Writing on Stone

Writing on Stone in the spring!

I LOVE Writing on Stone for so many reasons.  I have a hard time saying that in the heat of the summer as it is so hot but this time of year it is GREAT!!!

Last weekend I found myself on the way to Writing on Stone with clear skies and almost a full moon.  The large moon was not the best for night shots but would be great for seeing at night as I walked around the park after dark.  The sunset was okay, it would have been nice for a couple clouds but again it was warm, no snow and great just to be outside after such a long winter!

Writing on Stone at sunset
Writing on Stone at sunset

Prairie Life

Before it got really dark I wanted to walk around and see what animals were out and about.  It is surprising in a place that is so hot and dry how many animals and plants live there.

Downy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Deer - is that surprising?
Deer – is that surprising?
Yellow Flowers
Yellow Flowers
Antelope
Antelope

Another place that I love at Writing on Stone is the old RCMP outpost.  Seeing it gets my mind wondering what it must have been like to be stationed there.

RCMP Outpost
RCMP Outpost

Things go chew chew in the night

Around 9:30 the sun was low enough that the stars started to appear and well so did I.  The first shot I took I could hear a strange noise that was coming from a nearby tree and it turned out to be a VERY hungry porcupine,  a porcupine that would stay with me the entire night!  Not really scary as the night was so bright it looked like daytime, but strange when you have a porcupine that is following you.

The wind up top was very strong so some shots did not work out like I planned.  In the valley with some care it worked out okay but still would have been nice to not have any wind.  Around 2am the wind calmed down so it was back up top for some more pictures.

Writing on stone campground
Writing on stone campground & visitor cent
Writing on Stone trees and hoodoos
Writing on Stone trees, stars and hoodoos
Writing on Stone & the Sweet Grass Hills
Writing on Stone & the Sweet Grass Hills
White Turtle III and stars
White Turtle III and stars

This was a great way to spend a spring night shooting.  I will be heading back to Writing on Stone in a week or two when the moon is smaller.  Love the longer exposures with less moon light!  Here is hoping that the weather is as warm for that trip!

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