Boomtown Hallway

Interior of the hotel -- South Pass City, Wyoming (September 2014)Zeiss Ikon ZM film + Voigtländer 12/5.6 ASPH

Interior of the hotel — South Pass City, Wyoming (September 2014)
Zeiss Ikon ZM film + Voigtländer 12/5.6 ASPH

Lunch on the Hoof

A chunk of the herd -- Central Utah (September 2014)Sony NEX-5N + Leica Elmar 135/4

A chunk of the herd — Central Utah (September 2014)
Sony NEX-5N + Leica Elmar 135/4

Golden Glow

Watching the sunset -- Southwestern Montana (September 2014)Sony NEX-5N + Voigtländer 35/1.2 ASPH II

Watching the sunset — Southwestern Montana (September 2014)
Sony NEX-5N + Voigtländer 35/1.2 ASPH II

Late Color

Late blooms -- Southwestern Montana (September 2014)iPhone 5S + 30/2.2

Late blooms — Southwestern Montana (September 2014)
iPhone 5S + 30/2.2

We spotted these late blooms on a hike above Driggs, Idaho, last month.  We were wanting a much longer hike, but were intercepted by another hiker who had encountered a grizzly bear cub about an hour up the trail and had hightailed it before the mama griz could make her presence known.  Since we had nothing to fend off a bear, we slowly followed him back the way we had come.

Guardian of the Fourth Estate

USCGC Taney -- Baltimore, Maryland (July 2014)Leica M 240 + Voigtländer 21/1.8 ASPH

USCGC Taney — Baltimore, Maryland (July 2014)
Leica M 240 + Voigtländer 21/1.8 ASPH

The US Coast Guard Cutter Taney is the last floating survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  You can read more about her here.

Beauty Out of Nothing

Desert asters -- St. Anthony, Idaho (September 2014)Sony NEX-5N + Voigtländer 35/1.2 ASPH II

Desert asters — St. Anthony, Idaho (September 2014)
Sony NEX-5N + Voigtländer 35/1.2 ASPH II

I find this remarkable.  How can something so filled with color emerge out of lifeless sand and volcanic rock?  If you look at the ground, that’s exactly what these asters are growing out of — lots of sand with small chunks of dark basalt.  The dirt looks totally devoid of life and being able to support it — and yet here it is.  And not just drab desert scrub but in-your-face, look-at-me, full-on Technicolor.

Isn’t life grand?

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