"A Sand County Almanac"

"THERE ARE SOME WHO CAN LIVE WITHOUT WILD THINGS AND SOME WHO CANNOT."
"FOR US IN THE MINORITY THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE GEESE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN TELEVISION.".....Aldo Leopold

"THE TABLES TURNED"

"COME FORTH INTO THE LIGHT OF THINGS. LET NATURE BE YOUR TEACHER"....William Wordsworth


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Foxes Seemed To Be Everywhere This Year in GTNP

If you have been following my blog recently you will remember that I have mentioned several encounters with foxes during our recent trip.  The first was a litter born in the Colter Bay campground that we located by the group of photographers waiting for them to appear...


We met many of these same folks at other locations and animal jams during our stay.  Some are quite well known wildlife photographers, some are passionate hobbyists, but all have a love for wildlife and nature.

These little cuties are the reason all of the photographers have gathered...


When we returned to Colter Bay after five weeks in Yellowstone we found they had grown into energetic youngsters almost ready to leave the den and strike out on their own...



 Another active den that drew a great deal of attention from photographers was located under an unoccupied building at the Exum Climbers School near Jenny Lake...


This den was a mix of typical looking red fox kits, and the more uncommon cross fox kits...



While visiting the Murie Center I was greeted by this adult fox carrying a Wyoming ground squirrel and a long tailed weasel...




Wyoming Ground Squirrels are extremely plentiful and seem to be bent on suicide as they dash out in front of traffic on almost all roads in Jackson Hole. They provide a bountiful food source for predators and scavengers alike...


This ground squirrel became a meal in the Gros Ventre River valley...



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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Jackson Hole Landscapes

A long time ago, when I was just beginning my career in photography, someone once told me to "never exhibit or publish a photograph that you needed to apologize for".  I'm not sure why that advice has stayed with me all these years, but I am going to ignore it for this post.  I am not a "landscape" photographer so I must apologize in advance for the following photos.  The indescribable beauty of the Jackson Hole area is worthy of the efforts of someone much more skilled than I.

The first photo in this post was taken near the small town of Kelly one evening, just after a rain shower had passed through the area.  I waited for the bison to walk under the rainbow...


Jackson Hole is famous for the Teton Mountain Range that runs along the western side of the valley.  It is almost impossible for one to ignore the majesty and beauty of these mountains...




As one gets closer to the mountain range the beautiful meadows filled with colorful wildflowers compete with the mountain peaks for one's attention...




The Snake River figures prominently, running the length of Jackson Hole and offering recreational and photographic opportunities at every turn...






This post is growing long.  I will continue sharing landscape photos of Jackson Hole in my next blog update. 

As always, be well and thanks for visiting.

Jackson Hole Landscapes, Continued

While we were in Jackson Hole for the second time this summer a young wolf was hit by a car and killed.  Naturally this sparked our interest in viewing and photographing a wolf in Grand Teton National Park.  We were directed to an area call Uhl Hill where a den was reported.  In spite of several attempts to locate a wolf, it was not to be.  On the floor of the valley, at the base of Uhl Hill, there are some very interesting rock formations...

 
There are numerous openings that look as if they could serve well as a den for wildlife...
 


 

While waiting for a wolf to appear we did notice several birds using some of the cavities as nesting sites. The most notable being prairie falcons.  One opening especially captured my attention and imagination.  This entrance was almost at the top of the hill and appeared to be large enough for a person to walk through with little effort.  My overactive imagination pictured pre-historic humans at the entrance, perhaps scanning the valley below for woolly mammoths or giant bison...



During one of our evening "sits" a storm passed by making the sky dark and ominous.  In short order the clouds separated allowing rays of sunlight to paint the distant hillside.  It was an inspiring experience to watch as nature changed our environment in a matter of minutes...



I always try to note the Aspens in their various stages of growth...


 
 

 
 One well known landmark is "Sleeping Indian Mountain".  Although technically this formation is on "Sheep Mountain" it is best known by it's unofficial name.  Here it is on different days, and under various lighting conditions...

 


We found this campsite in national forest land above the National Elk Refuge...
 
 
The view from the summit of Signal Mountain...


The next photo is of the Cunningham Cabin.  One of the few remaining relics of the homesteading era when land was free to anyone who wished to claim it.  It was built in 1888.  A complete detailed history is available online...

 
The last photos in this post were taken from the valley floor.  I zoomed the Tamron out to 600mm and shot some of the peaks as I traveled about the valley...
 

 



 Thanks for letting me share just a little scenery of the awesome place called Jackson Hole.