12 Favorite Photos from 2013

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

Certainly one of the most exciting moments of the year was when I found myself sharing a trail with cougars. This was not just the first time I had ever seen wild cougars, it was the first time I had ever seen wild cats at all. The excitement I felt in the moment was overwhelming, and equally was the disappointment when they began to run away. Taking ample time to fully immerse myself in the scene, and not just grab a few shots, it became a defining moment that I will not soon forget.

February
A coyote quietly sneaks through snow and sagebrush in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
A coyote quietly sneaks through snow and sagebrush in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

Yellowstone always provides a great getaway during the winter. Plenty of wildlife scours the blanket of snow for traces of food during the harsh winters, much of it unconcerned if a road crosses its path.
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12 Favorite Photos from 2012

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January

Hoar frost clings to trees along the Snake River on a chilly January morning in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
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 the river in hoarfrost.
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Revisiting Black and White Wildlife Photography

A pronghorn doe wanders through hilly grasslands in Yellowstone National Park, Montana. (Mike Cavaroc)
A pronghorn doe wanders through hilly grasslands in Yellowstone National Park, Montana.

This past month I’ve begun revisiting my black and white collection. I’ve even been trying some new concepts and ideas with some of them. It’s come as a result of seeing some work that I was familiar with, but seeing it again at this point in time struck me with more motivation and inspiration than when I had originally looked at it.

One such example was Nick Brandt. A friend had posted on his Facebook profile yesterday a link to his work, and while I was already familiar with it, I didn’t really appreciate it until I looked at some examples again yesterday. While I certainly enjoyed the work I saw, it was one specific photo that caught my attention and had me more motivated than ever to try some new things.
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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. (Mike Cavaroc)
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.
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Cliff Palace Black and White at Mesa Verde National Park

Ruins at the Cliff Palace of Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado stand intact after hundreds of years of weathering. (Mike Cavaroc)
Ruins at the Cliff Palace of Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado stand intact after hundreds of years.

Note: This is a minimally processed photo. I’m on my laptop so the final version may or may not change in terms of processing once I’m back home.

The Cliff Palace ruins at Mesa Verde National Park are a remarkable sight to see. For $3, I was able to take a quick tour of it led by a ranger providing all kinds of insight into its history. Unfortunately though, one of the pieces of information he gave us was that we could probably some of the last people to go near it.

He began to discuss the history on how it was built and that it simply wasn’t ideal for the long-term and that the entire structure itself is becoming very unstable. As a result, Mesa Verde National Park is currently considering closing Cliff Palace permanently beginning in the spring of 2012.
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Jackson Peak in Black and White

A black and white photo of clouds hovering above Jackson Peak in the Gros Ventre Wilderness, east of Jackson, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
Jackson Peak of the Gros Ventre Wilderness near Jackson Hole, Wyoming in black and white.

This is a bit of a diversion from my normal black and white work in that I actually softened it a bit rather than doing the opposite and adding most contrast to the edges. The clouds above Jackson Peak in the Gros Ventre Wilderness had a very relaxing, soft look to them and so any time I tried bumping the clarity up, it just didn’t look right. Finally I slid it back, something I almost never do, and it brought out the look that I was going for. This was taken along Gros Ventre Road along the Gros Ventre River where there are excellent views of Jackson Peak all along the way.
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