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February 2018 Daily Journal for JH & GTNP

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February 28, 2018 Wednesday

Winter Night

Winter Night: I went back last evening to see if I could improve on the shot I took Sunday night. It was dark and very windy then, but beautiful and calm last night. Additionally, Snow King is closed for night skiing on Sunday, so I didn’t have a chance to include the runs and lights. This image was captured in vertical orientation as five 45.7 mpx frames, stitched in Lightroom to create a giant image!  (Click this image to see it much larger) Nikon D850 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens, Manfrotto Tripod.

Morning in the Tetons

The Grand and Buckrail Fence

The Grand and Buckrail Fence: I was up and out early today, stopping first at Snake River Overlook. This shot was taken near Moosehead Ranch. I made it to Oxbow Bend, the Jackson Lake Dam and even up to Colter Bay. If you are looking for wildlife, I’d suggest there isn’t much going on in the North part of the park. I saw only a few Fox tracks here and there. I processed this one in a square format for Instagram, but I have several extra wide panos from the same spot. Nikon D850 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens.

Springs

Springs: Taken near Elk Flats. Nikon D850 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens.

Snow Drifts

Snow Drifts: Taken along the Highway near one of the overlooks. Nikon D850 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle: I found this Raptor near the Moose Visitor’s Center. It was in the top of a tree, so I had to shoot up to it. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Sleeping Swans

Sleeping Swans: I waited a while for this group of Trumpeter Swans to wake up and stretch. I saw them when I was heading north at 6:00am and they hadn’t moved when I passed by them again at 11:00am. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Afternoon in Jackson Hole

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk: Seen along the Highway along the National Elk Refuge. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle: Seen along the National Elk Refuge fences. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Buffleheads

Buffleheads: Tight crop of a pair seen over Flat Creek. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

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February 27, 2018 Tuesday

Rough-legged Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Wildlife Notes for Late February: With the recent snows, it looks like most of the Elk and Bison have finally made it to the National Elk Refuge. I saw two Coyotes on the Refuge yesterday. Moose are seen much less often in the sage flats and appear to be moving back to the river bottoms and generally scattering. Mountain Goats have been scarce lately. Bighorns are still visible on most days on the National Elk Refuge. I’ve seen a couple of American Kestrels along the Highway and Gros Ventre Road. Rough-legged Hawks are seen regularly on Spring Gulch Road and along the Elk Refuge fences and power poles. Eagles and Great Horned Owls should be on nests soon. Around 100 Cedar Wax Wings are working the berry trees in town. There are occasional sightings of Wolves and even a Mountain Lion around the valley. The cold nights have been freezing most ponds and slow moving portions of the streams. Swans and other waterfowl are now in the few open water zones.

Sleeping Swan

Sleeping Swan: Captured at the National Fish Hatchery. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Take-Off

Take-Off: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Take-Off

Take-Off: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

In Flight

In Flight: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Landing Gears Up

Landing Gears Up: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk: I would have originally said this was a Rough-legged Hawk when I saw it in a tree along the highway, but the tail feathers changed my mind.  Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Gray Wolf

Gray Wolf: Seen on the National Elk Refuge this afternoon. Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

The Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose opens for the season on March 5, 2018. Early season operating hours are 10:00am – 4:00pm.

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February 26, 2018 Monday

Common Merganser

Common Merganser: Seen in Flat Creek this afternoon. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Rearing Moose

Rearing Moose: This cow Moose was feeding on Crabapples in east Jackson. She had already eaten the ones at the bottom of the tree and had to rear up to get to the higher fruit. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Portrait

Portrait: Same Moose. A person with a dog walked behind me, which caught her attention.  There were a few Bighorns feeding at the base of Miller Butte on the National Elk Refuge. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

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February 25, 2018 Sunday

Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole: …something different! The blue spire on the left is the neon from the old Teton Theater. The Cowboy Bar sign is in the middle of the image and the 49er Motel is the bright red spot on the far right. You can see the lighted trees on the square and the lights in front of the Wort. The lower left building is the White Buffalo Club building. Five second exposure triggered with an RFN-4. Click the image to see it much larger!  Nikon D850 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens, Gitzo Tripod.

