How Important is Feedback & How to Encourage it in Groups

In my last Blog (“How Peer Mentors Might Help”) I described what I have learned about how being involved with a group of peers can have a very positive impact on your personal growth as a photographer. There are clearly some critical characteristics that you need to have: a commitment to improving your photography that […]

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How Peer Mentors Might Help

In the early ‘80s I changed the regular tests in my Educational Psychology class and added a set of more challenging questions to each test.  Some of the students were troubled while others enjoyed the questions and often hung around after the test to talk with me about the challenge.  After the final exam I […]

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February 2021 Daily Journal For GTNP & JH

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February 28, 2021 -Sunday

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Setting Moon

Setting Moon: I was up early for the sunrise, but clouds were covering the Tetons. I turned around to try something else. The moon was visible at times between the clouds. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/125 at f/9, Manual Mode, ‒ ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 450, Handheld.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle: I’ve been hearing about some Bald Eagles in South Park. The first times I looked for them, I didn’t see a single eagle. This morning, I saw at least six. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 340 mm, 1/1250 at f/8, Manual Mode, 1 EV, Auto ISO 720, Handheld.

Bald Eagles

Bald Eagles: Most of them were high in the cottonwoods, but they moved around some. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/1250 at f/8, Manual Mode, ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 450, Handheld.

Immature Bald Eagle

Immature Bald Eagle: Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/1250 at f/8, Manual Mode, 1 EV, Auto ISO 900, Handheld.

Bald Eagles

Bald Eagles: Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/1250 at f/8, Manual Mode, ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 450, Handheld.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle: Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 240 mm, 1/500 at f/8, Manual Mode, 1 EV, Auto ISO 450, Handheld.

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February 27, 2021 -Saturday – National Polar Bear Day?

Bighorn Trio

Bighorn Trio: I drove through town looking for the Cedar Waxwings and ended up in East Jackson. From there, I headed onto the National Elk Refuge where I found several Bighorns milling around on the rocks at Miller Butte. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 420 mm, 1/1000 at f/7.1, Manual Mode, ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 160, Handheld.

Bighorn Lambs

Bighorn Lambs: Youngsters surveying the land below. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 500 mm, 1/1000 at f/7.1, Manual Mode, ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 160, Handheld.

Bighorn Lamb

Bighorn Lambs: Sure-footed even at a young age. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/1000 at f/7.1, Manual Mode, ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 110, Handheld.

Bighorn Lamb

Bighorn Lamb: Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 210 mm, 1/1000 at f/7.1, Manual Mode, ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 160, Handheld.

Bighorn Lamb

Bighorn Lamb: On my back home, I looked again for the Waxwings, but didn’t spot them. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 480 mm, 1/1000 at f/7.1, Manual Mode, ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 140, Handheld.

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February 26, 2021 – Friday

Cedar Waxwings

Cedar Waxwings: I spent part of my morning chasing this flock of Cedar Waxwings. In this photo, they were resting in the top of an aspen, which was immediately next to a choke cherry tree. I was all set up to get shots of them feeding. A few started flying down. I waited for a few to fly into a zone with a lot of berries when a Chickadee made some sort of warning chirp and they all flew off. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 86 mm, 1/500 at f/5.6, Manual Mode, 0 EV, Auto ISO 100, Handheld.

May Barn

May Barn: I continued driving around town looking for them, but never found them again. I stopped for a quick shot of the old May Barn is east Jackson. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 86 mm, 1/1000 at f/7.1, Manual Mode, ²⁄₃ EV, Auto ISO 280, Handheld.

Snow Ribbons

Snow Ribbons: These ribbons of snow were gradually drooping off the metal grate on the stairs in front of our house. A short time later, they all broke apart. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 190 mm, 1/1000 at f/8, Manual Mode, 0 EV, Auto ISO 1000, Handheld.

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing: I made a quick trip to the Post Office and spotted the flock of Waxwings. This time, I managed to get a few shots. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/1000 at f/7.1, Manual Mode, 1 ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 4500, Handheld.

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing: Nice to get a little color in today’s photos! Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/1000 at f/7.1, Manual Mode, 1 ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 4500, Handheld.

American Robin

American Robin: A lot of people associate Robins with spring, but a percentage of them winter in Jackson Hole and feast on the many berry trees in the town of Jackson. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/1000 at f/7.1, Manual Mode, 1 ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 1250, Handheld.

