19 Sep 14. This is my initial try at sending a daily image mailing from West Yellowstone. If successful I will be sending on a regular basis as we explore the area for the better part of the next2+ weeks. The first day's travel was totally uneventful, but the second day, yesterday, offered us some truly gorgeous hillside color that was predominantly yellow to orange but set off by some vibrant red here and there. As we began the last leg of the journey leaving Innis behind us, we began to encounter some fresh snow on the road that shortly became rain, VERY heavy at times until we broke out of that storm, somewhat sadly as it was providing for some wonder lightning for our enjoyment, and brought us into a nicely lit view of Lake Hebgen, the lake where the condo sits. We got the SUV unloaded, had a nice simple dinner, interrupted only by my getting up from the table to photography a creamy gray sunset setting off the mountains. Shortly thereafter it was dark. About that time I got a call from a camera club member who was traveling to a different location and whom we bumped into at a rest stop along the way in WA on our first day of travel. As the reception here is very poor at best, I went out side to get a better signal and was met by the resident Red Fox, about the biggest Red Fox I've ever met. He lives in the village and is a frequent visitor, and based ob his size, I'm assuming he is well cared for by the locals! At the same time as I went out to take the phone call, the storm we had encountered earlier had reached us and was beginning to put on a sheet lightening show for the next 90+ minutes that was simply spectacular. It lit the mountain tops up in various shades of cream and bluish gray. A show one won't quickly forget. It brought with it some serious rain and left its mark by both knocking out the internet for several hours and leaving a dense fog in the valley that only lifted around 1100 this a.am. But it also made for some very nice photography. Bet you are surprised I said that. One example of it is the image I'm using to begin this series from Yellowstone. It is of the storm as it was approaching Beaver Creek which is about 45 minutes away. I haven't yet loaded any of the usual support software onto this laptop, so it is truly straight from the camera. Intend to fix that tomorrow and begin to really work with these images. ISO 400; 1/400 sec @ f / 3.5. BTW, the creative piece of software I wrote about last week was released today. It is from Topaz Labs and is called Impression. It is on sale for $50.