September 2015 Calendar

September is here and it invariably brings up memories of Yellowstone National Park. Except for this past June, every other of our visits to Yellowstone have been in September. 

It’s only fitting, then, that I should pick a photo from one of my September visits to Yellowstone as this month’s calendar photo. Coincidentally, the park is running a photo contest for its 2016 Centennial Celebration (read about it HERE).

No, I’m not entering any of my many photos. You see, they charge a fee for entering. But that’s not what’s stopping me. It’s this (as it is for most contests); the terms and conditions you agree to when entering (quotes as is from the site linked above):

“By entering the Contest, you hereby grant to each Party a nonexclusive{sic}, worldwide, royalty-free license to publically display, reproduce, distribute, modify, transmit, and sublicense the photographs submitted for the Contest in any manner related to the Contest, including all associated reproduction, distribution, derivative works and commercial and non-commercial use in all media including, but not limited to: YPF websites, social media channels, blogs, presentations, brochures, newsletters, articles, calendars, and other printed or digital publications; Nature’s Best Photography publications and all Nature’s Best websites and blogs, print and digital presentations, brochures, newsletters, articles, calendars, and published works related to the Contest; solicitations by YPF and Nature’s Best for the Contest; promotions and ongoing communications in connection with the Contest; and physical and digital galleries and exhibitions of all submissions for, and winners of, the Contest, including, but not limited to; exhibitions of Contest submissions and/or winners displayed at museums and galleries, government centers, conferences, trade shows, and Contest sponsor offices.”

Aside the spelling error, I object to granting a blanket license for them to use ALL the photos submitted, and not just winners, if any. I mean, I could see if they wanted such license for photos that win since they would want to publish it and since I would get something in return. 

As it is, I would be paying them $25 for the privilege of them using up to twenty of my photos for free, including in the production of merchandise they might sell. Right.

So, not entering the contest, but still making the calendar. 

I thought one of these photos might look good on a calendar . . . 

Yellowstone 2013, Buffalos

Yellowstone 2013, Buffalos

Yellowstone 2013, Buffalos posturing for mock battle

Yellowstone 2013, Buffalos posturing for mock battle

Yellowstone 2013, Buffalos engaging in mock battle.

Yellowstone 2013, Buffalos engaging in mock battle.

Meh, this does not evoke in me the spirit of Yellowstone. Well, OK, maybe a little, but I decided to look elsewhere.

By the way, the photos in this post are from 2013, about a month after my last employer and I separated company over a disagreement regarding whether they were being dicks or not. That was also the year torrential rains in Colorado literally wiped out communities. 2013 was also the year I decided to retire, hopefully for good.

Anyway, If not Buffalos, what else might come to symbolize Yellowstone? 

Elk; the answer is Elks. 

By 2013, Yellowstone’s elk population was already in steep decline. Some blame the wolves while others claim the park had already decided to cull the Elk herds because the numbers had gotten out of hand. Whatever the reason, where once one could not spit without annoying an elk or two, they were now rather scarce. For the record, I don’t spit.

The first elks we saw were rather uninspiring.

Yellowstone 2013, Elk resting

Yellowstone 2013, Elk resting

Yellowstone 2013, Elk continuing to rest

Yellowstone 2013, Elk continuing to rest

If you are wondering about the photos, the elk is wet from a recent rain shower. We hoped it would get up and present a better photo op, but instead . . . 

Yellowstone 2013, Elk looking like it found something interesting in the grass in front of it . . .

Yellowstone 2013, Elk looking like it found something interesting in the grass in front of it . . .

. . . nope! The guy is sleepy.

. . . nope! The guy is sleepy.

. . . and sure enough . . . 

Yellowstone 2013, Elk napping.

Yellowstone 2013, Elk napping.

Fortunately, I also snapped a photo of the guy below. He’s also wet as it was raining when I snapped the photo (if you click on it to enlarge it you can see the traces of the raindrops). 

Yellowstone 2013, Elk - a fine specimen

Yellowstone 2013, Elk – a fine specimen

This guy was on a rise next to the road. We were the only car there, but there was nowhere to park. Without traffic coming (I could see about a mile back) I risked stopping and shooting out the window. Immediately after I snapped this photo he snorted and took an aggressive stance. We were not that close (probably  a hundred and fifty feet away), but we respected his desire to be left alone and hightailed it out of there. 

Here’s the calendar.

