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December “Keeper” Images

Winter took a firm grip on the Jackson Hole valley in December. Snow coated the mountains, then began to blanket the sage flats and lower elevations—pushing wildlife towards the south end of the valley and onto the National Elk Refuge. The clouds that blocked the sun and mountain ranges on some days were spectacular on others. Below is a large cross section of images I took during the month. There are a lot…and I could have added two or three times more! It was a great month!

Time Out Dec1

Time Out- Dec. 1: Taken on Miller Butte in the National Elk Refuge. Rams will often chase Ewes relentlessly during the rut. Occasionally, one finds a safe spot, at least for a short period.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 350 mm, 1/800 at f/5, Aperture priority Mode, 0 EV,  ISO 1250, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Ram Descent Dec1

Ram Descent – Dec 1: Bighorns can amazingly descend or climb sheer cliff faces.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 400 mm, 1/640 at f/5, Aperture priority Mode, 0 EV,  ISO 1250, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Rams Face Dec3

Ram Portrait – Dec 3: Also taken at Miller Butte, this nice Ram walked right by me to get to a Ewe.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 290 mm, 1/2500 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 500, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Sparring Bulls Dec4

Sparring Bulls – Dec 4: Two healthy Bull Moose sparring near the road in Grand Teton National Park.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 360 mm, 1/1000 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 800, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Washakie Dec5

Washakie – Dec 5: This was taken in the river bottom near Ditch Creek in GTNP.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 220 mm, 1/320 at f/7.1, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 500, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Elk Parade Dec5

Elk Parade – Dec 5: Taken from the fence alongside the National Elk Refuge. Miller Butte can be seen in the background.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 340 mm, 1/3200 at f/7.1, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 500, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Hints Of Light Dec6

Hints Of Light –  Dec 6: Taken on Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park as the first rays of the sun began to light the snow around the ditch.

Shooting Data: NIKON D800, 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 at 28 mm, 1/160 at f/10, Aperture priority Mode, -1/3 EV,  ISO 100, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Northern Exposure Dec6

Northern Exposure –  Dec 6: I shot this one looking North while standing behind the John Moulton Barn in GTNP.

Shooting Data: NIKON D800, 70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 at 70 mm, 1/125 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, -1/3 EV,  ISO 100, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Fence Line Dec6

Fence Line – Dec 6: Many of the corrals and fences around Mormon Row are falling down. This one is hanging in there.

Shooting Data: NIKON D800, 70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 at 165 mm, 1/100 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, -1/3 EV,  ISO 100, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Tree Line Dec6

Tree Line – Dec 6: Morning light was just beginning to light the morning fog and light snow. This stand of cottonwoods is parallel to the irrigation ditch near the T.A. Moulton Barn. I was aiming south at the time.

Shooting Data: NIKON D800, 70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 at 200 mm, 1/160 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, -1/3 EV,  ISO 100, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Ram On Snow Field Dec6

Ram On Snow Field – Dec 6: All of the December Bighorns were photographed on Miller Butte. This Ram was coming off the higher rocks on his way to a herd of Ewes at the bottom.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 400 mm, 1/640 at f/11, Aperture priority Mode, 0 EV,  ISO 800, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Resting Ram Dec6

Resting Ram – Dec 6: Bighorns feed for a while after coming down from the mountain. Unless they are preoccupied with a hot Ewe, they will usually bed down for a while.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 400 mm, 1/1000 at f/9, Aperture priority Mode, 0 EV,  ISO 800, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Moose In Sage Dec7

Moose In Sage –  Dec 7: I would prefer to get rich morning light on shots like this, but when it is snowing, I shoot away and hope I can make it work in post-production. This Bull Moose has one of the biggest racks this year.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 200 mm, 1/400 at f/6.3, Aperture priority Mode, 0 EV,  ISO 1000, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Turnabout Fair Play Dec8

Turnabout Fair Play –  Dec 8: Occasionally a Ewe will turn and butt a Ram. It seems to catch them off guard.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 400 mm, 1/1250 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, -1/3 EV,  ISO 800, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Lookout Ledge Dec8

Lookout Ledge –  Dec 8: Mountain Goats came down early in the Snake River Canyon this year. Most of them can be seen in the last couple of miles of the canyon near Alpine Junction.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 400 mm, 1/400 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, -1/3 EV,  ISO 800, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Mtn Goat Jumping Dec8

