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June 2014 Daily Updates in Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole

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Wildlife Reports: Current June Report and Archived Reports

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June Photos and Reports

June Overview:

Web_CoyotePups_May25June is the first of the Summer Months. By early June, most of the large game animals will have migrated to their summer grounds. Most reports for July and August will look and sound a lot alike. The big difference in the three months is the the babies being born around the valley. Watch for young moose, bears, elk, deer, pronghorns, coyotes, foxes, and so forth. June is also the month things can start to feel “hot” in the daytime. Many of the animals will be active in the mornings and afternoons and will bed down during the warm hours. Elk, Deer, and Moose usually move into the forests to find shade. Bison will often find a spot and just “hang” until things cool down. Check out the Wildlife Reports for more specifics. Grizzlies and Wolves will be watching for baby Elk, so if you want to see either, go to areas with the most Elk, like the area around Willow Flats.

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Web_YellowWildflowerSet_May28Wilflowers start appearing in late May and begin to cover many parts of the valley floor in June. With the above average snow pack from the Winter, we might expect a good wildflower season this year. Arrowleaf Balsom Root are showing in most areas now and should be visible around Antelope Flats Road and the East Boundary Road. Purple Lupine are the other prominent flowering plant in GTNP.

Road Notes: Most roads are now open. Here’s a list of a few exceptions.

  • Pacific Creek Road : Open. Two Ocean Lake Roads are closed. The Forest Service Road is open.
  • Road past Wolf Ranch: Barricaded (usually due to Wolf Activity and Dens) …this might be open by now?

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What’s Hot? — Wildlife Highlights

Web_MooseWashakie_June19Moose!: Moose bulls are in velvet. Quite a few of the cows have new babies. Several moose have been sighted along the Moose/Wilson Road in the third week of June, including one nice bull. A couple of moose have been hanging around the Snake River Bridge at Moose. Quite a few moose have been seen along the Gros Ventre River between the Highway and Kelly. There are usually a few hanging around Oxbow Bend, but I haven’t been there much lately to look for them. Most moose are active early in the morning and late in the day. Remember, June is the month with the longest days, so when I say “early”, I am talking about 6:00 am and not 8:30 am. Many of them will begin to bed down for the day at 8:30 and would be difficult to find. By about 5:00 pm, they often start milling around and munching on willow leaves. Moose start out the month of June shaggy as they begin to lose their winter fur. By late June, most will be sporting their new summer fur.

Web_BisonJumper_May25Baby Bison: Watch for these little “red dogs” next to their mother along the Gros Ventre Road, along Mormon Row, and along Antelope Flats Road. Another herd moves farther north and you might see them along the highway at Elk Flats. Soon, you might get the babies in fields of yellow flowers, too.  The first of the baby moose started appearing towards the last few days of May and should continue into the first week of June.

Web_GrizzlyOnSnow_April26Grizzly Bears have been out of their dens for a while. The newspaper did a story about 399 and two of her cubs showing up at Oxbow Bend. Grizz 399 Makes Spring Appearance. 760 has been roaming around the area. 610 recently showed up with a single of cub of the year (COY). No news of “Blondie”. While the Grizzlies can roam large areas of the park, the most consistent zone for them is around Oxbow Bend, Willow Flats, and the Pilgrim Creek area. Some people are reporting seeing black bears on the (newly reopened) road down to Spaulding Bay.

Web Lazuli BuntingMay28By the early weeks of June I usually see Bullock’s Orioles, Western Tanagers, American Goldfinches, Lazuli Buntings, and Black-headed Grosbeaks as they pass through town. A good place to see songbirds is along the Moose/Wilson Road near Sawmill Pond.

Web_GVMooseCrossing_May21Elk, Bison, Pronghorns and Bighorns  have moved off the National Elk Refuge. Most are now out of the area and into their summer locations along the snake and in the back country.

Mid-Month Wildlife Comments (June 17th): By the middle of June, the most consistent two species of animals will be Bison (AKA Buffalo) and Pronghorns (AKA Antelope). Many of the other animals like Deer, Elk, & Moose move into the forests during the daytime or bed down in the tall sagebrush. Sunrise is roughly 5:40 AM during the middle of the month and sunset is at roughly 9:05 PM. You need to get up early or stay out late. Staying out late has a caveat, of course, as the Teton Range puts most areas into shadows long before actual sunset. Bears are usually late starters, so got out early looking for the Elk, Moose, and Deer, then switch to the areas where you might see Bears or Bison and Pronghorns.

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What’s Hot? — Scenic Highlights

Web_Lupines_Jan22Summer! Green is now the dominant color in most areas. Aspens and cottonwoods are almost all covered with fresh, lime green leaves. Rivers and streams are high, muddy and fast. Sunrise in early June is around 5:40 am, so you have to get up very early to capture the beautiful color. Oxbow Bend is now full of water. On calm days, you can get great reflection shots. On windy mornings, think about places like Snake River Overlook, the Mormon Row Barns, or the Old Patriarch Tree that look great without the fear of ruffled water. Schwabacher Landing is now open and getting a lot of traffic. The small pond next to Pilgrim Creek Road has beautiful Purple Lupines lined in front of it. Wildflowers are now accenting the valley in fairly large numbers.

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Outings Reports: (Almost Daily)

June 30, 2014

Morning Outing: I’d call today a reconnaissance trip. The sky was essentially cloudless and there was just enough wind to blow the flowers and ruffle any water I might have found. I didn’t find deer, elk, moose, or owls, though I definitely looked for them. So, I just drove around looking for good possibilities for shots IF and WHEN I get better conditions.

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Balsom Root Flowers: Taken along Antelope Flats Road. There are still plenty of peak flowers along the road in that area.

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Tipi and Tetons: This could be a dramatic image with first light on the Tipi and good clouds behind.

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Just a Ridge Line: It needs dramatic clouds and morning light, but I like the possibilities.

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June 29, 2014

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Milky Way Over Teton Pass: Last night, I drove to Driggs, ID to watch and photograph the big fireworks show at Hunstman Springs. I didn’t get out of the parking lot until after midnight. On the way home, I stopped at a few places on Teton Pass to capture the Milky Way. There is almost no light pollution up there. The only issue was passing vehicles, but after 1:30 am, it wasn’t much of a problem.

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These are 30 second exposures at 14 mm. ISO 2500 on a Nikon D4 and a Nikon 14-24mm lens.

