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Enjoying Life With My Dearly Beloved

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Cindy in the Wind River Range
Green River Lakes, Wyoming — October 2017
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

For nearly 30-years now, Cindy has always been a constant companion to me — through thick and thin, good times and bad — she is my muse and my rock.  She always thinks the best of people and has a positive outlook on life; we share the same sense of humor (everything from corny dad jokes to dark biting commentary); we have many of the same interests, but approach them from different directions — in short, she is the yin to my yang and vice versa.

We don’t go camping as much as we used to, and this past year in particular we were missing desperately needed nature fixes while I’ve been dealing with a lot of medical issues.  However, we did get to see the Green River Lakes region of the Wind River Range in Wyoming last fall, and we were able to enjoy a hike while an early snow was gently drifting down around us — a slice of heaven for our kindred souls.

Here’s to many more such outings in the great outdoors!

Late Afternoon In The Last Best Place

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Looking toward Black Mountain
Cameron, Montana — October 2017
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

This post was created and scheduled prior to my cancer surgery yesterday, as I will not be creating new content for at least a couple of days yet.

That’s Some View

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Abandoned cabins
Green River Lake, Wyoming — October 2017
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

Can you imagine having that as the first thing you see when you pop out the front door first thing in the morning?  Wow!

Heavy Presence

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Squaretop Mountain looms in the distance
Green River Lake, Wyoming — October 2017
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

Cindy and I first saw Squaretop Mountain and the back-country around it in YouTube videos some time ago, and decided we had to see it for ourselves on this trip.

It did not disappoint.

While we did hike toward it on this day, heavy weather was moving in and we didn’t want to be stranded on foot in unfamiliar territory.  So we played it cautious and turned back when the visibility began to deteriorate.  But we’ll be back.  It’s so gorgeous there that we’ll definitely be back.

Pretty Spartan

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Abandoned cabin interior
Green River Lake, Wyoming — October 2017
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

This may look like the interior of a movie set (the lighting was just perfect!), but it’s not… it’s one of two abandoned cabins we discovered in the Wind River Range of western Wyoming.  And yes, the interiors were completely trashed; there were holes big enough to toss a cat through; the scat from various critters was scattered about; the glass in the window frames was long gone; wires hanging from the rafters, etc.

A close examination of the cabins revealed that they were all business; they had very spartan furnishings and no evidence of homely touches.  However, they did come with a view… the Green River is visible in the background, through the empty window frame, and the mountains just beyond that.

Would I live there?  In the warmer months, certainly!  Though it’d be really rough living there in the winter, with the closest town of any size some 50 miles away.

Drama In The Wind River Range

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Looking toward Osborn Mountain
Green River Lake, Wyoming — October 2017
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

I’m finally feeling recovered enough after my recent rotator cuff surgery to begin posting again.  Boy, does that procedure ever knock the stuffing out of me (I had the other shoulder done two years ago, so it was with a lot of dread that I went forward with this second operation, simply because recovery is so difficult and long).

This photo was taken during a morning hike in stormy conditions, with a light rain that alternated back and forth with light snow.  It’s a stunning area, and reminds me a lot of shorter version of Yosemite National Park.  The mountains may not be as tall, but the views sure are gorgeous and we were the only ones there at the time.

Early Snow Fall

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Squaretop Mountain in the background
Green River Lakes Recreation Area, Wyoming
October 2017
iPhone 6S + 29/2.2

Snow was lightly coming down as we were hiking the trail to Squaretop Mountain in Wyoming.  If you’ve never seen it in person, Squaretop Mountain and the surrounding peaks have a similar visual impact as the Yosemite Valley in California… maybe not quite as dramatic and grandeur, but still breathtaking in its beauty.  We didn’t walk much further on this day, but hope to return and explore much more in the future.

Hot Stuff

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Norris Geyser Basin
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming — October 2017
iPhone 6S + 29/2.2

Anytime we pass by the Norris Geyser Basin, we always stop — even if it’s just for a brief visit.