Best of Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris – July 6-18

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, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
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, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
A small herd of bison rest and graze beneath the Teton Mountains in Grand Teton National Park.
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Best of Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris – June 7-14, 2012

I’m starting a new (hopefully) weekly post where I’ll be showcasing the best photos taken from the previous week on the wildlife safaris I guide people on for Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris. All images were captured on a wildlife safari in Yellowstone or Grand Teton National Parks while I was guiding, and of course, all animals are wild animals in their natural habitat.

An osprey flies above Lewis Falls in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
An osprey flies above Lewis Falls in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. An adult cow moose rests in a small meadow of grass near an aspen tree and Cottonwood Creek in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
A moose rests in a small meadow of grass near an aspen tree and Cottonwood Creek in Grand Teton National Park. A tagged black bear eats in a grassy meadow leftover from a forest fire 2-3 years prior in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
A black bear eats in a grassy meadow leftover from a forest fire 2-3 years prior in Grand Teton National Park. Grizzly Bear #399's two orphaned cubs of 2012, Ash and Brownie, graze beneath a pine tree in Grand Teton National Park. Ash pauses to look up at his/her sibling. (Mike Cavaroc)
Grizzly Bear #399’s two orphaned cubs of 2012, Ash and Brownie, graze beneath a pine tree. A great gray owl scours the landscape in search of food in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
A great gray owl scours the landscape in search of food 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. (Mike Cavaroc)
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.
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Bittersweet Moment with a Great Gray Owl

A great gray owl takes flight from a spruce tree in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
A great gray owl takes flight from a spruce tree in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

For those of us who are either near or farsighted, glasses are a very nice convenience when you don’t feel like bothering with contact lenses, nor do they wind up irritating our eyes after a certain amount of time. Despite the conveniences though, I’ve become much more motivated to wear contacts more while shooting out in the cold after yesterday’s experience.

My plan was to drive up into Grand Teton National Park to do a snowshoe hike to try to catch a few landscapes and hope to have a run-in with a critter or two. I parked at my eventual destination and found my roommate there looking into the trees with his camera, so I knew he had spotted something of interest. Sure enough, he was fixed on a great gray owl in the trees who flew back toward the base of a hill just as I had gotten out of my car.
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Great Gray Owl Resting

A great gray owl rests in a spruce tree in northern Jackson, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
A great gray owl rests perched in a spruce tree with one eye open in Jackson, Wyoming.

Evidence that spring is right around the corner is popping up all over Jackson Hole, Wyoming as more and more varying wildlife is beginning to sprout up as the temperatures do the same.

Several great gray owls in particular have been seen all within a few miles of each other as they take advantage of the snow softening and melting. This is one of three that have been seen together in one particular location. Another photographer was kind enough to let me hook in to his 600mm with which this shot was taken as the owl was just beginning to come out of a long nap.
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