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Lake Creek: Lake Creek flows out of Phelps Lake and crosses under the Moose/Wilson road at a one-way bridge. The road is closed to parking for one mile in either direction of this creek, so getting shots there either requires breaking the law by parking, or by going to the Lawarence Rockefeller Preserve and parking there. It takes about a 1 mile hike, slightly uphill, to the Moose/Wilson Road. I took this one from the truck window, handheld at 1/10th of a second using a 24-70 lens. There was no traffic at that time of the morning. It is a beautiful cascading stream with a lot of photographic possibilities. I need to go back someday when we are having overcast skies. The other option is to have a driver drop you off and come back to pick you up after you have enough time to get some shots.

Loose Ends: Arrowleaf Balsom Root plants are well past prime in some areas and still holding on in others. Indian Paintbrush is common now. The grass color is starting to shift some in intensity from the lush lime green color. There are LOTs of tourists in town this year, and it should be very busy for the 4th of July Celebration. The mother Coyote has reportedly moved her babies from under the cabin at Mormon Row. A Great Gray Owl has been seen regularly along Moose/Wilson Road. The one I saw has two large leg bands. I heard the Park Service has now put a collar on Grizzly Bear 760. The Black Bear I saw near Spaulding Bay had a large, ugly collar on it.

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June 28, 2014

Saturday Morning Outing: There were plenty of clouds this morning, so I waited to head out. The Tetons were covered up, so I decided to cruise around looking for animals. I drove up the Moose/Wilson Road from the south.

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Mule Deer: This pair was grazing near the turn to Death Canyon and White Grass Ranch.

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Great Gray Owl: Perched, and looking at me!

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Diving Great Gray Owl:

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Great Gray Ready to Pounce: This owl has a leg band on each leg.

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The Prize: This owl caught a large vole. She flew to a Spruce Tree and ate it. Later, she caught a small mouse and flew to a nearby tree.

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Holding On to the Prize: In fly fishing, you always remember “the one that got away”, even more than the ones you actually land. Right? Here’s one from today. I was set up on the tripod, taking photos of this owl perched in the tree. In many cases, I like to switch from CF to S for the focusing mode when something is still. I shot a few in S (single), but before I had a chance to change back, she flew straight at me with the mouse in her beak.

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Flying At Me!  The owl in this photo is not too sharp. Actually, the branch she flew “from” is sharp, but without the camera set to CF focusing mode, she quickly moved out of the focal plane. Worse yet, she flew within only a few feet of me on her way back to the nest. The other few shots in that set were even more out of focus. There were two or three other people nearby and none of us got the shot. Looking back, I should have known to be ready. She could have easily swallowed this small mouse, but she was saving it to feed to her young. I should known she would be flying with it soon. Live and learn! MJ

Saturday Night: Huntsman Springs, ID

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I drove over to Idaho for their big fireworks display. The wind was blowing briskly, causing fireworks to take on a look I have never seen. I’ll be adding them to this page: Photographing Fireworks : Tips and Suggestions.

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Pre-Fireworks Concert: At least two of the founding Beach Boys formed this band and play Beach Boys songs for about an hour before the fireworks. I was a long, long ways away, but they sounded great. Other than the food, the event was free.

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Fireworks at Huntsman Springs. This is a single shot.

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June 27, 2014

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New Feature Post! Check out: Remote Triggering: CamRanger and RFN-4s

Lately, I have been trying to make one new Feature Post per week. Earlier in the week, I added one about taking Fireworks over Independence Day – Photographing Fireworks : Tips and Suggestions.. Timely! For part of the past week, I have been trying out a couple of “gadgets” by taking photos of myself in my fly fishing garb. I was using a CamRanger to help compose my scene and a RFN-4s to trigger the camera. There was a natural progression on this page where I explained what I was doing, including some of the successful images and explanation about a few snags I might have run into along the way. In effect, the new Feature Post consolidates all of the recent posts and includes more information and more photos using the two tools. This week, I am added a second post as a bonus.

If you are a regular at this blog, you might notice a pattern of me focusing on a specific subject for several days in a row. That’s how I learn! It takes some energy, some failures, and then building upon the successes. I’ll be back out in the field soon! The weather has been sketchy lately, with lots of clouds and gray skies, so it has been a good time to buckle down and learn some new techniques. On Wednesday, I got up at 2:00 am to photograph night skies and the morning sunrise. It can take several days to recover from the lack of sleep from just one night! The weather report for Saturday is partly cloudy, so I will probably be out again! Saturday night, is the big fireworks display and street fairs in Driggs, Idaho. I heard a report of Hunstman spending close to $100,000 on fireworks there, or roughly four times the size of the JH event. I hope to go over.

Sign Up to Have a Chance to Win a CamRanger! Okay, I know all of my comments here sound like a commercial for CamRanger, and I am sure most people would assume the people at CamRanger gave me one in exchange for promoting it. In reality, I paid for mine and had it a while before they contacted me about getting a few example photos for a presentation. They happen to be based out of Pinedale, WY. During all of the email exchanges, I convinced them to give a CamRanger to a lucky winner, chosen in a drawing consisting of names of registered readers here at Best of the Tetons. That person will get the free one! And, to be honest, I’d be saying good things about the CamRanger (just like the RFN-4 controllers) whether they donated the giveaway item or not.

Lastly, I absolutely LOVE to hear from the readers here. Please…feel free to post comments, questions, wildlife sightings, or your personal experiences in the Tetons in the message boxes. And, please pass the information about this site along to your friends, family, and colleagues. MJ

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June 26, 2014

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Mid Day Fisherman: The day started dark and very gray. I stayed home and “slept in” until 6:30 am. The night before, I was up at 2:00 am and paid the price by being sleepy all day.

Today, I added the option of fill light using some Nikon SB900 strobes.  They were controlled by a SU800 unit and Radio Poppers. If you are following along for the past few days, you’d know I was trying out a few gadgets and using myself as the subject. It is fairly easy to set up equipment around the house and get everything to work but it’s always a bit harder when out in the field.  The early gray skies cleared for a while, so I had several different kinds of shooting environments today. Early on, I added orange gels over the strobes to warm up the cool scene. By noon, I had bright overhead light so I removed the gels and used the strobes for “fill light”. They helped light up my face, which would have been in shadows from the hat. Not long after this shot, big thunderstorms rolled through, with plenty of rain and wind.

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June 25, 2014

New Feature Post for the Week! Photographing Fireworks : Tips and Suggestions. Just in time for the 4th!

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Two Captures as Once: Yesterday, I “practiced” with my CamRanger  and RFN-4 in the neighbor’s yard. This morning, I “suited up” and went out to see if I could put it to use when the pressure was on.

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“Secret Spot” on the Snake: I had to wait for the clouds in the east to clear, along with the throngs of people at Schwabacher Landing. I’ve always wanted to capture this shot.

