About MeI live in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where I explore the deeper reaches of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem while also trying to raise awareness about light pollution and the importance of dark skies through photography and video.
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Monthly Archives: May 2009
Another from the archive (don’t worry, new pics are on the way). This was from a road trip back in the fall 2006. The original plan was to go kayaking down the Colorado River just downstream from the Hoover Dam. A massive storm came in that weekend and completely washed out the road that we were going to be picked up on, leaving the entire weekend up in the air. We were already in Boulder City, Nevada, just outside of Las Vegas, so I opted to make a road trip out of it. Only one other friend was willing to come along and so he and my girlfriend at the time wound up hitting Bryce Canyon National Park, the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park and of course Zion National Park before heading back home to Phoenix, Arizona.
Hannagan Meadow in Eastern Arizona is the only sign of civilization you’ll find for dozens of miles along Highway 191. The highway climbs to more than 9,000 feet elevation keeping the area cool in the summer months making the area a nice getaway from the desert heat. At the lodge are a number of bird feeders where a rather large number of hummingbirds come to feed creating a consistent, loud hum on the porch of the lodge.
One thing I was really wanting to do during the shorter days of the winter was to get some great night shots with the landscape covered in snow. Well winter came and went and now that the nights are (relatively) a bit more comfortable, the snow’s pretty much gone and spring is in full swing. Nevertheless, that didn’t stop me from heading out at 10:30pm once it was nearly completely dark to start seeing what would work and what wouldn’t for some night shots. My first attempt was near Moose, Wyoming in Grand Teton National Park and I wound up getting this panorama facing west. One thing I learned was that even at 10:45pm, the sky is still not completely dark when facing west in mid-late May. Also the bit of light pollution coming from the left on the other side of the Tetons are the towns of Victor and Driggs in Idaho.
This was taken all the way back in 2004. I hadn’t even had a camera for six months, but it was images like these that occasionally popped up that kept me yearning to understand how to make an image like this consistently. It was taken in the Virgin River Gorge along a 30 mile stretch of I-15 that passes through the northwest corner of Arizona between southern Nevada and southwestern Utah. A friend and I were on a three-week road trip that brought us from East Texas all the way up to Sitka, Alaska, both of us seeing everything west of Central Texas for the first time. Shortly after returning from that trip, I had no desire to live anywhere east of New Mexico and that still holds true today, as does my enjoyment from talking about that trip.
Sunset lights up the sky above cholla cacti in the Phoenix Mountains Park and Preserve in Phoenix, Arizona.
I’ve been digging back through my archives in between going out and finding more wildlife and have come across quite a few from my time in Arizona that I never got around to processing for one reason or another. This one in particular is from the Peak 2429 hike in the Phoenix Mountains Park and Preserve in Phoenix, Arizona. I used to live within a mile of one of the park entrances so I would do that hike frequently to keep in shape and get above the city for a little while. Naturally cholla cacti, along with many other forms of cactus, were all over the place.
This is one from the archives. Back in 2006 I went up to Alaska and one of the stops, naturally, was Denali National Park. Along the bus ride into the park some friends and I saw this caribou running off the road and into the bushes. It’s definitely a place I’m hoping to get back to in the near future.