A visit to Cape Cod

We spent last weekend in Osterville, MA, a small community in what’s called the mid-cape.  Just behind our marina the marsh grass in the afternoon light was just perfect.

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Six months old – and going (fairly) strong

It is hard to believe that it's been more than 6 weeks since my last posting but it is even harder to believe that Natural Photography is 6 months old!

It has been a very busy summer shooting and traveling to unique sites and more of our public lands. (That's my excuse and I'm stickin' to it - for the long delay since the last posting.) On the other hand, the website has been extensively updated with a dozen new photo galleries and many additional photos added to previously existing galleries. The revisions add galleries for new national parks and public lands visits but also add many more specific species and settings in which to locate wildlife photos that may be most interesting to you. Specifically, there are new galleries in the Fauna section for mountain goats, bison, and pronghorn and new galleries for waterfowl, wild canines, small mammals, and, a sure favorite, babies and young-in's.

Besides many more photos from Yellowstone, I have added seasonal sections for our Jackson Hole neighbor, Grand Teton National Park. A recent trip to South Dakota allowed shooting at Devil's Tower National Monument, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial, Wind Cave National Park, Jewel Cave National Monument, Badlands National Park, and the wonderful Custer State Park, South Dakota.

On the business side, I have added password-protected areas for individual clients to view pending orders and requested focused photo catalog previews for easier item selection. I have added a similar feature for commercial clients who want to view specific photos and other products. This area is also password-protected for each commercial client. I am hopeful that these customized folders will help you more efficiently select items that will best meet your specific needs. Both areas allow direct electronic communication to answer your questions and expedite your orders.

Finally, while I have been delinquent in posting to this blog, I have been more diligent in posting to Facebook. (https://www.facebook.com/NaturalPhotographyJackson)  While the Facebook page is more intended for fun and frequent updates on activities, some of the Facebook photos are also available for view or purchase on the website. If you have a specific interest in any of the Facebook photos, they can be made available in a full-size, high-resolution format for any of the products listed on this site.

I hope you are able to get away this summer and enjoy nature close-up in your favorite location but if your travels are limited you can always vicariously join our travel on this site or Facebook. Have a GREAT summer and thanks for visiting Natural Photography.

Loren 

Six months old – and going (fairly) strong

It is hard to believe that it’s been more than 6 weeks since my last posting but it is even harder to believe that Natural Photography is 6 months old!

It has been a very busy summer shooting and traveling to unique sites and more of our public lands. (That’s my excuse and I’m stickin’ to it – for the long delay since the last posting.) On the other hand, the website has been extensively updated with a dozen new photo galleries and many additional photos added to previously existing galleries. The revisions add galleries for new national parks and public lands visits but also add many more specific species and settings in which to locate wildlife photos that may be most interesting to you. Specifically, there are new galleries in the Fauna section for mountain goats, bison, and pronghorn and new galleries for waterfowl, wild canines, small mammals, and, a sure favorite, babies and young-in’s.

Besides many more photos from Yellowstone, I have added seasonal sections for our Jackson Hole neighbor, Grand Teton National Park. A recent trip to South Dakota allowed shooting at Devil’s Tower National Monument, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial, Wind Cave National Park, Jewel Cave National Monument, Badlands National Park, and the wonderful Custer State Park, South Dakota.

On the business side, I have added password-protected areas for individual clients to view pending orders and requested focused photo catalog previews for easier item selection. I have added a similar feature for commercial clients who want to view specific photos and other products. This area is also password-protected for each commercial client. I am hopeful that these customized folders will help you more efficiently select items that will best meet your specific needs. Both areas allow direct electronic communication to answer your questions and expedite your orders.

Finally, while I have been delinquent in posting to this blog, I have been more diligent in posting to Facebook. (https://www.facebook.com/NaturalPhotographyJackson)  While the Facebook page is more intended for fun and frequent updates on activities, some of the Facebook photos are also available for view or purchase on the website. If you have a specific interest in any of the Facebook photos, they can be made available in a full-size, high-resolution format for any of the products listed on this site.

