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June 2018 Daily Journal for GTNP and JH

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June 23, 2018 – Saturday

Schwabacber Sunrise

Schwabacher Sunrise: This image was captured as five sets of bracketed images, merged and stitched in Lightroom. Nikon D850 and Nikon 24-70 mm Lens, Tripod.

Buck Mule Deer

Buck Mule Deer: Rim lit buck seen on the East Boundary Road near Lost Creek Ranch. Nikon D850 and Tamron 150-600 mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Pronghorn Doe

Pronghorn Doe: Also seen near Lost Creek Ranch.

Purple Lupines

Purple Lupines: Taken just before lunch along Pilgrim Creek Road. This is a two shot, stacked image. One focused on the close flowers and the other was focused on the patches of plants in the water. They were merged in Photoshop. Nikon D850 and Nikon 24-70 mm Lens, Handheld.

Lounging Marmot

Lounging Marmot: Also seen along Pilgrim Creek Road. It opened only recently. Nikon D850 and Tamron 150-600 mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

July is on the doorstep! It is usually loaded with plenty of variety in landscapes, wildlife, and area activities! Check out these previous July Daily Journals

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June 22, 2018 – Friday

Osprey Fly By

Osprey Fly By: I went south this afternoon instead of into the park. This Osprey flew by me a few times before returning to her nest. Nikon D850 and Tamron 150-600 mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Osprey Landing

OspreyNikon D850 and Tamron 150-600 mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Osprey on the Nest

Osprey on the Nest: Looking back, I might have chosen to use my D5 body for the Osprey flight shots, but it does a plenty good job. It also allows for considerable cropping like this one. Nikon D850 and Tamron 150-600 mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Para Kite

Para Kite: The South Park Feed Grounds can provide a variety of subject matter, including fishermen, dogs fetching sticks in Flat Creek, and even this guy practicing with his kite. Nikon D850 and Tamron 150-600 mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Red-winged Blackbirds

Red-winged Blackbirds: The area has numerous birds like these blackbirds. Also watch for Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, Eastern Kingbirds, Hummingbirds, Killdeer, Sandpipers, Sandhill Cranes, Great Blue Herons, Geese, Swans, and a variety of waterfowl. Nikon D850 and Tamron 150-600 mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Red-winged Blackbird and Barn Swallow

Red-winged Blackbird and Barn Swallow: I was focused on the Blackbird when the Barn Swallow buzzed him. Nikon D850 and Tamron 150-600 mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Cinnamon Teal

Cinnamon Teal: Taken near one of the ponds at the South Park Feed Grounds. Nikon D850 and Tamron 150-600 mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Road News! I received a report that Pilgrim Creek Road is open. I heard the bridge over the Gros Ventre will not open until the first of next week.

Software News! There is a new update for Photoshop CC, Lightroom Classic CC, and Camera Raw CC.

Great News! It has been a while in the works, but I am now offering the use of a Tamron 150-600mm G2 lens for BOTH Nikon and Canon users while taking a photo tour with me. Quite a few Nikon users have taken advantage of the opportunity (many of which have purchased the lens afterwards), but the new Canon version should be here early next week.

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June 21, 2018 – Thursday – First Day of Summer!

Alpenglow

Alpenglow: I was out early today, catching Alpenglow across from Triangle X Ranch. These fences lack the historic and romantic charm of the old buck rail fences that used to roll over these hills. Nikon D850 and Nikon 70-200 mm Lens, Tripod.

Photographer

Photographer and GirlfriendNikon D850 and Nikon 70-200 mm Lens, Tripod.

Morning Boats

Morning Boats: I did a loop through the northern portion of the park looking for 399 and her cubs. This was taken at Leek’s Marina at first light. Nikon D850 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld.

Morning Sky

Morning Sky: Taken from the shore of Jackson Lake. Nikon D850 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld.

Wildflowers

Wildflowers: There are several types of large yellow flowers dotting the valley floor right now. Nikon D850 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld.