Mtn Goat Jumping – Dec 8: This Billy stood on the rock for a few minutes, then jumped to another rock.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 380 mm, 1/500 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, -1/3 EV,  ISO 800, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Cedar Waxwing with Berry Dec9

Cedar Waxwing with Berry –  Dec 9: Cedar Waxwings came through Jackson Hole in a flock of about 60 birds in December. It takes a lot of patience and persistence to capture them on the berry bushes.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 400 mm, 1/250 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, -1/3 EV,  ISO 800, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Moose Sparring Dec11

Moose Sparring  – Dec 11: These two Bull Moose were sparring north of Kelly one morning in early December. At this time of the year, most of the action is tame and forgiving. During the actual rut, the tines can be deadly.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 290 mm, 1/250 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 640, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Mtn Goat Portrait Dec12

Mountain Goat Portrait –  Dec 12: Mountain Goats occasionally graze very close to the road. Once they get used to your presence, they feed more than pose.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 400 mm, 1/3200 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 320, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Majestic Moose Dec13

Majestic Moose in Aspen Shoots –  Dec 13: This big Bull Moose was following a Cow, staying relatively close to her as she moved across the valley in Grand Teton National Park.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 200 mm, 1/800 at f/6.3, Aperture priority Mode, -1/3 EV,  ISO 800, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Buck Mule Deer  Dec14

Buck Mule Deer –  Dec 14: Mule Deer stay out of view during most of the Fall. By December, they move from the river bottoms to safe areas near Kelly and along the Butte heading north out of town.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 400 mm, 1/400 at f/7.1, Aperture priority Mode, -1/3 EV,  ISO 1250, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Bighorn On Rock Ledges Dec14

Bighorn On Rock Ledges –  Dec 14: Bighorns come down to the road to feed and even lick the salt off cars during the Winter. I get a lot of shots of them while they are down, but I prefer trying to photograph them on the rocks and ledges.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 400 mm, 1/2500 at f/5.6, Aperture priority Mode, -1/3 EV,  ISO 320, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Gros Ventre Sunrise Dec15

Gros Ventre Sunrise –  Dec 15: Sunrises like this only happen a couple of times per month…if we are lucky!  I was at the Shane Cabins to get the shot below, but turned around long enough to capture the sunrise over the East ridge.

Shooting Data: NIKON D800, 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 at 56 mm, 1/15 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, -1 2/3 EV,  ISO 100, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Shane Cabin Aplenglow Dec15

Shane Cabin During Aplenglow –  Dec 15: (Click this image to see it much larger!) The Alpenglow period usually happens about 30 minutes prior to the first light hitting the top of the Grand. The clouds in the previous image were at least partially responsible for adding all of the color in the image above. The right kind of clouds in the East can prolong and enhance the sunrise in the West.  Check out this old post for more information: Teton Sunrises: It Takes Two to Tango

Morning Homestead Dec15

Morning Homestead –  Dec 15: On a good morning, it is possible to get numerous nice landscape images. Light changes constantly. In this image, clouds formed in the East and turned everything dull. A small slit developed in the clouds in the East, allowing some light to hit the Peach House, foreground, and John Moulton Barn. A few minutes later, the clouds filled back in and the event was over. I shot this image from across Antelope Flats Road.

Shooting Data: NIKON D800, 70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 at 70 mm, 1/320 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 250, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Snake River Overlook Moon Set Dec18

Snake River Overlook Moon Set – Dec 18: (Click this image to see it much larger!) On this date, I could have gone to the Moulton Barns in Grand Teton National Park and been able to photograph the setting moon somewhere south of the Grand. That was the plan, but as I was driving North, I opted to go to Snake River Overlook instead. I photographed the November setting moon at the barns, so I figured I’d get something different. I was there very early that morning and was able to capture a bit of the first hints of Alpenglow before the moon settled behind the clouds. I stayed at the Overlook all morning and captured quite a few keepers!