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February 24, 2018 Saturday

Trumpeter Swan

Trumpeter Swan: I had breakfast this morning the the Peer Mentoring Group at Bubba’s, then headed to the pond at the National Elk Refuge. A pair of Trumpeters took off into the cold morning wind. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Trumpeter Swan

Trumpeter Swan: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Box L Ranch

Box L Ranch: I drove down Spring Gulch Road on my way home and pulled over to photograph a few of my favorite barns. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Hansen Barn

Hansen Barn: Light snow was rolling in as I took this shot, softening the distant mountains. Nikon D850 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens, Handheld.

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February 23, 2018 Friday

Badger

New Feature Post: When Things Seem Slow in GTNP: Options and Suggestions

Feathered Fridays

Feathered Fridays at the Visitor’s Center: I timed my lunch to be able to make it to the Visitor’s Center just after noon. The Raptor Center brought four beautiful birds today, including a Red-tailed Hawk, Barn Owl, American Kestrel and Bald Eagle. There will be additional Feathered Fridays throughout all of March. If you are in town, check ’em out! I used my Nikon D5 and Nikon 24-70mm lens, lit slightly from the side with a variable power Lume Cube. Nikon D5 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens, Handheld.

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February 22, 2018 Thursday

Elk and Sleeping Indian

Elk and Sleeping Indian: I took this image from one of the turnouts along the highway. Thousands of Elk were on the move towards the north. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Sparring Bull Elk

Sparring Bull Elk: The bulls typically stay in a group away from the cows. These two gave me a good show, even though it was from a long distance. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

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February 21, 2018 Wednesday

Bighorn Ram

Bighorn Ram: I went to the National Elk Refuge just before lunch and didn’t take a shot of a Bighorn. After dropping off some paperwork to the accountant, I did an afternoon run and had much better luck.  Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Bighorn Ram

Bighorn Ram: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Bighorn Ram

Bighorn Ram: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Antler Arches

Antler Arches: On my way back through town, I stopped to take a few shots of the effects of Winter snow and cold temperatures. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

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February 20, 2018 Tuesday

US Copyright Office Changes: The Copyright Office announced some fairly significant changes—which were scheduled to begin today. For the past couple of weeks, I have been diligently going through my images, culling them, and preparing the zip files necessary for the uploads. Instead of taking effect on the 20th, the date was effectively February 16th since they closed the system down for the weekend and holiday. I wish I had known!

NIK Collection: DXO recently purchased the NIK Collection from Google. Google was making the collection available for free but announced there would be no updates. DXO is offering the NIK Collection for FREE for a while in preparation of the new release in Mid-2018. So, it’s not too late to get the free version. DXO will let you know when the new version (not free) will be available.

Gray-crowned Rosy Finches

Gray-crowned Rosy Finches: After a fruitless adventure to the Snake River Canyon (for Mtn. Goats), I drove towards Wilson where I spotted a large flock of Gray-crowned Rosy Finches. Around 100 of them were feeding near the highway. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Gray-crowned Rosy Finches

Gray-crowned Rosy Finches: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Wagon

Wagon: Besides the Finches, I took quite a few shots of barns and wagons. I’ve photographed this wagon a few times, but the new snow gives it a completely different look. OnOne makes some nice “Movie Look” plug-ins for Lightroom, like this “300 Movie” preset. It imitates the stylized movie “look” about the Spartans and Persians.

Elk

Elk: I’ve been wanting to do the sleigh ride on the National Elk Refuge all winter, but until recently, there hasn’t been enough snow to make it worth it. This afternoon, I caught the last trip at roughly 4:15pm. It gave me a reasonable amount of good light before the sun dropped behind the butte, at which point, temperatures dropped drastically. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Resting Elk

Resting Elk: I’ve driven by in the early afternoons recently to see all of the Elk bedded down. That’s not exactly ideal for photography. Today, the ride made it to the bulls, all of which were still down. A vehicle pulled over along the highway and someone walked down to the fence. The Elk got spooky and most of them stood up. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Alert Elk

Alert Elk: Tourists walking to the fence can cause the herds to run long distances. While signs are not clear, the National Elk Refuge prohibits people from using or crossing the bike path to get to the fence. There’s one good pullout, but the fence is much to high for good photography.