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June 20, 2018 – Wednesday – Last Day of Spring

Hansen Barn

Hansen Barn: A few days ago, a story in the JH News & Guide reported the permanent bridge over the Gros Ventre River would be open today. I drove us Spring Gulch Road, but the bridge was still under construction. No traffic could use the bridge. I had to double back to the highway so I stopped along the deserted road to take this shot of the old Cliff Hansen barn. I also photographed a Red-tailed Hawk on a telephone line.  Nikon D850 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld.

Mother Moose and Calves

Mother Moose and Calves: I had planned on going “up the Gros Ventre” to check on wildflowers, but stopped capture this Moose family. Nikon D850 and 150-600 mm Lens, Tripod.

Bumble Bee

Bumble Bee: I found a few wildlfowers along the edges of Slide Lake up the Gros Ventre. The flower is a Sticky Geranium. Nikon D850 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld.

Wild Columbine

Wild Columbine: I have a few domestic Columbine around the house, hopefully to entice Hummingbirds. This flower is a wild one photographed next to Slide Lake. Most of the other Columbine in the same are were white. Nikon D850 and 150-600 mm Lens, Tripod.

White Columbine

White ColumbineNikon D850 and 150-600 mm Lens, Tripod.

Butterfly

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June 19, 2018 – Tuesday

Mother Moose

Mother Moose: Spotted along the Gros Ventre early this morning. She had two calves, but I didn’t get shots of them I liked. Nikon D850 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld.

Homesteads Panorama

Homesteads: I kept hoping to see the tops of the Tetons, but they stayed covered all day. Click this image to see it much larger. Nikon D5 and 24-70 mm Lens, Tripod.

Bison Bull

Bison Bull: One of quite a few Bison seen along Elk Ranch Flats. Nikon D850 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld.

Signal Mountain Vista View

Signal Mountain Vista View: The road to the top of Signal Mountain opened recently. Nikon D5 and 24-70 mm Lens, Handheld.

Mule Deer

Mule Deer: These two were grazing near the Moose Visitor’s Center. Nikon D850 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld.

Mule Deer

Mule Deer: It’s easy to see how they get their name. Nikon D850 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld.

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June 18, 2018 – Monday

Storm Clouds

Storm Clouds: I was checking the Gros Ventre for baby Moose, when this storm blew through. I set up the Lightning Trigger, but by the time I was set up, the rain hit. I spent about 15 minutes hunkered down at mailbox corner while sleet and small hail pounded my truck. Once the worst passed by, I went to the nearby Mormon Row Barns. Nikon D850 and Nikon 70-200 mm Lens, Tripod.

Soft Barn

Soft Barn: I took this shot with the telephoto lens, through a quarter mile of light rain. Nikon D850 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld.

During the Rain

During the RainNikon D850 and Nikon 70-200 mm Lens, Handheld.

After the Rain

After the Rain: Colors are always so intense right after a rain! Nikon D850 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld.

Jackson Peak Pano

Jackson Peak Pano: I took this four shot pano from the new parking area and rest room along Mormon Row. Nikon D850 and Nikon 70-200 mm Lens, Handheld.

Incoming Jet

Incoming JetNikon D850 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld.

Baby Moose

Baby Moose: I went back to the Gros Ventre late in the evening and found the Moose family. Nikon D850 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld.

Mother Moose

Mother MooseNikon D850 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld.

Bears: I received a report that 399 and her two cubs were visible from the Pilgrim Creek Road area a little before noon.

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June 17, 2018 – Sunday – Father’s Day

Chapel of the Transfiguration is Open: The contractor’s trailer and supplies are out of the picture at the Chapel. They replaced the wooden walk boards with the new, dark brown PVC material. The also added a set of benches on the south side to the building. Church services are still being held on Sundays, but other than scheduled weddings, tourists and photographers can go inside and take photos through the picture window.

Geese

Canada Geese: I did a quick run this morning, checking out a few other places. These Geese families were captured at the Rendezvous Park (R Park) on the south end of the Moose-Wilson Road. Nikon D850 and 150-600 mm Lens, Tripod.

