Paradise Valley Lives Up To It’s Name

Yesterday I was over in Livingston doing some work and afterwards I went down into Paradise Valley to get some shooting in. Paradise Valley is just a beautiful stretch of land that goes south into Yellowstone. The Valley sits between the Gallatin Range and the Absaroka Range. On the east side of the road that goes through the Valley is the Yellowstone River, probably one of the best places to flyfish, at least in my humble opinion. After a large storm came through on Tuesday it was nice to see the sun shinning leading way to sunset.

Cold and not windy, a great combination. The cold temperature keeps the snow of the trees to not melt, giving them that great frosty look often captured in a black and white still. There weren’t many clouds in the sky where I was so naturally I wanted those above the mountains to stay put! They did and gave a little more intrigue to a rather boring sky. As I was standing along the banks waiting for the sun to go down, I heard beside me trout boiling, a lot of boiling. I turned and looked and saw no hatch but a lot of activity. Instantly the thought of my fly rod and an Elk Hair Cadis came to mind. It always happens, when the camera is in hand the fish are no where to be found and when the camera is tucked away the big boys come out just to mock you. Ah well, at least the skies were pretty.

In the Camera Bag:
Nikon D3, 70-200 VRII, AF-S 24-70 F/2.8, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

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