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: September 2010
I love bears. They’re without a doubt my favorite animal to photograph and I’ll go very far out of my way if I know I’m going to get the opportunity to get some new shots of one. I’ll sit and wait for hours just to get a glimpse of a bear. Whether black or grizzly, it’s an animal that has always fascinated me and there’s nothing I love more than seeing them in their natural environment playing, eating or even just meandering to find a spot to lie down.
I will not, however, be returning to Moose-Wilson Road this season to photograph the bears, a spot where I’m 100% sure on any given day at this time of year I can easily get new shots. Why?
After driving through Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park the other day I discovered that the word is out that the black bears have begun emerging to get fattened up for the winter! Around the ponds along the north end of Moose-Wilson Road, there are no fewer than five different black bears wandering the area with plenty more in other areas of the park. The berries that this particular black bear and all the others in this area are nibbling on are river hawthorne berries. They flourish all along the road and with the help of outstanding Grand Teton National Park rangers doing an excellent job of crowd management, the bears are able to enjoy their food as the humans can keep a safe distance and enjoy watching the bears in their natural habitat.
The other night I drove out to Oxbow Bend in Grand Teton National Park to check on the fall colors, and while I was there, catch a nice sunset since there were a number of clouds in the area. As is the case this time of year, there were several dozen photographers all lined up along the shores hoping to catch an iconic shot of such a well-known part of the park. I worked my way down onto the bank and found myself one of the few spots left that wasn’t barging in on someone else’s shot.
During the wait I noticed everyone’s cameras pointed directly at Mount Moran simply waiting for magical light to explode into a currently dull scene. A short while later I looked behind me and noticed the clouds to everyone’s backs glowing furiously and creating a beautiful reflection in the waters of Oxbow Bend.
Apologies for the lack of posts lately (again). I’ve got about two weeks worth of photos that I’ve barely even touched. I’ve had quite a bit of projects keeping me busy lately, but I’ve made a couple of major shifts in my life that should ease up some of the stress I’ve been under.
Given the busy nature I’ve been experiencing lately, I found it extremely helpful to escape up to Yellowstone National Park, even if only for a night. While I was too far away for a decent photo, I was able to see wolves and their pups near the Lamar Valley, which was a great sight to see! On the way out of the Lamar Valley, I spotted this pronghorn standing rather majestically on top of a ridge.
My apologies for the lack of posts lately. I’ve been working on a number of side-projects, and trying to get a number of other ones off the ground. The last few days have been very productive, however, in terms of some new photography. An early winter storm came through and dropped snow at 8,000 feet and higher and naturally, I went out to take full advantage with two solid days of hiking.
This particular shot was taken along the Leigh Lake Trail where myself and a friend headed out to Bearpaw Bay along Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park. We were on our way back when we came to a clearing and noticed some sunlight breaking through the clouds and canyon, lighting up the sides of Mount Moran in a very dramatic way.
Alpenglow provides colorful light above the Teton Mountains and Hedrick Pond in Grand Teton National Park.
It’s never easy to narrow down a season’s worth of images to just five, but here are the five that either I liked the best, or that you liked the best, taking Google Analytics stats into account. Most of them came from Grand Teton National Park, with the exception being the grizzly bear with four cubs up in Yellowstone National Park. Now that the crowds are dying down as well, I’m thinking about heading back up there and seeing if I can find them one more time before they head in for the winter. All of these shots were the ones that had both sentimental value for me, as well as creating a striking image that created a great response.