Mule's Ear Wildflowers

Mule’s Ear Wildflowers: This species of flowers, which look similar to Arrowleaf Balsom Root, are now appearing in many zones. Mule’s Ears are prominent now along the west end of Antelope Flats Road. Nikon D850 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld.

Mule's Ear Wildflowers

Mule’s Ear Wildflowers and Buckrail Fence Remnants: Nikon D850 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld.

Peach House and Moody Clouds

Peach House and Moody Clouds: It rained off and on all night. There were breaks in the clouds off and on this morning, revealing a few low hanging clouds. Nikon D850 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld.

Singing Meadowlark

Singing Meadowlark: Taken along Mormon Row Road with Blacktail Butte as a backdrop. Nikon D850 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld.

Road Updates: Mormon Row is now open all the way through from Antelope Flats Road and Gros Ventre Road. The two dirt roads off the East Boundary Road are open, too. These roads often give us access to Bison, Pronghorns, Badgers, Foxes, Coyotes, & Wolves, along with American Kestrels, Red-tailed Hawks, Swainson’s Hawks, Bald Eagles, Meadowlarks, and a variety of Sparrows. Signal Mountain Road is finally open!

Moose Calves

Moose Calves: This is a “record shot” of two newborn calves along the Gros Ventre. Nikon D850 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld.

Bull Moose

Bull Moose: This afternoon, a nice sized bull and cow Moose were grazing next to the Gros Ventre River. Nikon D850 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld.

Bull Moose

Bull Moose: To celebrate Father’s Day, my wife and youngest son went to Leek Pizza Parlor for a late lunch. I only took my D850 and 150-600 lens…no tripod. I brought it just in case one of the Grizzlies was visible. None were, but we found the Moose on the Gros Ventre. I did these all handheld with the vibration reduction turned on. Nikon D850 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld.

Mountain Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird: It’s difficult to walk up to a Bluebird, but they will occasionally fly to a nearby perch. This one posed for a few shots in between the Moose shots. The soft background is the GV River. Nikon D850 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld.

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June 16, 2018 – Saturday

Lake Creek

Lake Creek: Taken along the Moose-Wilson Road. Nikon D850 and 70-200 mm Lens, Handheld.

Wildflowers Pano

Balsom Root Wildflowers Pano: Taken at the Chapel of the Sacred Heart as a two shot pano. Mule’s Ears are blooming in many areas of the park. They look quite similar.  Nikon D850 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld.

Elk Ranch

Elk Ranch: Taken as a band of light hit the old dude ranch cabins. Nikon D850 and Nikon 70-200 mm Lens, Handheld.

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June 15, 2018 – Friday

Sunrise Flat Creek

Sunrise Flat Creek: Often, we get beautiful clouds over the Tetons, but they never “turn on” because of the clouds in the east. I stopped along Flat Creek this morning and took the mellow shot of the glow from the sun. You might like this earlier Feature Post:  Teton Sunrises: It Takes Two to Tango

Yellow-bellied Marmot

Yellow-bellied Marmot: Spotted along the Gros VentreRiver. Nikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld.

Bull Moose

Bull Moose: Feeding on willows along the Moose-Wilson Road. Nikon D850 and 150-600 mm Lens, Tripod.

Bull Moose

Bull Moose: Moving along Moose Pond on the Moose-Wilson Road. As you can see, this Moose has shed its shaggy winter fur.  Nikon D850 and 150-600 mm Lens, Tripod.

Milky Way

Milky Way: This was captured as four vertical images, and stitched in Lightroom Classic CC. I took the images late Wednesday from a pullout along the road from Red Lodge Cooke City. Nikon D5 and Sigma 24mm F/1.4 Art Lens, Tripod.

Sleeping Griz

Sleeping Griz: Another shot from Thursday in Yellowstone. Nikon D500 and 150-600 mm Lens, Tripod.