Sparring Bulls

Sparring Bulls: I took my D5 with the Tamron 150-500mm G2 lens and a Nikon D850 with a Nikon 70-200mm lens today. There were only seven people on the trip, so I could move around a little in the sleigh once it was stopped. The D5 and 150-600mm worked best today. I had plenty of light, so I cranked the shutter speed up to 1/1000th second to help with hand holding and also some of the vibration from the other riders. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Sleeping Indian and Lone Cottonwood

Sleeping Indian and Lone Cottonwood: Taken from the moving sleigh. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Check out this post from 2014: Sleigh Ride on the National Elk Refuge: This year, the price for an adult ticket is $23, payable at the Visitor’s Center. It’s probably still the best tourist deal in the valley! Dress warmly!

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February 19, 2018 President’s Day

Keys

Typewriter Keys: I seldom go a day without taking a photo. Tonight, I grabbed a camera and tripod, just to make sure I took a few. This is of an old Underwood typewriter I bought a few months ago. The typewriter keys were lit with a handheld LumeCube during a long exposure. For better or worse, the lens picked up the dust still on the keys. I applied a Lightroom preset to give it a vintage look. Nikon D500 and Tamron 18-400mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

Shelves of Stuff

Shelves of Stuff: Over the past couple of years, I go to garage sales, antique stores, and junk stores to pick up interesting vintage props for future light painting projects. Tis a quick shot of a few of the shelves. The capture was given a “Hawaii 5-O” Lightroom Preset. Nikon D500 and Tamron 18-400mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

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February 18, 2018 Sunday

Elk Sculptures

Elk Sculptures: Overnight, we had about 6″ of snow in the valley. I’m sure the mountains received a lot more. Wind blew hard from the south all night, so the wet snow stuck to all north facing buildings, signs, and sculptures. This one is in front of the National Museum of Wildlife Art—across from the National Elk Refuge. Nikon D850 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens, Handheld.

Miller House with Fresh Snow

Miller House with Fresh Snow: Finally, this scene looks more like February! Around 40 Bighorns were down this afternoon. I took a few shots, but I didn’t really like the poses. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

South Park Barn

South Park Barn: Like the bronze statue, the sticky snow brought out details in many dark structures. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Horses

South Park Horses: I drove around a lot of the back roads today and took a lot of photos I liked. The barns and abandoned vehicles had a completely different look.  Nikon D850 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens, Handheld.

Sorry for the late post. I have been fighting Lightroom for the past few days.

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February 17, 2018 Saturday

Bighorns

Bighorns: I drove around the valley looking for Owls before heading to the National Elk Refuge. Around 50 Bighorns were off the butte and within shooting distance of the road. It was too windy for me to handhold the Bighorns today.  Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

Bighorns

Bighorns: The fur on some of the sheep is bleaching slightly now. We had some snow over the past few days, changing the look of the valley floor. The ski slopes reported over 12″ of fresh snow. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

Bighorns

Bighorns: I waited for the lamb to either move or raise its head, but he wasn’t following my “script”. By the time it moved, the two rams had their heads down. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

Day Old Calf

Day Old Calf: Taken last May near Teton Village. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Four Day Calf

Four Day Calf: By day four, the mother was letting the baby romper around. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

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February 16, 2018 Friday

McPhun is now Skylum: Aurora HDR and Luminar now have a unified company name – Skylum. With the announcement, you can download a couple of FREE ebooks, some Free LUTs, and numerous Free Presets. The programs are darned good, too! If you register, they also send you a free e-Book called “25 Romantic Getaways”.

Trumpeter Swan

Trumpeter Swan: Captured along Flat Creek this afternoon. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Square Lights

Square Lights: On my way home, I stopped for a few shots on the Town Square. Christmas is over, but the lights stay up for several months. Nikon D5 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens, Tripod.

