John’s Fly Box

On February 28, 2017, in Montana, by admin
Johns Fly Box

John’s Fly Box (click to enlarge)

Several of our friends went fly fishing during our Montana trip.  For one, this was the first time fly fishing.  Before they all started wading in the river, one of the experienced hands opened his box of flies to explain various design features used to lure fish.

I found the colors, textures, and shapes to be interesting so I decided to grab an image.  I set the box down on the rear gate of a pick-up truck and clicked off a few shots.   I was so taken with these flies I went to the local hardware store and picked up a dozen or so for use in a future project.

The full-sized image taken with my Nikon D-810 has great detail of individual hairs on each lure and the foam inside the case.  If someone wanted too, they could recreate all of these flies by looking at the original image and noting which material was used in each.

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Cartridge Belt, Big Hole National Battlefield

On February 26, 2017, in Montana, by admin
Big Hole National Park Cartridge Belt

Big Hole National Park Cartridge Belt (click to enlarge)

Here is part of a cartridge belt on display at Big Hole National Battlefield near Wisdom, Montana.  This entire cartridge belt included 50 rounds of ammunition.  That belt weighed a TON!  I can not imagine lugging that thing around during battle.  Even more so, I can not imagine being hit by one of those rounds!

The original image has the entire cartridge belt sitting on a red table cloth.  Being as the belt is from the 1800s and the red table cloth did not add to the image, I decided to crop in tight and convert to black and white.  I did the conversion using Silver Efex Pro from the Google Nik Collection (it is free).

I found the story of the Battle of Big Hole to be quite emotional.  Without going into detail, you might find yourselves rooting for the underdog Nez Perce Indians.

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Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park

On February 25, 2017, in Wyoming, by admin
Ground Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park

Ground Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park (click to enlarge)

Here is a boardwalk level view of Grand Prismatic Spring at Yellowstone National Park.  Colorful, but not overly impressive.  The impressive image would be taken from that ridgeline in the background.

To get to that location, one would park at the Fairy Falls trailhead and hike to the desired location.  Unfortunately for us, the Fairy Falls trail was closed for maintenance for the duration of our stay.  From what we could see, it looked like the park is building a new observation platform on the ridge overlooking Grand Prismatic Spring.

Oh well, getting an image from that platform is a good excuse to return to Yellowstone.

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