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June 14, 2018 – Home Again! Thursday

Black Bear Cub

Black Bear Cub: If you are just now checking in on Best of the Tetons, I did a quick tour out to Cody, then across the Chief Joseph Scenic Drive to Cooke City, and back home via Yellowstone. I took this shot between Tower Falls and Dunraven Pass. Nikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Tripod.

Black Bear Cub

Black Bear Cub: The youngster was high in a pine tree, then dropped down to find its mother.Nikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Tripod.

Black Bear Cub's Morning Feeding

Black Bear Cub’s Morning FeedingNikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Tripod.

Lower Falls of the Yellowstone

Lower Falls of the Yellowstone: I haven’t been to this area in a while, so I stopped there for a thousand photos…most of which are vertical pano parts using the 150-600mm.

Snowy

Snow: From what I was told, this sub-adult was kicked off by Raspberry only a couple of days ago. Raspberry is being courted by a big boar. somewhere in the area. Nikon D500 and 150-600 mm Lens, Tripod.

Snowy 

Snow: She was near the Lake View Overlook turnout about 9 miles east of Fishing Bridge. I shot these with my Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600mm to get the extra reach. I just received a notification my Nikon 200-500mm lens is on its way back to me from Nikon Service. Hopefully, it will be in perfect working order. Nikon D500 and 150-600 mm Lens, Tripod.

Morning Stallions

Morning Stallions:  I stayed out late both nights to work on night shots—then was able to be out early the next morning. This isn’t the sharpest image I ever took, but it was still very early in the morning.

GTNP: I drove through the Tetons on my way back from Yellowstone. I was prepared to stop for any kind of bear activity, but didn’t see any. Pilgrim Creek Road and the Dump Road are still closed.

I’ll be adding more shots form the trip later.

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June 13, 2018 – Wednesday on the Road

Fighting Stallions

Fighting Stallions: Taken at McCullough Peaks Horse Management Area. Nikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld.

Foal

Foal: I took a lot of shots at McCullough Peaks. I hear the BLM is enforcing a new 300 foot rule now, but I haven’t seen the exact wording yet. Nikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Tripod.

Devil's Canyon on the Bighorn River

Devil’s Canyon on the Bighorn River: Lights from Lovell, WY at the horizon. Nikon D5 and Sigma 24mm F/1.4 Art Lens, Tripod.

Milky Way Over the Bighorn Canyon

Milky Way Over Bighorn Canyon: These are quick edits while sitting in the Elk Horn Bar and Grill in Meteetse, WY. Nikon D5 and Sigma 24mm F/1.4 Art Lens, Tripod.

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June 12, 2018 – Tuesday

It looks like I have a small window of time between photo tours. I am packing up to go to Cody, WY for a few days to photograph the wild horses in the area. I’ll try to post a few photos from the trip while I am out, but it depends on reliable Internet service. Check in often!

Bear Notes: I’ll  be traveling through the SE corner of Yellowstone and hope to see one or two of the Grizzly sows. I heard 399 was seen a couple of days ago in GTNP. Blondie has disappeared (as she always does about this time of the year) and 610 has not shown up at all. There have been several sightings of a Black Bear and Cubs in the Dam to Signal Mtn. area. This is mating season for Grizzlies, so you might see a couple of them roaming the zones where the sows have been. Another Black Bear and Cubs were reported to have spooked horseback trail riders near Colter Bay.

I saw a notice of short delays possible on the Moose-Wilson Road. So far, the construction at Gros Ventre Junction hasn’t caused long lines or delays. Drivers must slow down to 25 mph through parts of the zone, now.

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June 11, 2018 – Monday

Burrowing Owls

New Feature Post! The Burrowing Owls of Eastern Idaho

I had hoped to get this post ready last night, but it took me a long time to go through 3000 images of these little raptors! There are a lot of photos, so don’t miss it!

I was out early for sunrise, but clouds dropped down over the Tetons. I switched gears and looked for wildlife instead.

Bull Elk

Bull Elk: I found a herd of around 30 bulls on Elk Ranch Flats in the early morning light. Nikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld.

Bull Elk

Bull Elk: One of the bulls has a sizable rack already! His winter fur is almost gone, too.Nikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld.

