Fall Colors Near Shadow Mountain

A large autumn aspen grove below stormy weather, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming (Mike Cavaroc)
A large autumn aspen grove below stormy weather, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

With several projects going on right now, I was able to find time to take a little afternoon escape into some fall colors of Jackson Hole. I headed over to the Shadow Mountain area, along the eastern boundary of Grand Teton National Park, and began hiking around the game trails to guide me through the meadows and aspen groves.

Abstract autumn aspen tree trunks and leaves, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming (Mike Cavaroc)
Abstract autumn aspen tree trunks and leaves, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

I had hoped to hike up part of Shadow Mountain as well, where even more bright colors were waiting, no doubt with tremendous views below, but I found the few hours I had to play at the base plenty to satisfy my craving to get outdoors. Since it had been almost three weeks since I last hiked, it was a welcome break from sitting at the computer and running around town.
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A New Year’s Resolution You Can Actually Keep

Fog lifts around the Teton Mountains and above East Gros Ventre Butte as seen from the National Elk Refuge near Jackson, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
Fog lifts around the Teton Mountains and above East Gros Ventre Butte as seen from the National Elk Refuge near Jackson, Wyoming.

Many people have made New Year’s Resolutions, and most won’t be kept. The problem with the average New Year’s Resolution is that it’s such a drastic departure from a normal routine that it becomes very easy to break. In most cases, it also comes at a cost that most people don’t want to experience: cutting out sugar; waking up much earlier to run; etc. Without seeing much evidence for any immediate change, old habits revert back to a natural routine. What if you could adapt a New Year’s Resolution that not only brought about noticeable change, but actually made you feel better? We’ve all experienced that feeling of invincibility, where nothing could bring us down. What if that feeling, where no matter what someone said we were still flying high, could become the norm?
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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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Is ‘Sacred Land’ Still Relevant?

A springtime snowfall blankets Antelope Flats and Blacktail Butte in front of the fog-covered Teton Mountains in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
A springtime snowfall blankets Antelope Flats and Blacktail Butte in front of the Teton Mountains in Grand Teton National Park.

‘Sacred Land’ is a term that’s been so overused and muddied that as soon as we hear it, we think about a Native American tribe quibbling over a section of land or a mountain peak, for example. If we strip away the labels and truly look into its actual meaning, we find that it’s something that each and every one of us have within us, whether it’s a national park that we’ve bonded with, or the current area we reside in. The term ‘Sacred Land’ can really be applied to anything we feel compelled to return to.

For me, Grand Teton National Park and its surrounding areas are what I would consider sacred. It’s why I’m so appalled that hunting is allowed in and around the park because this belief extends into everything that the park encompasses.
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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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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

A bull moose walks through Kelly Warm Springs runoff on a frigid Christmas morning of 2011 near Kelly, Wyoming in Grand Teton National Park. (Mike Cavaroc)
A bull moose walks through Kelly Warm Springs runoff on a frigid Christmas morning of 2011 near Kelly, Wyoming.

I just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays for the 2011 season!

I treated myself to a quick trip up to Kelly, Wyoming in Grand Teton National Park for the morning where I found two young bull moose in the Kelly Warm Springs runoff, one of them pictured here. With the frigid temperatures and the steam rising from the warm water, it made for some incredibly moody shots! In addition to that, I was also given my first wolf sighting of the season! This moose was certainly the better shots, but nevertheless, seeing a couple of wolves this morning definitely got me a bit more excited for some winter wildlife.
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