02 Apr 19	I realized as I was working up a couple images today that I had forgotten about an area I wanted to share called Silver Star. You could drive right through it and not even realize that you had being such a small community that they don't have enough real estate for both a welcome to and thanks for visiting signs. Just one small sign identifies the town. But it is worth a stop if you like photography and I find it a nice first stop after leaving I-90. In the spring the river is quite full from the winter melt but in the fall it is considerably smaller and a bit more lazy. Although I'm sharing it as B&W, I believe you can use your imaginations to add in the needed colors; blue skies with white clouds, yellow trees and grasses, white snow, and light tan hillsides.<br />
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I've cropped this a wee bit but otherwise it is straight from the camera. Silvered  Nikon D500; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/1600 sec @ f /11.
03 Apr 19	Virginia City, MT is an open air museum about 5 blocks long on either side of Hwy-287 in Alder Gulch roughly 90 miles west of Yellowstone. It is a gold rush town and in the first three years of its existence about $30 million worth of gold was extracted. You get to see it at it's zenith and you can do it all for free if you like but there are opportunities for separating you from your wallet if you desire. The town sits on a hill at the bottom of which is a pond that is generally alive with water foul, at least we have found it so on all our visits. The pond however is not visible from the street and you have to walk a little to see it. If you visit the railway station it sits behind one side of it and it can be seen from the front porch of the station. This is a shot I took of the pond on the return leg last October and along with lot of beautiful color and skim ice on its surface there were a number of ducks making their way around the surface. Twelve to be exact, 11 Mallards and one Pintail. You'll need either a hunter's eye or birdwatcher zeal to find them all, but they are there. You might also notice the tracks of a few crossing the ice.<br />
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Other than a little dodging and burning, this is what the camera captured. A Dozen Ducks  Nikon D500; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 320; 1/1000 sec @ f / 9.