Bison with Mt. Moran

Bison with Mt. MoranNikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld.

Bull Bison

Bull Bison: Also shaggy! This bull was seen crossing an irrigation ditch on Elk Ranch Flats. Nikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld.

Great Gray Owl Notes: I recently heard from a friend that works at the Raptor Center. Unfortunately, the biologists report that none of the known nesting pairs of Great Gray Owls in the Jackson Hole area produced chicks again this year. Sightings of the adults have been “spotty”—and that is a generous assessment.

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June 10, 2018 – Sunday

Grain Elevators

Grain Elevators: I am skipping back and forth between the folders of subjects from yesterday. These structures are in Tetonia, ID. Normally, I take photos of the elevators at much closer range, but stopped for this distant shot. There are similar elevators all over the west, along with the Oklahoma and Texas panhandle, but our area usually features distant mountains. Nikon D850 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens, Handheld.

Tetonia Truck

Tetonia Truck: The last time I stopped to photograph this old truck, snow was covering the ground. Spring grasses changed the scene immensely. Nikon D850 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens, Handheld.

Tetonia Fixer-Upper:

Tetonia Fixer-Upper: It would be easy to do a Feature Post with “fixer-uppers” in the Rocky Mountain West. Unfortunately, many of them are either falling down are be dozed to make way for a new subdivision. Nikon D850 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens, Handheld.

Grain Elevators

Grain Elevators: I took these photos on my way to the Mountain Man Rendezvous near Rexburg yesterday. There are a few small towns along the way, loaded with interesting subject matter. The other side of the Teton Range is either agricultural based, or covered with more affordable subdivisions. Each morning and afternoon, a ribbon of commuters make the journey over Teton Pass to get to Jackson. Nikon D850 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens, Handheld.

Burrowing Owls

Burrowing Owls: Wow! I’ve spent most of the morning going through around 3000 Burrowing Owl photos from yesterday. To do them justice, I’ll need make a  New Feature Post, so SIGN UP! You’ll get an early notice by email of the post.

Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owl on Nearby Post: This is one of the last photos I took before needing to head home. The new post will probably be ready tonight.

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June 9, 2018 – Saturday

Fort Henry Rendezvous

Fort Henry Rendezvous: I got up early and headed over the Pass to Idaho for something. The Fort Henry Rendezvous ends on Sunday. You can still make it if you read this post early enough.

Fort Henry Rendezvous

Fort Henry Rendezvous:

Burrowing Owls

Burrowing Owls: This isn’t something I see every day in Jackson! There were two adults and ten chicks in this den.

Feeding Owls

Feeding Owls: I got lucky! This adult brought in a mouse and fed a good portion of it to this baby—outside the den.

I didn’t get home until late, so I’ll add just a few photos tonight. 

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June 8, 2018 – Friday

Schwabacher Reflections

Schwabacher Reflections: I tried out my new Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon F Lens last night. This one was taken during the blue light period at the traditional reflection pond. The orange glow in the cloud on the left is from lights in Victor and Driggs, ID. Nikon D5 and Sigma 24mm Art Lens, Tripod.

Milky Way

Milky Way: This was taken at the same place where I used the Rokonor F/1.4 lens a few days ago. The Sigma Art Lens is sharper edge to edge than the copy of the Rokinor I received. Nikon D5 and Sigma 24mm Art Lens, Tripod.

Schwabacher Pano

Schwabacher Pano: I set my alarm for 4:30 to go back for a chance at Schwabacher Landing. The clouds that originally tempted me moved off before I got there. Nikon D850 and Nikon 24-70 mm  Lens, Tripod.

Schwabacher Pano

Schwabacher Pano: I would have loved to had these clouds at 5:15 to 5:30 am! These passed through about an hour later.  Nikon D850 and Nikon 24-70 mm  Lens, Tripod.

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June 7, 2018 – Thursday

Curtis Canyon Vista View

Curtis Canyon Vista View: I took the rough ride up Curtis Canyon Road and found quite a few wildflowers still in prime form. Nikon D850 and Nikon 70-200 mm Lens, Handheld.