Badgers

Badgers: I have been in front of my computer most of the day, culling images in Lightroom. I processed this image last night, taken in early July at Elk Flats. The mother is on the left and the clean cut youngster is on the right. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Newborn Moose

Newborn Moose: Taken May 19, 2017 near Teton Village. Over the following week or so, I took around 5000 shots of the baby Moose before they disappeared. Nikon D5 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens, Handheld.

Newborn Moose

Newborn Moose: Nikon D5 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens, Handheld.

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February 15, 2018Thursday

Gros Ventre

Gros Ventre: It was a quiet day along the Gros Ventre Road and Kelly area this morning. This was taken while the snow was still falling. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Bighorn Ram

Bighorn Ram: After the snow let up, a large number of Bighorns came off Miller Butte to feed on grasses near the road. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Bighorn Lamb

Bighorn Lamb: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

399 and Cubs

399 and Cubs: Taken last June near Pilgrim Creek. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Griz in Snow

Griz in Snow: Taken last October on Togwotee Pass. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

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February 14, 2018Valentine’s Day

Mtn. Goats on Rocks

Mtn. Goats on Rocks: Clouds were covering the peaks in the Tetons so I headed down the Snake River Canyon. These two were well out of my normal range, but I liked seeing them atop the rocky ledges. Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Mt. Goat

Mt. Goat: Four of the furry mammals came down to the road. They were more spooky than normal and scampered back up the mountain. I had only 10 minutes of close shooting. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Mtn. Goat

Mtn. Goat: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Mountain Goats of the Snake River Canyon:

Pronghorn Buck

Pronghorn Buck: Captured in August in the hay fields near Kelly. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

Summer Cross Fox

Summer Cross Fox: Captured in June west of Jackson. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

Bighorn Ram

Bighorn Ram: This image was captured on January 10. 1/640 sec. at F/8.  Check this post from last January: Snowfall and Wildlife

Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop CC: In case you missed your notifications, Adobe just released updates for both with speed enhancements and additional features.

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February 13, 2018Tuesday

If you are a night/star photographer, tonight should be a good one. Check the weather reports! Sunrise could also be good.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle: Seen on one of the power lines north of Kelly. There were a few bison and mule deer still up at late morning. I didn’t see any bison. Nikon D850 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Gros Ventre Barn

Gros Ventre Barn: I made a trip up the Gros Ventre Road and stopped for a few shots. There are chances to see Deer, Elk, Wolves, Bighorns and even Mountain Lions. Nikon D850 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Paint Horse

Paint Horse: This nice looking horse was near the road in front of the previous barn. Nikon D850 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Paint Horse

Paint Horse: Nikon D850 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Gros Ventre Vista View

Gros Ventre Vista View: There was a nice low cloud in front of the Tetons today, but none above them. It would have been a good day to photograph in front of the Mormon Row barns. Despite minimal snow on the road, it is still closed for the Winter. This is a two shot pano, stitched and processed in Lightroom. Nikon D850 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Jackson Hole Shrine Club Cutter Races

46th Annual Jackson Hole Shrine Club Cutter Races: February 18 – 19th, 2017 – 12:30 pm- $20 admission fee. More information. Currently, the site still suggests the event will happen, but there isn’t a lot of snow there. Keep an eye on their site for more information and details.

Sparring Bull Moose

Sparring Bull Moose: I am spending a lot of my time trying to thin down my photos in preparation of beating a change in pricing at the US Copyright Office. On the positive side, I am finding photos I missed originally. This was taken January 29, 2018 north of Kelly. My client and I were the only two there when these two bulls sparred, allowing us to capture a couple of thousand images each.  Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

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February 12, 2018Monday

Alpenglow at Snake River Overlook

New Feature Post: Snake River Overlook Winter Stars and Sunrise : I spent part of the afternoon building this new page and posted it last night. I tried to include a little extra information about winter photography and night photography with the series of photos.

Great News! Read this: GTNP Historic Properties Management Plan Several buildings in GTNP had been scheduled for removal and others like the Shane Cabins (Luther Taylor Cabins were labeled as “ruins”. This new Management Plan will now preserve some of them.

