Wednesday, May 26, 2010
No, that’s not my kid.
I was fartin’ around on the mountain trying to get pictures of people skiing with the town in the background, when I saw her skiing by. I thought it was a really cute moment, so I went ahead and snapped it. This was taken at Whitefish Mountain Resort (formerly Big Mountain) if it wasn’t already obvious from, you know, the title of the post. And that means that the town in the background is Whitefish. I think the picture’s tilted. Damnit.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Quantaray 70-300mm lens. 1/1000s, f/6.3, ISO 200. Focal length: 70mm.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Hey guys. Today’s post takes us back to Whitefish Mountain Resort (formerly Big Mountain) which is just outside Whitefish, Montana. I realize I’ve posted a few pictures like this already, but I just can’t help it, those snow ghosts are just irresistibly photogenic. When you toss them in front of a blue sky, magic just sort of happens. They seem to be pretty common in the high country at most inland ski resorts in the northwestern US and western Canada. (I’ve seen them in Montana, Idaho and BC mostly, but I’ve hardly been everywhere, so what do I know.)
I realize that it’s basically summer now, so winter and snow is the LAST thing on most of your minds (do I have any southern hemisphere readers?? Anyone??), but I’m not quite ready to let go yet. In fact, my original plan was to head up to Whistler this weekend for one last gasp, get in just a few more turns before the long hot summer. But sadly it didn’t work out, so alas I’ll be hanging out in and around Seattle this weekend. Sigh, oh well. Hope it’s nice wherever you’re at!
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens. 1/320s, f/10.0, ISO 200. Focal length: 47mm.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Hello everyone, welcome to my Friday! That’s right, after today I’m gone, which makes this the last post you’ll be seeing this week. Wooooo! I imagine that’s quite a bit more exciting for me than it is for you. But that won’t stop me from celebrating.
These are snow ghosts. Well, okay, they’re trees. But that’s what they call them when they develop that nice thick crust of snow and ice. You see it a lot in Idaho and Montana and inland BC (and probably Alberta, but I haven’t been there to verify that). These actually look more tree-like than a “true” snow ghost, but it at least gives you the idea. (When I was at Big White Ski Resort a number of years ago, a lot of them were so encased in snow and ice that they were just weirdly shaped white lumpy things, kind of like that one in the front row here.) These in particular lived at Whitefish Mountain Resort (formerly Big Mountain) in Whitefish, Montana. Whitefish happens to be one of my three all-time favorite ski mountains (along with Mt. Bachelor in Oregon and Schweitzer in Idaho), so if you’re looking for a place to go this weekend, you should consider it. Personally, I’ll be in Chicago, and I’ve heard rumors that the skiing sucks there. Dang.
Be good this weekend everyone, don’t forget to pay the bills and feed the children. See you on Monday!
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens. 1/250s, f/14.0, ISO 200. Focal length: 17mm.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
As promised, here’s a shot from Montana this weekend. I’ve only barely started going through them, so this is just the first one that I snagged that seemed post-worthy. (Actually, that’s not even true, it’s the third one, and the first two are more awesome, but I want to save them for later. This one was just barely far enough above the bar that I felt it would be perfect for a Wednesday.)
As a quick refresher, this is from Whitefish Mountain Resort, formerly known as Big Mountain, which is just outside the town of Whitefish, Montana. You get there via Amtrak, or you can fly into Kalispell which isn’t too far away. This was up near the top of the mounain, and those chairs are part of I believe Chair 5, which wasn’t running while we were there. (According to several locals, that chair very rarely runs, as it serves only terrain that’s already served by other chairs, so it’s only needed on super crowded days, which there are very few of in Montana, certainly not while we were there.)
Those ice-encrusted trees are pretty common at the top of the hill. They’re called snow ghosts, and I’ve only ever seen them in Montana, Idaho, and interior BC (which really are all basically the same place). That’s absolutely not a claim that they don’t exist anywhere else, that’s just the only places I’ve seen them. They make for fantastic pictures, because even when it hasn’t snowed in awhile you can still make a picture look like it’s a powder day. I played around with them a bunch this weekend, you’ll certainly see them again.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 lens. 1/400s, f/11.0, ISO 100. Focal length: 44mm.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
This is a view looking out over the Flathead Valley from Whitefish Mountain Resort (formerly Big Mountain) in Whitefish, Montana, at something-like-sunset. This is where I’ll be in a couple of days. I am extremely happy about this. The weather isn’t looking like it’ll be perfect (it’ll be mostly cloudy with a chance of only a half inch of snow or so each day), but it will still be fantastic. Because I will be there, and I make everything fantastic. There’s a lesson in there for the rest of you.
Last time I was in Whitefish, I only had a point and shoot camera with me. Because at the time that’s all I owned. This time though, I’m bringing the big guns. Actually, I’m only bringing one big gun. I was originally intending to bring two big guns, intending to use my *old* SLR (the XT) just in case I fell on it. I didn’t want to risk the fancy new one. But, my buddy Dan is borrowing it, and I was too lazy to ask for it back. So I may just have an excuse to spend more money when I get home, we’ll see. But that’s the real reason why I have mixed feelings about the weather. I’m afraid of boring light. Oh well. I’m sure I’ll still have plenty of fun. Do you even realize how cheap the beer is out there?! Oh man, it’s heaven on earth, I swear.
I’m still planning on putting up another post tomorrow before I leave, but then that’ll be it until at least Tuesday of next week, so you’d better enjoy it!
Notes: Canon PowerShot S500 (Point and shoot). 1/250s, f/7.1.