Monday, July 4, 2016

Bighorn Sheep Census Count 2016 ABDSP

Annual ABDSP Bighorn Sheep Census Count happened this July 1'st - 3rd. I counted at Rattlesnake Spring again with a total of 40 unique sheep, thatis about 50% of our normal count numbers. Temperatures were much lower this year so the sheep seemed to just not be very thirsty. I opted out of bringing my digital camera and 600mm lens this year and instead took a trail camera. Here is my lame attempt at making a video from the hundreds of movie clips and photos it captured over the course of 3 days in triple digit temps....enjoy!

BTW, Total Mylar balloons this trip - 1 right at our count site!


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Rocky Basin Lakes & Big Whitney Meadow 7 Day Backpack

Gary and I had another great 7 day backpack trip in the Golden Trout Wilderness. This year we looped thru Rocky Basin Lakes again but also made it to Johnson Peak, Big Whitney Meadow, Volcano Meadow & Cold Meadow. We did see one bear in Volcano Meadow, it was early morning and hew was scratching his back on a pine tree..he took off running after he got wind of us though. This was also the first time we took bear canisters, normally we double hang our food but last year we felt hindered by camp site locations since we were always looking for that perfect tree. Can't say I liked the size or weight of the canisters but we were able to camp anywhere we wanted this time. We had good timing this year, there was plenty of water, green meadows and the cowboys were bringing in the cows on the last day we were leaving. I had 6 rolls of 120 Fuji Velvia 50 film in the refrigerator that was getting kinda old so took that and shoot all of them (Film scanned on an Epson v750). We stopped off at a few rock arts sites on the way to the trailhead, some petroglyphs and pictograph sites. Taker a look at the map, it was a great route and I would recommend it to anybody thinking about where to go.

Guzzler out near Squaw Spring

Petroglyphs at Squaw Spring

We camped out near the Golden Valley Wilderness area to check out more petroglyphs in the morning before heading off to Blackrock Trailhead

Steam Well Petroglyphs

Here are a few pictographs we found after looking at some old BLM maps

Here is the same shot with Gary for size comparison, I took this with my phone and the amazing DStretch app

Johnson Creek / Meadow at the bottom of Johnson Peak

Johnson Lake

Gary on top of Johnson Peak

Peak register box..only a few entries per year, mostly June-August. Can't believe Bob Burd's entry was only as recent as 2015..

Cold Meadows which is just below Kern Peak and not often visited is my guess, beautiful meadow

Redrock Meadows & Indian Head, I way over exposed this by accident and lost all the beautiful color on Indian Head. It was deep lava red with lots of yellow & orange lichen

This is somewhere near Long Canyon & Redrock Meadows junction

Big Whitney Meadow and part of Cirque Peak in the background, water was cold and some snow was still up on the peaks and ridges

We had Big Whitney meadow to ourselves, in fact we only saw a few people the whole trip

Casa Vieja was green and there were several folks out there fishing

Somewhere along the Golden Trout Creek headoing towards Big Whitney Meadow

Moonrise over Templeton Mountain, we had a full moon almost every night and I don't think we really used our headlamps at all

Wildlife along the way

Found a nice biface at one of our campsites

Total Mylar Balloons this trip - 2


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Rockhouse Canyon Wildflower Blooms in May - ABDSP

Gary and I spent 4 days backpacking in Rockhouse Canyon a couple weekends ago and I was suprised by all of the bright, beautiful wildflower blooms we saw. Most were at and above the 3,000' level or so, mainly starting around the base of the Santa Rosa ridge line but some extended down into Rockhouse Canyon Valley area. We got rained on 2 days and endured heavy winds most of the trip but it was fun, backpacking in Rockhouse Canyon never gets boring. Water at the springs was lower then normal which was a surprise.

Color photos taken with Garmin Montana 680t GPS.
B/W taken with an Olympus XA 35mm & TMax 100 film developed Pyrocat-HD.

Happy Mothers Day, I found this balloon heading back to our cars, literally on Mothers Day..!!

Total Mylar Balloons this trip - 9