Should Wyoming’s Bighorn Basin Be a National Park?

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?

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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. – Continue reading

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Best of Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris – June 22-29, 2012

Below are my preferred shots from the past week of guiding with Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris. The heat is beginning to take its toll on some of the wildlife, but that hasn’t prevented us from still getting to see plenty of animals. Get in touch with them if you’d like me to guide you out there! – Continue reading

A small herd of bison rest beneath Blacktail Butte and the Teton Mountains in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
June 25, 2012 – Teton Day Safari

A coyote stands in sagebrush and vegetation in the Hayden Valley of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
June 26, 2012 – Yellowstone Safari

A male bison rests in sagebrush in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
June 25, 2012 – Teton Day Safari

A mule deer poses next to lupine wildflowers in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
June 25, 2012 – Teton Day Safari

A line of bison migrate in front of the Teton Mountains in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

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Art Association of Jackson Hole’s First Annual Photography Competition Series

Last night concluded the Art Association of Jackson Hole’s first annual photography competition series. It was a four-part, juried competition with a different theme each week. Though I never placed first, I did receive 3rd place in the first week and 2nd place in the second week. I was very surprised and honored, however, when I was awarded Best in Show last night at the final opening. The reasoning I was told was because in addition to getting an entry into each competition, I still maintained my personal style and consistency of work despite the wide range of categories.

Below are my entries, along with each theme.

Energy and Adrenaline – 3rd Place

A dramatic sunset casts a pink glow over the North Fork of Cascade Canyon in Grand Teton National Park.

For Energy and Adrenaline, I knew a thunderstorm would best convey that premise through my work. – Continue reading

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Jackson Hole Spring Time-Lapse Video

A time-lapse video compilation featuring scenes from Jackson Hole and Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.

I finally put together a new time-lapse video of some footage I had been collecting from earlier this summer and spring. Most of it is taken in and around Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Grand Teton National Park, with a couple of scenes from Yellowstone National Park mixed in there. The final two scenes were of the Perseid Meteor Shower from this year and the northern lights from August 5th the previous week, respectively.

For this video, I upgraded to Sony Vegas Move Studio HD Platinum 11, which I have been very pleased with thus far. It seems as though all my complaints from version 10 were addressed and fixed. – Continue reading

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Rewarded Patience in the North Fork of Cascade Canyon

A dramatic sunset casts a pink glow over the North Fork of Cascade Canyon in Grand Teton National Park.

Weather in the Tetons can change in what seems to be an instant. A warm, sunny day had just transformed into a chilly, overcast day with a strong, threatening breeze. I had just arrived at my chosen campsite in the North Fork of Cascade Canyon in Grand Teton National Park when "bad" weather immediately began encroaching. I set my pack down and scoped out the scenery when thunder began to echo off peaks and canyon walls, reverberating from one wall to another and back and forth. It was a chillingly sublime sound. I sought temporary shelter underneath a large boulder while waiting for the storm to pass. A paranoia of lightning kept me nervously huddled uncomfortably low below the boulder.

While the rain made its best, yet futile, effort to drench me, I realized that this was actually the first thunderstorm that I’ve ever had to wait out while hiking or backpacking. – Continue reading

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Hiking the Gros Ventre Wilderness

Jackson Peak looms in the background of a field of indian paintbrush wildflowers in the Gros Ventre Wilderness of Wyoming.

This past weekend, I backpacked into the Gros Ventre Wilderness for the first time (pronounced ‘grow vont’). I had hiked in a bit previously, but never backpacked in, nor gone to such a remote spot.

The Gros Ventre Wilderness is Grand Teton National Park’s immediate southeastern neighbor. As a result, much of it borders the southeastern boundaries of Jackson Hole. The wilderness is comprised of a section of the Gros Ventre Mountains that, for the most part, go completely ignored by most visitors since they’re in the opposite direction of the Tetons that capture so many peoples’ attention. Two prominent peaks are visible from the valley and demand at least some recognition, but can’t even hint at the natural beauty that lies behind them. – Continue reading

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