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.
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12 Favorite Photos from 2012

As always, clicking on an image will bring you to a higher quality version.

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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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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How to Always Capture Wildlife in Action

A snowy owl flies above a grassy field in Boundary Bay Regional Park, British Columbia, Canada. (Mike Cavaroc)
A snowy owl flies above a grassy field in Boundary Bay Regional Park, British Columbia, Canada.

Many people think that just because they learn how to operate in Manual mode (M), that they need to keep it there to get the best shots. I can’t even begin to tell you how many great photos I would have missed if there were any truth to that.

The simple fact is, the other modes are there to help you get important shots when time is a factor, such as with wildlife. I’ll certainly use M if I have the time to set up something like a landscape. If I’m out shooting wildlife, however, I keep my camera set to Time Value (Tv), also known as Shutter Priority. This way, if I happen upon an animal, my camera is already set to a shutter speed that I know I can hold steady for crisp shots.
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