Rumble in the Big Sky

A late summer storm -- Southwestern Montana (September 2014)iPhone 5S + 30/2.2

A late summer storm — Southwestern Montana (September 2014)
iPhone 5S + 30/2.2

We had just completed a spectacularly scenic 110 mile drive on a local dirt “road” (in name only; it qualified as such by having a route number assigned to it, but it was impossible for our econobox rental to navigate it in places), when we encountered this sunset storm that capped our day.

Mallows Bay — the Ghost Fleet of the Potomac

Exploring the wrecks at Mallows Bay -- Nanjemoy, Maryland (May 2011)iPhone 4 + 30/2.8

Exploring the wrecks at Mallows Bay — Nanjemoy, Maryland (May 2011)
iPhone 4 + 30/2.8

Please note: this is a repost of an article from my old website called “Bone In Its Teeth”, an article which didn’t survive the migration to WordPress back in April of last year.  It took me a long time to recover all the text and images, but here it is in its entirety, along with some updates to the images.


Cindy and I decided to head to Mallows Bay back in early May of 2011.  Being springtime, we thought the water would be nice and clear for us to better observe all the wrecks there, but we were sadly wrong.  The water was amazingly opaque and allowed about 8-inches of visibility into the depths — not enough to see the plethora of hulks lurking just under the surface.

Sheltering No One

All by itself -- Eastern Idaho (September 2014)Sony NEX-5N + Leica Telyt 560/6.8

All by itself — Eastern Idaho (September 2014)
Sony NEX-5N + Leica Telyt 560/6.8

Untamed Torrent

Upper Mesa Falls -- Ashton, Idaho (September 2014)Zeiss Ikon ZM film + Voigtländer 35/1.2 ASPH II

Upper Mesa Falls — Ashton, Idaho (September 2014)
Zeiss Ikon ZM film + Kodak Portra 160 + Voigtländer 35/1.2 ASPH II

You’re looking at the only major waterfall in Idaho not used for irrigation or hydroelectric energy.  Upper Mesa Falls is 110 feet tall and a feast for the senses, both visually and audibly.  This was another scenic place that I had never seen, and I was surprised to learn of it from a clerk at a nearby motel that we were staying at for the night.

The reason this image is so grainy and different is that it was composed with a variable neutral density filter, braced on a handrail, and shot with an eight-second exposure.  The negative was so thin that I was surprised I was able to pull anything from it.  Science and technology triumphs once again!


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