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June 2016 Daily Journal for GTNP & JH

“June is the month for wildflowers, babies, and possible summer thunderstorms.” 

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Grand Reflections

New Feature Post!: A Trip to Jackson Hole.  Actually, this is a post ported from Teton Photo ExcursionsThe page is absolutely loaded with information I believe will make a trip here much more successful! I suspect it will be one of the most popular pages on this site!

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June 30, 2016: Half a Year Gone By!

Schwabacher Sunrise

Schwabacher Sunrise: Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Teton Range Pano

Teton Range Pano: This morning’s clouds made up for a week or longer of no clouds. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Sunrise at Schwabacher Landing

Sunrise at Schwabacher LandingNikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Swan Trio

Swan Trio: This adult accompanied the two cygnets several hundred yards from the other adult. Along Flat Creek, of course! Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

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June 29, 2016:

Wildflowers

Wildflowers: Taken along Antelope Flats Road. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk: Taken along Mormon Row Road. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk: Also along Mormon Row Road. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Tall Grasses and Pronghorn

Tall Grasses and Pronghorn: Again, on Mormon Row Road. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Grasses

Grasses: Taken from the bike path along the highway. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Summer

Summer: I liked the variety in all of the textures. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Trumpeter Swans

Trumpeter Swans: Taken along Flat Creek north of the Visitor’s Center. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Summer Moose

Summer Moose: Bull and Cow Moose along the Gros Ventre River. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

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June 28, 2016:

Hummingbird Gorget

Broad-tailed Hummingbird: The iridescent feathers of the gorget in a male Hummingbird light up when struck at the right angle by light. Over the last couple of days, I finally have been able to figure out how to capture the stunning feature. Nikon D810 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

Morning in Jackson Hole: I’ve been to Flat Creek twice already this morning hoping to see the baby swans at much closer range than my record shot yesterday. I didn’t see any hints of Swans on either trip. After almost a week of no clouds, there are finally hints of them passing through the valley. They will be a welcome change!

JH Tidbits: Gasoline has been holding steady in town at around $2.45 per gallon. It is always higher in the Park.

Afternoon in the Park: I checked Flat Creek six times today. I saw the swans out about 500 yards at one time. Never closer…

Sleeping Indian

Sleeping Indian: I took this moody shot from the Flat Creek observation platform. Nikon D810 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

Tandem Flowers

Tandem Flowers: Of all the places I’ve been in the Park, the best wildflowers are along Antelope Flats Road, maybe 3/4 mile off the highway. It would probably be best at close to sunrise on a day with no wind. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Moulton Bridges

Moulton Bridges: A couple of volunteer groups are in the area, building footbridges at both of the Moulton Barns.  You’ll also find numerous parking barricades along the TA Moulton Barn area. It appears they are trying to prompt people to park in the new park lot about 80 yards north. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Moulton Bridges

Moulton Bridges: There are a couple of new foot bridges at the John Moulton Homestead farther north. The crews have removed all of the dead fall aspens there including the ones across the irrigation ditch. To get to the popular spots east of the ditch, you’ll either need to walk past the barns on the road and venture back, or park out at the main road and walk in. I didn’t see any new footbridges in those zones. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Bison

Bison: I’ve seen almost no bison in the south end of the Park this summer. This straggler was walking down Mormon Row Road. You can see the landslide scar from Slide Lake on the distant hillside. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

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June 27, 2016:

Mergansers

Flat Creek Mergansers: Babies are showing up all over the valley now. I drove to Flat Creek this morning to check on the pairs of Trumpeter Swans. We should be seeing their babies soon. This female Merganser seemed to be proudly showing off her little ones in the rich, early morning light. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Mergansers

Parade of Mergansers: Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird: This colorful male finally showed up at the feeding area. Later in the day, I noticed several of them. I am not sure if they are just now coming into the valley, or if they are just now finished fledging their young. Nikon D810 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Broad-tailed Hummingbird: Nikon D810 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

Broad-tailed Hummer

Broad-tailed Hummer: In most previous years, it always seemed the hummingbirds I had coming to my feeders were just passing through the yard. This year, more of them are actually staying close by. They feed, then fly to a tree within about 30 feet and wait until they are hungry again or when they need to chase off other hummers. I’ve been getting a lot of action! Nikon D810 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

Swan Cygnets

Swan Cygnets: At least for now, I have a good record shot of the pair of new babies. Of course, this was taken from the observation platform on Flat Creek. Nikon D810 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

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June 26, 2016:

Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owl: I was up at 3:30 am and out the door at 4:00 in order to make it to Idaho Falls close to sunrise. Burrowing Owls were the target, but not necessarily the only one. This one was taken not long after first light. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

American Kestrel

American Kestrel: Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Idaho Barns

Idaho Barns: Much of eastern Idaho is rural farm land. There are lots of nice looking old barns in the area. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Hawk on Post

Hawk on Post: Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Burrowing Owls at Burrow

Burrowing Owls at Burrow: I probably found 12-15 Burrowing Owls, but I didn’t see baby owls at the dens. It’s time, but just not my time! Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Owl and Moon

Owl and Moon: The light spot in the sky is a blurry half moon. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Owl on the Line

Owl on the Line: Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Yellow Crop Duster

Yellow Crop Duster: Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Teal Wall - Red Door

Teal Wall – Red Door: Remnants of an old motel in Blackfoot, ID. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Traffic Stopper