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Night at Mormon Row: There were a lot of stars overhead as I left home this morning. Clouds rolled in while I was at the barns. After this shot, I zipped over to Schwabacher Landing where there were at least 8 vehicles there already.

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Long Before Sunrise: I was hoping a few of the stars would show up in the water. Looks like a few did!

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June 24, 2014

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Self Portrait: Instead of heading out to the Park this morning, I hung around the house, then went next door to fish in Flat Creek. Actually, I went next door to practice photography!

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A few months ago, someone suggested I look into a CamRanger to help with the Down and Dirty images…like wildflower photography or anytime I want to put the camera very close to the ground. After reading up on it, I bought a CamRanger and started using it. It is an amazing little gadget when combined with an iPhone, iPad, or other Android device. In the photo above, I am making changes and adjusting settings in my camera while standing in the water. Actually, that’s a classic pose for fly fishing, but instead of me holding a fly box and trying to figure out which fly to try next, I am checking my position in the shot and setting the focus point on me, and finally pressing the Capture button.

Afternoon Outing: I did a quick drive out the GV Road towards Kelly. I found 5 moose today, some close to the road and some took a bit of a hike. Storm clouds looked promising, but just didn’t fire up.

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Mother Cow Moose: I think this moose is in trouble. She has infection in both eyes that has been killing some of the area moose. Worse yet, she has a calf of the year.

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Cow Moose: This one’s eyes look fine and her fur is mostly clean and bright.

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Young Bull Moose with healthy eyes.

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June 22, 2014

Another very early day for me! I started at the lupines next to Pilgrim Creek Road, then the Old Patriarch, Moose/Wilson Road, Mormon Row, GV and another quick trip out to the barns when storm clouds looked promising.

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Early Morning at Pilgrim Creek Road. Mother Nature paid off nicely this time.

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Elk at the Old Patriarch Tree: It takes about a 3/4 mile hike through the sagebrush to get to the tree. I walked up on this herd of elk milling around it. The tree on the right is the back side of the Old Patriarch.  Not much to look at from the back. This isn’t much of a shot, but it shows where the elk are during the daytime (away from humans).

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Old Patriarch with Threatening Clouds: I took the gamble and hiked out to the Old Patriarch Tree. I would have liked just a little light on the tree.

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Bull Moose on the Moose/Wilson Road. This bull was about a half mile south of Sawmill Pond, but moving North.

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Bull Moose on the Snake River: I took this image from the bridge over the Snake River at Moose. He was on the West side of the river near the boat launch.

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Mule Deer: I was looking for an owl on the Moose/Wilson Road and saw this nice looking Mule Deer.  I hand held the camera for this shot as I wasn’t sure she’d hold for me to pull out the tripod. At the time I found her, I was the only one there. By the time I took my first four or five photos, a car pulled up, then two, then three. The doe then moved quietly back into the trees and the cars moved on, leaving standing there in the road with no subject. I mention this here to illustrate a point. Sometimes you just have to do the best you can with what you have—and this is more so during the summer if you are near a road. Few species of animals tolerate a large jam of vehicles and people getting out of their cars.

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Sticky Geraniums: These are growing all over the valley now. I took this one on the Moose/Wilson Road with a D800 and a 200-400mm lens at about 5 feet.

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Chapel of the Transfiguration: Clouds over the Tetons caused me to go through the gate for some sort of subject matter to put in the foreground. Services were being held today.

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T.A. Moulton Barn: I drove home on the Moose/Wilson Road and was downloading images to the computer when I noticed some huge cumulus clouds rolling in. I drove up Spring Gulch Road, then to the highway. I could see lightning, but opted not to set up near the Airport. By the time I made it to Meadow Road and set up, most of the lightning activity was over. I followed the clouds to the barns where I struck out on lightning there, too. I took this image looking NE at the Moulton Barn.

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June 21, 2014 ~ Summer Solstice

Longest day of the year…or is it least amount of sleep day of the year? I was out early (really early) and driving north—not sure where I would end up for the morning. As I was driving by the road down to Schwabacher Landing, I hit the brakes and turned in. It was calm and there were a few streaming clouds near the peaks. When I drove up to the parking lot, there were six vehicles already there at 4:15 am. Myself and three other vehicles were driving in at the same time. That’s ten vehicles at 4:15 am! I went to the pool a hundred yards north of the parking area and walked up on a bank of about 12 people already set up. I found a spot off to one side and took a few images during the Alpenglow period and then moved on down the channel. There was a steady stream of people arriving as I was walking back…maybe 40 more people—some in large groups! I can’t imagine where they were going to get shots. I ended up back at the area below the parking lot. I could see vehicles lined up the gravel road a long ways! 40 vehicles? Just guessing. I shot there until the light got bright and the clouds blew on past the Grand. I headed towards Antelope Flats Road. There were lots of people at the John Moulton barn as I drove by. I found a couple of moose cow and calf and a mule deer near the Gros Ventre. At Sawmill Pond on the Moose/Wilson Road, I found a bull moose with velvet. I was back at home by 9:30 am.

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Alpenglow: I shot this from my little spot next to all the rest of the people that got there before me. I would have preferred to have been a few feet to the left. We didn’t have clouds at this time of the morning.

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Clouds Rolling In: This one was shot before sunrise. Steam was beginning to rise off the water. I left this spot before the first light hit the peaks.

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Summer Solstice Sunrise at Schwabacher Landing: I “removed” half a dozen photographers on the right side of the image. You might enjoy this post: Abracadabra: Now You See Them—Now You Don’t!

This is a single shot taken with the wide end of my 24-70 lens and then cropped in Lightroom. It was taken with a Nikon D800 (35mpx), so even with just the single image, I have quite a bit of data. I took quite a few images that can be stitched as a panoramic image if I desire. Here’s a previous post if you are interested in Panos: Panoramic Images: Tips for Getting More of the Tetons in a Shot

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Schwabacher Landing: I shot down for this image with the wide angle lens. I’ll typically take one or two like this and one or two with the horizon dropped to the lower part of the frame and include a lot of sky and clouds. I figure it can’t hurt and I might find a need for an image like this for a magazine contribution where the editors might want to add text on a spread.

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Single Cow Moose: I’ve seen at least two different cow moose with single calves along the Gros Ventre this year. I found this cow and was hoping the baby would stand up, but after about 15 minutes, I gave up on her.

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Record Shot of a Cow Moose and Calf: This shot was taken at a distance and into the sun. I knew at the time it was going to be a “record shot”. I’ll keep one image in my Lightroom catalog so I can see when I found young ones if I look next year.  I hung around quite a while but could tell they weren’t going to come into the open for me this morning. Maybe next time!

