2017-09-03

Yellowstone 170927-171005 Useful links and maps

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2017-08-28

Yellowstone trip 1994

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Memories from the first trip in 1994.

With Karin and Gunnar to Rocky Mountains 19940903-0918
The trip was mainly about Geology as a knowledge trip. To learn! And I learned about rocks and volcanoes. And learned to love them. Even the smell of hard boiled eggs. In 1988 there was  huge forest fire so when we visited much of the forest was still black. 

Just a few images from albums and the video to remember by. There is not many photos as this was before the digital cameras. And the video was poor. Quality and time was not good to the imagery either. Now I hope I will get lots of images back home to remember by. And play around with. 

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2017-08-13

Yellowstone 170927-171005 Daylight hours

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    Roughly the sun is up at this time during the trip.
                                                                                          Daylight OCT 1st:
07:22 - 19:04
Total:
11:41



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2017-07-24

Yellowstone 170927-171005

Yellowstone 170927-171005

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ZOOM



Program:Agenda

PROGRAM

Flyg till Jackson i Wyoming på utresan och hem från Bozeman i Montana på hemresan sker på egen hand. Då många föredrar att boka transporten på egen hand har vi valt att inte inkludera denna i priset. Önskar du hjälp med flygbokningen hjälper vi naturligtvis till. Om du ankommer redan dagen innan kan vi även hjälpa till med en hotellbokning i Jackson.
Under resan kommer Magnus vid flera tillfällen att hålla föredrag, och under kvällarna arbetar vi med bildbehandling av dagens bilder.

Onsdag 27 september 2017
Samling under eftermiddagen på Downtown Jackson Hotel i Jackson. Vi inleder vår vistelse med en gemensam drink medan Magnus berättar mer om de kommande dagarna samt ger tips och råd om fotograferingen samt om vad vi kan förvänta oss i form av motiv etc. Härefter tar vi en promenad genom Jackson och avslutar med en gemensam välkomstmiddag på en trevlig restaurang i centrala Jackson. (M)

Torsdag 28 september – fredag 29 september 2017
Tidigt på morgonen avgår bussen mot nationalparken Grand Teton. Under två dagar kommer vi att utforska parken och dess djurliv. Under dagarna kommer vi bland annat att besöka Mormon Row’s berömda lador med bergsmassiven i bakgrunden, den fantastiskt vackra Snake River i solnedgång, det vidsträckta prärielandskapet med sina bionoxar vid Elk Ranch Flats, Oxbow Bend och Jenny Lake där de massiva bergen speglar sig i sjön. Allt detta inramat av det 4 197 meter höga berget Grand Teton och med ett fantastiskt djurliv. Sist men inte mista kommer vi att fotografera parkens stora Wapitihjortar, många gånger med upp till tjugo taggar. Har vi tur kan vi tidigt på morgonen få mycket bra bilder på dessa mäktiga djur insvepta i morgondimman. Vi spenderar två nätter på Teton Colter Bay Lodge beläget direkt vid Jackson Lake. Middag på lodgen. (F, L, M)

Lördag 30 september – söndag 1 oktober 2017
Efter att ha fotograferat soluppgången vid Signal Mountains, äter vi en god frukost varefter vi fortsätter mot Yellowstone National Park och området kring Old Faithful. Området är känt för sin geotermiska aktivitet och sitt djurliv. Några måsten under dessa dagar är de mycket fotogena West Thumb, Midway Geyser Basin och Prismatic Spring. Den vulkaniska aktiviteten och de starka färgerna i vattnet ger oändliga fotomöjligheter. På gångavstånd från vår lodge, Old Faithful Lodge, finns det många varma källor och gejsrar vilka vi kommer att fotografera i såväl soluppgång som solnedgång, förhoppningsvis när bisonoxarna eller de stora Wapitihjortarna vandrar genom röken från de varma källorna. En av dagarna kommer vi att besöka Hayden Valley, känd för sitt djurliv. I det öppna landskapet med sjöar och vattendrag betar stora hjordar med bisonoxar, men här finner man även älg och grizzlybjörn. Dalen är även känd för sina många fågelarter. Vi kommer även att besöka Yellowstones magnifika Grand Canyon och Yellowstone River. Det är denna spektakulära dalgången med sina gula stenformationer som givit Yellowstone sitt namn. Här blandas smala raviner med vattenfall och bubblande hål med vulkanisk lera. Självklart kommer vi även att uppleva Old Faithful med sina explosiva utbrott varje eller varannan timme. Vi övernattar två nätter på Old Faithful Lodge belägen direkt vid gejsern Old Faithful. En av kvällarna kommer vi att äta middag på det historiska hotellet Old Faithful Inn. (F, L, M)