Traffic Stopper: This Bull Moose crossed at the intersection of Highway 22 and Highway 26 (Teton Village Road) near Wilson, WY. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Portrait

Portrait: This should be a very nice looking bull by late August. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Bull Moose Stripping Willows

Bull Moose Stripping Willows: Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Resting Bull Moose

Resting Bull Moose: Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

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June 25, 2016:

Barrow's Golden Eyes

Barrow’s Golden Eyes: I didn’t go out specifically looking for birds today, but that’s how it worked out. I drove down Moose-Wilson Road looking for baby moose and whatever might show up. I saw the rear end of a moose, but didn’t stop to photograph there. I looked for the baby moose and beavers at Schwabacher Landing, but again, didn’t see them. (I heard the baby is still alive there, however). This is part of a family of Barrow’s Golden Eyes at Schwabacher Landing. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Golden Eyes

Golden Eyes: Other people counted 24 babies following this female. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Mountain Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird: I’ve been getting reports of a Badger at the Mormon Row barns, so I drove there. I’ve Badgers there before, and there are plenty of Uinta Ground Squirrels out now to attract them. Continuing with the theme of the day,  didn’t see Badgers, but I found a family of Mountain Bluebirds. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Fledgling

Fledgling: Besides the two parents, there were three or four fledgling Bluebirds near the John Moulton Barn. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Raven and Grand Background

Raven and Grand Background: Also in the John Moulton Homestead area. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Barn Swallows

Barn Swallows: These mud nests are in the gable of the north side of the Peach House. The parents are actively bringing in food to the chicks. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Fur: I did see some fur today….There were elk and pronghorns along Moose-Wilson Road. I already mentioned the moose rear end there. I saw a few distant bison along Antelope Flats Road and a lot of photographers lined up along the Gros Ventre River photographing a couple of bull moose on the other side of the river.

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Black-chinned Hummingbird: I finally managed to take a decent photo of a Black-chinned Hummingbird. Now, I just need to change the angle enough to light the gorget…which will be a beautiful hue of iridescent purple.  Nikon D810 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

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June 24, 2016:

Death of 399’s Cub: Recent Related Stories

Young Moose

Young Moose: I’m working on a rewrite of If I Had Only One Day in the Tetons: so I was out early to check out some of the distances. I found these two young moose grazing along Gros Ventre Road. Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500mm lens.

Young Bull Moose

Young Bull Moose: As you can see, I was taking this photo as the first golden rays of light were hitting the moose. Today, that was at 6:00 am. I met a family at Schwabacher Landing at 8:00 am (or even later). They were wanting to see a moose. I told them their best chance was to be out EARLY…like at 5:30 am! I heard groans from their teenage girls. These two moose were already heading for the willows and river bottom when I found them. Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500mm lens.

Bull Moose

Bull Moose: This bull Moose was still up and feeding when I found him. There were two cows near him, but they bedded down just after I got set up.  I took a few shots of the bull and left, but I am sure he would be joining them shortly. During the hot part of summer, you absolutely need to be out early to find moose! Bull Elk are much the same! Be out early and look along the edges of the forests. Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500mm lens.

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl: Cornell Labs All About Birds. I am fairly sure this is a Short-eared Owl, spotted along Antelope Flats Road. The few I have seen this year have been hunting early and late and usually flying well off the road. This one was perched atop sagebrush about 80 yards out. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Schwabacher Landing

Schwabacher Landing: This shot lacks the morning clouds I always prefer. I took it and posted it to show the remaining snow pack. Warm temperatures over the past week or two melted it fast. Most areas are still green, but not quite as vivid as I saw a few weeks ago. Nikon D5 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

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June 23, 2016:

Tree Swallow Box

Tree Swallow Box: As you drive on the highway along the National Elk Refuge, you’ll see lots of bird houses attached to the fence posts. Each year, they become home to Mountain Bluebirds and Tree Swallows. Box #24 appears to still be an active nest. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Tree Swallow #24

Tree Swallow #24: The mate flew up to the fence while I was taking the photo of the nesting box. They should be about ready to fledge the chicks. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Moose

Moose: I saw a few clouds forming over Sleeping Indian, so I drove to the parking area of the National Museum of Wildlife Art. This sculpture had just gone into the shadows and made a striking silhouette against the distant mountains. I got low and used a 14-24 mm lens. Nikon D5 and Nikon 14-24mm lens.

Moose Nose

Moose Nose: A wide angle lens is never a great choice for a portrait lens. It tends to make people’s noses large and unattractive. Well…I stuck the lens in front of the already large nose on this sculpture and made his head and nose look huge! Nikon D5 and Nikon 14-24mm lens.

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June 22, 2016:

Hummingbird

Hummingbird: I decided to stay close to home this morning (after being up at 4:30 am quite a mornings in a row) and take a few shots of the Hummingbirds while they are still around. They are usually active early in the morning and late in the day. Nikon D810 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

Running Horses

Running Horses: This was taken late yesterday evening. Several of the dude ranches move their trail horses from pasture to pasture. Worth photographing if you see the scene developing! Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-400mm lens

Wildflowers

Purple Wildflowers: F/2.8 for a shallow depth of field. Nikon D5 and Nikon 70-200mm lens.

Sun

Sun Flare: F/22 with wide angle lens. Nikon D5 and Nikon 14-24mm lens.

Overhead

Overhead: Wide angle lens held overhead. Nikon D5 and Nikon 14-24mm lens.

