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: November 2010
I just wanted to take this opportunity on Thanksgiving Day to thank each and every one of you who visit this blog and my website. It’s brought me an incredible amount of joy to see this site grow into what it is today and to be able to interact with anyone that chooses to interact with me, whether it’s through this site, Twitter or Facebook. You’ve all helped me move that much closer to accomplishing me dream of being a successful full-time photographer and I owe all of you a big thanks!
With that being said, I’ve decided to have a huge Black Friday sale starting at midnight tonight. At checkout, simply use the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2010 (all caps) and 40% will immediately be taken off of your total.
A migrating herd of bison traverse the base of Blacktail Butte in Grand Teton National Park during a snow storm.
Today is day 7 of my 60 Days of Blacktail Butte series, and while I haven’t been posting every day’s update to the blog, there have been a couple that I’ve really liked so far. This one in particular I like because I rarely get to see bison in snow around Jackson Hole. With a record-setting amount of snow falling this month, many elk and bison are late in getting to the National Elk Refuge from Grand Teton National Park. Typically when snow blankets the valley floor, all the bison and elk have made their way into the refuge, but with so much snow coming so early, this bison herd was a little slow in arriving. I was hoping to get some closer shots, but with all the hunters in the area and the unforgiving weather, I did what I could with this.
Wyoming Landscape Contractor employees supervise the Capitol Christmas Tree being lowered onto a truck for transport across the United States to Washington DC.
Nearly two weeks ago (I know, I’ve been meaning to get this blog post up), I was asked by the JH Weekly newspaper to cover the cutting of the 2010 Capitol Christmas Tree before it makes its voyage across the country to Washington DC. The task was handled by the Wyoming Landscape Contractors, pictured in this photo. This shot was also used on the cover of the JH Weekly newspaper here in Jackson, Wyoming.
The tree was selected out of the Bridger-Teton National Forest just on the other side of the Grand Teton National Park boundary near Pacific Creek. It’s the first time a tree from Wyoming was selected and is currently en route to Washington DC, which can be tracked on TrackTheTree.com.
Late last week I saw a weather phenomenon that I had never seen before: a fogbow. I drove out of the fog that was blanketing the Gros Ventre River as I was headed toward Kelly, Wyoming in Grand Teton National Park and I looked over to my left and saw a massive fogbow at the base of Blacktail Butte.
A fogbow is a unique weather phenomenon that forms in the same way as rainbows, but because of the tiny size of the water droplets, water isn’t refracted as easily as in a rainbow. Most turn out to be just a simple, white bow, whereas in rarer cases, some have a soft blue or red tint around the edges.
Earlier this week I headed up into Grand Teton National Park in search of some wildlife, but instead came away with several landscapes I really liked. One was the previous post, the other being this panorama of Oxbow Bend looking east, among others. It’s been a while since I was able to capture a shot of Oxbow Bend that I really liked looking west, but as long as the eastern skies keeping looking like this, I’ll be perfectly happy capturing that view. I was especially liking the fog growing on the far end of the opposite shore.
Pacific Creek is one of those pleasant, little side-roads off of Highway 89 in Grand Teton National Park that offers a quiet excursion from the more popular on-the-way sights. While wildlife does frequent the area, it’s been quite a while now since I’ve personally seen anything back there. That could also be a result of the fact that I simply haven’t been back in that direction much lately. It was, however, a place where I had always wanted to catch a good sunrise or sunset, but never found myself in the area in time for either.
I had just finished getting some of the last light on the distant mountains east of Oxbow Bend when I began heading back home. Upon reaching Pacific Creek Road I noticed a faint light beginning to shine off in the northeastern horizon.