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Buck Mule Deer in Velvet: While cruising the Gros Ventre road, I found a couple of buck mule deer. I shot this one from the window of the truck with a D800 and 200-400mm lens.

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Bull Moose at Sawmill Pond: This moose was grazing next to Sawmill Pond with I caught a glimpse of him. I found a parking spot and went back to the area, hoping he’d move into the pond, but instead, he bedded down in the shade of a small tree by the pond.

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Resting Bull Moose: By the time I took this image, the light was beginning to get “hot”. I headed on home!

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June 20, 2014

Afternoon: Light was great this morning, but I was busy at home and didn’t get to capture it. Clouds streamed in around 3:00 pm so I made a quick trip into the park. I checked out Schwabacher Landing just to see the new road. It is the same width and runs the same course as before, but they added a pullout at the top and bottom. I assume that is to let a large vehicle pass on through. It was way too windy to get any good shots today, and the light was awfully bright on the clouds. I will post one here just so you can see the river bottom. Beavers have now built several dams down the stream and water is high in front of the parking lot. I saw a few baby ducks with a dark brown female. I wasn’t sure of the species, but I’ve seen Golden Eyes there before.

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Schwabacher Landing in mid-afternoon harsh light.

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Afternoon Clouds over the Gros Ventre. You can see part of the mountainside of the Slide Lake Slide.

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Sleeping Indian: Actually, I took this image late in the day yesterday but just had time to process it for this post. Earlier in the week, we had snow in the high country.

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Late Evening Light on the Box L Ranch on Spring Gulch Road. This was taken yesterday afternoon also.

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June 19, 2014

Morning Outing ~ AKA Mother Nature Knuckle Ball: This will be a little longer daily post than some. Before I went to bed, I checked the Internet weather report for this morning. It said partly cloudy for the morning. I got up at 3:45 am and was out the door and driving out of the neighborhood at 4:01 AM. I had visions of making it to Pilgrim Creek Road and catching a dramatic Alpenglow period with Purple Lupines at the bottom of the scene. It was black when I headed out. By about Antelope Flats Road, I could tell things were dark over the mountain range. It $3.65 per gallon, I decided to cancel the trip north and stay in the south end of the park. The knuckle ball? When I looked out my window here in town at 3:45 am, skies were clear and I could see the half moon and stars. So, I was enticed with the mostly clear skies in the south, only to be hit with thick clouds up north. I drove over to the Gros Ventre, parked and got a little sleep before sunrise.

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Moose and Calf: Along the Gros Ventre River before first light. (1/15th second, F/7.1, 1250 ISO) This one is amazingly sharp for only 1/15th of a second at 400mm.

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Ravens: The clouds were dark steel blue along the Teton Range, but made a great backdrop for this old tree and it’s temporary inhabitants.

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Peregrine Falcon: I just needed two or three more seconds to get a shot of this falcon before he flew off.

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Washakie 2014: Last year, the moose I always called “Washakie” was limping and in severe pain. I didn’t think he would make it to snow fall, but I was happily incorrect. He was grazing along the Gros Ventre river today along with another young bull and two cows.

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Washakie: Some people frown on people giving a human name to an animal. The term is  anthropomorphism. For that group, this is “the big bull moose with the pronounced pair of brow tines, split ears, and scar on the right side of his muzzle. I am unaware of any studies in the area assigning the bulls with a number…how about 777? I always figured if Jane Goodall could give a chimpanzee or ape a name, I could too! Actually it is an internal “tool” I use to assign specific names to certain animals in my Lightroom Catalog which allows me to sort and find them easier. Without a name or number, it would be very difficult to pull them up using the long description. Washakie: This page shows a lot of images I’ve taken over the years. You’ll be able to easily identify him through the years based on the extreme crop of one of today’s photos.

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Purple Lupine: Common now along the Gros Ventre River bottom. New wildflowers there include Sticky Geraniums, Penstemon, Indian Paintbrush and a few others I can’t identify. Some of the Arrow Leaf Balsom Root are starting to wilt.

Schwabacher Landing NOW OPEN!: The local newspaper reports Schwabacher Landing is open again, including the newly aspahlted road down the steep hill. The paper said the Park Service received a lot of gripes last year. The Park reversed a published statement last year saying it was one of the least used parts of the park to now saying it is one of the most used areas of the park. A few days ago, I mentioned the road into Spaulding Bay is open, too.

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June 18, 2014

After finding a cooperative Great Gray Owl yesterday afternoon, I went out again this morning hoping to repeat the experience. Nothing! I spent a good portion of the morning driving and hiking the area. I think it highlights an issue for me at this blog. Yesterday, I mentioned seeing the GGO on the Moose/Wilson Road, but even if armed with the information, the odds of actually finding it a day later are not good. It helps to know one is around, but specifics on any wildlife sighting are generally worthless a day later.

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When I returned home, I finished a new Feature Post called:  Wild West in Jackson Hole: Cowboys, Wranglers and Horses. I hope you enjoy it! The photo above is from the new post. Don’t forget to sign up to follow this blog for a chance to win a new CamRanger! MJ

Afternoon Outing: After getting shut out this morning, I made another run out the Moose-Wilson Road. There were a couple of young bull moose along the road as I turned north towards Teton Village. Inside the park, I hiked a couple of miles in the forest along the road, but never found an owl. In the process, I saw three or four mule deer and a young bull elk but no owl.

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Traffic Stoppers: These two moose were near the road during rush hour, causing a pretty good moose jam.

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Youngster: Moose have teeth only on the front of their lower jaw.

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Grazing Bull Moose: This is an older bull but I don’t believe he will be one of the largest ones in the area.

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Wild Columbine: My wife showed me a photo of some Columbines she saw while hiking on the north side of Snow King Mountain. I drove along Antelope Flats Road hoping to see Bison in the yellow Balsom Root flowers, but they were clustered around the north barns. I headed over to Slide Lake to try to get out of the wind and check on the Columbine flowers. There were quite a few blooming, but I believe the bulk of them are a week or so behind. Look for Columbine on cool, moist, north facing hillsides. I usually find them south of the old Teton Science School on Ditch Creek Road in GTNP. There were plenty of Sticky Geraniums in the same area.

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June 17: 2014:

Great Gray Owl: After a few days of landscapes, it was nice to stumble upon some wildlife. This beautiful Great Gray Owl was on the Moose-Wilson Road. From what I been told, juvenile GGOs have white tips on their tail feathers. This one lacked any indications of white. I couldn’t tell you if this is a male or female.