September 2015 Calendar

September 2015 Calendar

Right-Hand Click anywhere on the pictures, and Choose “Save Link As . . . “.

Note that clicking “Save Image” will download the resampled image (640×954, 72dpi) WordPress created for the post. Suitable for viewing on the screen, but not suitable for printing.

Save link as” downloads the native size of 11×17, 300dpi, but can be printed smaller. Printing larger may have mixed results depending on how knowledgeable you are.

Of course, saving is not required . . . one can just ignore the post.  If you are adventuresome, and it does not work, let me know, and I’ll try to fix whatever WordPress screwed up.  

Disclaimers:  I do not guarantee the accuracy of the calendar. My general understanding of time is limited to it being (mostly) an arbitrary demarcation of the unidirectional flow of existence. Many instances in my life demonstrated to me the disconnect between any hard measure of intervals of time and the perception of said time intervals.

For whatever reason, this past month has seen an increase in subscriptions to the blog and more “follows” both in Facebook and Twitter. Before anyone attempts using this bit of data as an explanation for my giganormous ego, I should add a bit more information.

Many of the people subscribing are doing it to promote themselves. How do I know? Well, a clue is when I go to their profile and see they either have 15K followers or are following 15K people or both. 

When I see someone following multiple thousand of people I suddenly lose interest even if I really like the person. The other end of the spectrum is people who are genuinely likable and that I might like to follow or be followed by.

For instance, I like Captain Tightpants (Nathan Fillion) and might be interested in following what he does, but he has 3.1 million followers and he only follows 553 people.

The odds of Mal following me or even interacting with me are . . . let me do the math . . . carry the zero . . . about 0.018%.

Unlike Solo, I do want to know the odds, and the odds tell me it’s not worth my time paying attention to what Fillion does. Understand, many of my new followers are not famous, but it seems they want to be. I’m going to do them a favor and ignore most of them. Yes, I will follow some because they have interesting content.

One interesting factoid . . . it amuses me how often the doodle at the bottom loosely matches what I write about. I use them in the sequence they appear in SmugMug, so I don’t choose specific doodles for specific topics or vice-versa.  

Remember, you don’t have to use the calendar portion . . .  you can cut out the bottom part, and you have a picture to hang on your wall.

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Organized Indifference

Organized Indifference

Astute persons might have noticed these doodles, and correctly surmised they hold some significance for me, and perhaps for humanity at large.  

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11 Responses to September 2015 Calendar

  1. oneowner says:

    Great shot. Shortly after this photo was taken, a dentist from Minnesota shot it. That’s why I’m antidenti.

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  2. September YAY!!! It’s my birth month! (Yes, I was born…not hatched! ;-) Okay…well, rumor has it that I was dropped off by The Mother Ship and haven’t been picked back up yet! :o )
    Love the calendar photo you chose! He is a very handsome fellow! (I enlarged him and he got larger!)
    Love the buffalo, too!
    I can see why you didn’t enter that contest. Wow…those are some terms! I entered a poetry contest eons ago and two of my poems won…they paid me some $$ (not a lot), and part of the deal was they could use my poems again as often as they wanted. I never knew if my poems made it into their magazine more than the one time.
    HUGS!!! :-)
    PS…Does National Honey Month have anything to do with Honey Do Lists?!


    • disperser says:

      What a coincidence; my mothership is also late. I hope it gets here before it’s too late.

      As for the Honey Do, I do write the various month celebration down, but I don’t pay attention to them. It could be, in fact, related to Honey-do lists, but I suspect it has to do more with “Honey-you-said-you-would-do” lists.

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      • HA! I didn’t know a list like that existed! So…I can quote back to him things he SAID he would do?! Or do I just make up things and tell him he said them?! Oh…maybe that is lying…one of the bad sins! ;-) Let’s forget “Honey Lists” and just eat some honey in the month of September! I love honey on my homemade biscuits! :-)

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  3. PiedType says:

    September in Yellowstone. Must be spectacular. As it will be here in a couple of more weeks. Keep that camera handy.


  4. What a gorgeous photo of that elk. The buffalo are cool, too. But, great call by you on getting the heck out of Dodge when the elk showed his displeasure. ;-)


  5. AnnMarie says:

    First, that’s a great calendar shot, and not only because of the handsome elk, but also for the perfectly colored landscape around him. Second, I’m glad to see that more people are following you around Blogland (whatever their reason may be). And third, it IS very interesting how often your doodles reflect the subject of the post . . . how serendipitous!

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