Black Bear Sow Protecting Cub

Grizzly Bear and Spring Wildlife Photography Workshop

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. – Continue reading

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12 Favorite Photos from 2013

January

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.

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. – Continue reading

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The Trophic Cascade from the Gray Wolf

The Canyon Wolf Pack alpha pair lead their pups along a ridge near Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park.

I won’t waste your time in discussing political agendas and biases for and against the gray wolf. We all know that it is a controversial species that many feel is not at all welcome in nature, despite the fact that it has been an integral part of that very nature for tens of thousands of years. Virtually all of the biases against these mystical creatures comes from a simple misunderstanding of their very nature. In previous posts, I have discussed at length why more wolves are needed across the country and dissected the bias from both standpoints. One key factor I have never laid out in full detail, however, is the trophic cascade of events that happens once wolves reestablish a healthy presence in their chosen environment. – Continue reading

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Best of Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris – July 19-31, 2012

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.

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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! – Continue reading

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.
June 26, 2012 – Yellowstone Safari

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.
June 25, 2012 – Teton Day Safari

A line of bison migrate in front of the Teton Mountains 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.

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. – Continue reading

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