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Most of my flight shots were lousy today. Even at the high end of ISO 2500, shutter speeds were fairly slow and it was tough keeping him in the sensors while flying through so much forest. When the owl was settled on a branch, getting sharp shots was no problem. The sky was white or very light gray today, so anytime I had to shoot through the canopy, I had to deal with blown out highlights or underexposure in the dark areas. Still, I had plenty of opportunities today and got a few keepers.

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June 16, 2014:

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Mt. Jackson thru the Cottonwoods: It looked stormy in the afternoon. I did a quick run up to Antelope Flats Road in hopes of getting either rainbows or lightning. I “settled” for catching bands of light. The peaks of the Tetons were covered with clouds, so I spent the afternoon looking for more alternative views of the valley.

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Murphy Barn and Structures: Did I mentioned everything is lush and green? Get it while you can!

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Moulton Barn: Taken from the West looking East towards Shadow Mountain.

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The Moulton Homestead: No rainbow today, but I had lots of chances for this kind of shot.

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In the Shadows: The images today were taken with a Nikon D800 and a 70-200mm lens on a sturdy tripod.

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June 15, 2014 ~ Father’s Day:

Today, we took a family trip up to GTNP and to Leek’s Marina for a late lunch. For the middle of June, it was slightly chilly! On the way up, I stopped for another shot of the new barbed wire fence along the highway in front of Triangle X Ranch. It appears to be completed now, but there are a few left over fence pieces on the ground.

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New Barbed Wire Fence at Triangle X: Charming?

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Oxbow Bend: Wind was disturbing the mirror reflections, but I stopped for a quick shot at Oxbow Bend.

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Purple Lupines: These were taken near Pilgrim Creek Road. The Lupines are in peak form there right now and water is high.

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Arrowleaf Balsom Root Flowers: Balsom Root is plentiful this year over most of the valley. Better hurry in the south end of the park! In the north country, flowers appear to be in good shape. Indian Paintbrush is starting to show and I am seeing a few other varieties of large yellow wildflowers beginning to bloom.

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Marina at Colter Bay: This is always a good place for a few shots in GTNP.

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Cinnamon Brown Bear: On the way home, we found a Brown Bear moving across the fields of Balsom Root. This one was near Spaulding Bay.

Road Reports: On the way up, we drove by the constructionarea at Schwabacher Landing. The asphalt is now covering the winding road down to the river bottom. I couldn’t tell how far it went. The barrels and barricades are still up. The large pile of black gravel at the rest room is now gone. I don’t have any information on how soon the area will reopen, but hopefully soon. Teton View Overlook, a mile or so north, is also closed for some sort of maintenance. The barricades are now down on the road into Cattleman’s Bridge near Oxbow Bend. Lastly, the road down to Spaulding Bay is open. The restroom is open, along with the two campsites, picnic area, and boat launch.

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June 14, 2014

Morning in GTNP~Retro Intro: When I first started writing this blog, I often explained what was going on that influenced decisions as I was driving North out of town. In the past few months, I’ve shortened much of that intro. Today offered a bit of a challenge, yet yielded many rewards. When I left home at 4:45 AM, I could see remains of the full moon, but there as a huge cloud overhead and it appeared to extend all the way north into the Park. It was windy and chilly, too! As I drove north past the Gros Ventre River, it looked like the clouds were thinner. I kept going north on the highway and noticed the top of the Grand was mostly clear—and over my shoulder I could see the full moon. With the brisk breeze, all other places with water reflections were off the table. In yesterday’s post I mentioned it is possible to simply walk or drive to an object on the valley floor and position the moon over it. At Antelope Flats Road, I made the decision to turn towards the barn to try to get something recognizable in the foreground. There were people at the barns set up as usual trying to get shots of the barns from the normal locations, but by the time people would normally photograph them, heavy clouds covered the top third of the peaks. I felt the alternative shots were better than the standard shots today. So, there’s a “retro” intro. Issues like light, wind, and clouds usually drive the morning decisions.

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Murphy Barn and the Honey Moon (June Moon or Strawberry Moon): This was taken from way out in the sagebrush NE of the Murphy Barn (the one at the far north end). I used a Nikon D800 and a Nikon 70-200mm lens on my heavy duty tripod. This is a single shot, but I also took a few five shot HDR candidates.

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The Fences and Ditch: Taken along Mormon Row, looking North. At times, the clouds broke open just enough to let light stream across the valley floor this morning. I spent all morning concentrating on those shafts of light. This one was taken just as one of them was starting to wain.

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The John Moulton Peach House: Taken from the South looking North. There were a few vehicles in the shot on the right, but I removed them for this blog image. This time of the year, you might want to read Abracadabra: Now You See Them—Now You Don’t!

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First of the Indian Paintbrush: Taken along the Gros Ventre River bottom this morning.

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Friday the 13th ~ June 13, 2014

Weekend Notes: If you happen to be in town on Saturday, check out the Crayfish Festival at the baseball field at Snow King Resort. There are bands playing while people peel and eat the crayfish brought in from Louisiana.

Additional Moon NotesTPE (The Photographer’s Ephemeris). TPE is a free download for your computer or has a small fee for a phone or pad. TPE allows you to line up features around the valley with the rising moon or sun and setting moon or sun. The rising sun is relatively easy to do without any aid. You can usually tell which part of the valley is getting lightest and go there. The moon is tougher…it doesn’t give you any advance notice with a bright glow. TPE works great for letting you know where to be relative to a locked down object like a mountain. Around here, the challenge is to know where to be when the moon or sun goes down over the Grand or over Mt. Moran, and even more challenging if you are trying to line up something interesting in the foreground with the other two elements.

There are times and subjects you don’t need anything other than the prediction of what time the moon will rise. For example, if you were on the west side of the Mormon Row barns, you could simply move north or south to get the moon coming up over any of the structures. The situation would be the same if you were taking photos of the moon rising over a windmill out in the prairie.

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TPE will let you move to any point in the calendar and see when to be at a specific spot for a rising or setting moon. There is a barn near Alta, WY I wanted to photograph with the rising moon coming up over the reversed Tetons. TPE did it’s job perfectly even though the clouds blocked the event for the first ten minutes or so. I had a sticky note on my calendar months in advance of this moon rise.

Sunrise: It was overcast here this morning, so I didn’t go out at sunrise/moon set. Today would be a good day for photographing wildflowers. At the moment, I don’t see the trees blowing or hear my wind chimes.