Feeding Hummingbird

Hummingbird and Bee Balm: Nikon D810 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

Male Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Male Broad-tailed Hummingbird: Nikon D810 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

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June 21, 2016:

JH News & Guide: Park: 399’s cub dead

Sunrise Clouds

Sunrise Clouds: This is just one of the many images I took this morning with streams of beautiful clouds passing behind the Tetons! It was one of the better mornings we’ve had in a long time. I took this image at Blacktail Ponds Overlook.

Tipi

Tipi: Taken at Dornans Chuckwagon.  Nikon D810 and Nikon 70-200mm lens.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron: Taken on Moose-Wilson Road. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Three Flowers

Three Flowers:  Taken on Moose-Wilson Road. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Red-naped Sapsuckers

Red-naped Sapsuckers: Taken on Moose-Wilson Road. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Wren

Wren: Taken on Moose-Wilson Road. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Wren on a Branch

Wren on a Branch: Taken on Moose-Wilson Road. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow: Taken on Moose-Wilson Road. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Sticky Geranium

Sticky Geranium: Taken on Moose-Wilson Road. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

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June 20, 2016:

Tragedy in the Tetons

399 and CubGrizzly sow 399’s cub was hit by a vehicle and killed Sunday evening. When I drove up to the scene at Pilgrim Creek Road this morning, officials were putting up cones to prohibit people from going up the road. 399 was reported to be agitated and roaming around looking for her cub—a possible hazard for anyone in the area. For now, I’ll simply post the general info. I am sure the newspaper will cover the death in depth tomorrow. It’s a sad day in Grand Teton National Park.

NPS StoryMotorists Reminded to Slow Down and Be Vigilant after Two Bears Hit Sunday

“Don’t it always seem to go? You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.”

Full Moon

Full Moon: Taken from the Blacktail Pond Overlook parking lot. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Blacktail Pond Overlook

Blacktail Pond Overlook: Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Reflections at Blacktail Pond

Reflections at Blacktail Pond: Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Moose Cow and Calf

Moose Cow and Calf: Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Swimming in Shadows

Swimming in Shadows: Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Broad-tailed Hummingbird: Earlier in the day, I noticed a Rufous Hummingbird in the back yard. I set up the strobes, hoping to get at least a few shots of him. I did some experimenting with the strobes to figure out how to light the gorget. I had good activity after the sun dropped behind High School Butte. The Roufus hummer showed up, but didn’t find the feeder I was using. Maybe tomorrow! Nikon D810 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

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June 19, 2016: Father’s Day

American Widgeon

American Widgeon: Captured at Schwabacher Landing just after first light. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Mountain Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird: Spotted near the Mormon Row barns. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Red-naped Sapsucker

Red-naped Sapsucker: Found along the Moose-Wilson Road. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Moose Cow and Calf

Moose Cow and Calf: Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500mm lens.

Moose Cow and Calf in Shallows

Moose Cow and Calf in Shallows: Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500mm lens.

Resting Calf

Resting Calf: Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500mm lens.

Summer Moose

Summer Moose: Today is the first day of summer and also the night of a full moon. Lately, I have had get up at 3:45 am to be out for the sunrise period. I’ll be looking forward to seeing the shorter days. Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500mm lens.

Calf with Cattails

Calf with Cattails: Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500mm lens.

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June 18, 2016:

Schwabacher Landing

Schwabacher Landing: I would have loved clouds streaking across the skies over the Tetons, but they aren’t always present. I shot this as a 3 image HDR, bracketing by 1 stop on each. Later, I used the new feature in Lightroom CC to merge the set into one DNG file. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Beaver Dam

Beaver Dam: Also taken at Schwabacher Landing. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Bull Moose

Bull Moose: Taken at the north end of Sawmill Pond on Moose Wilson Road. This bull appears to be one of the big boys, based on the early shape of his velvet covered antlers. Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

Aquatic Vegetation

Aquatic Vegetation: This bull was feeding on the aquatic vegetation, plunging his head deep into the water and occasionally immersing his antlers. Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

Incoming Male Flicker

A Northern Flicker Journal : 2016:  The  journal is now complete! Yesterday, I could see two very anxious Northern Flicker chicks at the opening. It looked like one would fly out of the nest at any moment, and I was ready! While out in the park today, the chicks fledged, leaving me with a very quiet back yard. It was GREAT while it lasted! Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

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June 17, 2016:

Upcoming Events:

  • Father’s Day (June 19) Raptor Fest: Wilson, WY
  • Father’s Day (June 19) Crawfish Fest: Snow King Ball Field – Food and Bands
  • Father’s Day Weekend: Pow-Wow at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center: Cody, WY
  • JH Rodeo: Saturday Night at the Fairgrounds
  • Summer Solstice 2016: June 20. (Longest day of the year)
  • Next Full Moon: Monday, June 20, 2016….known as the Full Strawberry Moon.

Beaver with Branch

Beaver with Branch: Early morning capture at Schwabacher Landing. Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500mm lens.

Beaver

Beaver: Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500mm lens

Wren

Wren: Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Red-naped Sapsucker

Red-naped Sapsucker: Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Red-naped Sapsucker

Red-naped Sapsucker: Find a mature grove of aspens, stand still and watch, and you’ll likely find a few nesting birds. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

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June 16, 2016:

NOTICE: Moose-Wilson Road should be open at 8:00 am on Thursday.

