Thursday, October 23, 2014

America's Most Beautiful Water Trip

No, John didn't make up the title for today's post ... it is the opinion of the Washington State Ferries as expressed in a little brochure dated 1959 that we are showing you parts of today.

Cruise the "scenic circuit" ... that would be a circle trip around the waters of the Pacific Northwest, USA and Canada.

The cover art on this little brochure just seems to be done so much better than a lot of today's advertising ...

There is a "Welcome" from the Governor, at the time, Albert Roselinni.  [He was the 15th Governor of Washington State and served from 1957 to 1965.  He passed away about 3 years ago, in October, 2011.] There is also some "Visitor Information" ... some of it still applies today, but don't count on those addresses or phone numbers.  Note that "dark glasses and suntan lotion" are "necessities."

Overall map of the area, remember ... this is 1959 style ...

Six things not to miss ...

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Mid-October Fall Color

This year, in general, fall colors don't seem quite as spectacular as years past. There are exceptions, of course, like the trees along the street above.

More common, still pretty, trees that have more yellows and browns, like the one below ...

City scene with the dumpster on the street ... nature shines above it ...

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Now and Then Fall Colors

Aspen trees in the Rocky Mountains as they appeared a few days ago ...

The same trees 8 years ago (2006) about 2 weeks later in the season ...

Thank you for stopping by John's Island. Thank you to all who leave me the kind and encouraging comments!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Remote Valley

We recently spent a few days in a part of the USA that is largely unknown to most of her citizens. Some would call it the middle of nowhere, others a peaceful escape. Fishermen love it for the scenic beauty, and one of the best fly fishing rivers in the world ... the Madison. Named after the river, it is known as the Madison Valley. Here are a few photos to give you the flavor ...

US highway 287, looking south, traverses the remote valley ... notice the traffic, which is normal ...

The Madison Mountain Range ...

Much of the valley includes a series of "benches" ... geologists tell us they are the shores of an ancient lake ... note the benches in the shot below ... also visible in the first photo above ...

The mountain known as Sphinx ... can you see the sphinx?

Below, known as Fan Mountain, it's to the west of Lone Mountain, the home of Big Sky ski resort ...

Sunset, October 4, 2014, in the forgotten valley ...

Do you see the face of the sleeping giant in the mountain? (small rectangle) Is that another giant in the cloud above? (large rectangle) OR, have we simply had too much coffee?

And where is this?

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Steam Fog

About 9 AM on the morning of October 3rd we were enroute to Yellowstone Park and stopped by the Campfire Campground area along the Madison River just below Hegben Dam in Southwest Montana.

It was a cool, crisp morning and skies were mostly clear. We were surprised to find steam flowing up from the river. We've seen this before but not very often. The conditions have to be just right ... the water temperature has to be higher than the air temp just above to create the steam. The slight air movement was carrying the steam to nearby trees and shrubs and creating a surreal look.

We did a little research on the web and discovered that this condition is called "steam fog." USA Today featured the photo below of some guys fishing on a lake when similar conditions occurred.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Visit to Yellowstone [2014 - 4 - Great Falls]

In Yellowstone National Park, October, 2014

What you don't see in the photos below are the five or six (large) buses in the parking lot at the head of the walkways to spots to take these shots ... literally hundreds of tourists ... many appear to be international guests ...  almost all of them clutching their cameras, cell phones, iPads, tablets, etc ... taking photos of the same scene.  Perhaps the difference with our shots is that we don't try to get in the photo. : - ) We're not trying to prove we were here ... just want to remember the beauty of what we saw.  It was a beautiful afternoon and perhaps you can see where they came up with the name ... yellow stone.

The Great Falls of the Yellowstone have been an inspiration to many artists. We found a great book that features a lot of this art ... Drawn to Yellowstone by Peter H. Hassrick ...

The book covers artwork featuring many of the other scenes in YNP, as well, and we recommend it to Yellowstone fans.

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Half and Half Sky

October 11, 2014

Well, maybe it's not exactly half of the sky in these photos, but you get the idea. A storm cell with heavy rain moved through the city just about sunset. The storm moved on and left mostly clear skies. This was a little bit unusual for the time of day and season for Seattle.

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.

Linking up today with Skywatch Friday.