The Paintbrush-Cascade Canyon Loop

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.

Whenever planning a backpacking trip in Grand Teton National Park, or any national park, always check with that park’s Visitor Center to inquire about any necessary permits. A free permit is required when backpacking in Grand Teton National Park.

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Distance (loop): 19.2 miles
Difficulty: Strenuous
Best time of year: Summer, Fall

For those with limited time, but want a true excursion into the Teton Mountains, there is no better journey than the Paintbrush-Cascade Canyon Loop. Both canyons deliver tremendous views of both the backcountry of the mountains and overlooks of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Though the scenery is only a sampling that the Tetons have to offer, it is a tremendous representation of the magnificent mountain terrain. - Continue reading

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Who is Grizzly Bear #610?


A video compilation of Grizzly Bear #610 in the final spring with her first set of grizzly bear cubs.

Grizzly Bear #610 of Grand Teton National Park began her life in the shadow of her already beloved mother, #399. Between 2006 and 2008, she was merely referred to as, "one of the cubs." Having achieved enormous adoration from Jackson Hole, Wyoming and well beyond, the inevitable time came for #399 to ween off her cubs and let them go live on their own.

The male of the group, #587, was last seen living well in the Gros Ventre Mountains, east of Jackson Hole. #615 and #610 were the two females working together to aid in their survival that following summer and fall. #615 however was shot that fall by a hunter, leaving #610 on her own. That following spring, #610 was seen frequenting many of the same areas her mother had taught her. - Continue reading

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International Dark Sky Week – How You Can Help

Comet Pan-STARRS dives toward the horizon over the Teton Mountains in the faintest, last light of the day as a meteor streaks above. (Mike Cavaroc)
Comet Pan-STARRS dives toward the horizon over the Teton Mountains in zodiacal light as a meteor streaks above.

We are currently in the middle of International Dark Sky Week, initiated by the International Dark Sky Association running from April 5-11 of 2013. The purpose is to raise awareness of the increasing problem of light pollution around the globe. Most people are aware of light pollution and even poke fun at the fact of how few stars they see while at the same time reminiscing or even hoping for a chance to see a dark, night sky again.

The effects of light pollution deserve much more attention than they get however. It is not just that it prevents humans from seeing a few extra stars at night, it has real health effects that affect both humans and all wildlife in the area. - Continue reading

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Resolving Conflicts by Understanding Right vs Truth

A snow storm drops snow on aspen trees still clinging to fall color late in autumn along Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
Snow on Fall Aspen Trees

Lately, I have been exploring the concept of rightness versus truth. Everyone has the right to believe in what they want to believe in regardless of anyone else’s expectations or beliefs. It is their birthright that no one can take away. Issues arise, however, when those beliefs interact with someone else’s beliefs. The more one person insists that their beliefs are right, the more the other side defends their beliefs until neither side will even listen to one word the other has to say, no matter how true it may be in their experience. This leaves both sides oblivious to the fact that in their defense and anger, they have completely overlooked an underlying truth that will ease both parties. It’s a truth that both will feel resonance with once the guards are lowered and all the options are then available to explore. - Continue reading

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How I Shot It – Bull Moose in Snow Storm

A bull moose walks through sagebrush during a winter storm in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
A bull moose walks through sagebrush during a winter storm in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

One of the trickiest times to photograph wildlife is during a snowstorm. The bright, white snowflakes distract many auto-focus mechanisms on lenses no matter how expensive the glass. Thanks to a bit of modern technology though, there is a more reliable work-around than manually focusing, provided you have an animal that is not moving too quickly.

In the case of this bull moose during a winter storm, I had been attempting to get an auto-focused shot of him, but the snow was so thick, shots were being lost as the snow continued to fall quite heavily. The Canon 7D, along with most newer cameras, have the ability to switch to a live-view mode. By using this feature, I had turned it on showing a preview of the scene, zoomed in by a factor of 10, and was able to get a much more reliable focus of the moose in just a few seconds. - Continue reading

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How I Shot It – Mountain Lion With Kittens

Mountain lion kittens sit cautiously next to their mother in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
Mountain lion kittens sit cautiously next to their mother in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

This isn’t so much a post about the technical aspects of how I got this shot so much as it is a reminder to listen to your intuition. A lot of people confuse intuition with overthinking a certain situation. Intuition does not come with weighing the pros and the cons, nor does it come with analyzing options. It is usually referred to as a gut instinct that often requires you to change your plans to fully experience the true outcome of what it is it’s calling you to.

Such was the case when I got this photo of a mountain lion mother with her two, nearly grown, kittens. (On a side note, it’s been suggested multiple times that these are three kittens. In the tracks I had found that morning, as well as the next day, there was definitely a larger set, implying it was in fact a mother with kittens). - Continue reading

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