that these were taken on my way back from Yellowstone so that would be have sunset.  Maybe. I guess ultimately it really doesn’t matter.  What does matter is that I loved the sun and the mountain reflection in the water.  I hope that you do too.

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Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.
Live, laugh, love, and let it ride.

~Montana Rose Photography~

Angry Bird

DSC_3940I was excited about this trip.  Probably not to the extent that I should have been, but as it grew closer I was excited.  I was excited to hit the Tetons again.  I hadn’t been able to make the most out of it the first time and my photography skills had greatly improved and there were some animals waiting for me.  I wanted to see bears, moose, elk, coyotes, and funny looking birds.

I got my funny looking bird on my last morning there.  It hadn’t really been a good trip to this point.  The weather was less than desireable until I got to Wyoming, I had no campsite due to the whole “First come, first serve…OH SURPRISE, we are busy year around and it took you too long to get here.” thing and therefore I’d been sleeping in my car.  I was dirty, I was tired, I had a headache that wouldn’t quit, and I was pretty well over it at this point; especially, after the day before.  With that said, I was bound and determine to make the most of what I had decided was my last day in Wyoming and I head to Signal Summit.

I wanted to watch the sunrise as I had never found a good place for that the first time around.  I also really just liked the view from there.  Well, who was awaiting for me when I got to the view site….this guy.  The Dusky Grouse.  Dusky…how can you not love a bird with that name.

Much to my surprise, he didn’t really care that I was there.  He didn’t fly away.  He didn’t run away.  He just chilled making a low little call with all his might.  After a while he started flying off the post and landing on the ground, gawked around, and then would jump back on the post.  Let me tell you, those are some noisy wings.

Once I figured out he was the one making the noise I kept hearing, I also realized that I was also hearing it come from another direction.  It donned on me that he was calling to a mate, or potential mate, foe…another somewhere off in the wind.  He wasn’t in any real hurry to find it.   He actually seemed a little irritated that he was having to call for the other.  Kind of like a father that had to call for his child one too many times.  I don’t know that this was the actually case, but the storyteller in my was having fun making up stories.

Mr. Dusky hung out with me for quite some time before scurrying by me and down the mountain side.  I don’t know if he ever found what he was looking for, but he made my list so there is that.
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Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

Let There Be Light….

DSC_45712Or at least emphasized light.  Altered grass.  You know whichever.

These pictures have been revisited.  I went to a lunch type workshop the other day where we discussed photoshop.  I use photoshop regularly but haven’t always been able to get it to do what I want.  After the workshop, I decided to go back to something that is usually foe to my patience….curves.  Selecting particular areas and using curves.

I didn’t hate these photos.  The original edits on the top photo were amazing in of itself, but this bottom one.  Not so much.  I want to emphasize the sky as the sun was starting to set.  I wanted the badlands to stand out.  I wanted the road to lead to something.  In both.  Vision. Dreams.  I don’t know, but I wanted more than what was previously there.  Hope I nailed it.  DSC_46082Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

Open Road….

DSC_7046Sometimes all we need is an open road and no place to be.  At least some of us do.  I do.  Most of the time.

My third trip anywhere doesn’t always fair as well as my first two trips.  There is always something and a different type of enlightenment.  That is what has happened this time.  I’m ready for a new road.  I should actually laugh at that.  You should probably laugh at that.  Why?  I’m always ready for a new road.  I get bored so ridiculously easy.  I guess this is bound to happen when you work an office job where you sit a desk all day long, staring at a computer, and trying to keep your mouth shut when someone insults your intelligence (or you’d really like to insult theirs or the lack there of).

I was born to travel.  I really cannot deny that.  I believe someone might describe it as being born with a  gypsy soul.  I would have to say after a bit of research that is very much true.  I’m constantly struggling to find and searching for that one place.  I’m constantly looking for adventure and to roam. More than anything I love the feeling of being free.  Being on the open road with no one else around to dictate how fast or how slow I go.  When I can stop and when I can leave. I hate restraints.  A lot of us do, I know that I’m not alone.  Just the same.

I’ve lost my train of thought…at least for this topic, so I will move on to the picture.  This was early-early morning.  At the break of day in the Badlands.  It was cold, it was windy, and it was like freakin’ early (did I mention that).  Normally, that would not have bothered me but I never did get a good nights sleep.  The Badland wind was not kind to me but that is a whole other story.

I wanted to work on my long exposure but ND filter is jacked up.  I mean, scratched and coating is coming off.  It was horrible.  You can’t actually see it much in this photo but there are little….let’s call them light bubbles.  Spots that show more light…its not an even filter flow.  I think it really worked for this photo.  I did a bit to alter it, but the colors are merely enhanced and not altered.   I hope you like it as much as I do.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

Good Morning….

DSC_2869c2.jpgI cannot say that the trip went as planned, but I’m back now.  It definitely had its positive moments. I’m sure that I will share those later, but for now…a simple morning sunrise picture.  I stopped and snapped this one at sunrise on the side of the highway.  I believe in Wisconsin…I may have still been in Minnesota.  Truth be told, it all started to blend together at some point.  The drive home is always the longest.

I hope you enjoy the picture.  I did apply  a few filters, but even the original was pretty amazing if I do say so myself.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography