Exhausted but Elated

Red Rock Lakes NWR sunrise with pink cloudsRed Rock Lakes NWR sunrise with pink clouds – Nikon D200, handheld, f5.6, 1/40, ISO 250, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 18-200mm VR at 18mm, natural light

I arrived home last night after spending five days photographing in southwestern Montana and although I am exhausted I am also elated because the trip was simply divine.

With the exception of some intermittent clouds and infrequent light rain in the mornings and afternoons, the light was wonderful and the weather hot during the middle of the day. The winds came up around noon each day but I’m not usually out photographing in the harsher light of mid day.

There must have been a recent hatch of Deer and Horse Flies because they swarmed around me in the hundreds and although they made photography a touch miserable I wasn’t about to let them chase me away from the great opportunities that were presented to me. Besides, their bites aren’t nearly as troublesome as the biting flies found on Antelope Island State Park in the spring.

I took 5,428 photos while I was there so the process of culling and editing them is going to take some time, but after scanning through some of the images I am quite pleased with the results of my efforts.

Because of my photography I’ve been able to meet the most fascinating people, have seen gorgeous scenery, listened to the sounds of nature and have seen the most amazing birds and wildlife. Life is good, very good!

I will be writing more about this amazingly wonderful journey to southwestern Montana but I wanted to post this sunrise image from the campground at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge today as a prelude of photographs to come.



  1. zephyr July 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Beautiful image…and i’m so grateful i had a reason to google (actually, i “binged”) juvenile bald eagle images and discovered your blog. Thank you so much for sharing your work. i may not comment on each one, but i love looking at all of them…those hawks, for example…fantastic!

    • Mia McPherson August 1, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      I’m glad you found my blog too Zephyr, I enjoy reading yours as well. Thank you!

  2. W.T. Jones July 25, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Thank you for your images, insight and information. I’m just getting “re-started” with photography and your site is inspirational. Rest up.

    • Mia McPherson July 27, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      Thank you W.T.! Very nice to have you visit my blog and I am glad my images provide inspiration for you. Do come back.

  3. Dan Huber July 24, 2012 at 6:55 am

    I can’t wait to read and see more of your trip. Love this shot.

  4. Elijah Goodwin July 23, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Sounds like a great trip Mia. I took an image of that very fence (although looks like it has been repaired since then) when I was there. Can’t wait to see all the great images!

    • Mia McPherson July 27, 2012 at 5:57 pm

      Elijah, since you were there they have replaced the rustic, old fence because there were teenaged cows grazing on that area of the refuge and those crazy cows knocked down signs and the wonderful old fence. Teenaged cows are crazy & destrucrive. The new fence wasn’t exactly in the best condition either, the east side of the fence had been blown over by the wind, at least there were no teenaged cows to terrorize me first thing in the morning though!

  5. Carol Mattingly July 23, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    So glad your trip was wonderful Mia. This image is gorgeous. I opted to stay around home last week with 95 degree heat and the humidity thicker than paste. I’m not sorry I did either. Perhaps in a few weeks things will start to cool off. Carol

    • Mia McPherson July 27, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      Carol, I don’t blame you for sticking around home in that heat & humidity!

  6. Susan July 23, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Simply Stunning!

    • Mia McPherson July 27, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      Thanks Susan it was a gorgeous sunrise.

  7. Stu July 23, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Wow, that is a LOT of images. I am going to have to buy a bigger thesaurus for all the upcoming compliments 😉

    • Mia McPherson July 27, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      I think they have on line thesauruses! I’ve culled them, I just have not edited many of them!

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