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch: I photographed this small bird in my back yard. They are very quick and jittery, making them tough subjects. Nikon D850 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch: Nikon D850 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel: Nikon D850 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel: Nikon D850 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

Black-billed Magpie

Black-billed Magpie: These opportunistic feeders hang around all year. Nikon D850 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

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February 11, 2018Sunday

SRO Stars

Snake River Overlook Stars: Today’s my 64th birthday. Last evening, Darla and I had a pizza at the Mangy Moose, then went to a Daniel Tosh comedy show at the music hall at Teton Village. Great night! This morning, I got up at 3:30 and headed out for a night shoot and sunrise at Snake River Overlook. The last time I tried it, clouds rolled in over the range and I didn’t get much. Today was much better! Nikon D5 and Nikon 240-70mm Lens, Tripod.

I captured too many photos to put on a Daily Journal Post, so the plan will be to make a new Feature Post. Sign up to follow this blog to get a first notification by email!

Moose Cow and Calf

Moose Cow and Calf: On the way home, I did a quick run out to Kelly to look for Bison, Moose, Wolves, and Foxes. These two were running along the Gros Ventre—seemingly running from something at the time. They stopped before crossing the river. I counted 19 Moose this morning. A group of eight were well off the road, but close enough for me to see a couple of golden paddles on one of the bulls. Nikon D850 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

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February 10, 2018Saturday

Mountain Goat

Mountain Goat: I spent the morning with Mountain Goats in the Snake River Canyon. I found about 50 at ranges I could photograph this time. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

Mountain Goat

Mountain Goat: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

Mountain Goats

Mountain Goats: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

Mountain Goat

Mountain Goat: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

Mountain Goat

Mountain Goat: I am going through around 1700 images I took today. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

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February 9, 2018Friday

Personal Note: Darla and I woke up at 4:00 am this morning to watch the live feed of the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics. My youngest son, Corey, entered the stadium with the Team Ireland group, about 45 minutes into the program. The cameraman zoomed in on the flag bearer and then to Corey. Very cool! Corey is a coach at Park City with a kid that qualified in the Half Pipe event. The prime time showing of the opening ceremony will be tonight on NBC, so if you watch the athletes and coaches parade into the stadium, keep an eye out for Team Ireland.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle: I did a Kelly “branch”. In the summer, I can do a loop, but right now we have to out the GV Road and then backtrack to the highway. I got to see a Red Fox but it didn’t appear to want to get close to the road. I left there looking for the 100 Bison I saw earlier, but they had moved out of sight. This Bald Eagle was in town at the Flat Creek Wetlands just north of the Visitor’s Center.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle: Actually, there were two Bald Eagles, one of which was eating some sort of waterfowl. I hung around until he flew from the fence. Shooting Data: NIKON D5, Tamron 150.0-600.0 mm G2 f/5.0-6.3 at 600 mm, 1/1250 at f/6.3, Manual Mode, 1/3 EV, ISO 2000, ©Copyright 2018

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle: Shooting Data: NIKON D5, Tamron 150.0-600.0 mm G2 f/5.0-6.3 at 600 mm, 1/1250 at f/6.3, Manual Mode, 1/3 EV, ISO 2000, ©Copyright 2018

Swans and Ducks

Swans and Ducks: Also taken at the Flat Creek Wetlands. Shooting Data: NIKON D5, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 380 mm, 1/1250 at f/6.3, Manual Mode, 1/3 EV, ISO 400, ©Copyright 2018

Hay Wagon

Hay Wagon: This could easily fit on my recent Rural Wyoming post. I took it this morning south of town as the rancher dropped off hay to his horses in the field. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Osprey Nest

Osprey Nest: Osprey are south of Wyoming in their winter territories right now. A seen in recent days, Bald Eagles hang around all winter and will soon be adding sticks to their nests. I took this photo at the end of July south of town. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

October Bull Moose

October Bull Moose: Still going through some Fall photos. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

