The first rule of landscape photography is to use a tripod. The second rule generally is to only take pictures around sunrise and sunset, the "golden" hours. The time of day when the sky is filled with a beautiful glow and the colors are awesome. I have a tripod but as a stay at home dad I don't get to go out and photograph nearly as many sunrises and sunsets as I'd like. Instead I'm helping get my daughter up and ready for the day in the early morning or putting her to bed in the evening time.
Still, going out see the landscapes of Northern Utah and Southeastern Idaho during the midday doesn't make them less beautiful. They just become beautiful in a different way in the strong sunshine. Knowing this, I'm making it one of my photographic challenges to capture the beauty of this region regardless of the time of day, time of year, or the weather conditions. I hope you enjoy these daylight images and that they motivate you to go out and enjoy the mountains yourself whatever the time of day.
Here are some images I took yesterday on a drive along Highway 89 and part way up the road to Tony Grove Lake. The first, is of a clump of aspen trees. I loved the way the tree trunks shone brilliant white in the direct sunlight. The clump of flowers at the base of the trees looked almost as if someone had dropped a yellow bouquet to honor these beautiful trees.
ASPENS IN SUNLIGHT
Taken along the 7 mile long road that leads up to Tony Grove, Utah. This road takes off of Highway 89 on way to Bear Lake.
This next photograph is of some large rocks that protrude out of a hillside along the highway. It's as if they are soldiers standing guard over the landscape . Also, I love the way the shapes of the rocks mirror the shapes of the nearby pine trees.