If you are feeling “cramped” by the Summer crowds, check out some of these previous Feature Posts 

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk: I spotted this raptor as I was driving to and from Curtis Canyon via the National Elk Refuge. Nikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld.

Pronghorn Buck

Pronghorn Buck: The National Elk Refuge gets a lot of attention during the Winter months when 7,000+ Elk and 50-60 Bighorn Sheep are visible. During the Summer months, most people neglect the area, but I almost always find a few willing subjects. Watch for a variety of Hawks, an occasional Eagle, Badgers, Meadowlarks, Horned Larks, Pronghorns, and even possible Burrowing Owls. Along the way, stop in the Historic Miller House. It’s FREE! On the north end of the Refuge, check out the National Fish Hatchery. The self guiding tour is also FREE! The pond often has waterfowl and offers fishing if you have a Wyoming Fishing License. The evening JH Shoot Out is held on the Town Square around 6:00 to 6:30. It is also FREE! Nikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld.

Stage Coach

Stage Coach: This isn’t free, but it might give you and your family a relaxed tour of downtown. Check in at the Stage Stop downtown. Nikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld.

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June 6, 2018 – Wednesday

NIK Collection by DXO Labs is back! Today’s email states: “The 2018 Nik Collection by DxO is now fully functional with the latest 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X.” The previous version was crashing Photoshop, to this is good news for my system. You can buy the suite for $49.99 until July 1st, when the price will go back to $69. If you are not sure, you can download the full functioning 30 day trial. The original suite by NIK was around $350, so even at full price, it is a good deal. I loaded it on my iMac Pro and all of the filters I tested are working again.

Remember, the unpaved portion of the Moose Wilson Road will be closed today and will reopen at 8:00 am tomorrow morning.

Bull Moose

Bull Moose: Seen along the Gros Ventre River this afternoon. Nikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld.

Stormy Skies

Stormy Skies over Shadow Mountain: Taken from Antelope Flats Road. Many of the Balsom Root in this area are now past prime.

Purple Lupines

Purple Lupines: Captured along the Teton Park Road near the Taggart Lake trail head. Nikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld

Stormy Peaks

Stormy Peaks: I received a warning on the display of my truck stating there was a Tornado Warning this afternoon. Nikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld

Badger Pup

Badger Pup: Very young Badger seen near Elk Flats. Nikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Tripod

Badger

Mother Badger in DandelionsNikon D5 and 150-600 mm Len, Tripod

Badger

BadgerNikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Tripod

Uinta Ground Squirrel

Uinta Ground SquirrelNikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Tripod

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June 5, 2018 – Tuesday

Gray Wolf

Gray Wolf: In April, many of us saw three Gray Wolves in the Kelly area. At some point, they seemed to have disappeared.  I saw this one crossing the southern portion of Mormon Row this afternoon. He was probably 150 yards away when I took this record shot. Nikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld

Roundabout Construction

Gros Ventre Junction: Construction workers have now opened the new Temporary Bypass. Expect slow downs and delays there.

Temporary Closure on Moose-Wilson Road: The unpaved section of the Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park will be temporarily closed for seasonal dust abatement beginning 4 a.m. Tuesday, June 5 and will reopen by 8 a.m. Thursday, June 7. This routine dust abatement application happens several times during the summer on the approximately one-mile unpaved section of the seven-mile road.

John Moulton Barn

John Moulton Barn: The Rokinon 24mm F1/4 lens arrived yesterday, so I took it out for a spin. Nikon D5 and Rokinon 24 mm F/1.4 Lens, Handheld

Lens Flare

Lens Flares: Taken at the John Moulton Homestead on Mormon Row. Nikon D5 and Rokinon 24 mm F/1.4 Lens, Handheld

Schwabacher Landing

Schwabacher Landing Pano: This was captured as three sets of three bracketed images, merged in Lightroom. Click the image to see it larger. Nikon D850 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens, Tripod

Schwabacher Landing

Schwabacher LandingNikon D850 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens, Tripod

Night Barn

Night Barn: I stayed out until midnight test the new lens. I may need to tweak the focus a small amount, but overall, it did fine. Nikon D5 and Rokinon 24 mm F/1.4 Lens, Tripod

Milky Way

Milky Way: These were the choices I considered. I already own a Nikon 14-24mm F/2.8 auto focus lens, but these lenses allow for up to four times light gathering ability. Nikon D5 and Rokinon 24 mm F/1.4 Lens, Tripod.