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June 12, 2014

Strawberry Moon : Honey Moon. These two links talk about tonight’s full moon. The Strawberry Moon references a time of the year in the US when strawberries are typically ripe. The Honey Moon (coming from the Weather Channel) says it is a European term related to the fact so many people traditionally got married in June. The Weather Channel mentions it is one of the biggest and brightest moons of the year. It will rise over Sleeping Indian from somewhere near the JH Airport or at the Lawrence Rockefeller Preserve. I may try Slide Lake this time. You’d want to be set up around to 8:30 PM, depending on the elevation and how high the mountains are in the east. The other spot worth thinking about would be to get the moon coming up over Mt. Leidy. It looks like you could get a shot from just south of Spread Creek near Moose Head Ranch.

450 Rule: There’s a rule the night time photographers use. Divide 450 by the focal length of the lens. That will give you a result which will be the number of seconds you can expose your shot and not get too much motion blur of the moon. A 400mm lens would be only 1 second or so. A 200mm lens would be roughly 2 seconds. The average distance from the earth to the moon is 238,000 miles. With a locked down tripod and setup, the moon can appear to move quite a bit over a long exposure.

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If you are thinking about catching the setting full moon, consider going up Pacific Creek Road to the point it bends back to the east. Shoot up the creek tomorrow morning. Gotta be there EARLY! Click this image to see it much larger. I comes from TPE (The Photographer’s Ephemeris). TPE is a free download for your computer or has a small fee for a phone or pad.

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April Moon from Pacific Creek: I put on a pair of fishing waders and hiked into the Pacific Creek river bottom in April of 2013. This moon should set just to the right of the Grand, but you should get the idea. There is a lot of water flowing through the river right now, so I wouldn’t suggest trying to wade it.

Evening Outing: I went to Slide Lake hoping to catch the Honey Moon rise over the ridge and reflect in the calm waters of the lake. I was there at the right time but thick clouds rolled in. So much for “planning” a shot! Maybe next year. Tomorrow….the moon will rise almost a full hour later than today, putting it against a very dark sky as it rises.

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Slide Lake: Besides the evening image here, I got to watch a beaver swim by and slap his tail several times. A muskrat also swam by. Fish were rising in the murky water and Canada Geese took off on a regular basis. There are lots of lichen cover slabs of rock in the region. I plan on going back. Oh yes, on the way out, there was a bull moose along the GV next to the big pullout. It reminded me of Fall with all the people lined up on the little ridge above the side channel.

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Lightning Bolt over the GV: I stopped along the GV and took a few shot of the lightning bolts.

If you like night photography, check out Royce Bair’s site: Into the Night. Royce offers lots of workshops throughout the year, some in the Tetons.

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June 11, 2014

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Loose Ends: A while back, I created a Feature Post called My Photographic Workflow:. A few people had been asking me about it. After I wrote the post, I received quite a bit of favorable feedback. Everyone’s workflow (capture to processing to backup) is different, but I find it enlightening to read how others do it. May was a very busy month for me and I took a LOT of photos. I’ve always shot a lot, but May was a heavy month with a trip to the wild horses and all of the transitional changes in the valley. Finally, throw in a bunch of migrating songbirds at the rate of a couple of thousands shots per day! In short, I got way behind on culling. I finally worked through all the folders and did a couple of submissions to the US Copyright Office. The rates for copyrighting went up in May from $35 to $55 for a submission group. If you are interested, here’s the link to the US Copyright Office. And, if you are interested, there are a couple of helpful videos on the subject at KelbyOne.com.

End of the Back Yard Birding: Earlier in the year, I reviewed several of the recent years photos of the birds coming to my back yard. In each of the reviewed years, June 10th seems to be the cutoff. This year is no exception. I’ll probably leave the blind up for a few more days, but I think the best is behind me. After June 10th, most of the birds coming to feeders are Brewers Blackbirds, Brown-headed Blackbirds, Common Grackles, and Starlings.  By this time of the year, I already have lots of photos of them.

Thursday 12th – Friday 13th ‘s Honey Moon: Weather Channel story on the upcoming Honey Moon.

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June 10, 2014

I just uploaded a new Feature Post called: Best of the Tetons : Start Here! The blog site will be having a “birthday” next month. Over the past 11 months, I’ve written a lot of content, but felt the site needed a central hub to help find and access previous posts. For people coming to the site for the first time, I believe it will help them get started in a more efficient manner.

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Afternoon Outing: Clouds rolled in so I grabbed the gear and made a quick loop. This one was taken along Spring Gulch Road. The clouds passed on through without lightning. It was very windy this afternoon. Bison were north of the north barn on Mormon Row. Mormon Row is open again. It looks like a grader went through and kicked up a lot of small rocks. I didn’t see much else in the way of wildlife before heading home.

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June 8, 2014

Idaho Field Trip: I made a quick trip to Rexburg, Idaho this morning to see a few friends at the Fort Henry Rendezvous, held very close to the original Fort Henry site. The event in recent years was held at Camp Henry, which is closer to Ashton, Idaho. I like the new location much better and it sounded like they thought it was a better site.

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Fort Henry Rendezvous 2014: Alongside the Henry’s Fork River. Numerous people reported seeing Bald Eagles and Osprey taking fish out of the river. There were plenty of people milling around this morning. Several of them told me Saturday was a very busy day with lots of tourists.

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Black Kettle loading his black powder rifle: BK was set up with a nice looking tent and selling his handmade wares. He has always been willing to let me take photos of him.

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Idaho Grain Elevators: Quite a few towns in Eastern Idaho have grain elevators, especially if the town has (or had) a railroad going through it. These were taken in Tetonia on my way back home. You can see the back side of the Grand on the lower right.

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Back Side of the Tetons: Most people visit JH and get to view the Tetons from the East side. Almost all of the valley floor on the Idaho side has been heavily developed and/or farmed. The two hillsides that form the V in the center of this photo can block the view of the Tetons if you go too far south from this spot. You can see the Teton Range from higher vantage points in the West. One dirt road goes through some public land near the V in this shot. It travels east to trail heads at the base of the mountains. I’ve never had too much luck finding great photo opportunities on the road as the trees and hills start blocking the mountains. Another road climbs the left hillside to take people to Grand Targhee Ski Resort. I haven’t been on that road in a long time, but I am fairly sure there good opportunities there. MJ

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June 7, 2014

Morning in JH: The weather report suggested we’d have morning clouds. I set the alarm for 4:15. I couldn’t see stars, so I got up and headed out. As it turned out all of the clouds were in the south end of the valley. I stopped at the observation deck along Flat Creek and took photos of the sunrise over the creek and Sleeping Indian. Afterwards, I headed north “hoping” to find bison grazing with their calves in the yellow Balsom Root flowers. Well…you can always hope! I found bison, but none were near flowers. I drove to the Moose-Wilson Road, “hoping” to see an owl in the dead branches or a moose in Sawmill Pond. Well…you can always hope. I shot a few images of the Balsom Root plants and headed on home.