Måndag 2 oktober 2017
Denna dag fortsätter vi resan genom Yellowstone där dagens slutmål är den historiska västernstaden Cody, uppkallad efter Buffalo Bill som grundade staden. Under dagen kommer vi, förutom att söka efter djur, även att göra ett fotostopp vid Yellowstone Lake och Shoshone River Valley. Vi kommer också att besöka Buffalo Bills jaktstuga innan vi checkar in på Best Western Sunset Motel i centrala Cody. Innan middagen finns det tid att på egen hand upptäcka staden. Kvällens middag serveras på mycket den kända och genuina västernrestaurangen Buffalo Bill Restaurant. (F, L, M)
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Tisdag 3 oktober 2017
Denna morgon stiger vi upp tidigt för att på prärien fotografera ”Wild Mustangs”, det vill säga vildhästar. Att fotografera dessa fritt levande hästar är en upplevelse och ett annorlunda fototillfälle.  Under dagen kommer vi att besöka Yellowstones kanske bästa dal när det gäller djurlivet, Lamar Valley. Med sin vidsträckta prärie och sina stora hjordar med bisonoxar och hjortar är dalen som gjord för fotografer. Har vi tur kan vi även få se allt från björn till varg. Sent på eftermiddagen lagom när solen börjar gå ner och fotomöjligheterna är som bäst ankommer vi till Mammoth Hot Springs med sin sina vulkaniska källor och sina av naturen formade vattenfall. Mammoth Hot Springs är en av Yellowstones absolut bästa platser för att fotografera parkens stora älgar. Övernattning i Gardiner på Yellowstone River Hotel. Middag på en lokal restaurang i Gardiner. (F, L, M)
http://www.yellowstonerivermotel.com/

Onsdag 4 oktober 2017
Vi inleder dagen med en tidig morgontur till Mammoth Hot Springs för att försöka fotografera hjortarna i soluppgången. Under dagen kommer vi återigen att besöka Lamar Valley med sitt omfattande djurliv. Exakt program för dagen bestämmer vi på plats med utgångspunkt från gårdagens fototillfällen i Mammoth Hot Springs  och i Lamar Valley. Under kvällen äter vi en gemensam avslutningsmiddag i historiska Mammoth Hot Springs Dining Room. Under middagen kommer även Magnus att utse resans bästa bild. (F, L, M)
http://www.yellowstonerivermotel.com/

Torsdag 5 oktober 2017
Frukost följt av utcheckning och transport till Bozemans flygplats. Flyg till Sverige sker på egen hand. (F)



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2017-06-26

Öland 170601 Going home again

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Today it was time to go back home. I woke up rather early, as expected. I went up, packed my belongings and cleaned up the room. Had the last breakfast and prepared something to eat during the day. Coffee, bread, boiled eggs and fruit. Enough to bring me home.

Leaving the hostel I first went down to South Point. And was greeted by some beautiful Fallow Deer.  They are free and wild animals but this morning they stayed close to the cattle. A little mist was still in the air.


Arriving at the Lihgthouse Långe Jan I spotted a Mute swan with three young. What a treat! Loved to see them. Behind them were a person from the staff carrying cages for catching waders for examinations.

A last look at Långe Jan seen from the beach.

And good bye to the House Martins. All the Swifts I had seen yesterday was all gone again.

Common Shelduck and Redshank

Cormorant
Leaving Ottenby I went to a place I had not visited yet. In Grönhögen there are a golf course and the beach alongside it are great for birding.


Pied Avocet
Continuing north I made a stop t Eckelsudde to see the Avocets one final time and was greeted with beautiful and clear weather and a few birds not too far off.

Now it was almost lunch and time to go up to the bridge that would take me to the mainland.

An hours drive and then, at Emån time for lunch and a short nap.

Four more hours of driving and I was home around 17.30h  Tired, but happy with the trip.


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2017-06-20

Öland 170530 mist and whooper swan

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Day 2.  © NF Photos 170530 additional!

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Eckelsudde and Whooper Swan
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This was quite cool to watch. It was a misty and windy day and this Whooper swan had real trouble to get it´s way through the wind. It was flying against the wind and had to use both wings and feet to fix it. Talk about running in the air. Never seen that before.


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2017-06-16

Öland 170531 post2 Birds and animals

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Day 3 post 2, © NF Photos 170531, evening around Ottenby
This post is an additional post  for some of the animals and birds from this day. 

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Fallow deer

Oystercatcher

 The lighthouse Långe Jan with three kinds of swallows, Swifts, House Martins and Barn swallows.
But most of them were swifts this evening.



It was rather late and the sun was low. The Common Swifts had a hard time in the hard wind from the Baltic sea.  For a moment they actually stood still in the air,but then they angled slightly and went off with great speed.

Sheep on the road

A horse close to the hostel. 



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2017-06-15

Öland 170531 Going north

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Day 3 © NF Photos 170531

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Lots of writing today I´m afraid. Hope you stay with me! I will have to make an additional post for more images. :)

The plan for this day was to go north and visit the Byrums Raukar and Trollskogen. (the links tell you a little of the places) It was 150 km up and 150 km down So, a lot of driving. And it turned out to be a very strange day.