I hope you are able to get away this summer and enjoy nature close-up in your favorite location but if your travels are limited you can always vicariously join our travel on this site or Facebook. Have a GREAT summer and thanks for visiting Natural Photography.

Loren 

Where do we go from here?

The Teton Photography Group (TPG) has grown in the last five months from a vague concept to a viable organization and partner with the Art Association of Jackson Hole. We have this website managed by Mike Cavaroc, a Facebook page, a Google Plus Community, a Twitter presence, and an active email list. We have somewhere between about 75 and 100 self-declared members, many of whom are regularly active on the electronic media. We have three public programs under our belt and have presenters committed for the next 6 months. In September we will have our first all-day public photography symposium on Outdoor Photography. You must agree that we have come a long way. My question in this posting is “Where do we go in 2014 and beyond?”

The group has chosen an administrative model of loose organization with a volunteer Steering Committee consisting of 8 members with broad photography backgrounds. This model allowed us to avoid the cost and hassle of becoming a free-standing not-for-profit organization under a 501(c)3 umbrella but also put the burden of planning and organization on a small number of members. I would like to solicit input from all members about the direction we should go in the coming year.

The Steering Committee has amassed a list of about a dozen specific topics for presentation next year and several categories of topics we would like to explore in some semi-structured manner. Some of the general categories include: composition and aesthetics, technical aspects of image capture, photography gear and gadgets, post-processing software and techniques, photo critique and commentary, photo travelogues and shooting locations, learning from the greats, and specialized photographic skills. Our 2013 public programs have attempted to sample several of these categories.

The Steering Committee has also discussed many types of activities we would like to pursue beyond the structured public presentations. Some of these activities include a quarterly newsletter, quarterly photo contests or competitions with exhibitions of submitted work, all-day symposia on specific areas of photography, expanded electronic portfolios, syndication of member blogs, a gear swap, photo sales events, an expert discussion forum, a local Teton ‘stock photo’ agency, tag-along local photo shoots, and various social events like pot-luck dinners and wine tastings. We are strong on ideas but will need dedicated help from our members for execution.

So back to my original question – where should the group go in 2014 and beyond? I hope you will share your comments and thoughts on this blog page or on our social media sites. We need specific ideas and specific people to carry-out the ideas. We are all fortunate to live in or visit this beautiful area and to have such tremendous local photographic talent.  Our future as an organization is very bright so long as we have committed members who are willing to share their talents and dreams. Thanks for being a part of the TPG. I hope to hear from you soon.

The Teton Photography Group Steering Committee

Every great organization has great leadership and in this posting I am delighted to introduce you to the Steering Committee of the Teton Photography Group. As the organization evolved in the early months of 2013 we discussed a formal not-for-profit structure with by-laws and several committees to carry out the Group’s business. After significant thought and the partnership with the Art Association of Jackson Hole, we agreed that an informal structure with a single steering committee was a more efficient way to start the organization. The Steering Committee is responsible for program planning, membership, group activities, and general organizational planning for the TPG.  The members of the Steering Committee are volunteers who agreed to give of their time to get the Group up and running and follow the mission and vision of the organization.  The current members of the charter Steering Committee are listed below:

Michael Adler

Mike is an MIT PhD who retired from GE R&D in 2000 as a manager of a laboratory doing research in power electronics. Since then he has served as president of the IEEE , worked as a consultant in energy related power conversion.  At present Mike has been pursuing his hobbies of astronomy and photography as well as traveling on two “trips of a lifetime” each year. Mike has combined his hobbies of astronomy and photography and is taking astro photographs using his 6” and 14” telescopes in Wyoming.