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Sunrise Over Flat Creek: With the majestic Tetons only six or eight miles north, some might wonder why I’d stop here and wait for the sunrise? My answer…”This is where the color was going to be today”. I can shoot the Tetons on other days when color is there. Ethereal scenes like this are worth capturing in my book!

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Sleeping Indian: Taken a few minutes later along Flat Creek.

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Balsom Root with a Teton Backdrop: As beautiful as the Teton Range is, I never care to photograph them as the subject unless they have clouds. Of course, I’m slightly spoiled getting to see them so often.

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Single Flower: For this one, I focused on the close flower, held down the AF Lock button, and then recomposed the shot. At F/2.8 aperture setting, it let everything else blur out. I shot it at quite a few aperture settings, of course, but this one was the shot I actually planned to use for the blog image today.

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Cluster of Balsom Root Flowers: Most of the flowers in this shot were in a single plane, allowing most of them to stay in focus. My shadow is on the flower on the far right…something I fixed on another shot or two. I posted this photo out of that group to suggest it takes a little extra time to actually study a shot in the viewfinder to watch for this kind of flaw before taking the photos.

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Tetons: There are Balsom Root flowers all over the West right now. Right? I love trying to get the Tetons in a shot whenever I can.  Of the flower shots from this morning, I think this is my favorite one. A few clouds would be nice and I’d like to see a few flowers in the void are of the upper right on the second little ridge. I like the anchor flower on the lower left and the diagonal line of flowers running through the scene.

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Summer Flowers: If you like formulas, here’s one for you. This one follows the “Rule of Thirds”. In this composition, roughly 1/3 is foreground flowers, 1/3 is middle ground nondescript sage and trees, and 1/3 background mountains (sorry, no clouds) and sky. Another rule suggests diagonals are preferable over horizontals. The hillsides in the middle ground are nicely folded and juxtaposed. This image was taken along the Moose-Wilson Road. I am just throwing this out as “food for thought”. I like a lot of what I am seeing here, but for a “keeper” version of this image, I’d go back at sunrise on a day with some morning clouds instead of a bluebird sky morning and after the sun had climbed too far in the morning sky. If I could “place an order”, I’d also ask for a small cloud in the east to darken a portion of the middle ground right behind the flowers.

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June 6, 2014

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Today in JH: Skies were crystal clear today at sunrise. I stayed home! By later in the day, a few clouds streamed across the sky and around the Tetons. It was tempting to go to the park, but I stayed home and took more bird photos. That nice little window is beginning to close for the season.

Fly Fishing and Photography: Before jumping feet first into photography, I spent a lot of time learning how to fly fish. That included learning how to tie my own flies. Both disciplines require a lot of time and dedication if you want to do it well. At times, I think of how similar fly fishing and photography are. I can remember getting up early and driving long distances—all the while thinking about a big 20″ rainbow ready to sip away on my hand tied blue-wing olive fly. In reality, that happened only on rare occasions, and there were days when I felt good catching any fish at all. On many mornings I go out with my cameras, I have similar hopes and expectations of a spectacular sunrise or a moose crossing a stream in the morning light. In the real world, the scenarios happen, but never often enough. In other words, the best photos usually take a lot of time and dedication, a lot of luck, and years of experience behind the camera to capture to capture it correctly when it does happen. There are days that make a photographer feel like a fisherman getting skunked. They feel good with catching an 8″ fish. A photographer has to learn to adjust expectations on the fly and capture whatever actually reveals itself. While fly fishing, I almost always practiced “catch-and-release” so I almost always came home empty handed and felt good with the memories of catching a nice fish. With photography, when I do hit it just right, I come home with a card full of images. MJ

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June 5, 2014

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My truck had to stay in the shop an extra day, so I stayed home and shot in the back yard. Tanagers and Orioles are still around. A pair of Flickers comes to the yard regularly. They must be in a panic to feed their young back at the nests. Both are very tolerant of my presence. The family of Red Squirrels are roaming around the back yard now, too. The female squirrel is seldom coming back to the tree, leaving the four or five babies to roam around on their own. The babies get a little more brave and adventurous each day. They are about half the size of the adults and are as cute as they can be! The oldest seem to be staying on the other side of the creek now and may not be returning at all now.

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At one time, I was getting a lot of Hummingbirds coming to my yard, but they have thinned out some. The Bullock’s Orioles are still using the feeders for the sugar water.

Weather: I haven’t been mentioning the weather reports lately. The sky has been clear in the mornings. I normally don’t go out unless I see some clouds, but they have been filling in by mid-morning on most days. Some afternoons, we get a quick moving thunderstorm, as seen in the first of yesterday’s photos. That passed through, leaving bright blue skies again. I mentioned the weather today after seeing all the extremely high temps for many areas of the country. We are sitting at 70°F right now at 2:00pm with a light wind. For all purposes, it is absolutely beautiful and pleasant here. This is the time of the year we get to cash in for the bitter cold days we endure in the winter. And, as a secondary reference, today is only our second time to mow the yard this year!

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Afternoon Outing: Truck fixed…headed out.

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Sleeping Indian from the Museum

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Yellow-bellied Marmot at the National Museum of Wildlife Art

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I Don’t Know Flower: A few of these were on the Old Pass Road. If you know what they are, please let me know.

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Blanket of Purple Lupines: Taken near the highway by the Snake River Bridge.

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Red Barn just before sunset. Taken near the highway coming in from Wilson.

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June 4, 2014:

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Stormy Barn: A big storm rolled through this afternoon. I went out hoping for either lightning bolts or rainbows, but it didn’t happen.

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Balsom Root: Today, I posted a new Feature Post called: Wildflowers: Photography Tips, Suggestions & Resources. This afternoon, I took this shot with my camera pointing up. Hope you enjoy the post. Balsom Root plants are filling in well along Antelope Flats Road and the East Boundary Road.

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Coyote Pup Photographers: Quite a few photographers have been showing up daily to the little cabin behind the Peach House on Mormon Row to try to get shots of the coyote pups. The Park Service put up markers to keep everyone back.

Road Updates: I heard the RKO Road is now open. The road out the Gros Ventre is open to vehicle traffic. For whatever reason, the Park Service locked the gate on Mormon Row south of the Bed & Breakfast to close to the Gros Ventre Road.