Rokinon Notes: After reviewing a lot of last night’s Rokinon photos, it is apparent the lens is sharp on the right side and soft on the left. I’m shipping it back to B&H and purchasing the discounted Sigma Art Lens. Hopefully, it will be much better!

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June 4, 2018 – Monday

Schwabacher Landing B&W

Schwabacher Landing B&W: I stayed home this morning, waiting for a Fed-Ex package. I finally looked online and noticed it wouldn’t be delivered until tomorrow. The clouds looked interesting, and there was a heavy wind, so I made a quick trip to Schwabacher Landing. For this shot, I used a Nikon D850 and a Nikon 24-70mm lens on my old Gitzo Tripod. This is a 25 second exposure at F/18 and ISO 31 in Manual Mode using a Singh-Ray 77mm Vari-N-Duo Polarizing Variable Neutral Density Filter (Standard Mount) It was dialed to the highest effect setting to try to get the longest exposure I could squeeze out of my gear. This image was taken at 1:45 pm — in other words, the worst time of the day for a shot like this!

Schwabacher Landing Notes: Last week, the water was very high in the channel under the main parking area. The Snake must have dropped some since then as there is much less current. The water is still muddy and current will prevent reflections in this area for a while. The upper reflection ponds to the north should still be fine since they are spring fed. I didn’t see any large mammals, but then it was midday. I expect to see a Mother Moose and calf or calves there at some time in the future. Beavers will have to repair their damaged dams as the water drops.

Available June Best of the Tetons Photo Tours: I have an opening or possibly two in early June (between June 6 and June 14) if you are interested! Click the link for more info.

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June 3, 2018 – Sunday

Pronghorns

Pronghorns: Early morning captures near the Jackson Hole Airport. Nikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld

Baby Bison

Baby Bison: Taken at Elk Ranch Flats. Nikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld

Baby Bison

Bison Calf: I didn’t try to count them, but I’d guess I saw 40 plus youngsters today. Nikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld

Bison Calf

Bison CalfNikon D5 and Tamron  150-600 mm G2 Lens, Handheld

Mating Osprey

Mating Osprey:  Nikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld

Osprey

OspreyNikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld

Nest Building Osprey

Nest Building Osprey: When chicks start needing to be fed, I hope to be able to capture a few shots with a trout in the male’s talons. Nikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld

Osprey

Osprey: One of the most easily accessed Osprey Nest is located a short distance up the Buffalo Valley Road. I hesitate to identify a nest site, but hopefully people won’t approach the nest. Nikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld

Raptor Center Events for Summer 2018

Throughout the Summer, the Raptor Center will show some of their birds at the Jackson Lake Lodge on Mondays between 11:00am and Noon. Talon Tuesdays will be at the Visitor’s Center on Tuesdays between Noon and 2:00 pm.

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June 2, 2018 – Saturday

Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird: This morning turned out to be a bird day, even though I never planned it that way. I started at Flat Creek Wetlands on the north side of the Visitor’s Center. While searching around for a Marsh Wren, I spotted this Red-winged Blackbird in the willows. Nikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld

Marsh Wren

Marsh Wren: I found one active Wren in the early morning shadows. I had to crop this one a bit more than I would have liked, but it was the best of the limited group I shot. Nikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lenss, Handheld

Pronghorn

Pronghorn: This buck was at the base of Miller Butte on the National Elk Refuge. Nikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld

Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow: I found a pair of active Barn Swallows on the National Elk Refuge, not far from Flat Creek. Nikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld

Barn Swallows

Barn Swallow PairNikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld

Osprey

Osprey: Taken in the Snake River Canyon. I saw as many as five in the sky at one time. Nikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld

Osprey

Osprey: Female…coming in for a landing. Nikon D5 and T150-600 mm Lens, Handheld

Osprey

Osprey: Male…taking off. Nikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld

Osprey

OspreyNikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lensn, Handheld

Local Activities: The Jackson Hole Rodeo is being held on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays throughout the Summer. The JH Shootout is held on the Town Square each afternoon except on Sundays.