When I left the hostel just after 8 a´clock in the morning it started to rain exactly when I turned the key to start the engine. It started softly so I figured it will stop after a while. But it did not. I took the road in the middle of the island to as it is the fastest road north. The rain increased instead of dissappear. I made a short stop when I did see a peculiar colored horse. Took some shots in the rain.

After I passed the road to the bridge and was on the horth part of Öland the rain increased but then I thought, If I came this far I will at least see the plaaces. So. I continued. Passing the old ruins of Bornholm castle   it was hardly visible because of the rain and mist. It is used today for differnet events like concerts and other things.

Finally arriving at Byrum and the parking lot at the Raouk areafom the rain almost stopped. I could go out with the umbrella but just a little rain. The place was wet of course but probably more beautiful then if it was sunshine and dry. No hard shadows to spoil it. I thought it would be slippery but it was not. But it was windy with much waves on the Baltic sea. This side of the island is facing the Swedish mainland.  I had a nice time exploring the area even if managing the umbrella was a bit challenging. When I headed back to the car a bus with many tourists arrived so I was happy I was already finished.


I got in to the car and turned on the key. Guess what, It started to rain again. As soon as I got out from the parking lot it already rained heavily. Driving through a beautiful birch forest I turned northeast to go to Trollskogen (trollforest). The rain changed from light to hard and light again. It was not that far. But closing in at the Trollforest I spotted people standing in the ditches, still raining, and taking photos. Had to stop and check out what was going on. There was flowers, orchids, probably rare ones.  They was beautiful.

Arriving at the Natural Reserve Trollskogen the rain stopped and all of a sudden it was sunny and very nice weather. After checking the area map I started to walk to the shore. This part is facing the Baltic sea and it was calm. Protected from the eastward wind. After a 2 km walk I found the ship wreck Swiks I was looking for. It was smaller then I remembered, I have seen it once before many years ago. You can read about it HERE. I had my lunch here as I wanted to stay for a while. It is a strange beach really where the wreck is. No sand just rocks and pebbles.


The forest is strange too. Lots of trees are deformed, maybe because of wind and maybe salt water. This forest is as close to a rain forest as you can get in Sweden. I even found ivy that strangled the pines. Looked very strange to me.

Trollskogen - The enchanted forest

Back to the parking lot, turning on the key, the first raindrops appeared on the windshield. Driving through the fence around it, it started to rain heavily. And it rained more or less all the way down to Färjestaden where the Ölandsbridge are.

Entering the south part of Öland the rain eased but not the wind. I first went to Eckelsudde where the Avocets should be but they were gone.  It was still late afternoon so I thought I would visit Eketorps Borg (Fortress). A place they rebuilt from archaeological remains. In 1984, Eketorp's museum opened.


Before I went back to the hostel I took the road down to Ottenby where I was greeted by Fallow deer, Oystercatches and a LOT of  Common Swifts that had arrived since yesterday. They were very busy trying to fly in the hard wind. I had a lot of fun watching them and take shots. The air was filled with swifts and House Martins.

Time was now 20,00h and I still had no dinner :) Back to the hostel!



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2017-06-12

Öland 170530 A misty day

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Day 2.  © NF Photos 170530

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When I woke up and looked out the window I saw nothing! Nothing but a grey world outside. No need to rush then.

Around 9 a´clock it started to lift a bit and I went out.  Just outside the hostel area there was a lot of cars and people standing along the road.


 I stopped and asked a person what was going on. Out on the other side of the field a rare eagle was almost hidden in the fog. A Greater spotted Eagle (större skrikörn). My 400 mm lens gave me this image. (Below!)


In Sweden there is a system where birders can alert each other about rare birds and where to find them, hopefully! That is why a bunch of people visit the same place. The Eagle seemed to have been in Öland for a couple of days so I continued down to South Point. I took some misty shots of horses, cows and sheep. But hardly even saw the lighthouse Långe Jan (Tall Jan). I had to get rather close before I could actually see it.

Sheep

Långe Jan and Ottenby Bird Station, one of the best places in Sweden to watch migrating birds. Well, not a misty day like this though :)


Done with Ottenby I headed for Eckelsudde, where the Pied Avocet (skärfläcka) are. Now there are mist over the Baltic Sea but just little over land. It was interesting to watch the mist rolling in over land from the sea. As I live inland I never see that.

But there is a lot more to Öland then birds. If you have not seen a windmill, you have probably not visited the island.
 Not to mention rape fields.  With poppies at the edge.


After having a lunchbreak I headed to the east coast of the island. Up to Stenåsa where the birding community has it´s center and a bookstore.
 I found a little old-fashioned house at a campingsite at Stenåsa.

A lot of artists live on Öland, This is one of them close to Stenåsa who has a gallery and creates glass art. And paintings as well. In the old style buildings.

In  the evening, back at Eckelsudde, the mist was finally gone and I found some Red Knots (kustsnäppor).

To finish off the day I went back to Ottenby just in time to see a group of Oystercather´s putting on quite a show.

On Öland there are a lot of limestone so that was the main builing material in the old days. They try to keep the old style on the south half of the island. And that is classified as a World Heritage Site.


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