Mike is now a resident of Wyoming and he and his wife, Virginia, split their time, when not traveling, between homes in the Adirondacks and Jackson Hole WY. They enjoy sailing, hiking and camping, and skiing.  Mike has given talks on a number of topics in astronomy and cosmology to groups in NY including Paul Smiths college, GE Global Research,  and the Astronomy and Geology clubs in Jackson Hole. He also gives talks on Virginia and his travels and adventures, most recently of trips to Everest base camp, Spitzbergen and Antarctica. 
His website is:  www.MichaelAdler.photostockplus.com


Michael Cohen

Michael is a winter resident of Jackson Hole and loves all the photographic opportunities here. Michael was an active participant in the pre-organizational work for the TPG.  He has been shooting since he was a kid but took a 25 year hiatus in the middle. “Everyone tells me that I should be here in the summer, but I live on a boat off the coast of Maine in the summer and you’re invited!”
His website is:  www.MSCPix.com

Mac McMillen

Mac is a Software Developer from Boise, Idaho who would rather be working as a wildlife biologist or conservationist. When not trapped in his work cubical, he gets outdoors as much as possible, whether it be to climb mountains or to photograph nature. “These are two of my passions, along with my love of the environment. There is nothing that even comes close to fourth place.”
 
Regarding photography, Mac absolutely loves photographing wildlife. He also enjoy landscapes, particularly mountain landscapes. He is a serious enthusiast who has been photographing for about the past 5 years, though more seriously the last year and a half. “I know a great deal about the technical side of photography, but need more field and post-processing experience to take my photography to the next level.” He has great admiration and respect for those wildlife/nature photographers who are not only excellent in their trade, but also stand-up for wildlife and the environment.

Fereshte Faustini
Fereshte Faustini started photography while a student at the University of Warwick in the UK. After she graduated she spent many years working as a software engineer in Silicon Valley. As a result of her passion for landscape photography she traded life behind a computer for life behind a camera. Today, Fereshte travels throughout the Western States taking photographs of some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes mother nature has to offer. Fereshte currently resides near Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This enables her to be close to two of America’s pristine National Parks (Grand Teton and Yellowstone).
Her website is:  http://sensor19.com

Barbara Hayton
Nature photography is her passion and there’s no better day for her than being out with her camera to capture an amazing landscape or an exciting, fun look at wildlife. She especially loves sharing her work with others in hopes it will help raise awareness of the magnificence and importance of wildlife and wild places to the human soul, thus helping to preserve and protect them for the future.  Barbara was an active participant in the pre-organizational work for the TPG.  
Her website is: www.BarbaraHaytonPhotography.com

Tenley Thompson
Tenley Thompson is a wildlife and landscape photographer out of Jackson Wyoming. She specializes in rare wildlife portraits and aerial photography. Her work as a wildlife guide, wildlife biologist and artist inspire her love for photographing the wilderness of the west. Most of her work centers on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and it is her hope that her images will inspire a great love for one of the most amazing places on earth.
Her website is:   www.tenleythompsonphotography.com

Nick Wheeler

Nick Wheeler began his career in photography in 1969 in San Francisco, after graduating with a B.A. in Architecture from Stanford University. He moved to Massachusetts in 1971 where he resided for the next 33 years. His career focus was commercial architectural photography between 1969 and 1998. In 1998 his interest shifted to personal projects, including a book with Doris Cole,  Architecture of the Boston Public Schools and, more recently, an extensive photographic exploration of the Badlands of North America.
Nick’s commercial clients included many prominent architects, builders, and interior designers. He also worked as a stringer for TIME magazine and Architectural Digest in the late 1970’s. His work has been published in most major architectural magazines worldwide. He was the recipient of the American Institute of Architects Honor Award for career achievement in 1985. More recently his work was the subject of one man shows in Washington, DC and Boston and was favorably reviewed in The Washington Times, The Boston Globe and Art New England.  Nick and his wife Whiteley live in Jackson, Wyoming.