Beaver Dam

Beaver Dam: At Schwabacher Landing. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Mother Moose and Calf

Mother Moose and CalfNikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Red-wingedc Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird: The calf was apparently close to the blackbird’s nest and received a little nip. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Nursing Moose

Nursing MooseNikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Bull Moose

Bull Moose: Taken from the road next to the Gros Ventre River. Another smaller bull was just behind this one. Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500mm lens.

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush: Mid afternoon shot taken at Snake River Overlook. These flowers aren’t too common yet, but it shouldn’t be long.

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June 15, 2016:

NOTICE: Portions of the Moose-Wilson Road Are Closed. June 13, 14, 15, expect a closure of the road near the Sawmill Ponds. The road should be open at 8:00 am on Thursday.

Pronghorn

Pronghorn: Still a bit scruffy…some of the Pronghorns I saw this morning had fresh new coats. I photographed this one along Antelope Flats Road. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Wildflowers and Grand

Wildflowers and Grand: There were quite a few people out today photographing wildflowers. I took this one at Blacktail Ponds Overlook. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Robin on Sagebrush

Robin on Sagebrush: Also taken at Blacktail Ponds Overlook. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Clouds

Clouds: Taken at Schwabacher Landing. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Mormon Row

Mormon Row: Clouds were passing through the valley, offering a variety of lighting conditions and possibilities. Nikon D810 and Nikon 70-200mm lens.

Mule Deer Buck

Mule Deer Buck: Taken near the TA Moulton Barn on Mormon Row. I hope to see this fellow again in the fall! Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Boundin'

Boundin’: Frozen at 1/1250th of a second. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

New Path

New Path: The Park Service completed the new pedestrian path linking the two Moulton barns last year. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Mountain Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird: Taken along Mormon Row.  Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Pathway Bluebird

Pathway Bluebird: This male was feeding on insects along the pathway. I also took a few of him on  posts and fences. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Uinta Ground Squirrel

Uinta Ground Squirrel: The babies are out now. I took this photo in front of the TA Moulton barn. They usually attract the attention of hawks, owls, coyotes, foxes and badgers. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Baby Flicker

Baby Flicker: I got a clean look at one of the baby Northern Flickers this afternoon. A Northern Flicker Journal : 2016: Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

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June 14, 2016:

NOTICE: Portions of the Moose-Wilson Road Are Closed. June 13, 14, 15, expect a closure of the road near the Sawmill Ponds.

June Flowers

“April Showers Bring May Flowers”: I heard that phrase while growing up in Oklahoma. Here in the Tetons, the expression might be “Early June Showers Bring Summer Flowers”. With the recent rains and many plants beginning to bloom, I am hoping for a banner year. Stay tuned! MJ Nikon D5 and Nikon 24-70 lens

Wrangler

Wrangler: I spent the day on the West Bank (of the Snake) this morning. This wrangler was bringing in the horses. Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

Wrangler

Wrangler: Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

Old Ford Truck

Old Ford Truck: I stopped and photographed this truck last winter. It was covered in snow at the time. Today, I saw the natural “light painting” as I drove by. Nikon D5 and Nikon 24-70 lens

Truck and Sun

Truck and Sun: By the time I stopped at the truck (along the Village Road), the sun was already fairly high. I wouldn’t mind going back someday and time it so the sun is coming through the back window.  Nikon D5 and Nikon 24-70 lens

Low Detail

Low Detail: Nikon D5 and Nikon 24-70 lens

Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel: Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Spirals

Spirals: Something about this shape caught my eye today. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Western Tanager

Western Tanager: Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

WesternTanager_June14

Western TanagerNikon D5 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

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June 13, 2016:

Portions of the Moose-Wilson Road Are Closed. June 13, 14, 15, expect a closure of the road near the Sawmill Ponds.

First Flicker Chick

June 13, 2016: First Flicker Chick! Today is the first time I’ve actually seen any part of a chick. You can read more about Northern Flickers on Audubon’s site. The page says there should be between 5 and 8 eggs. One egg was carried off by the male on May 26th, so there could be between 4 and 7 chicks. Keep and eye on: A Northern Flicker Journal : 2016:  I added this few new photo on the journal page. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Black-billed Magpie

Black-billed Magpie: We had wave after wave of rain clouds today. Instead of heading out, I stayed home to see if I could capitalize on the baby Flickers. Magpies, being black and white, are difficult to photograph on sunny days. Their blue and green iridescent accents show up best on cloudy days. The day at home let me trim a few annoying branches to improve my shooting locations. With the babies getting larger, the Flicker parents are gathering food and returning to the nest regularly.  Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

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June 12, 2016:

Leek's Marina

Leek’s Marina: Clouds were thick over the Teton Range. Steam was still rising off Jackson Lake as I drove up. I didn’t see them, but I heard Grizzly Sow 399 and her cub were near Oxbow Bend this morning.

Mule Deer Buck

Mule Deer Buck: I found this buck while searching for an Owl. I’ve seen several Bull Elk with amazingly large antlers over the past few days.  Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

Great Gray Owl on Branch

Great Gray Owl on Branch: Found one! It was well off the Moose-Wilson Road.  Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

Take Off

Take Off: The owl flew by me, and then deep into the forest. I spent about an hour looking, but never saw it again. Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

Male Landing

A Northern Flicker Journal : 2016:  I added a few new photos on the journal page. I can occasionally hear the babies now. Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

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June 11, 2016: Early Edition

Just in case I head to Rexburg early, here are a few notes:

Sunrise Reflections

Sunrise Reflections: Early hours at Schwabacher Landing. This light lasted only a few seconds.  Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70 lens

Morning Reflections

Morning Reflections: Same place…maybe 15 minutes later. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70 lens

Mule Deer in Flowers

Mule Deer in Flowers: Taken near Pilgrim Creek. Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500mm lens.

