Monthly Archives: June 2011


Stormy Balsamroot Sunset

Balsamroot wildflowers bloom below a glowing thunderstorm in sunset light over Mount Moran and the Teton Mountains.

I’m taking a short break from all the grizzly bear posts for this wildflower shot I got shortly after it got too dark to continue photographing one of the bears. I was hoping for a better composition, but the light was changing so fast, I was lucky just to get this shot off!

Given all the wildlife posts I’ve been posting, it’s easy to overlook the fact (in some shots) that wildflowers are in full bloom here in Jackson Hole! Seems late? It is. With all the snow that was still on the ground, wildflowers got off to a late start, but with all the warm weather we’ve had, they’re doing their best to make up for lost time.

As mentioned, I was out photographing one of the grizzlies when it got too dark to get any decent shots. – Continue reading

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Grizzly Bear ‘Rock Stars’ of Grand Teton National Park Video

A video compilation of Grand Teton National Park’s most well-known grizzly bears of 2011: Blondie/Butterball; #610 and #399.

This is a video compilation of three of Grand Teton National Park’s most popular bears of the summer season of 2011 (thus far).

All grizzlies have been seen along the roadsides of the park, thus adding to their lovable nature.

The first is a blonde grizzly that has eluded traps and so has simply been nicknamed both Butterball and Blondie. She’s gone from being very shy and timid of the crowds that gather to watch her, to much more passive recently. She’s a very beautiful and healthy bear and age guesses have ranged between three and five. She’s been consistently seen along the roadsides which has contributed to her being well-recognized, in addition to her gorgeous coat.

Next is Grizzly Bear #610 and her two cubs of the year. – Continue reading

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Grizzly Bear Cub of #399 Standing

One of Grizzly Bear #399′s three cubs stands in a field of wildflowers in Grand Teton National Park.

I’ve finally begun getting a good amount of photos done on the grizzlies and while I’m very happy with what I came back with, the itch to get back up there is growing stronger and stronger.

On one evening, Grizzly Bear #399 and her three new cubs were grazing in a field of wildflowers, offering up some incredible shots. The cubs look incredibly healthy and lucky for us, never get tired of playing. Naturally, crowds have begun growing as she makes her appearances, and while it’s wearing down the patience for some, it’s definitely nice to see this bear offering up so much happiness for so many people. Please continue to watch this bear at a respectful distance and they’ll be around for years to come to continue to spread the joy that they have been doing. – Continue reading

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Two Cubs of Grizzly Bear #399

Two of grizzly bear #399′s three cubs of the year walk along a log in Grand Teton National Park.

I returned late last night from having four or five of the best days I’ve ever spent up in Grand Teton National Park! I’ve been out of touch for much of that time accumulating new images of the area, but mainly focusing on some of the more ‘rock star’ grizzly bears of the area. This included #610 and her two cubs, Blondie/Butterball and of course, #399 and her three new cubs.

Early one morning, we happened upon her heading south along Highway 89 and I was able to come away with a few quick shots along the road before she moved onto safer environments. Two of her three cubs hopped up on a log as they followed the general direction of their mother, eager to play at every opportunity. – Continue reading

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Grizzly Bear #399 and Cub

Grizzly bear #399 walks with one of her three cubs in the spring of 2011 in Grand Teton National Park.

After more than three years without seeing one of the primary factors that caused me to move up to the Jackson Hole, Wyoming area, I finally got to see her once again! She had been making appearances on the days that I wasn’t up there, but Grizzly Bear #399 finally put on a spectacular show last night as she emerged in the golden light of the end of the day. All three of her cubs were frolicking and playing and having lots of fun following her around.

I got the call that both her and Blondie were out while I was at home in Jackson, Wyoming, but something pushed me to drive the 50 miles or so up to her area just in case. – Continue reading

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Fog Above Willow Flats

Fog is lit up as sunlight breaks through a foggy morning over Willow Flats in Grand Teton National Park.

I was driving around the Willow Flats area of Grand Teton National Park the other day and didn’t expect much for sunrise given that it was completely foggy. However, to my surprise, a bit of light began breaking through and lighting up the clouds above. I pulled over to catch it, and within seconds this scene was gone.

I really enjoy the layers that came out of this shot. It almost reminds me of an abstract expressionist painting by one of my favorite artists, Mark Rothko. – Continue reading

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