Mike Cavaroc
Mike Cavaroc is the creator, designer, and webmaster for the TPG website and our social media sites.  Mike was an active participant in the pre-organizational work for the TPG.  He is a designer and artist by training and a wildlife and nature photographer living in Kelly, Wyoming, specializing in predators and night photography. He is an award-winning photographer who has been published both locally and nationally. As Webmaster,  Mike is an ex officio member of the Steering Committee.
His website is: www.FreeRoamingPhotography.com

Loren Nelson
Loren is a retired academic and educator who has chosen to pursue his dream of wildlife and nature photography from Jackson Hole.  He has traveled the world in his academic life and held several leadership positions in regional, national and international organizations. During a previous “retirement” he and his wife, Nancy, sailed and lived aboard their catamaran, Feng Shui, and cruised the Caribbean for almost six years.  He has had a camera close by since he was a pre-teenager and for the last 14 years has upgraded through several generations of digital equipment. He settled in Jackson in November 2012 after two years of visiting national parks and public lands in the US and Canada by RV.  He is the current ‘leader’ of the Steering Committee.
His website is: www.NaturalPhotographyJackson.com

Please contact any of the Steering Committee members with comments, suggestions, and ideas to improve our programs and our organization. Our email address is: TetonPhotoGroup@gmail.com.

Grand Opening.

Well, I haven't hired any clowns and there won't be klieg lights sweeping the sky, but we have opened our web shop for framed and unframed prints!  Like any legit grand opening, we're starting with a sale.  So here it is: now through the end of the month, all prints are 40% off!  That's a real sale.  To get it, you'll use the code AZEHBL at check out.  At the top of this page just click Buy Prints, and jot down the code for 40% off.  Every image on the site is in the shop so the sale applies to them all.  Thank you for looking!
 

Grand Opening.

Well, I haven't hired any clowns and there won't be klieg lights sweeping the sky, but we have opened our web shop for framed and unframed prints!  Like any legit grand opening, we're starting with a sale.  So here it is: now through the end of the month, all prints are 40% off!  That's a real sale.  To get it, you'll use the code AZEHBL at check out.  At the top of this page just click Buy Prints, and jot down the code for 40% off.  Every image on the site is in the shop so the sale applies to them all.  Thank you for looking!
 

Grand Opening.

Well, I haven’t hired any clowns and there won’t be klieg lights sweeping the sky, but we have opened our web shop for framed and unframed prints!  Like any legit grand opening, we’re starting with a sale.  So here it is: now through the end of the month, all prints are 40% off!  That’s a real sale.  To get it, you’ll use the code AZEHBL at check out.  At the top of this page just click Buy Prints, and jot down the code for 40% off.  Every image on the site is in the shop so the sale applies to them all.  Thank you for looking!
 

Yellowstone – a nature and wildlife photographer’s paradise

I get a lot of comments and questions about my many photos from Yellowstone National Park (YNP) so I thought I would give a very quick overview of the park and some of its best known treasures.

Current road status map

Yellowstone is the world's first national park dedicated to preserving the uniqueness of the natural beauty of our country for future generations. It was established as a model for all national parks in 1872 and its history has been colorful and controversial.  Most of YNP lies withing the state of Wyoming but it extends into Montana and Idaho.

There are 5 major highway entrances to the park. The Grand Highway of Yellowstone is a giant figure of eight, paved highway connecting most of the park's main attractions.  Gardiner, MT is the north entrance to the park headquarters at Mammoth Hot Springs and is the only entrance that is open to automobiles year round. The northeast entrance is near Cooke City, MT and leads to Tower Falls on the north part of the figure eight. It is closed to autos in the winter months when the Bear Tooth highway is closed.  Access to the east entrance is from Cody, WY  to the Lake Village / Fishing Bridge area and this entrance is closed in the winter. The south entrance is one of the most popular routes into the park from Jackson, WY through Grand Teton National Park and the Rockefeller Parkway. The south entrance is closed to autos in the winter but Flag Ranch (near the south entrance) is a popular entrance for snow coach tours and snowmobiles. Finally, West Yellowstone, MT is a popular tourist town and center for winter activities near the west entrance to YNP.  The road leads to Madison Junction and then south to Old Faithful or north to Norris Geyser Basin. 