Pronghorn

Pronghorn: The doe was feeding on Scarlet Gilia just north of the Taggart Lake Trail Head. Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500mm lens.

EIEIO

Eastern Idaho Early Iron Organization: This group of beautiful cars lined up at the Library for a 10:00 am parade. If you are in town, many of them will be on display at the Virginian Lodge on Sunday and others will be touring the valley. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70 lens

BW

Black and White: I usually ask if I can take a photo of the car. Interestingly, they tell me thanks when I am finished. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70 lens

WerNuts

WerNuts: Most of the cars are restored and polished. I am personally drawn to this kind of creative grunge craftsmanship! Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70 lens

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker: Male Flicker in my back yard. Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500mm lens.

Fort Henry Rendezvous

The 27th Annual Ft. Henry Rendezvous will be held on June 8-12, 2016  It’s not too late to catch this Rendezvous near Rexburg, ID. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70 lens

Candy Canon

Candy Canon: Several times a day, saltwater Taffy is loaded in a Candy Canon and blasted in to the sky. Kids, some of which are dressed in period attire, race to gather as many pieces as they can.  Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70 lens

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June 10, 2016:

Many Strings

Fort Henry Rendezvous 2015: If you are looking for “something different” to experience and photograph this weekend, consider a trip to Rexburg, ID. The 27th Annual Ft. Henry Rendezvous will be held on June 8-12, 2016 I’ll probably sneak over tomorrow. This is one of the most picturesque locations along the Henry’s Fork River. It includes a black powder shooting range and a hawk and knife range.

GGO Takeoff

Great Gray Owl Take Off: I got lucky today! I went out because of the afternoon clouds. They never really materialized, so I decided to take a hike. I walked around for a half mile and was ready to head back when I caught a little motion out of the corner of my eye. It was hunting and moving from tree to tree. Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

GGO Take Off 2

Awkward Wings: Great Gray’s legs look a lot like rabbit legs until they tuck them under their body. Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

GGO on Aspen Branch

GGO on Aspen Branch: Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

GGO on Aspen Branch

GGO on Aspen Branch: This owl seemed hot when it was on this branch. It was panting and its wings were relaxed.  Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

GGO Landing

GGO Landing: Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

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June 9, 2016:

Moulton Barn

Moulton Barn: Around 4:00 am, we had a massive storm of thunder and lightning rumble through town. It woke myself, wife and dog and caused me to go around the house shutting all of the windows. Before sunrise, I headed out to Mormon row, as lightning moved towards the Tetons. Clouds quickly covered the Teton Range. I missed any lightning bolts that might have hit in the area. I hung around until a sliver opened in the eastern clouds and got this shot. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70 lens

Moose Antlers

Moose Antlers: Taken at a building near Leek’s Marina. Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500 lens

Violet and Green Swallow

Violet and Green Swallow: A swallow landed temporarily on one of the tines. Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500 lens

Wildflowers

Wildflowers: Taken near Pilgrim Creek…just off the highway. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70 lens

Balsom Root

Balsom Root: There were quite a few Balsom Root plants near the Chapel of the Sacred Heart, and around the entrance to Spaulding Bay. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70 lens

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June 8, 2016:

Important Park Info

Part of Moose-Wilson Road Closed: The gravel portion of the Moose-Wilson Road is still closed for application of a dust abatement solution. The section will reopen early tomorrow. You can still access the Laurance Rockefeller Preserve by driving from Moose Junction.

Upcoming Moose-Wilson Road Closure: MOOSE, WY — A brief travel closure will be in place on a segment of the Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park for about 72 hours beginning at 6:00 a.m. Monday, June 13. The temporary closure will be in effect for the segment of road between Sawmill Ponds Overlook and the Death Canyon Road Junction. The road will reopen by 8:00 a.m. Thursday, June 16. (This is to repair the asphalt portion damaged by frost heaves)

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Beaver

Beaver: I found this critter working a side channel along the Gros Ventre River this afternoon.   Nikon D5 and Tamron 160-600mm lens.

Purple Lupines

Purple Lupines: This patch of flowers was near the highway along the Gros Ventre River bridge. Scarlet Gilia Wildflowers started showing up in the past day or two in several areas. Arrowleaf Balsom Root plants are spotty around the valley. Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500 lens

Zoomed

Zoomed: Same image but with a Radial Zoom filter applied in Photoshop. Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500 lens

Notable Wildlife Sightings: A bull Moose was at the Murie Center Junction near the Visitor’s Center. A couple of cars were pulled over in an odd location along the Gros Ventre Road this afternoon. They were looking into the cottonwoods using their binoculars. A Bear had been near the road, then split into the distant cottonwoods. I was able to spot it several times, but it was much too far away for a photo. It looked like a blonde/cinnamon colored Black Bear from that distance. Bison have been scarce in the southern portion of the Park for the past month, but there are now a couple of mid-sized herds grazing north of Antelope Flats Road. Pronghorns are scattered all over the sagebrush portions of the Park.

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June 7, 2016:

Upper Gros Ventre: I keep meaning to mention the Upper Gros Ventre is open again. The gate is usually locked during the early Spring past Red Rock Ranch (just past Crystal Creek). The newly opened area includes driving access Goose Wing Ranch, Upper Slide Lake, Dollar Lake, Soda Lake, Darwin Ranch, and many small streams. If you go there, head out with a full tank of gas, plenty of food and water, and all of the necessities!