Shooting Data: NIKON D800, 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 at 34 mm, 1/8 at f/8, Manual Mode, -1 EV,  ISO 100, This is a stitched Panoramic image from three images. ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Billy On Rocks Dec22

Billy On The Rocks –  Dec 22: I always love to catch Mountain Goats on the rocks and ledges. They usually come down to graze on grass and twigs, so you have to be quick to get them on these kinds of ledges.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 400 mm, 1/320 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, 1/3 EV,  ISO 800, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Winter Storm Dec23

Winter Storm –  Dec 23: When clouds shroud the Tetons, I like to look for alternative views of the barns and fences. It was snowing lightly on this day, causing a nice layering effect.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 300 mm, 1/200 at f/7.1, Aperture priority Mode, 0 EV,  ISO 125, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Majestic Bull Sleeping Dec24

A Needed Nap – Dec 24: This Bull Moose bedded down in the sagebrush flats north of Kelly with his head up. I captured quite a few of the normal images. At one point, he fell asleep and rolled over into the snow for about 15 minutes. When he woke up, he had snow all over his antler and the side of his face.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 400 mm, 1/1250 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 250, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Ram Approach Dec24

Ram Approach – Dec 24: Bighorns cock their head to display their horns to another Ram or to a Ewe he’s trying to impress.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 400 mm, 1/1000 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 160, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Impact Dec25

Impact –  Dec 25: On Christmas Day, a group of five rams huddled up near the road on the National Elk Refuge. Normally, if you see a couple of good head butts in one day, you can drive home happy. On this day, I got to witness 40 to 50 bashes. Most of the time, there is another ram either in front of, or behind the split second of impact.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 310 mm, 1/2000 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 320, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Hook Up Dec25

Hook Up – Dec 25: I don’t see this too often. They held this pose for quite a while before one unhooked and walked away.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 400 mm, 1/2000 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 320, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Majectic Bull In Sagebrush Dec25

Majestic Bull In Sagebrush – Dec 25: Over the years, I’ve captured hundreds, or even thousands, of similar images. I prefer them to be doing “something”. On this day, the bull had his head down feeding or walking a few steps to another Bitter Brush plant. I included it here because he has a nice rack, but also as a moral victory. I waited a long time for him to raise his head just once before he bedded down. I think there was a snow plow going down the road that caused him to finally raise his head!

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 400 mm, 1/640 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, -1/3 EV,  ISO 320, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Lone Swan Dec26

Lone Swan – Dec 26: Trumpeter Swans migrate through the area in early Winter. A few pairs hang around on Flat Creek all year. These Swan shots were taken at Boyle’s Hill, just west of Jackson.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 380 mm, 1/3200 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 400, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Trumpeter Swan Dec26

Trumpeter Swan in Flight – Dec 26: It’s probably only a personal preference, but I like having either some clouds or a hint of mountains, trees, or cattails with a bird in flight.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 200 mm, 1/2500 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 400, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Approaching Swan Trio Dec26

Approaching Swan Trio – Dec 26: Three Trumpeter Swans took off at Boyle’s Hill, leaving others temporarily behind.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 400 mm, 1/800 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 160, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Ridge Line Ram Dec26

Ridge Line Ram  – Dec 26: I tend to like the “environmental” shots over just an animal standing in a flat area. I like having a 200-400 mm zoom lens so I can pull back occasionally.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 400 mm, 1/1600 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 320, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Bull Moose Resting Dec27

Bull Moose Resting  – Dec 27: This bull was checking out a cow when I first saw them. He did the Flehmen Reaction (lip curl) as I was gearing up. I walked out to them, only see him bed down for the morning.  It was uncharacteristically early in the morning. I took a few shots and headed back to the truck.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 400 mm, 1/400 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 400, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Bull Moose Face  Dec27

Bull Moose Face  – Dec 27: The next few shots were all taken a couple of miles north of Kelly, WY. The were on Warm Springs Road at the time I saw them, then proceeded to walk all the way to the Kelly Warm Springs.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 400 mm, 1/640 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 400, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Bull Moose Watching Dec27

Bull Moose Watching –  Dec 27: This Bull crossed in front of me with the Teton Range in the background. On this day, I had the D4 on the 200-400mm lens and a 70-200mm lens on my D800. It was hanging around my neck or over my shoulder. I was able to lean against the tripod and get sharp images.

Shooting Data: NIKON D800, 70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 at 122 mm, 1/1250 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 250, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Bull Moose Approaching Dec27

Bull Moose Approaching –  Dec 27: Same moose—same location. I had switched to vertical orientation at about the time he took a step.

Shooting Data: NIKON D800, 70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 at 155 mm, 1/1250 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 250, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Parade of Moose Dec27

Parade of Moose –  Dec27: These Bulls were following the old irrigation ditch that cuts across the sagebrush west of the Kelly Warm Springs.