There are literally thousands of attractions to YNP but the "big five" are probably Old Faithful Geyser, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Mammoth Hot Springs, Lake Yellowstone, and the large animal populations of the Hayden and Lamar valleys.  Old Faithful at sunsetYellowstone-5D-3765 Old Faithful geyser, on the west side of the south loop, is one of more than ten thousand thermal features in the park that include geysers, fumaroles and steam vents, hot pools, and boiling mud pots. There are about four times as many active thermal features in Yellowstone as the rest of the world total.  Old Faithful is named such because of its regularity of eruption - about every 70-90 minutes. Other geysers are larger and more spectacular but the predictability of Old Faithful and its closeness to parking and lodging make it a crowd favorite.  The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River Yellowstone 5D-2326 is at the east junction of the north and south loop roads.  This is where Yellowstone got its name and is the home of the two largest waterfalls in the park.  The canyon carved by the Yellowstone River is up to 1200 feet deep, three-quarters of a mile wide, and 24 miles long. The Upper Falls is 109 feet and the lower Falls is 308 feet in height and both are readily view-able with short walks from the many parking areas.  Mammoth Hot Springs in summerYellowstone_2009-537

Mammoth Hot Springs is near the park headquarters at the north entrance.  Once the center for tourism with its terraced hot springs and colorful stone formations, the springs are seeing less water flow and becoming bleached white as their thermal activity decreases.  Lake Yellowstone is the source of its namesake river and the largest and deepest lake above 7,000 feet altitude in North America. Its cold, deep, blue water has a shoreline of 110 miles and an average depth of 139 feet. Yellowstone 5D-2376-Edit-2  Finally, while nearly all of YNP has abundant wildlife, nowhere are the large animals more visible than the great valleys of Lamar, near the northeast entrance, and Hayden, between Canyon and Lake Village. In these valleys are huge herds of bison numbering in the many hundreds, elk, mule and white-tail deer, pronghorn, black and grizzly bear, wolf, coyote, and many large bird species and small mammals.  Roadside parking and the broad vistas make wildlife viewing as simple as picking up your binoculars.

I could go on for hours about all of the other attractions but remember the 310 miles of paved road (466 miles total) and 1,100 miles of developed trails from 92 trail heads access only a tiny fraction of the park's 2.2 million acres. There is truly an unlimited amount of outdoor  activity throughout Yellowstone. People ask, "How long should I plan to see the park?" The answer is as much time as you have but it takes at least 3 full days and two nights in or near the park just to drive to the major attractions. They also ask, "What month is best to visit?" All of the months are great and offer tremendously different views of the park. The north entrance is open to autos year round but the other entrances vary in opening from around late April to mid-May and start closing in October. Yellowstone is at high elevation, 6,500 to over 8,000 feet, and snow can and does come every month of the year. There is winter snowmobile and snow coach access from both the south and west entrances and great snowmobiling out of the park from the northeast entrance.  There are over 3 million visitors annually with the vast majority coming in July and August. Locals will tell you that May and September are the "best" months because there are fewer visitors.

I hope you enjoy some of the photos of the park and that they will stimulate your interest in visiting this word treasure.

Yellowstone – a nature and wildlife photographer’s paradise

I get a lot of comments and questions about my many photos from Yellowstone National Park (YNP) so I thought I would give a very quick overview of the park and some of its best known treasures.

Current road status map

Yellowstone is the world’s first national park dedicated to preserving the uniqueness of the natural beauty of our country for future generations. It was established as a model for all national parks in 1872 and its history has been colorful and controversial.  Most of YNP lies withing the state of Wyoming but it extends into Montana and Idaho.

