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12 Favorite Photos from 2013

January

Mountain lion kittens sit cautiously behind their mother in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

Certainly one of the most exciting moments of the year was when I found myself sharing a trail with cougars. This was not just the first time I had ever seen wild cougars, it was the first time I had ever seen wild cats at all. The excitement I felt in the moment was overwhelming, and equally was the disappointment when they began to run away. Taking ample time to fully immerse myself in the scene, and not just grab a few shots, it became a defining moment that I will not soon forget.

February

A coyote quietly sneaks through snow and sagebrush in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

Yellowstone always provides a great getaway during the winter. Plenty of wildlife scours the blanket of snow for traces of food during the harsh winters, much of it unconcerned if a road crosses its path. – Continue reading

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Warm Spell of Winter Video Compilation

A video compilation featuring winter footage from Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks and beyond.

Winter appears to winding down here in Jackson Hole, Wyoming significantly early. I suppose Mother Nature felt bad for giving us such a short summer last year, so if weather stays consistent, we’ll have an extra month this year!

For the most part, winter wasn’t incredibly eventful. The title comes from winter being unusually warm much of the time. There were certainly plenty of cold days as well as a pretty respectable amount of snow, but it never really "felt" like a Jackson Hole winter. As a result, much of the wildlife didn’t follow their usual rounds and so sightings weren’t quite as frequent or predictable. Luckily though, there’s still always wildlife to be found and sometimes even gives you a little surprise.

One such occasion was when a black wolf and a mule deer buck had a two-day standoff just off the highway, captivating the town. – Continue reading

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Northern Lights Over Jackson Hole, Wyoming

The Aurora Borealis, aka northern lights, light up over Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

I was giving up on this so-called great solar storm around midnight last night. Skies had clouded up just after sunset, the impact wasn’t as strong as they had predicted, and I was getting tired. Just out of curiosity, I checked the immediate aurora forecast and saw that activity was beginning to pick up to where it might show up down here in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I went out onto my balcony, which faces north, to do a quick test shot just to see if I would even get anything. To my surprise, the clouds had thinned out considerably and were even beginning to clear out, so I grabbed my gear and headed out.

My instincts weren’t very good last night because despite getting some nice shots, given another chance (which may happen within the next few days!), I would go to completely different spots, and in general just be more prepared. – Continue reading

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The 12 Best Photos from 2011

January

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. – Continue reading

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Lunar Eclipse Time-Lapse, December 2011

The lunar eclipse of December, 2011 sets behind the South Teton of Grand Teton National Park.

This morning marked the last total lunar eclipse until 2014. I headed up to Kelly, Wyoming in Grand Teton National Park with another photographer to shoot a time-lapse with the eclipse already well underway. Prior to this eclipse, weather and lack of opportunities has thus far limited my experiences with eclipses, so my timing was a bit off. However I was able to come away with this time-lapse which made me happy. – Continue reading

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Teton Changes – Video of Fall in Grand Teton National Park

A video compilation of fall landscapes and wildlife in and around Jackson Hole, WY and Grand Teton National Park.

I’ll be leaving on a road trip soon and before I left, I wanted to get all my fall video compiled together into one video. While I didn’t get to use all the clips I wanted to, I still thought that it came out nicely.

The song I used, by Epic Soul Factory, was perfect until it hit a bit of a change of mood. I didn’t have enough clips to account for the short, dark section, so I had to edit the song just a bit so it would fit what I was trying to do. For that, I apologize to the original artist.

Regardless, this should give you a little glimpse into the area in the fall season. Wildlife comes out more in preparation for the winter, as fall leaves rest below snow-capped peaks all across the valley. – Continue reading

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