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2020—Sunset from Steptoe Butte

Sunset from Steptoe Butte—it doesn’t get much more dramatic than this. The sky turns a fiery red and the horizon an inky black, while the sun settles and quickly disappears. If you blink, you can miss it.

2020—Sunrise in the Palouse

Sunrise in the dusty farmlands of the Palouse can be one of the most colorful, spectacular, and unforgettable sights imaginable. Taken with Nikon Z7, FTZ, Nikkor 70-200mm F/4.

2020—The Round Barn

Many of the barns and outbuildings in the Palouse are weathered and dilapidated. Their paint is crackled and their roofs are often missing shingles. Not the round barn we found along our travels. This is quite a beautiful structure, well maintained, and its shape is unusual, especially for a barn. It reminded me of another round barn in the town where I grew up, Santa Rosa, California’s iconic Fountaingrove round barn. It was a landmark and was one of the hundreds of structures destroyed in the Tubbs Fire in 2017.

2020—Good Morning from the Palouse

The Palouse is a vast and distinctly unique agricultural region along the Washington-Idaho border characterized by dune like hills on which are grown grains and legumes. The bare, undulating dune-like hills characterize the region. Witnessing this lovely, serene scene at sunrise helped us forget, however briefly, some of the recent chaotic reactions and uncertainties about the world-wide health crisis.

2020—Just A Couple of Sheep

We didn’t see many rams in the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep herd that we photographed in Wyoming a couple of weeks ago. The few rams that we did see were young, not the older rams with the seriously curled horns that are a mark of maturity. The juxtaposition of this young ram with the ewe as they munch dried grasses makes it appear as if they are a couple, but they really are just a couple of sheep

2020—Oh, Those Ears

Mule Deer, like the Mule from which they get their name, have huge ears. This Mule Deer, relaxing in the midday sun in Wyoming in the Whiskey Basin Wildlife Management Area, has a divot missing from its right ear but that huge pair of ears is hard to miss, especially when they are turned to the front.

2020—Greetings

The Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep in Wyoming were nothing if not cooperative. They seemed to recognize us and our vehicle. I’ve been told that these sheep have good memories and because we were respectful and did not encroach, they accepted us and went about their daily routines. On our third morning, as we drove into the Whiskey Basin Wildlife Habitat Management Area in search of sheep, I spotted a trio of ewes atop a rocky outcropping and alerted the others. By the time we got the vehicle turned around and stopped, only one ewe remained on the rock. It was the first (and only) time I was the first person to see the sheep so I have a particular affinity for this ewe who stood proudly and looked straight into my lens as if to greet me.

2020—Cloudy Moon

Moon shots with clouds have always intrigued me but until last week I had never managed to photograph the moon with clouds. In Wyoming, I had an opportunity to photograph a Waxing Gibbous moon as clouds blew by it. Getting the shot was not an easy task because the winds were brisk, the clouds moved quickly, and I was using my Nikon Z6 and FTZ with the Nikkor 500mm PF and hand-holding. Keeping the long lens steady while pointing to the sky and positioning the moon in the viewfinder proved quite a challenge for me. While I searched for my subject in the viewfinder, my friend Richard would tell me how much time I had before the moon disappeared into the clouds. I took the photograph in black and white so the sky looked dark and it seemed to be nighttime although it was only late afternoon and the sun had not set.

2020—Black and White from Red

Just outside Dubois, Wyoming on US 26, the mountainous red rock formations are breathtaking. We stopped one afternoon last week to photograph these mountains when the sky was filled with dramatic clouds. It was the perfect opportunity to take black and white photographs with the Nikon Z6 and Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8 S.

2020—Young Ram

After the winds died down in Wyoming’s Wind River Mountains last week, we found another band of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep near the Whiskey Mountain Conservation Camp, near the side of the road. They were so close to the vehicle that I switched cameras and lenses. I attached the Nikkor 300mm PF and the FTZ converter so I could use the lens on my Nikon Z6 with its MB-N10 battery pack. I took this photograph through the rear seat passenger window across Eric’s shoulder as the young ram approached.