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June 1, 2018 – Friday

If you are a long time reader at Best of the Tetons, you already know the drill! Check out the May 2018 Daily Journal. The first few days of June will resemble the last week of May.

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Another NEW FEATURE POST! I seldom post two new pages on the same day…actually never! Today, however, it seemed I NEEDED to create two posts. The first one is the June Daily Journal page you are on right now, and the other one features images that have “timely value”. The Eastern Idaho Early Iron Organization(E.I.E.I.O) Eieio is in town this weekend. If I wait to post the photos, the event will be over!

TA Moulton Barn

TA Moulton Barn: Trees and grasses are quite vivid now. Nikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld

Early June Comments and Reports: Many of the roads inside Grand Teton National Park are open again. Notable road closures include Pilgrim Creek Road and the Dump Road, along with the southern section of Mormon Row Road and the pair of two track roads off the East Boundary Road. Recent rains have made some of the dirt roads muddy and slippery. Road construction on the new roundabout will start causing delays, and the section between the highway and Gros Ventre Campground will be closed for a week or so between 6: pm and roughly 6: am. High water recently washed out the temporary bridge over the Gros Ventre bridge on Spring Gulch road. The new permanent bridge may be completed by later in June.

Early June Wildlife Comments and Reports: The two famous Grizzly sows (399 and Blondie) have been seen regularly during the last two weeks of May. Both have year old cubs. So far, 610 has not been seen this year, but people expect her to appear with a couple of COY any day. Watch for baby Bison, Deer, Elk, Moose, Pronghorns & Foxes. Most of the big game have moved farther north into their summer zones.  Eagles, Hawks and Kestrels may be seen in most areas. A few Great Gray Owls have been spotted in the past week or so.

Early June Wildflower Comments and Reports: Arrowleaf Balsom Root flowers are nearing peak in many areas. Indian Paintbrush and Purple Lupines are popping up in many areas.

10% Lodging Discount: If you are heading to Jackson Hole, consider the Elk Refuge Inn. Mention Best of the Tetons and ask for the 10% discount!

Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Broad-tailed Hummingbird: I took this photo in natural light Thursday afternoon. I expect more opportunities to capture photos of the other three species of Hummingbirds as the month progresses. Nikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Tripod

Bison

Bison: Taken on Elk Ranch Flats. Nikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Handheld

Yearling Cub

Yearling Cub: Taken near Colter Bay. Nikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Tripod

Grizzly 399 and Cub

Grizzly 399 and Cub: Some people call this the “Grassy Knoll”. Nikon D5 and 150-600 mm Lens, Tripod

Check back regularly throughout the month—and later today. I’ll be adding more photos and comments. Remember, heck out the May 2018 Daily Journal.

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Comments (5)

  1. David Moulton

    Love that angle of the TA Moulton barn

  2. im from arkansas and was visiting on friday when 399 and her cubs crossed the water and onto the grassy knoll! i was the guy with the tamaron 600mm shooting on my knees with no tripod in front of you. what an amazing thing to see. been following your site for years and love it.

  3. I’m going to see wildflowers at Antelope Flats next Tuesday or Wednesday. Do you think it is too late to see it?

  4. Kyootaek, the Balsom Root is mostly done on Antelope Flats, but other flowers are starting to bloom. Good luck, MJ

  5. Can you recommend any other place to see wildflower with mountains background? I have waited this view for 2 years after I failed my first attempt. I will be there this following week. Thank you so much.

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