There are 5 major highway entrances to the park. The Grand Highway of Yellowstone is a giant figure of eight, paved highway connecting most of the park’s main attractions.  Gardiner, MT is the north entrance to the park headquarters at Mammoth Hot Springs and is the only entrance that is open to automobiles year round. The northeast entrance is near Cooke City, MT and leads to Tower Falls on the north part of the figure eight. It is closed to autos in the winter months when the Bear Tooth highway is closed.  Access to the east entrance is from Cody, WY  to the Lake Village / Fishing Bridge area and this entrance is closed in the winter. The south entrance is one of the most popular routes into the park from Jackson, WY through Grand Teton National Park and the Rockefeller Parkway. The south entrance is closed to autos in the winter but Flag Ranch (near the south entrance) is a popular entrance for snow coach tours and snowmobiles. Finally, West Yellowstone, MT is a popular tourist town and center for winter activities near the west entrance to YNP.  The road leads to Madison Junction and then south to Old Faithful or north to Norris Geyser Basin. 

There are literally thousands of attractions to YNP but the “big five” are probably Old Faithful Geyser, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Mammoth Hot Springs, Lake Yellowstone, and the large animal populations of the Hayden and Lamar valleys.  Old Faithful at sunset

Old Faithful geyser, on the west side of the south loop, is one of more than ten thousand thermal features in the park that include geysers, fumaroles and steam vents, hot pools, and boiling mud pots. There are about four times as many active thermal features in Yellowstone as the rest of the world total.  Old Faithful is named such because of its regularity of eruption – about every 70-90 minutes. Other geysers are larger and more spectacular but the predictability of Old Faithful and its closeness to parking and lodging make it a crowd favorite.  The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River

is at the east junction of the north and south loop roads.  This is where Yellowstone got its name and is the home of the two largest waterfalls in the park.  The canyon carved by the Yellowstone River is up to 1200 feet deep, three-quarters of a mile wide, and 24 miles long. The Upper Falls is 109 feet and the lower Falls is 308 feet in height and both are readily view-able with short walks from the many parking areas.  Mammoth Hot Springs in summer

Mammoth Hot Springs is near the park headquarters at the north entrance.  Once the center for tourism with its terraced hot springs and colorful stone formations, the springs are seeing less water flow and becoming bleached white as their thermal activity decreases.  Lake Yellowstone is the source of its namesake river and the largest and deepest lake above 7,000 feet altitude in North America. Its cold, deep, blue water has a shoreline of 110 miles and an average depth of 139 feet.

 Finally, while nearly all of YNP has abundant wildlife, nowhere are the large animals more visible than the great valleys of Lamar, near the northeast entrance, and Hayden, between Canyon and Lake Village. In these valleys are huge herds of bison numbering in the many hundreds, elk, mule and white-tail deer, pronghorn, black and grizzly bear, wolf, coyote, and many large bird species and small mammals.  Roadside parking and the broad vistas make wildlife viewing as simple as picking up your binoculars.

I could go on for hours about all of the other attractions but remember the 310 miles of paved road (466 miles total) and 1,100 miles of developed trails from 92 trail heads access only a tiny fraction of the park’s 2.2 million acres. There is truly an unlimited amount of outdoor  activity throughout Yellowstone. People ask, “How long should I plan to see the park?” The answer is as much time as you have but it takes at least 3 full days and two nights in or near the park just to drive to the major attractions. They also ask, “What month is best to visit?” All of the months are great and offer tremendously different views of the park. The north entrance is open to autos year round but the other entrances vary in opening from around late April to mid-May and start closing in October. Yellowstone is at high elevation, 6,500 to over 8,000 feet, and snow can and does come every month of the year. There is winter snowmobile and snow coach access from both the south and west entrances and great snowmobiling out of the park from the northeast entrance.  There are over 3 million visitors annually with the vast majority coming in July and August. Locals will tell you that May and September are the “best” months because there are fewer visitors.

I hope you enjoy some of the photos of the park and that they will stimulate your interest in visiting this word treasure.