Mountain Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird: I found this Bluebird in one of the Cottonwoods along Mormon Row. Nikon D5 and Tamron 160-600mm lens.

Mormon Row

Mormon Row: Moody light, but no lightning bolts in my scenes this afternoon. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70 lens

Flicker 200A Northern Flicker Journal : 2016

The Northern Flicker pair are still coming to the nest. The babies are amazingly quiet, and I have yet to see one of their heads protruding from the nesting cavity. Currently, I am waiting for that phase to begin. The parents hang close to the area, but are out of the nest longer. You can keep an eye on the progression by clicking on the link.

Teton Photo Excursions. I offer LICENSED One-On-One Photography Excursions in Grand Teton National Park, with emphasis on helping clients with their camera and gear. Each trip is customized based on client needs and requests. (Note: It says One-On-One, but I take two people on a trip for the same price). We find some of the best locations for scenic photography, and look for wildlife in the process.  Now’s a great time to book a six to eight hour One-On-One Photography Excursion with me for June, July, August and September!  Check out some of the Client Comments.

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June 6, 2016:

Teton Sunrise

Teton Sunrise: Fractured clouds were the big feature early this morning. (Click the image to see it much larger) Nikon D5 and Nikon 24-70 lens

Rural Sunrise

Rural Sunrise: I hiked a ways off the highway for this one. The Park Service owns the land to the right of the fence and the area left is private property. Nikon 810 and Nikon 70-200 lens

Abercrombe Warm Springs

Abercrombie Warm Springs: I doubt many people have ever been to this little warm springs, just inside the GTNP boundary.  You can find it on most Google Maps. Look for Warm Springs Road just across from the GTNP entrance sign on the highway. I’d guess a variety of waterfowl, frogs, and small wildlife use the springs. I didn’t see a big game tracks around the edges but they could easily drink from the water flowing out of it. Nikon 810 and Nikon 70-200 lens

Bull Moose

Bull Moose: This Bull was photographed along the Gros Ventre River in the morning light. Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500 lens

Back Upstream

Back Upstream: The Bull Moose was originally heading west, but turned back east and began feeding on fresh willows. Bull Moose, Bull Elk, and Buck Deer are now displaying respectable new growth antlers if you can find them! A similar sized Bull Moose was grazing at the big overlook on Moose-Wilson Road this morning, too. Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500 lens

Grizzly 399 and Cub

Grizzly 399 and Cub: This mother bear created a nice sized bear jam as she fed near the junction of Pilgrim Creek Road. Busy northbound traffic filled the area with people wanting to see and photograph the pair. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Larkspur

Larkspur: Wildflowers are appearing in many areas of the northern portion of the Park. Low Larkspur can be mixed in with Arrowleaf Balsom Root and Purple Lupines. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Wildflowers

Wildflowers: The best few areas are around the Chapel of the Sacred Heart and along the highway near Pilgrim Creek Road. Balsom Root is common in small bouquets in many areas of the park, often on hillsides. The Balsom Root plants are common in the sagebrush flats along Antelope Flats Road and the East Boundary Road, but I haven’t seen large patches of them yet. I photographed these near Colter Bay. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Mule Deer

Mule Deer: I hope to get to photograph this nice buck in the fall, after his antlers are fully grown! I found two of them feeding along the Gros Ventre River this afternoon. Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500 lens

Snake River Overlook

Snake River Overlook:  Storm clouds rolled in this afternoon so I headed north. I set up my AEO Lightning Trigger at Snake River Overlook and managed to get one very nice image. Nikon D4 and Nikon 28-300 lens

Storm Clouds

Storm Clouds: I’d probably be trying to find a storm shelter when seeing these kinds of clouds if I still lived in Oklahoma. The 84°F temperatures triggered some violent thunderstorms across much of the valley. I am always watching for dramatic clouds, lightning, and rainbows because they can make a commonplace scene spectacular and memorable.

Snake River Overlook

Snake River Overlook: While I was at SRO yesterday, I overheard a lady complaining about the gray skies. I told her I was there “because” of the gray skies! The warm temperatures have been melting high mountain snow, swelling the rivers to near peak. Jackson Lake is also almost full, and almost all of the outlets at the dam are open. Waterways cleared some during the cooler weather, but are now muddy.

Teton Photo Excursions. Now’s a great time to book a six to eight hour One-On-One Photography Excursion with me for June, July, August and September!  Learn how to better use your DSLR camera and find some of the better locations in the Park. Click the link for more details and photos!

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June 5, 2016:

Big Dipper

Big Dipper: If you look closely at the night sky, you should be able to pick out the Big Dipper above the Grand.  Nikon D5 and Nikon 24-70 lens

Milky Way Over Mormon Row

Milky Way Over Mormon Row: After finishing up with the Saturday night rodeo, I spent a few hours in the darkness. Nikon D5 and Nikon 14-24 lens

Saddle Bronc Rider

JH Rodeo! Saddle Bronc Rider: Throughout the summer months, check out the Wednesday and Saturday night rodeos. You can get prices and additional info on their site at Jackson Hole Rodeo — Where the West is still Wild! Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500 lens

Bull Rider

Bull Rider: The rodeo begins at 8:00, at the Rodeo Grounds of course. June and early July is a good time to go since days are long and you have decent light for the first half of the event. Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500 lens

Pee Wee Bull Rider

Pee Wee Bull Rider: Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500 lens

Last Bull Rider

Last Bull Rider: One group of bull riders lead off the rodeo, with another group closing it down. Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500 lens

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June 4, 2016:

Stars Over Schwabacher

Stars Over Schwabacher: Taken late last night. Nikon D5 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Milky Way Over Moulton Barn

Milky Way Over Moulton Barn: This is a stitched pano created with three vertical captures. Nikon D5 and Nikon 14-24mm lens.