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February 7, 2018Thursday

Cross Fox

Cross Fox: I am fairly sure this is the same fox I saw yesterday afternoon when touring around north of Kelly. It was way too far out for a photo, but I went back this morning and managed to get a few chances. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Cross Fox

Cross Fox: With this colorization, most people call this a “Cross Fox”, but it is still a “Red Fox”—distinguished by the white tips on its tail. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Cross Fox

Cross Fox: I processed this one with some of the grass and clutter, then removed it in another saved image. Both worked fine, but I like the simplicity of this one. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Cross Fox

Cross Fox: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens, Handheld.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle: Seen on the National Elk Refuge. Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle: The carcass is 60 yards from the Refuge road at the base of Miller Butte. Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle: Wind was howling and light was low. Shooting Data: NIKON D500, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 600 mm, 1/1000 at f/6.3, Manual Mode, -1/3 EV, AutoISO 3600.  Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

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February 7, 2018Wednesday

Moose In Pond

December Moose in Pond: I’m still going through photos. This one was taken along the Moose-Wilson Road in early December. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens, Tripod.

Washakie

Washakie: This photo of Washakie was taken on September 21st of 2017. It’s the last day I photographed him. He’s at least 15 years old and has a rough last couple of years. I heard someone say they saw him a day or two later, but after that, he totally disappeared. He didn’t show up in the sage flats with the rest of the bulls this year. I’d like to believe he will return next year, but I have a sorrowful feeling now he is not with us anymore. Another bull, Custer, never appeared this year. I suppose that’s “Nature” at work. On the positive side, a young bull we called Firecracker and another spectacular bull we called Fremont should begin to fill in the voids. – I slowed the shutter speed to 1/40th second in this photo to allow the rain to streak through the scene.

Meeting

Meeting: When two moose approach each other, their ears fold down over their shoulders as if to say, “Okay, you have my attention.”

Meeting

Meeting: Once dominance is established, two bulls will usually accept each other and will feed alongside their new “bud”. I took these two shots last September along the Moose-Wilson Road.

Moose Feeding

Moose Feeding: Sept. 18, 2017

Afternoon in the Park

White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer: It’s easy to see why they are called White-tailed Deer! I saw a few just north of Kelly. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens, Handheld.

White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer: The youngsters crawled under the barbed wire fence, while the adults jumped the top wire with no issues. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens, Handheld.

Bull Moose

Bull Moose: Without their antlers, it is difficult to identify the bulls. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens, Handheld.

Sightings: Aside from the couple of thousand Elk on the Refuge, I saw a Rough-legged Hawk, three Coyotes, half a dozen White-tailed Deer, 19 Moose, two Bald Eagles, and a Fox. Bison were nowhere to be seen today.

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February 6, 2018Tuesday

Sparring Bison

Sparring Bison: Gentle sparring by three cows along Gros Ventre Road. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens, Handheld.

Resting Bull

Resting Bull: I am hoping for about 6″ of fresh now, then find the Bison near the road. Snowing…would be good too! Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens, Handheld.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle: There are a couple of Bald Eagles that hang around on the power poles north of Kelly. I’d prefer to find one on a natural branch, but it’s worth pulling over for one like this once in a while. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens, Handheld.

Baby Marmots

Baby Marmots: Mid-Summer color during a gray period of Winter! Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens, Handheld.

Other Wildlife Notes: I heard there were around 30 Mountain Goats visible in the Canyon Today. Two of the mid sized bull Moose still have antlers as of today. Some of them seem to be moving back towards the river bottoms. I saw six Moose near the entrance of the GV Campground yesterday morning. Bison will likely stay in the Kelly area until after the hunt on the National Elk Refuge.

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February 5, 2018Monday

Bison

Bison: Captured near Kelly. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens, Handheld.

Ravens

Ravens: Captured along Gros Ventre Road. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens, Handheld.

Trumpeter Swans

Trumpeter Swans: Captured near the Visitor’s Center. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens, Handheld.

Mallard Duck in Flight

Mallard Duck in Flight: Captured at the Flat Creek Wetlands. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens, Handheld.

