Monthly Archives: July 2011


Grizzly Bear #399 Nursing Her Cubs

Grizzly Bear #399 nurses her three cubs of the year of 2011 in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

I posted this photo onto my 500px page and after the great response, I realized I didn’t have it on my blog yet. I got this late one night while plugged into a friend’s Canon 500mm and also seeing just how good the 7D could handle high ISO. It turns out that even though there is noise, it’s still pretty usable and I’m looking forward to making a few prints to test out just how big I can get away with.

The sun had just set, but that didn’t stop many of us from staying out and watching grizzly bear #399 and her three cubs. There were wildflowers, the cubs were active and there was great light, though not much of it. Regardless, I don’t pass up opportunities and this was a great one. – Continue reading

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Skyrocket Gilia at Sunset

Skyrocket gilia wildflowers bloom beneath a sunset in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

I headed up to Grand Teton National Park for the weekend to try and find some more grizzly bear opportunities, however sightings are becoming more scarce these days as the heat of summer is beginning to set in. While I wasn’t able to come away with any bear photos, I was able to fight for a great sunset on one night.

I saw the potential for a good sunset lining up and headed out to a spot I thought would be nice, forgetting about the potential mosquitoes. I walked out to an ideal spot and began setting up, only to be swarmed by them, reminding me that short sleeves were not a good idea. I went back to my car before even being able to fire off any shots, threw on a jacket and my zip-off pant legs and went back to business. – Continue reading

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Balsamroot Wildflowers on the Snow King Summit

Balsamroot wildflowers overlook Flat Creek, the National Elk Refuge and much of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

The wildflower and bear activity may be beginning to wind down (with some rather absurd restrictions being enforced by the park service, but I won’t get in to that now), but I was able to capture a few wildflower scenes before they all retreated from the valley.

Last week I headed up to the summit of Snow King to get the last of the balsamroot before they began to die off, as well as on the other side of the mountain along the Josie’s Ridge trail. The shots I got from Josie’s Ridge didn’t come out quite as nice as I had hoped sunset would offer from there, but I was happy with some of the shots from up top of the mountain. One such shot was around dusk overlooking the National Elk Refuge and Jackson Hole. – Continue reading

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Should Photographers Post Photos to Google+?

Surprise Lake thaws out below Disappointment Peak in the Teton Mountains of Grand Teton National Park.

I’ve recently seen two photographers post their own opinions and interpretations of Google’s terms of service for their new social media network, Google+. Each has had lawyers review it and agree with their conclusions. I’m not about to get in the middle of them because I don’t claim to be a lawyer and my law expertise stops at My Cousin Vinny and Arrested Development.

My opinion on the matter however, is that yes, photographers should join and upload photos. Why? There’s really only one reason.

The world is conducting business and relationships on social networks and it’s only going to get more connected. Google may be in the process of delivering a blow to Facebook right now, but it’s only a matter of time before someone else strikes back. – Continue reading

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Jackson, Wyoming at Dusk

Lights of Jackson, Wyoming turn on as the day fades behind the Teton Mountains, as seen from Snow King.

Earlier this week I headed out onto Josie’s Ridge behind Snow King for the first time and was amazing that such incredible scenery was right in my backyard for so long without me even knowing. I headed back up the other night with my camera thinking it would be a great spot for sunset, but unfortunately the light wasn’t working quite as I thought it would.

I actually wound up getting a few shots on my way back that I wound up liking, including this one of downtown Jackson, Wyoming seen from part of the way up the Snow King Summit trail. Dusk was just beginning to settle over the landscape and town was lit up just perfectly with the Tetons behind it. – Continue reading

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Who’s the Problem at Bear Jams?

Grizzly Bear #610 smells the air at a small clearing of willow trees in Willow Flats of Grand Teton National Park.

As many of you are aware, a hiker was recently fatally mauled by a grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park. This morning, there was an article in the local paper about it with a quote in the article that struck me as a bit off-putting: "Some of the local residents, especially photographers, have become the most problematic people at bear jams, Skaggs said."

As one of these "problematic photographers," I can safely say that Skaggs is completely wrong about her assumptions. I was in the middle of countless bear jams this summer and I can’t say that I’ve heard the name Skaggs at any of them. Also, in looking up her photo, I can’t say that I even saw her at any bear jams at all. – Continue reading

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