Peach House

Peach House: Nikon D5 and Nikon 14-24mm lens.

Moose Cow and New Calf

Moose Cow and New Calf: (ISO 20,000) I spent Friday afternoon looking for a newborn moose. This mother and baby had been out earlier in the day, but I missed them in the open by about 10 minutes. They stayed bedded down in some thick cover until 9:00 pm. I pulled over, grabbed a camera and snapped off half a dozen shots before they moved back to the willows along the Moose-Wilson Road. This was captured on a Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500 lens, handheld: 1/320th second, F/7.1 and ISO 20,000.

Schwabacher

Schwabacher: I made the earlier entries at 3:00 am (last night). This one was taken at 10:28 pm…about the earliest I felt I could shoot to the west. Nikon D5 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Night at the Moulton Homestead

Night at the Moulton Homestead: Single shot, straightened in Lightroom and Photoshop. Nikon D5 and Nikon 14-24mm lens.

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June 3, 2016:

Great Horned Owl - Adult

Great Horned Owl: This is one of the adult GHOs nesting in the town of Jackson. I’ve known about the nest for several weeks, but didn’t actually see them on several drive-bys. I took a few shots of the low adult last last evening, with the three babies near the top of the nesting tree.  Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500mm lens.

GHO Habitat

GHO Habitat: The nest is located at the intersection of High School Road and Middle School Road. The small dot inside the oval is one of the babies still hanging around the nest. The nest tree is on private property, but that doesn’t appear to be an issue for this shoot. There are a few parking spots along Middle School Road. I’d suggest this is probably best in the morning hours, but I like a couple of the captures I got last evening, too.  Nikon D4 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Gbay Great Horned Owl

Baby Great Horned Owl: Last evening, there were three babies near the top of this tree. Today, there was only one. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Young GHOs

Young GHOs: I feel better about announcing this photo opportunity after seeing these two babies in a tree roughly 150 yards south of the nest. They had to be capable of flight to be there, including flying over the road. One of the parents was near the road roughly 50 yards west of them. I took several shots of it, but only got a few captures with its eyes even half way open. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Cotton Stands

Cottonwoods: I took this shot at the south end of the High School parking lot, looking north. This row of mature Cottonwoods runs a good 3/4 mile and large willows extend another couple hundred yards to the Middle School. Another stand of cottonwoods runs parallel with this group. The fledglings are now capable of moving from tree to tree, so they could be in any of the trees. The parents will still be feeding them for a while, so there should be opportunities for anyone willing to wait and watch. Nikon D4 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Evening Owl

Evening Owl: One more photo of the adult from last evening. Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500mm lens.

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June 2, 2016:

 Schwabacher Beaver Dam

Schwabacher Beaver Dam: I was out the door at 5:25 am and heading north. Clouds looked promising. As I got close, I could see a band of clouds in the east blocking  the first rays of the sun at the horizon. Eventually, the sun broke through (over) the band of clouds and began lighting the Grand and the range. That’s when I took this image. The dam was still in shadows, but the clouds were intruiging.  Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Schwabacher Beaver Dam 2

Schwabacher Beaver Dam 2: Much better! Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Schwabacher Beaver Dam 3

Schwabacher Beaver Dam 3: Moody and powerful! This series of three photos show how the same scene can change dramatically within only 10 to 20 minutes. Jackson Hole is a magical place!  Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Schwabacher Comments: I walked down to the river’s edge with my Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens for the landscape images. Some other day, I need to go back and carry one of the telephoto lenses instead. There were a few ducks, a couple of sandpipers, a couple of Killdeer, and a beaver working on his den. While I was set up to shoot some images downstream, a couple of mule deer crossed the beaver pond just under the dam in this photo. At that point, I had the wrong lens and was shooting more or less into the sun.

Schwabacher Landing

New Moon and Night Photography: Today, Sunrise was at 5:44 am and Sunset will be at 8:58 pm. Technically, the moon is waning, with only a bit of crescent remaining. You can always check the info by clicking the Weather link in the navigation bar. As I write this addition at 5:15 pm is is cloudy and we have gusty winds. I am not sure it would be a great night for star photography, but it can surprise you. This page, While Most People Were Sleeping: gets a lot of traffic on Best of the Tetons, loaded with night shots and light painting. Night photography in the middle of the summer months means staying out late. Even with the 8:58 pm sunset, the best of the night shooting begins closer to 10:00 pm. Allow an hour or two to get the shots, then an hour to drive back to town. Well, you get the idea!

Bathing Flicker

Bathing Flicker: This isn’t a scene everyone sees on a regular basis, if ever. The male Northern Flicker found an appropriate spot and took a quick bath in the creek behind my house. For new readers, you might enjoy the ongoing post: A Northern Flicker Journal : 2016  Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500mm lens.

