Monthly Archives: June 2012

Best of Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris – June 22-29, 2012

Below are my preferred shots from the past week of guiding with Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris. The heat is beginning to take its toll on some of the wildlife, but that hasn’t prevented us from still getting to see plenty of animals. Get in touch with them if you’d like me to guide you out there!

A small herd of bison rest beneath Blacktail Butte and the Teton Mountains in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
A small herd of bison rest beneath Blacktail Butte and the Teton Mountains in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
June 25, 2012 – Teton Day Safari A coyote stands in sagebrush and vegetation in the Hayden Valley of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
A coyote stands in sagebrush and vegetation in the Hayden Valley of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
June 26, 2012 – Yellowstone Safari A male bison rests in sagebrush in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
A male bison rests in sagebrush in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
June 25, 2012 – Teton Day Safari A mule deer poses next to lupine wildflowers in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
A mule deer poses next to lupine wildflowers in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
June 25, 2012 – Teton Day Safari A line of bison migrate in front of the Teton Mountains in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
A line of bison migrate in front of the Teton Mountains in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
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Put Down the Camera

A dramatic sunset casts a pink glow over the North Fork of Cascade Canyon in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
A dramatic sunset casts a pink glow over the North Fork of Cascade Canyon in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

Whether we’re photographers or not, one thing we all want to do when we see a beautiful scene or something we’ve never seen before is to immediately capture it to have some kind of documentation, or even proof that it happened. As a result, it’s almost as if we’re not quite getting the full experience of such a scene, particularly the emotion that would otherwise infuse us with cherished memories of such a place or event. We look back at one of these photos years later not remembering the actual capturing of the image, but enjoying the fact that we saw it because it’s there in our collection, so surely we must have.

Many of us have a sort of trained mindset to always be thinking about what’s next.
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Best of Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris – June 15-21, 2012

This past week was a short one for me, but nevertheless, it was very productive in terms of wildlife sightings. Below are my favorite shots from the safaris I guided through Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris. If you want me to guide you out on a wildlife tour through Yellowstone and the Tetons, get in touch with them asap. We’re booking up fast!

Two bull elk graze on a hillside near the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River on a perfect spring day in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
Two bull elk graze on a hillside near the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River in Yellowstone National Park.
June 20, 2012 – Yellowstone National Park Day Safari A swallow peeks out from its nest in a dead tree in the Lower Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
A swallow peeks out from its nest in a dead tree in the Lower Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
June 21, 2012 – Yellowstone National Park Day Safari A beaver eats from an aspen branch in a pond in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
A beaver eats from an aspen branch in a pond in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
June 20, 2012 – Yellowstone National Park Day Safari A bison stands in the grass of Elk Ranch Flats in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
A bison stands in the grass of Elk Ranch Flats in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
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Best of Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris – June 7-14, 2012

I’m starting a new (hopefully) weekly post where I’ll be showcasing the best photos taken from the previous week on the wildlife safaris I guide people on for Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris. All images were captured on a wildlife safari in Yellowstone or Grand Teton National Parks while I was guiding, and of course, all animals are wild animals in their natural habitat.

An osprey flies above Lewis Falls in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
An osprey flies above Lewis Falls in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. An adult cow moose rests in a small meadow of grass near an aspen tree and Cottonwood Creek in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
A moose rests in a small meadow of grass near an aspen tree and Cottonwood Creek in Grand Teton National Park. A tagged black bear eats in a grassy meadow leftover from a forest fire 2-3 years prior in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
A black bear eats in a grassy meadow leftover from a forest fire 2-3 years prior in Grand Teton National Park. Grizzly Bear #399's two orphaned cubs of 2012, Ash and Brownie, graze beneath a pine tree in Grand Teton National Park. Ash pauses to look up at his/her sibling. (Mike Cavaroc)
Grizzly Bear #399’s two orphaned cubs of 2012, Ash and Brownie, graze beneath a pine tree. A great gray owl scours the landscape in search of food in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
A great gray owl scours the landscape in search of food in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
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When to See Wildlife in Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole

A small herd of cow elk graze in a meadow below the Teton Mountains in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
A small herd of cow elk graze in a meadow below the Teton Mountains in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

Below I’ve charted out the best times of the year to see the most requested wildlife in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Grand Teton National Park. Below the chart, I’ve described the reasoning for those times of the year, as well as areas that those particular animals frequently are seen. Keep in mind that nature works on its own schedule, so even though a box might be marked as red (not a good time to see it) you can still see it.

Please don’t ask me for specific updates on certain animals. As you can probably imagine, it would begin to take up quite a bit of my time. If you’re interested in having me guide a tour to help you find some wildlife, I can be hired through Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris.
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