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 2011
A bison calf walks off a cold wetness after a late winter storm in Yellowstone National Park.
As I’m sure you are all aware, I recently changed my photography presence from Mike Cavaroc Photography, to Free Roaming Photography. The excitement I felt as I got the wheels rolling on the conversion in weeks prior had me flying with it, growing more and more anxious to let it loose. Once I finally did unveil that proud moment, it was met with some criticism from several photographers whose opinions and feedback I value very much.
One in particular rightly pointed out the fact that an artist’s best branding is their name, especially if it has a unique ring to it. More agreed with him and in a matter of minutes I found myself about ready to call up tech support on my hosting plan and ask them to revert the changes.
The last light of the day hits the Sleeping Indian as it’s shrouded in clouds above Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
With snow rapidly melting in Jackson Hole, I was able to catch one last shot of winter up on The Sleeping Indian (aka, Sheep Mountain) above the valley. It was on the night before I was expecting to send back my 7D and just wanted to put it through some more intensive tests before doing so to make sure. As it turns out, everything came out looking great, so I wound up holding on to it. Thus far, it’s been performing great!
For those not familiar with The Sleeping Indian, it’s a landmark known mostly to locals. Many tourists are completely oblivious to it since it towers above the valley to the east, while all their attention is typically held on the view to the west, which would of course be the Tetons.
In past months I began thinking bigger. Not just thinking bigger, but also dreaming bigger. I began to imagine my photography in its own gallery and in doing so I took a close look at a couple of local photographers that I really admire to learn from them as examples. Both have unique personal names, as well as a business name that defines what you would expect to see in their respective galleries. For Henry Holdsworth, it’s Wild by Nature. For Tom Mangelsen, it’s Images of Nature. Both to the point, and both represent the spectacular nature photography you’ll find in their galleries.
For that reason though, I wanted a smart name that defined my nature photography, but didn’t include the word ‘nature.’ It seemed at this point to almost be a crutch. I took a strong look at my portfolio as well as some animals that I admire: wolves, bears and bison topping the list.
A bison mother shows affection for its calf in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
Springtime in Yellowstone National Park means lots of wildlife. When I go up to Yellowstone during that time, I expect to see three specific animals, and I hope to get good shots of all of them: wolves, bears and bison calves. Bison calves are naturally the easiest to find and are incredibly fun to watch.
As I was turning around in my car to hopefully get a good shot of a black bear up the road, I stopped and watched a small herd of bison with their calves. I followed this one particular calf who was kind enough to run up to his mother which happened to be right in between sagebrush in the foreground that would have otherwise obstructed the shot. They shared a quick, tender moment in golden light that only lasted for a few seconds before the calf ran off again jumping and frolicking around.
A Yellowstone grizzly bear, nicknamed Scarface, walks along the Lamar River in the Lamar Lamar Valley.
While visiting Yellowstone National Park this past weekend, I wanted to spend an entire day in the Lamar Valley, something I realized I actually hadn’t done before. It payed off because while I was there bright and early, a few hours later a grizzly bear came out and walked along the Lamar River. I followed him, along with others, as he made his was up the river through the Lamar Valley and eventually even got some great shots of him as the river came closer to the road.
It turns out that this isn’t just any grizzly bear. This is the renowned bear nicknamed, Scarface. At roughly 25 years old, he got the name from a fight most likely with another grizzly that left a large scar on the right side of his face and even mangled a bit of his right ear.
Planning a trip to Grand Teton National Park? The map below will help you get the most out of your photographic destinations. Read on below!
A Google Map display showing the best places to photograph in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
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I’ve created a map from Google Maps showing the best places to stop and photograph the sites so that you’ll be sure to come away with dramatic photos of the area. While wildlife can be seen virtually anywhere in the park (even along the highway), there’s no guarantee as to specifically where you can reach them. I’ve pointed out some pretty reliable locations, but in the end there’s really no telling where or when they’ll be for sure.
The two most popular spots that people think of when they think of Grand Teton National Park are Oxbow Bend and the Snake River Overlook, both found along Highway 89 on the way to/from Yellowstone.