Gray Catbird

Gray Catbird: Starting about the middle of May through the first week or so of June, I have a virtual parade of songbirds passing through my back yard. A few of them, like this Gray Catbird pair hang around and nest somewhere nearby. They get their name from the catlike “meow” they make. While looking for owls this morning, I heard an unusually complex song coming from a Black Hawthorn bush. Turns out it was a Gray Catbird! Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500mm lens.

Western Tanager

Western Tanager: These are probably the most colorful of the transient spring songbirds. They hang around for a couple of weeks, then head on north. You might see them around Jackson Lake in the Tetons. I’ve seen them near Tower Falls in Yellowstone. Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500mm lens.

Teton Photo Excursions. Now’s a great time to book a six to eight hour One-On-One Photography Excursion with me for June, July, August and September!  Learn how to better use your DSLR camera and find some of the better locations in the Park. Click the link for more details and photos!

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June 1, 2016: A New Month!

Welcome to June, 2016! I expect it to be a good month for photography and viewing the Park.

Note: You should check out May, 2016 to get a feel of how the beginning of June should look. Also, check out June 2015 and June 2014.

Fox

Fox Den: There is a fox den in front of the Craig Thomas Visitor’s Center at Moose. There are at least three kits, maybe more, but they are currently difficult to see because of the thigh deep sagebrush. As the kits get larger and braver, some may become visible. The parents will likely travel out of the closure area to hunt or bring back food, allowing for possible good shooting. This image was captured with a Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens. The combination is slightly back focusing at 600mm. I’ll adjust it forward soon. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Balsom Root

Balsom Root: I did a quick run around much of the southern and eastern side of the Park this morning. Arrowleaf Balsom Root plants are appearing in good numbers. Right now, it looks like they’ll be ready around the end of the week (just a guess). There are plenty of plants, so expect a good season this year. Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Purple Lupine

Purple Lupine: Lupines are also popping up around the valley, especially along the highway at the Gros Ventre River bridge. The gravel pit at Pilgrim Creek is dry this year. When I was by there a few days ago looking for Grizzlies, I didn’t see many flowers in the traditional spot. Give them another week or two. Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

Great Gray Owl with a Meal

Great Gray Owl with a Meal: This GGO was working the marshy areas of the Moose-Wilson Road today. Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

GGO Landing

GGO Landing: The Owl shots were all captured this morning. Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

Great Gray Hunting

Great Gray Hunting: Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

Tidbits: You might want begin carrying insect repellent. Mosquitoes have returned, at least in town. Of course, carry your bear spray. Get into the park EARLY to beat the crowds. The JH News & Guide included a story about “Crowds Overwhelm Park” today, but did not put the story online.

Landing Flicker

A Northern Flicker Journal : 2016. I am continuing to add photos and comments to this page (photo taken yesterday).

Outside the Park: Alternative Places to Visit, Hike, Fish, and Photograph: IF the lines are too unbearable at the time you are going through, consider a few of the other options. One option, of course, is to stay on the EAST SIDE of the GTNP and visit places like Cunningham Cabin, Schwabacher Landing, Snake River Overlook, Lawrence S. Rockefeller Preserve, Murie Center, Mormon Row, the Shane Cabin, Shadow Mountain, and upper Gros Ventre area. You won’t have to go through a gate or pay an entry fee. (With the exception of travelers entering the Park at the Granite Creek Station near Teton Village)


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Comments (9)

  1. I can hear the song in my brain “Nobody does it better …” I’ve been out of town at the Indy 500 for a week wondering if the flowers had come out in the TNP and of course I turned to the man who keeps me informed. Bingo, the Balsam Root will be there for me to shoot later this week. Thanks Mike, I can always count on you as my guide.

  2. Great article to open June with..I have a friend coming out there Friday so I forwarded your Blog info to him…He hasn’t been able to see the great gray in past visits so he is hopeful this visit will be different. Thanks so much for sharing all the great information. Jean

  3. Dorothy

    Wow, great Great Grey Owls shots — we’ll be there in a few days and I’m excited to try to look for the Great Grey — I REALLY hope to see one. Those photos are AWESOME. And thanks for the tip about the fox den. Can you just park in the regular parking lot to watch for the foxes? You said there was a closed area, so I assume it’s not too hard to figure out where it is. Thanks for the tip — we had such fun with foxes last year, it’s nice to know where to look for one while we’re there.

  4. Dorothy, If you go to the Craig Thomas Visitor’s Center, you can’t miss the zone. It is marked excessively with red signs and several maps showing the entire area. The foxes are more or less in the middle of the whole closure. They may or may not be visible at any particular time. I was there this morning and caught the ear tips of the female, then saw the movement and tails of the kits. There will probably be better dens around the area, but at least you know where this one is (for now).

  5. Dorothy

    Thanks — at least I know where one is! And you said there had been one around Antelope Flats road near the highway, too, I believe, so at least we’ll have an idea of where to start looking! Thanks so much!

  6. Nice shots of Great Gray Owl – we spent a couple early mornings looking for owls along Moose Wilson during our visit in May, but weren’t fortunate enough to see any.

  7. Great blog Mike! I was in the area for a couple days and had a great time, didn’t get to see any bears, hopefully next time. Really wanted to see those owls by the High School and went out to look for them tonight but no luck, they’re probably long gone by now.

  8. jeff wetzel

    Can’t get into your http://www.tetonphotoexcursions.com/

    Tried 2 different computers

  9. Jeff, thanks for the notice. I see it is broken at my end, too. I will check on it at Network Solutions.

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