About MeI live in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where I explore the deeper reaches of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem while also trying to raise awareness about light pollution and the importance of dark skies through photography and video.
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This past Friday, we wrapped up our first annual Grizzly Bear and Spring Wildlife Photography Workshop. There were two workshops spanning five days each scouring both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks for grizzly bears, wolves, black bears, bison calves, and all the other wildlife that calls Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks home. Though I was out recovering from a nasty virus for the first workshop, I was able to lead the second one, both coming out a huge success! Due to my absence from the first workshop, this will be a summary of the second workshop, though I was told the first week was able to find a whopping 38 different bears!
For the second week, we started our drive from Jackson on Antelope Flats in Grand Teton National Park immersed in a healthy bison herd with the Teton Mountains providing a dramatic backdrop.
Together with Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris, I’m offering a spring wildlife photography workshop that focuses on finding the apex predators of the region, along with all the other spring offspring flourishing throughout the ecosystem.
We’ll spend the first few days exploring Grand Teton National Park in search of the grizzly bears that have begun to leave their mark on the park while also capturing and taking advantage of all the other wildlife we find along the way. Most of the time will be spent where we encounter grizzlies most often, so much of the attention will go to them, but we will certainly take advantage of other opportunities and sights in between the grizzly bear opportunities.
After a few days in Teton Park, we’ll head up north in search of the famous Yellowstone wolves as well as other grizzlies and abundant wildlife.
The American West is currently in a state of tensioned flux. The Old West built the foundation for the very land that we have come to love so much. The New West is trying to alter it in ways that upsets much of what The Old West was founded on. Both sides ignite angst in the other. The Old West cares about the land in its own way, wanting to preserve the land for ranching and recreation that founded the landscapes. Meanwhile, The New West wants to conserve everything, leaving The Old West wondering where there would be room for ranching. One solution could be simpler than we realize.
What people love about the American West is that there is still plenty of open space inspiring everyone who visits or who is fortunate enough to call a western region home.
It is an unavoidable consequence of living in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. We frequently hear of someone getting too close to an animal and subsequently gored, causing severe injuries. Many onlookers consistently watch the patience of other animals tested to the brink as tourist after tourist almost seem to take pride in pushing the limit of how they can push the temperament of one of the native species, even if it is a one-ton animal. After all, that makes the bragging rights that much more "impressive." Often people are completely oblivious to the health and concern of the animal itself, surrounding it as if it were a decoration set out by one of the park employees for work.
Upon observing this behavior, people often ask, "What on Earth are they thinking?!" The simple answer is, they’re not.
I missed last week’s update, so here’s two weeks worth of favorite photos from my guided safaris with Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris. We had a lot of rain and clouds move in which helped with a lot of the wildlife shots, and even a few landscapes! I also hit Old Faithful a little later than normal recently and was able to catch a rainbow at the base of the eruption. I’ve been adding plenty more photos in addition to what’s here, so be sure to check out all the galleries for plenty more and be sure to get in touch with Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris to reserve your trip. Clicking on any photo will allow you to purchase a print if you’re interested.
A great gray owl flies past a bare tree limb in Grand Teton National Park.
July 17, 2012 – Half Day Grand Teton Safari
A small herd of bison rest and graze beneath the Teton Mountains in Grand Teton National Park.
Below are my favorite photos from guiding this past week with Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris. Get in touch with them asap if you’re interested in a tour. Spaces are filling up fast!
Below I’ve even included this week’s top Yellowstone Darwin Award contestant!
A cow moose turns her attention ahead of her in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
July 2, 2012 – Yellowstone Day Safari
A bull elk looks over its shoulders carrying a velvet antler rack in Yellowstone National Park.
June 30, 2012 – Yellowstone Day Safari
Two pronghorn does look back curiously in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
July 3, 2012 – Grand Teton Half Day Safari
A young male moose looks over curiously in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
July 1, 2012 – Grand Teton Half Day Safari
A man tries his best to be gored by a bison, despite warnings from a crowd of people in Yellowstone National Park.