Trumpeter Swans

Trumpeter Swans: Captured at Boyle’s Hill. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens, Handheld.

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February 4, 2018 – Superbowl Sunday

Leaning Farm House

Leaning Farm House: One more shot from yesterday’s loop south and then over the passes.

Wildlife Notes: I was “one for six” in January looking for Mountain Goats in the Snake River Canyon. I have been “two for two” so far in February. That makes me “three for eight” since the first of January….a “375 batting average”. Maybe these numbers will help you decide whether to take your chances finding Mtn. Goats. A few people are seeing Wolves around Kelly and the south end of Blacktail Butte. Bison moved to Antelope Flats Road for a short period yesterday. They have been well off the roads lately. I am hearing of random Fox sightings, but nothing consistent. Same for River Otters. Swans and other waterfowl have plenty of open water, a result of the recent warm temperatures. The Elk Refuge Sleigh rides are back to wagons with rubber tires. Palisades Reservoir is almost 100% open water.

If you decide to go to Alpine for the Mountain Goats, I’d suggest reading this page: Mountain Goats of the Snake River Canyon: If you go, be sure to either use one of the pull-outs or pull well off the road. That area is NOT A PARK! Truckers, Red-Necks, and the Highway Patrol have little patience for photographers or vehicles in the 55mph state highway.

Other Early February Notes: Unleaded gasoline is holding steady at $2.55 per gallon at many of the local stations. I paid $2.43 per gallon yesterday at the Swan Valley convenience store.

US Copyright Office: Currently, photographers can upload an unlimited number of photos in a single submission for $55. On February 20th, a change will limit submissions to 750 for $55.

Black Bear Sow and Cub

Black Bear Sow and Cub: This pair was taken in September near the Jackson Lake Dam. Going through photos today.

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February 3, 2018 – Saturday (Superbowl Weekend)

Weekend Notes:

1: Moose Hockey tonight at Snow King: Jackson Hole vs Stowe. Starts at 7:00. Puck drops at 7:30
2: Winter Grand Teton Music Festival: Last night.
3: Winter Jubilee is next weekend in Alpine.
4: Pedigree® Stage Stop Race: You might find the race and watch it in other parts of the region.

I added this link above: Winter in the Tetons: Tips for travel and photography. By this time in February, many of our area roads and access points are closed. Additionally, some areas are closed to human entry. Check out that page!

Mountain Goat

Mountain Goat: I headed down the canyon this morning and found a few Mountain Goats fairly close to the road. They were already heading up the mountain when I got there. Another group could have come down later in the day, but I decided to go “around the block”Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens, Tripod.

Entrance

Entrance: A friend of mine, Dave Miller, is a hard core cyclist. He makes a loop his group calls “around the block”. Starting in Jackson, they pedal down the Canyon to Palisades Reservoir, then to Swan Valley. From there, they climb Pine Creek Pass and later Teton Pass to Wilson and on home. Occasionally, they do it twice in one day! I drove it today. Much easier! This grungy door and pair of windows is in Swan Valley. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens, Handheld.n

Leaning House

Leaning House: Jackson Hole residents pass by many of the old structures as they go back and forth to Idaho Falls. It’s the closest large city to Jackson, so many go there for shopping and out-of-the-valley relaxation. This old house or farm structure likely has only another year or two. Nikon D850 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens.

Swan Valley Schoolhouse

Swan Valley Schoolhouse: Not sure how many years this one has either! The chimney fell off a few years ago. Nikon D850 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens.

Window and Vines

Window and Vines: Part of the old schoolhouse. Nikon D850 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens.

Farming Equipment

Farming Equipment: It would be easy to pass this shot by except for the beautiful sky. Nikon D850 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens.

Red Square Barn

Red Square Barn: This barn is at the base of Pine Creek Pass on the Swan Valley side. Nikon D850 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens.

Wheels

Wheels: I shot this one in Teton Valley…on the other side of the Teton Range from Jackson. Nikon D850 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens.

Working Farm

Working Farm: This barn is just outside of Victor, ID. Nikon D850 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens.

