Greeting the Sun Atop Steptoe Butte
Well, I was up early enough to make it to the top of Steptoe Butte on time this morning after missing it yesterday morning. Yesterday, I got distracted at home working on the computer, processing images and doing posts from my time at Malheur NWR, and didn’t realize how early the sun came up, and, therfore missed the optimum few minutes of morning light.
As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper version ( and be sure you do ! ).
No narrative today, the images say it all for me, just a wonderful place to be at 5:30 in the morning!
I hope some year to make a trip here in June when the fields are all covered with greens and yellows of maturing crops. At this time, probably more than half the fields are bare earth, looks like most of that has been freshly seeded but nothing has sprouted yet. Still absolutely stunning to view, but I do believe it gets even better a little later in the summer.
For the very first time that I have experienced it, there was no wind blowing on Steptoe Butte this morning, thus I was able to get these shots with flowers in the foreground. Every other time I have been up here, the wind has been howling, and these foreground grasses and flowers would have just been a windblown blur. Some mornings, the rocks probably were moving a bit also, you really are exposed up here.
Future Posts ?
I just want to alert followers that there might be an interruption in my posts over the next few days, or weeks, as I cross over the border into Canada, on my way north to Alaska.
To avoid excessive fees, I must disable my Verizon Jetpac when I cross over, so I am just not sure what my WiFi situation will be and thus I’m not sure how my posting will go. I have been told that I should be able to visit most Tim Hortons, McDonalds, Public Libraries, etc., and be able to pick up an internet signal on my new laptop I bought for this purpose, and thus, should be able to continue doing posts, although on a somewhat reduced schedule. We’ll just have to wait and see how this all works out. I have no doubt that the opportunities for wonderful landscapes and wildlife shots will be abundant. How quickly I can get them onto posts remains unclear at this time, so please be patient and bear with me ( pun intended, get it ? ).
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