Monthly Archives: February 2011

Black and White Moose Falls in Winter

Winter surrounds Moose Falls in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
A black and white photo of Moose Falls of Yellowstone National Park in winter.

The winter snowcoach ride from Flagg Ranch to Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park surprised most of us by making a few stops along the way. They’re just a few quick stops and very short jaunts to points of interest along the way as a means to let you get out and stretch your legs. They also provide a great bit of scenery that few get to see of some of the most common sights of Yellowstone covered in snow.

One such sight was the first stop along the way (after the entrance sign), Moose Falls. The interesting story is that I almost never got this shot. Thanks to a busy weekend, the snowcoach was already packing in ten of us. Legroom was a luxury that many of us didn’t have.
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Bison of Yellowstone National Park in Winter

A video of bison grazing and wandering around the Upper Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park.

One thing I was happy to do while in Yellowstone National Park last weekend was to begin plenty of new video footage. The bison made for great subjects partly because they were all over the Upper Geyser Basin area, and also because they can be very interesting to watch. We were warned by park rangers that because of the amount of snow that’s fallen this season, that the bison are very stressed. As a result, a cross-country ski trip to Biscuit Basin took much longer than expected due to bison in the trail. Rather than going around them though, we made the best of it with some photography.

At 0:48 a clip with Lion Geyser erupting in the background begins.
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Bison Taking a Break from the Snow

A bison stands in front of a resting bison herd in the Upper Geyser Basin near the Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
A bison stands on a patch of warm ground at the Upper Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park.

I just recently returned from an extended weekend up in Yellowstone National Park. I accompanied another photographer up to the Old Faithful area for my first time visiting the interior of Yellowstone in winter. Reservations for other tours had booked up quick, so we were left to wander around the Upper Geyser Basin for the duration of our stay, but did manage to get a cross-country ski in up to Biscuit Basin.

With so much snow falling this winter, bison were keeping to the warmer areas, in this case the geyser basins. In between plowing through snow for a minimal amount of food – just enough to keep them going – they would move over to where the ground was warm and relax there until it was time to eat again.
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I Love Mountains

First of all, thank you to Greg Russell of Alpenglow Images for pointing me toward the cause I’ve been waiting for (among others)!

Shortly after moving out to Phoenix, Arizona in 2004, I got sight of my first strip mine. Even back then, before I was really into photography and before the thought of conserving nature had ever even entered my head, I found it to be a horrendous sight. Entire mountains being completely devoured, forever changing what was once a beautiful desert landscape. Social media was only in its infancy, and as a result, I felt powerless about voicing my opinion on something so incredibly disgusting looking. The friends I voiced my opinions to agreed, but it didn’t help us to feel like we had any more power than the mines did.

Fast forward to 2011, where social media has not a become a way of life, but was a crucial aid in helping an entire population of Egypt take their country back!
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Dramatic Alpenglow Over the Teton Mountains

The Teton Mountains are lit up by alpenglow as the Snake River meanders south through Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
Alpenglow lights up the sky above the Teton Mountains in an impressive display above the Snake River.

Yesterday I met up with another visiting photographer to take a chance on a sunrise from the Snake River Overlook in Grand Teton National Park. He couldn’t have timed it better! Despite brutal winds, pelting sleet and so much snowdrift I got stuck, twice, just at the overlook, it was all made worth it by this display of alpenglow and probably one of the most dramatic sunrises I’ve seen over the Teton Mountains.

I walked up and plowed my way through the snow just in time to set up for this shot. With one still image down, I immediately began a time-lapse video of the sunrise, which you can watch below. You can see how windy it was from the shaking of the trees in the foreground.
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‘Frozen Forces’ Time-Lapse Video Compilation

A time-lapse video featuring footage from Grand Teton National Park and the National Elk Refuge.

I’ve just put the wraps on my second time-lapse compilation video and am very happy with it! …again. This one spans much more of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, having been shot in both Grand Teton National Park and the National Elk Refuge outside of Jackson, Wyoming.

For a bit of random trivia, at 0:54 is footage of Miller Butte in the National Elk Refuge. It’s the only clip that isn’t in Grand Teton National Park. The final clip, starting at 1:35, is of Earth’s shadow rising above Antelope Flats in Grand Teton National Park. Steam from Kelly Warm Springs is visible in the lower-right corner.

The music comes from an artist known as DJ Fab. I hope you enjoy it and would love to hear your feedback!
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