Lyrid Meteor Shower Over Oxbow Bend

A meteor from the Lyrid Meteor Shower streaks across the night sky above Signal Mountain and Oxbow Bend in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
A meteor from the Lyrid Meteor Shower streaks above Oxbow Bend and Signal Mountain.

For those that weren’t aware, Saturday night was the peak of the Lyrid Meteor Shower. It was my last night staying up in the Jackson Lake Lodge area, so I figured I’d make the most of it and give my new Sigma 20mm f/1.8 a good test. As you can see, it works pretty well! There seems to be a bit of distortion on the edges, but nothing too horrendous. Overall I’m happy with it and am really excited to shoot more night shots.

The meteor shower itself, while it technically didn’t peak until the early hours before sunrise on Sunday, still got underway a couple of hours after sunset. That meant roughly 10:30-11pm here in Jackson Hole. I headed down to Oxbow Bend just before 10pm anyway to get set up and began shooting from there.
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Dawn at Oxbow Bend

Earth's Shadow settles behind the Teton Mountains and Oxbow Bend of Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
Earth’s shadow rests behind Mount Moran, the Teton Mountains and Oxbow Bend.

I recently spent a few days up in Grand Teton National Park, finally taking advantage of a friend’s offer to use their guest bed at the employee housing of Jackson Lake Lodge. I spent much of my time in the Oxbow Bend area hoping to see some wildlife, but I only saw one fox who could run faster than I could grab my camera. The snow is still obviously very thick up there, which is probably why there was only one bear sighting the entire time I was there, despite plenty of tracks. You can see from this image of Oxbow Bend that eventhough it’s late in April, this image could easily pass for January. Interestingly enough it felt like it too when I was taking it.

Just make sure that when life hands you an opportunity, you jump on it (especially if it’s a bed!).
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A Teton Winter – Landscape and Wildlife Video

A video and time-lapse compilation in and around Grand Teton National Park of the wildlife and landscapes.

With both cameras still out for repair, I put together another video, this time using many more clips and even incorporating some time-lapse sequences. I had been wanting to put together a longer video to do this, but never did find a song long enough that fit the mood I was looking for. I went back to another track from zero-project, the same artist I used in my first time-lapse video compilation, and found the music not only perfect for what I was wanting, but was long enough to give me the flexibility I needed in adding in more diversity in the clips.

Most clips come from Grand Teton National Park, however for frequent visitors to the area, you might also recognize some bison and waterfalls from Yellowstone National Park, bighorn sheep from the National Elk Refuge and mountain goats from the Snake River Canyon.
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Jackson Hole Winter Wildlife Video Compilation

A video compilation of winter wildlife found in and around Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Lately I’ve been a little lacking in things to post due to some camera issues. After getting back from Yellowstone National Park last month, I sent in my 5D to finally address some hot pixels that had popped up on the sensor a long time ago, as well as getting an overdue cleaning on it. During that time, I began going back and forth again with Canon about the softness of images I was getting from my 7D. I had sent it in back in January and they pretty much chalked it up to user error, which in doing my research, is actually pretty common. I then ran through several tests, made some tweaks and really began to understand how those errors could have happened and why they were so quick to assume that’s what it was.
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Late Fall Panorama at Oxbow Bend

A panoramic image of the waters of Oxbow Bend reflecting sunset over Grand Teton National Park.

Earlier this week I headed up into Grand Teton National Park in search of some wildlife, but instead came away with several landscapes I really liked. One was the previous post, the other being this panorama of Oxbow Bend looking east, among others. It’s been a while since I was able to capture a shot of Oxbow Bend that I really liked looking west, but as long as the eastern skies keeping looking like this, I’ll be perfectly happy capturing that view. I was especially liking the fog growing on the far end of the opposite shore.
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Photographic Reminders at Oxbow Bend

Sunset lights up the clouds above Oxbow Bend in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
Clouds light up above Oxbow Bend in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

The other night I drove out to Oxbow Bend in Grand Teton National Park to check on the fall colors, and while I was there, catch a nice sunset since there were a number of clouds in the area. As is the case this time of year, there were several dozen photographers all lined up along the shores hoping to catch an iconic shot of such a well-known part of the park. I worked my way down onto the bank and found myself one of the few spots left that wasn’t barging in on someone else’s shot.

During the wait I noticed everyone’s cameras pointed directly at Mount Moran simply waiting for magical light to explode into a currently dull scene. A short while later I looked behind me and noticed the clouds to everyone’s backs glowing furiously and creating a beautiful reflection in the waters of Oxbow Bend.
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