Photo Club Exhibit in Charles Town

•December 31, 2015 • Comments Off on Photo Club Exhibit in Charles Town

The other day I delivered two prints for the Jefferson County Photography Club exhibit that is being hosted at the 4 State Real Estate office at 133 West Washington Street in Charles Town. They have installed hanging hardware and excellent lighting to turn the office into a gallery.

The images are from my morning photographing at the Lanaconing Silk Mill in Lanaconing, Maryland. I’ve posted these images on here some months ago but if you would like to see prints, drop in on the exhibit and also see some fine work by other members of the JCPC.

"September 1957"

“September 1957”

“Grant Gear Works”


Holiday Wishes to All

•December 23, 2015 • 1 Comment


•September 29, 2015 • Comments Off on Beartooth


About an hour southwest of Billings, Montana is the small resort town of Red Lodge. This former mining town is the gateway to the Beartooth Highway. My Google map did not show very much between Red Lodge and Cooke City, the city next to the north east entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Just a road.

When I was planning this part of the trip from the hotel in Medora, I didn’t have much time to research the route but it looked pretty straightforward. So I topped off the gas tank in Red Lodge, and kept driving. So now the mountains looked a lot closer and soon I was climbing. And climbing. And climbing.


The Beartooth Highway goes through the Beartooth pass and it tops out at 10,947 feet! I did not see that coming! But it was a spectacular drive and although maybe a little tough on the Prius battery, the scenery was stunning.

For more about Beartooth, check out this video. I wish I had before I drove through it. I would have enjoyed it that much more.

On to Yellowstone!

•September 28, 2015 • Comments Off on On to Yellowstone!

I originally didn’t plan on going that far but as I was driving the TRNP loop, I was thinking about where I would go next. I had planned to explore the southwestern part of North Dakota but the hotel where I was planning on staying was not available when I needed it. I could have probably found another hotel but it started me thinking.

I had never seen Yellowstone National Park. From Medora, Yellowstone was seemingly an easy day’s drive. And right next door is Grand Teton. I had already traveled most of the way there and who knew when there would be another opportunity. I was already over 1,600 miles from home. Another 400 odd miles would not be that major a trek.

The more I thought about it, the more attractive the idea became.

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So next morning (it’s now Monday, September 14) I headed west on Interstate 94. I topped off the gas tank in Beach and  a few miles past Beach, I crossed into Montana, and headed toward Billings. The road was very similar to the road from Williston down to Beach – rolling prairie with cattle and hay more than grain. It was a lovely drive and seemingly mostly flat.

Just east of the little town of Rosebud, Montana, an overlook gave a lovely view of the Yellowstone River on a beautiful day.


As I’m driving I’m watching the western horizon looking for the first sign of the Rocky Mountains. Not seeing anything.

However, from time to time I noticed the road went up in a shallow climb and then leveled off for a while, settling maybe 300-500 feet higher. By the time I stopped for lunch in Billings, I was up over 3,000 feet. From there, I got off the Interstate and followed Route 212 west and south in pretty much a direct line for Yellowstone an easy 125 miles, or so I thought.

From Billings, the gradual climb continued until the GPS was showing a little over 5,000 feet above sea level. But even at that, I still wasn’t seeing the mountains.

Then, finally, off in the haze, I saw the first hint of greater heights.

Not exactly an impressive view, but on I drove …

Of course, there are the prairie dogs …

•September 27, 2015 • Comments Off on Of course, there are the prairie dogs …

As I was driving the Theodore Roosevelt park loop road, I heard some small squeezing noises that, at first, I though were birds. Then I looked out into the field next to the road and there was a whole colony of these small creatures.

Aside from that, I did see one lone bison but not much other wildlife. Guess timing is everything.

TR National Park

•September 25, 2015 • Comments Off on TR National Park

South Dakota has its Badlands and North Dakota’s badlands in Theodore Roosevelt National Park are just as impressive.

After driving east from Beach, I could see how the rolling prairie gradually transformed into the rugged badlands landscape.

I drove the park loop road and took in the long views and marveled at the geology of the area. The National Park Sevice Web site has an interesting discussion of the geologic formations in the park.

Williston to Theodore Roosevelt National Park

•September 24, 2015 • 2 Comments

At this point I am further behind on my account of my 2015 road trip. Driving, touring, and photographing all day every day was too much to be able to work up images and blog posts every day. I have now returned home but I will continue to report on my adventure.

Following a wonderful tour of the remote north west corner of North Dakota I spent the night in Williston, which has largely been taken over by the Bakken Shale oil business. The area around Williston looks to me like a big industrial park. Much has been written about the pro and con of this new oil boom, so I’ll pass on commenting at this point.

So after spending the night in Williston, I set off for Theodore Roosevelt National Park, just a little over 2 hours south of Williston. On the suggestion of Dan Smith of Rolette, ND, I took the alternate route from the main road and followed Route 16 over the beautiful rolling prairie to the town of Beach.

Along the way I saw that the grain bins that populated the prairie in the northern and eastern part of North Dakota have replaced with oil rigs.

This pretty church was sitting by the side of the road. It looks to be in good condtion on the outside but there doesn’t seem to be much evidence that is still in use.

And a little way down the road I spotted this curious machine.

Eventually I arrived in the town of Beach and captured this interesting grain elevator.

Beach sits on Interstate 94 that runs from Milwaukee across Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and on into Montana. Medora, the gateway city for Theodore Roosevelt Park is about 25 miles east of Beach on I94. But I opted for the “scenic route” on Old Highway 10 through Sentinel Butte. Much better than an Interstate.


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