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: April 2011
Sometimes people are in the right place at the right time and sometimes it almost seems like nature is conspiring to help you get a really unique shot. I was driving around Grand Teton National Park this weekend hoping for a bear sighting, but that doesn’t mean my eyes were fixed on the ground. In traveling one of the lesser driven roads, I looked up and saw a large rookery (aka, flock) of great white pelicans swooping over a ridge moving directly overhead. They circled around a few times and by the time another car came into view, they had broken up and flown much farther away.
You may be out looking for one specific subject, but don’t let that train your eyes away from the other wonders out there.
For those that weren’t aware, Saturday night was the peak of the Lyrid Meteor Shower. It was my last night staying up in the Jackson Lake Lodge area, so I figured I’d make the most of it and give my new Sigma 20mm f/1.8 a good test. As you can see, it works pretty well! There seems to be a bit of distortion on the edges, but nothing too horrendous. Overall I’m happy with it and am really excited to shoot more night shots.
The meteor shower itself, while it technically didn’t peak until the early hours before sunrise on Sunday, still got underway a couple of hours after sunset. That meant roughly 10:30-11pm here in Jackson Hole. I headed down to Oxbow Bend just before 10pm anyway to get set up and began shooting from there.
I recently spent a few days up in Grand Teton National Park, finally taking advantage of a friend’s offer to use their guest bed at the employee housing of Jackson Lake Lodge. I spent much of my time in the Oxbow Bend area hoping to see some wildlife, but I only saw one fox who could run faster than I could grab my camera. The snow is still obviously very thick up there, which is probably why there was only one bear sighting the entire time I was there, despite plenty of tracks. You can see from this image of Oxbow Bend that eventhough it’s late in April, this image could easily pass for January. Interestingly enough it felt like it too when I was taking it.
Just make sure that when life hands you an opportunity, you jump on it (especially if it’s a bed!).
My apologies for the lack of content lately. My life’s been a little hectic lately in trying to remove myself from some drama, moving to a new place and then not having a camera. I just got my 5D back today so hopefully I can start to get things back in order.
Last week, in not having a camera, I began going back through some older shots from earlier this winter and came across this one of the Moulton Barn on Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park. The nice thing about this photo is that normally to get a similar shot, you’d have to cross-country ski in to get it with so much snow on the ground. There were plenty of early snow storms this past November, however, so since Antelope Flats Road was still open for the hunters, I took full advantage in getting a shot that’s not normally there.
Pilgrim Mountain is a prominent, but often overlooked mountain on the drive up Highway 89 through Grand Teton National Park. Just west of Pilgrim Creek, it sits above a meadow obscured by the opportunity for wildlife on one side, and the Teton Mountains on the other.
Sometimes though, some features of the landscape simply demand to be seen, as was the case with this shot. In fact this is actually a shot from a few months ago that I had completely skipped over. In going back to some older shots, I saw the opportunity with this one and began working it and noticed that it actually was a really nice photo after all.
Before stumbling upon the coyotes while heading home the other day, I was following a red fox on Antelope Flats of Grand Teton National Park, north of Kelly, Wyoming. I was actually keeping track of three different foxes, but this one was offering up the best photo ops so I kept my focus there. With the Teton Mountains clouding up in the background, it additionally offered some great contrast against the red fox in the snow.