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June 3, 2014:

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Dusky Grouse: (Formerly known as a Blue Grouse) This guy was putting on a show before there were much light.

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Sunrise in Pinks: Taken on East Gros Ventre Butte

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Pinks Changing to Ambers and Golds:

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Buck Rail Fences at First Light:

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Parade of Balsom Root Flowers:

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Shallow Depth of Field with Three Flowers:

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Fence Line: Thick, dark clouds were rolling in, so I stayed for the various stages.

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Wildflowers and Valley Floor:

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Dusky Grouse: Once the sun hit this male, he quit strutting. I didn’t see any females around. The the show might have continued if he found a partner to impress. I had one of these guys walk right under my tripod one time on his way to a female.

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Storm Clouds Over the Hansen Barn: When I saw the clouds beginning to develop, I raced to find some sort of foreground subject.

This Morning in JH: I was out early for the images above. My truck will go in for service tomorrow, so I will be at home taking photos in the back yard. I posted more a normal number of images today. MJ

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Upcoming Wildflower Post: If things go as planned, I will be posting a new Feature Post on Wednesday about photographing wildflowers. My wife took this photo of me on our way back from Cody on Sunday. It was raining slightly. She was in the dry car and took it with her Nikon P7800 hybrid camera. I was setting up close to the flowers and connecting my CamRanger to the D800 camera.  You can see one of the photos from this spot in yesterday’s entry. Now’s a good time to sign up to follow this blog and be one of the first to see the Wildflower post.

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June 2, 2014:

Back Yard Photography: A couple of hoses are leaking off my radiator, so I am hanging closer to home. Repairs scheduled for Wednesday. I did some back yard photography today.  Western Tanagers are currently the star of the show. I saw a couple of Bullock’s Orioles, but they appear to to have thinned out or are nesting nearby. The baby Red Squirrels were putting on a show today, too. So cute!

Culling: I have been taking photos faster than I can go through them, cull and keyword them. I put a big dent in the folders today. You might find this page of interest.  My Photographic Workflow: A Real World Workflow from Capture Through Final Backups. My recent images are currently broken down into similar subjects and I am using Photo Mechanic to quickly go through them before keywording and archiving them in Lightroom.

GTNP: I’ve had several reliable reports of Rangers handing out tickets to photographers for being too close to the bears. With elk calving and bears roaming, it sounds like the best approach is to follow the 100 yard rule to the letter. Just sayin’.

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June 1, 2014:

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Heart Mountain: I started June 1st in Cody, WY. This is an experimental shot taken down the highway looking towards Heart Mountain at sunrise. Check out Heart Mountain Internment Camp. Right after the Pearl Harbor bombing, all people with Japanese appearance, whether American citizens or not, were rounded up and held in internment camps like the one at the base of the mountain.

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Storm Clouds: This was taken on the drive from Cody back towards Yellowstone.

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It’s Wildflower Season Here Now. Watch for a Feature Post on Wednesday. These were taken about 35 miles West of Cody on our way back home.

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Wildflowers: These were taken inside Yellowstone National Park near the Sylvan Pass Summit.

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Red Squirrels: These youngsters are out of their nest now and practicing being squirrels. They run back to their nest hole at any sign of danger, then come back out to play.

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Western Tanager: Darla and I made it back home around 2:00 PM. I loaded up the feeders and set up the camera for some back yard fun. I was worried the Tanagers had moved on north early this year, but there were quite a few around today.

A Few Notes: I am making this post at around 5:45 PM, just to get a few images on the page. On Friday, we drove over to Cody to meet up with Darla’s brother and sister-in-law. We did “the tourist thing” on the way, while there, and on the way back, stopping to take a few photos as most people do. Darla recently purchased a Nikon P7800 (hybrid) point and shoot camera. The plan is to make a “point and shoot page” someday soon and include some photos taken with it. I also hope to include a few pointers for the point and shoot readers. The photos I saw on the back of the camera look very good! While in Cody, we took a Wild Horse Tour out to the McCullough Peaks herd. On Saturday, we toured the Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody, before heading home on Sunday. There are so many photos, I will probably sneak in an extra Feature Post with just images from the trip.

Wildflowers: I mentioned it under the photo above, but it’s Wildflower Season here now.  The heavy snowfall of Winter seems to be kicking them off in abundance this year. Arrowleaf Balsom Root plants are exploding just about everywhere now. I saw lots of them in Yellowstone, too. Purple Lupines are appearing in many places, especially in the south end of the valley.

May: 2014 and Summer in the Tetons and Jackson Hole.

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Comments (7)

  1. Rick Ramsey

    Pretty sure your mystery flower is some variety of daffodil.

  2. Hi Rick,
    Thanks for the note. I’ll at least have a place to start. They could have been planted in the area at any time over the past 120 years. I didn’t see them in the wildflower book. MJ

  3. Don George

    Hi Mike, First year in many that Kathy and I didn’t take our spring trip to YNP/GTNP. We sure missed our time there but your Blog has helped to fill the void. Hopefully we can get up there in the Fall. Thanks again for your hard work in keeping us up to speed.

    Don

  4. Don, I will be watching for your rig again this fall. Always nice to visit with you and your wife. Also, a few people mentioned you had recommended them read this blog. Thanks…and keep it up! MJ

  5. Scott Pullen

    High Mr. Jackson. Love your photos. Love your web site. Look at it at least once or twice a week. I have been to Jackson Hole 5 times so far and plan on going more. Hope I can get good photos like you. You and I stood together taking photos last year at Triangle X Ranch. I am in one of your photos. Thanks. Sorry the fence is gone. Thanks for the info on the Camranger and RFN-4. Will start looking in to a purchase. Your night shots are great. What light do you use to paint? Anything special? Looking forward to your updates. Great work.

  6. Scott, Thanks for taking time to respond. I spent a lot of time at Triangle X over the past few years, but haven’t been there a single time this year. Maybe someday soon if I hit it right. For the night shots, I have a whole array of flashlights starting with a 2 million Candlepower QBeam and down to tiny pen lights. Not long ago, I purchased a couple of these lights: http://www.amazon.com/F-V-11812305-Light-Panel/dp/B003UCGDSS/ref=sr_1_53?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1404878468&sr=1-53&keywords=led+light+panel They put out an even wash of light that works for some subjects. Cheers, Mike Jackson

  7. Lars Haggstrom

    Hello Mike,
    I was looking for different places to photography wildlife when I ran across your website. You have amazing pictures and your information about everything is topnotch. I have learned a lot about GTNP from you. My wife and I were up in YNP/GTNP this past June and we are planning another trip this coming June. Thanks again for all the information that you give to all of us.
    Lars

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