Shooting Data: NIKON D800, 70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 at 85 mm, 1/2000 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 250, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Bull Moose In Steamy Springs Dec27

Bull Moose In Steamy Springs – Dec 27: On cold days, the Kelly Warm Springs creates plenty of steam and fog.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 400 mm, 1/1600 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 400, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Bull Moose Kelly Warm Springs Dec27

Bull Moose the Kelly Warm Springs –  Dec 27: I’ve lived here 27 years and had never seen a moose in the Kelly Warm Springs. Bison are in it fairly often, however.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 310 mm, 1/2000 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 400, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Young Bull Moose In Springs Dec27

Young Bull Moose In Springs – Dec 27: While the larger Bull walked right through the small pond, this younger Bull stayed closer to the edges. Of interest: There are tropical fish in the Kelly Warm Springs. There might be some official documentation on it, but the story I heard regarded a local Mother who put them in the springs after her son went off to war. Which war? I don’t know, but when we first moved here in 1986, you could see red tropical “swordfish”. Over the years, they have reverted back to their normal “wild” green tropical swordfish. There appears to be two or three species of Cichlids in the pond, too.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 400 mm, 1/1600 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 400, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Moose Sparring In Snow Dec27

Moose Sparring In Snow –  Dec 27: After feeding, it is not uncommon to find a pair of Bull Moose sparring if they find an open area.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 330 mm, 1/2000 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 400, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Waxwing With Red Berry Dec29

Waxwing With Red Berry –  Dec 29: This adult Cedar Waxwing is about to swallow a berry from a Mountain Ash tree.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 400 mm, 1/320 at f/6.3, Aperture priority Mode, 2/3 EV,  ISO 800, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Waxwing On Berry Clumps Dec29

Waxwing On Berry Clusters – Dec 29: Berries can sometimes grow into large clusters. Waxwings pick them off one by one.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 400 mm, 1/1600 at f/6.3, Aperture priority Mode, 0 EV,  ISO 800, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Sunrise With Low Clouds Dec29

Sunrise With Low Clouds – Dec 29: Taken on the hillside just west of the Shane Cabin. I took quite a few at the cabin first, then saw the interesting low clouds moving in. Wind was blowing hard from the south. Within minutes, it was covered with solids clouds.

Shooting Data: NIKON D800, 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 at 70 mm, 1/60 at f/8, Manual Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 100, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Pygmy Owl On Branch Dec31

Pygmy Owl On Branch –  Dec 31: This is my first chance to photograph a Pygmy Owl. This one was on a branch right in town!

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 400 mm, 1/160 at f/4, Aperture priority Mode, 1/3 EV,  ISO 640, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

Pygmy Owl Hunting Dec31

Pint Sized Hunter – Dec 31: This little Pygmy Owl was actively hunting when I first found him. Just after this shot, he flew into a large willow clump and came out with the vole. I posted that photo on the December Daily Updates page.

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 400 mm, 1/125 at f/4, Aperture priority Mode, 1/3 EV,  ISO 640, ©2013 Mike R. Jackson,  All Rights Reserved

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Comments (6)

  1. Oscar

    Great photographs, Mike, as usual. Thank you for sharing these. While I really love them all, I am really drawn to the mountain goat portrait. I can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate your site and the tips you continuously offer on it, as well as other sites that I visit often. Thank you again.

  2. Very nice recap of the month Mike. You know I always like your moose images but I really like the Mountain Goat Portrait. The color and texture are just fantastic. The Waxwing shots are terrific too. All that being said, I really, really like the Pigmy Owl shots. They are so incredibly sharp but their eyes really pull you in. Very Nice! Thanks for sharing them with us.

  3. Terrific recap of the month! You know I always like your moose images but I especially like the Mountain Goat Portrait. The Waxwings are spectacular and I really like the Pigmy Owl! I’ve never seen a Pigmy Owl in the wild and your shots are so incredibly sharp. You really get pulled in by its eyes. Nice Job Mike! Thanks for sharing them.

  4. Lowell Schechter

    Mike, as usual I love looking again at these great images of the different animals and birds. Love pygmy Owl

  5. Mike, absolutely stunning photos as usual. The mountain goat portrait is one of my favorites. As an amateur wildlife photographer, a similar shot is on my “bucket list” Thank you for sharing your outstanding work!

  6. John Tienter

    Hello Mike, I came across one of your post in the wildlife Nikonians web site a while back and have enjoyed your work and blog ever since. Your wildlife images and landscapes are inspiring to say the least. The info about your area is very helpful as we are planning a trip there this year. Do you teach or hold any work shops? If so please email me with info. Thanks and Great Images, John

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