About MeI live in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where I explore the deeper reaches of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem while also trying to raise awareness about light pollution and the importance of dark skies through photography and video.
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Boulders overlook the badlands of the McCullough Peaks as the sun rises over the Bighorn Basin of Wyoming.
Driving along Highway 14/16 between Cody, Wyoming and the Bighorn Mountains for most people can be an excruciating experience. Mile after mile yields very little difference in landscape interest as the full stretch offers only a bland, sparsely populated high desert environment with only a small badlands hill sporadically placed across vast distances. As a result, many people would wonder why I would even bring up protecting an area so void of interest. Hidden beyond the main highway, however, is a completely different landscape obscured by its deceptively barren foreground.Why The McCullough Peaks Herd Management Area?
The drive along the highway brings you parallel to the McCullough Peaks Herd Management Area managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). As mentioned, from the highway, it looks like nothing more than a wasteland waiting to be rescued from the oil and gas industry.
Below are my favorite photos from guiding this past week with Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris. Get in touch with them asap if you’re interested in a tour. Spaces are filling up fast!
Below I’ve even included this week’s top Yellowstone Darwin Award contestant!
A cow moose turns her attention ahead of her in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
July 2, 2012 – Yellowstone Day Safari
A bull elk looks over its shoulders carrying a velvet antler rack in Yellowstone National Park.
June 30, 2012 – Yellowstone Day Safari
Two pronghorn does look back curiously in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
July 3, 2012 – Grand Teton Half Day Safari
A young male moose looks over curiously in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
July 1, 2012 – Grand Teton Half Day Safari
A man tries his best to be gored by a bison, despite warnings from a crowd of people in Yellowstone National Park.
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.
A pronghorn doe wanders through hilly grasslands in Yellowstone National Park, Montana.
This past month I’ve begun revisiting my black and white collection. I’ve even been trying some new concepts and ideas with some of them. It’s come as a result of seeing some work that I was familiar with, but seeing it again at this point in time struck me with more motivation and inspiration than when I had originally looked at it.
One such example was Nick Brandt. A friend had posted on his Facebook profile yesterday a link to his work, and while I was already familiar with it, I didn’t really appreciate it until I looked at some examples again yesterday. While I certainly enjoyed the work I saw, it was one specific photo that caught my attention and had me more motivated than ever to try some new things.
A panoramic closeup of the face of a pronghorn in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park.
This was almost thrown away because it was zoomed in way too close and there wasn’t much of a composition I could find with it, until of course the idea of cropping down to a panorama came into mind. All of a sudden, a shot I was ready to completely throw away began to grow on me. It didn’t just grow on me, it immediately became one of my favorite shots from my quick jaunt up to Yellowstone National Park this past weekend.
Pronghorn are very skittish animals and typically run away as soon as anything other than another pronghorn gets near them. This one however wasn’t quite so quick to run and allowed me to get a couple of shots where I was probably zoomed in too much.
A pronghorn stands beneath smoke from the Antelope Fire of 2010 in Yellowstone National Park.
Apologies for the lack of posts lately (again). I’ve got about two weeks worth of photos that I’ve barely even touched. I’ve had quite a bit of projects keeping me busy lately, but I’ve made a couple of major shifts in my life that should ease up some of the stress I’ve been under.
Given the busy nature I’ve been experiencing lately, I found it extremely helpful to escape up to Yellowstone National Park, even if only for a night. While I was too far away for a decent photo, I was able to see wolves and their pups near the Lamar Valley, which was a great sight to see! On the way out of the Lamar Valley, I spotted this pronghorn standing rather majestically on top of a ridge.