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.
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The 12 Best Photos from 2011

January Pilgrim Mountain in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming rests under glowing sunset clouds. (Mike Cavaroc)
Pilgrim Mountain in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming rests under glowing sunset clouds.

I found myself rather unproductive in early 2011 in terms of stills. With the recent purchase of a 7D and getting it up to working order, as well as discovering time-lapse photography, my still photography became a bit stagnant. As a result, most of my work was in the form of a time-lapse and before finding a good balance of time-lapse, video and still, I even wondered if I would move entirely into video. Eventually the balance did work itself out and once I had my 7D back and functioning properly the following spring, it was full-steam ahead in every direction!

I discovered this image during that time after forgetting about it. I was looking back through a day in January where I hadn’t shot very much at all, but saw potential in a nice sunset above Pilgrim Mountain.
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Court of the Patriarchs in Zion Canyon

The Virgin River flows past the Court of the Patriarchs in Zion Canyon of Zion National Park, Utah. (Mike Cavaroc)
The Virgin River flows past the Court of the Patriarchs in Zion Canyon of Zion National Park, Utah.

Zion Canyon in Zion National Park can be a tricky place for sunrise or sunset. Locations for capturing direct light on any of the surrounding peaks or canyon walls is pretty minimal, so as a result, I began scouting out some potential shots, and eventually settled on the Court of the Patriarchs with the Virgin River as the foreground. While it wasn’t a spectacular sunset, there were a few clouds in the sky that made it worth it and provided a good amount of interest to round out the whole scene.

Zion National Park was the first national park I ever visited back in 2004, so it holds a good amount of sentimentality for me, and seeing the towering sandstone peaks is always a welcome sight.
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Teton Changes – Video of Fall in Grand Teton National Park


A video compilation of fall landscapes and wildlife in and around Jackson Hole, WY and Grand Teton National Park.

I’ll be leaving on a road trip soon and before I left, I wanted to get all my fall video compiled together into one video. While I didn’t get to use all the clips I wanted to, I still thought that it came out nicely.

The song I used, by Epic Soul Factory, was perfect until it hit a bit of a change of mood. I didn’t have enough clips to account for the short, dark section, so I had to edit the song just a bit so it would fit what I was trying to do. For that, I apologize to the original artist.

Regardless, this should give you a little glimpse into the area in the fall season. Wildlife comes out more in preparation for the winter, as fall leaves rest below snow-capped peaks all across the valley.
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Bull Moose at Autumn Oxbow Bend

A bull moose eats from Oxbow Bend as he is reflected with fall colors in the water in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
A bull moose eats from Oxbow Bend as he’s reflected with fall colors in the water in Grand Teton National Park.

With the falls colors fading, wildlife is beginning to pop back out as animals prepare for the winter in their own respective way. A bull moose has been hanging around Oxbow Bend for much of the summer and came out into the water recently for some great reflections with the remaining fall colors. There were a few from this series, but I thought this shot captured the scene best.
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Fall Colors and the Moose-Wilson Road Controversy

Fall leaves decorate aspen trees and hawthorne bushes along Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
Fall leaves decorate aspen trees and hawthorn bushes along Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park.

Yesterday, the Moose-Wilson Road opened up after a number of days of being closed early, due to grizzly bears being seen there for the first time since Grand Teton National Park’s inception. Many cried foul, but the park service stood its ground and kept it closed as long as grizzlies were present. With so many black bears seen every year on the road, why the sudden change in policy? Was it really worth closing off an entire road?

The park cites that "…when there is a conflict between conserving resources and values and providing for the enjoyment of them, conservation is to be predominant." My first reaction was to side with those that felt the park had gone too far, but once I got past the fact that I wasn’t getting photos of my favorite animal, I accepted the extra protection.
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