The Spud Drive-In

The Spud Drive-In: This old drive-in is just south of Driggs, ID. Locals often take the kids to the drive-in…if only for the memories. There aren’t many drive-ins remaining in the country. In the old days, we pulled up to a post that had a speaker connected to it. Nowadays, viewers tune their radio to a specific channel to receive the movie’s sound. Nikon D850 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens.

Green Truck

Green Truck: This old truck is at the edge of Victor, ID. I’d like to light paint it someday. Nikon D850 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens.

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February 2, 2018 – Friday

Mountain Goat On Ledge

Mountain Goat On Ledge: For some reason, some of my images from yesterday didn’t get uploaded. This morning, I found the others and uploaded them to my computer. I processed this one as a square to upload to Instagram. Check out the link below to set a lot more information, including maps of the area. February and March are often good for finding the white beasts!

Mountain Goats of the Snake River Canyon:

Spring Creek Barn

Spring Gulch Barn: It was dark, gloomy, and windy most of the day. I did a loop around the area when I saw some breaks in the clouds. I like the old barns when the light hits them just right. Nikon D500 and Tamron 18-400mm Lens, Handheld.

Bighorn Ram

Bighorn Ram: There’s not a lot of snow this year on the National Elk Refuge, but there are still numerous Bighorn Sheep. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens, Handheld.

Incoming Swan

Incoming Swan: This Trumpeter flew in as I was taking photos of other Swans hanging around Flat Creek Wetlands. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens, Handheld.

StretchingSwan

Stretching Swan: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens, Handheld.

Mallard Ducks

Mallard Ducks: The reflection prompted this shot. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens, Handheld.

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February 1, 2018 – Thursday

Super Moon

Super Moon: Moon setting over the Teton Range. I checked the weather report last night, suggesting it would be cloudy. When I saw the moon, I headed out. Unfortunately, all of us in Jackson Hole missed yesterday’s Super Blue/Red Lunar Eclipse because of thick clouds. Nikon D850 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens.

Note: Much of the first week or so of February will resemble photos and comments on January 2018 Daily Journal for JH & GTNP

Mt. Moran Colors

Mt. Moran Colors: The Grand was covered at the time the pink clouds were dominant. I aimed farther North to Mt. Moran. Nikon D850 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens.

Tetons and Setting Full Moon

Tetons and Setting Full Moon: The mood dropped behind the cloud soon after this set of shots. Click this shot to see it much larger. Nikon D850 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens.

Snake River Overlook

Snake River Overlook: Still a great place to capture the Teton Range during the Winter. Nikon D850 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens.

Ridge Tops

Ridge Tops: Nikon D850 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens.

Young Bull Moose

Young Bull Moose: These three still have antlers and were sparring on the open areas of the East Boundary Road. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens, Handheld.

February Bull Moose

February Bull Moose: Wow! Large bulls with antlers all the way into February! Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens, Handheld.

Bull Moose

Bull Moose: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens, Handheld.

Mtn. Goat

Mtn. Goat: February is often a good month for Mountain Goats in the Snake River Canyon. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens, Tripod.

Mtn. Goat Group

Mtn. Goat Group: This is part of roughly 40 Mtn. Goats seen in the Canyon. Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens, Tripod.

Mtn. Goats

Mtn. Goat: Found in the Snake River Canyon. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens, Tripod.

Christmas Lights are still on the Elk Antlers and Town Square Trees. Worth a shot or two if you are in town!

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Comments (3)

  1. I love the night pictures. I have camped in most of those locations. Brings back good memories. As I write this I am at 7,800 feet in Idaho’s Portneuf mountain range with 50+ boy scouts. Only one foot of snow, 37*. Wow,

  2. jeff c birmingham

    That is one good looking cross fox love his colors!!!!! We did not see any fox this past winter trip. We kept looking for the one at the dam for days to only find out the park put him down. No happy about that. We will be headed back in mid May.

  3. Kathy Harrison

    Happy birthday, Mike. We enjoy your gorgeous photos everyday. Thanks for sharing.

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