Monthly Archives: January 2012


Bittersweet Moment with a Great Gray Owl

A great gray owl takes flight from a spruce tree in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

For those of us who are either near or farsighted, glasses are a very nice convenience when you don’t feel like bothering with contact lenses, nor do they wind up irritating our eyes after a certain amount of time. Despite the conveniences though, I’ve become much more motivated to wear contacts more while shooting out in the cold after yesterday’s experience.

My plan was to drive up into Grand Teton National Park to do a snowshoe hike to try to catch a few landscapes and hope to have a run-in with a critter or two. I parked at my eventual destination and found my roommate there looking into the trees with his camera, so I knew he had spotted something of interest. Sure enough, he was fixed on a great gray owl in the trees who flew back toward the base of a hill just as I had gotten out of my car. – Continue reading

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Silence Your Critics

Light on the walls at Pueblo Bonito create an abstract photo in Chaco Culture National Historic Park.

It’s easy to enjoy receiving feedback from others, and in many cases, it provides helpful tips and techniques to help us evolve. There are times, however, where we let other peoples’ opinions dictate how we should be following our passion. Consistently following their advice, no matter what their rank or recognition or how well-meaning they mean to be, can be detrimental to your work.

The title of this blog post could be misinterpreted to mean create a body of work that awes and inspires them, rather than giving them something to critique. Yet I don’t mean that at all. When I say "silence your critics," I mean let them say whatever they want, but don’t let somebody else’s subjective opinions define how you should express yourself. – Continue reading

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Longest Lenses Aren’t Necessarily the Best

An otter stands on ice on Flat Creek in the National Elk Refuge near Jackson, Wyoming.

I have a few good friends who occasionally allow me the opportunity to plug in to their longer lenses. During this time, it’s tempting to get as much as I can from one of those lenses, even if it might not necessarily be the best lens for the specific scene.

Prior to today, winter had seemed to be put on hold as temperatures were unusually warm, rising into the 20s and 30s, melting what little snow was already on the ground. Flat Creek in the National Elk Refuge was certainly no exception. Normally completely frozen over, an area just outside of town was mostly thawed out, attracting many birds and smaller wildlife that normally move to more open water. Otters in particular have been spotted fairly regularly now, attracting a growing fondness from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. – Continue reading

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A New Year’s Resolution to Live By

A frozen Oxbow Bend lies below Mount Moran and the Teton Mountains on a cold January morning in Grand Teton National Park.

We’re now fresh into a new year, and perhaps it’s just the energy surrounding such a point in time, but I feel, like many, to push the limits of what I was able to accomplish last year. It might be just another day, but with it representing such a long period of time, it’s used almost as a placebo to reinvigorate change in our lives. It causes many to reflect on what they did or did not accomplish in the prior year and reevaluate their goals, both short and long term.

In reflecting back on my last year, I found it to be successful, but I saw a great deal of room for improvement. While I was often out on my own, there were certainly times where I procrastinated in doing more and venturing out to find my own wildlife experiences just in case I were to get word of a specific sighting, mostly grizzly bear, from a friend in close proximity. – Continue reading

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Listen to the Risk Takers

It’s interesting to note that those who tell you that "it can’t be done" or that "it’s not worth the risk" are always the ones who don’t believe that it can be done, nor have they taken any risks themselves. Those who tell you to "follow your dreams" and to "believe that you are capable" are the ones who did just that and are living with no regrets.

Just something to think about for the new year. – Continue reading

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Welcome to 2012 – The End of the World As We Know It?

Mount Cody rises above the surrounding Teton Peaks seen from Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

Turn pretty much anywhere and you can find hype of "the end of the world." Is there really anything to be worried about, or is it just Y2K all over again? My opinion based on what I’ve read about the Mayans (which was quite a bit a few years back) is what follows.

The world as we know it will, in fact, end on the winter solstice of 2012. However, this does not mean that the world will end, nor civilization or anything like that. Anybody who says the contrary is probably just trying to sell you a movie ticket you’ll regret accepting, or something along those lines. The accurate translation is that our fear-based way of life that has persisted for thousands of years will end, ushering in a new era of cooperation and love-based mindsets. – Continue reading

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