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Hoar frost clings to trees along the Snake River on a chilly January morning in Grand Teton National Park.
Despite a lack of wildlife to be found around the area, I was still able to make great opportunities as they arose. The winter had turned into an unusually warm one for Jackson Hole and while normally it’s too cold to even snow, rain was becoming common throughout January. Yet winter still persisted off and on. On one such morning, I woke up to -17F and made an opportunity to make the most of it. One of my favorite series of shots came from a bridge crossing the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park. Small pieces of ice were carried down the water from farther upstream as an earlier fog coated the trees that lined … Continue reading
A black wolf roams near Biscuit Basin in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
There has always been a voice in the United States that has never liked predator species. In the past, this voice was so strong and powerful that they virtually eliminated all but the most elusive predators from the lower 48, excluding black bears. Once many other predators were gone by the 1930′s, black bears’ numbers began to steadily grow thanks to being spared the wrath of hatred. In addition, in the absence of large predators, even animals like coyotes, whom had only called the mountain regions of the west home, began to explore other regions of the continent. They can now can be found in just about every state across the country, just as their relative, the wolf, once had been.
In 1995, wolves became the subject of enormous controversy, and rather than subsiding once a healthier ecosystem … Continue reading
Grizzly Bear #399 emerges from behind a spruce tree in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
The annual Grand Teton National Park Elk Reduction Hunt has been the subject of controversy for a number of years now, but following the death of a male grizzly along the Snake River, tensions began to escalate between a growing movement of people opposing the hunt, and the park itself.
The hunt has become something of a joke to those who oppose it. They certainly have credence given that many "hunters" can be seen parked along the roadsides south of Blacktail Butte as they sit in their cars with the heater on waiting for elk to wander by, then fire at will as soon as a small herd passes through. Along these lines, I tend to agree with the opposition to the hunt. This behavior is in no way representative of actual hunting. In this … Continue reading
The Moulton Barn on Mormon Row stands before a fiery sunrise on the Teton Mountains in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
The concept of owning land has always confused many Native Americans. Many people have the feeling that just because they legally own land, that they then have the ability to control it in whatever they feel fit. For the most part, that is true. I’m not going to argue legality. What most don’t realize, however, is that as long as you’re on land, you’re on nature, and as long as you’re on nature, nature is going to play by its rules, not the legal system’s.
If it’s not squirrels or gophers interfering with crops, for example, it’s birds. If it’s not one of those examples, it’s a predatory species going after livestock. No matter what the case, the very act of being on the land should come with the … Continue reading
Even with wildlife at a relatively calm and inactive level, we’re still seeing quite a bit of action at Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris. We even have some night classes coming up where I’ll teach you all about night photography. Get in on it while you can!… Continue reading
A coyote steps into Alum Creek in the Hayden Valley of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
July 28, 2012 – Yellowstone Safari
A beaver chews on leaves in its pond in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
July 22, 2012 – Teton Half Day Safari
A young mule deer buck stands near Oxbow Bend in Grand Teton National Park.
July 24, 2012 – Teton Half Day Safari
A black bear cub chews huckleberries growing on bushes on Signal Mountain in Grand Teton National Park.
July 29, 2012 – Teton Half Day Safari
NOTE: We were all safely in the car during this encounter.
Light shining on
The northern lights shine behind and above the Moulton Barn on Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
I was recently asked on my Facebook photography page to do a blog post on how I shot this photo. It seemed like a good idea to me, so here’s the first installment of a series of posts that probably won’t have any kind of regularity, but I hope some people will find useful.
This photo had very little post-processing work done to it; just the usual contrast, exposure, and color settings. One thing I believe heavily in is in getting the shot right from the start in the camera. This includes everything from effects, when possible, to even the cropping. As a result, this is the full crop of this image and the light-painting on the barn was just about the exact exposure I wanted. It only required a slight … Continue reading