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February 25, 2021 – Thursday

Fog and Alpenglow

Fog and Alpenglow: I got up early and headed out, seeing mostly clear skies in the forecast. This foggy shot was taken from the highway with light fog during the Alpenglow period. I don’t particularly like the shot, but it’s different! Shooting Data: NIKON D850, Nikon 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 at 60 mm, 1/40 at f/4.5, Aperture priority Mode, 0 EV, Auto ISO 320, Handheld.

Alpenglow

Alpenglow: From the last location, I drove a few miles south where I had a more clear shot of the Teton Range. Shooting Data: NIKON D850, Nikon 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 at 32 mm, 1/80 at f/4.5, Aperture priority Mode, 0 EV,  ISO 320, Handheld.

Snake River Overlook

Snake River Overlook: Fog and clouds change fast during the short sunrise period. Shooting Data: NIKON D850, Nikon 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 at 35 mm, 1/80 at f/4.5, Aperture priority Mode, ‒ ²⁄₃ EV, ISO 125, Handheld.

Sunrise Clouds

Sunrise Clouds: When I am not on a tour, I like to move quickly. Get a few shots and move on. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 112 mm, 1/800 at f/7.1, Manual Mode, ²⁄₃ EV, Auto ISO 1400, Handheld.

Ribbon Clouds

Ribbon Clouds: Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 75 mm, 1/250 at f/7.1, Manual Mode, 0 EV, Auto ISO 125, Handheld.

Mt. Moran

Mt. Moran: I went north this morning with two objectives: #1, Sunrise – if the light and clouds were good. #2 Wildlife, hoping to see Wolves that were reported yesterday, Bison if closed to the road, and Foxes at Colter Bay.

Willow Flats

Willow Flats: It was obvious by the tracks in the region that there are at least “some” wildlife. Other than a few Ravens, I didn’t see wildlife. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 112 mm, 1/400 at f/7.1, Manual Mode, 0 EV, Auto ISO 100, Handheld.

Light and Shadows

Light and Shadows: Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 105 mm, 1/400 at f/7.1, Manual Mode, 0 EV, Auto ISO 110, Handheld.

Icicles

Icicles: Captured at the Colter Bay Visitor’s Center. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 420 mm, 1/1000 at f/8, Manual Mode, 0 EV, Auto ISO 640, Handheld.

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February 24, 2021 – Wednesday

Electrified 399

Electrified 399: She’s HOT! I spent some time tonight working with actions in Photoshop, using 399 as a subject. This one should make you smile.

Corey

Corey: Another of my night time projects…Corey is sponsored by numerous companies. He asked me to take a few photos of him the other day, so I used a couple of those photos for my actions projects. These might not be what people expect to see here on Best of the Tetons, but sometimes it’s fun to mix things up a little.

Sage Grouse

Sage Grouse: Seen before first light near Kelly. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/320 at f/7.1, Manual Mode, 1 EV, Auto ISO 4500, Handheld.

Hillside Trees

Hillside Trees: A few Sage Grouse are known to hang on the hillside near the Kelly Warm Springs. I went there but didn’t see them, nor any tracks. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 220 mm, 1/400 at f/7.1, Manual Mode, ²⁄₃ EV, Auto ISO 450, Handheld.

Jumping Rocks

Jumping Rocks: Taken “up the Gros Ventre” at near the Park boundary signs. The sun was just clearing the ridge in the east. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 170 mm, 1/400 at f/7.1, Manual Mode, 0 EV, Auto ISO 100, Handheld.

Frosted Cottonwoods

Frosted Cottonwoods: I liked the light and color of the scene taken on the Gros Ventre Road. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 170 mm, 1/400 at f/7.1, Manual Mode, 0 EV, Auto ISO 100, Handheld.

Bull Elk

Bull Elk: I drove home on Spring Gulch Road. It was closed most of the day yesterday, but is fully open today. The camera picked up the snow flakes falling at the time. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 280 mm, 1/400 at f/9, Manual Mode, ²⁄₃ EV, Auto ISO 180, Handheld.

Bull Elk and Bald Eagle

Bull Elk and Bald Eagle: Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 200 mm, 1/400 at f/9, Manual Mode, ²⁄₃ EV, Auto ISO 180, Handheld.

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February 23, 2021 – Tuesday

WY STATE HIGHWAYS (visit www.wyoroad.info for latest road reports

It was a tale of two opposite weather reports today!

Wind howled all night long, gumming up the works.Drifts closed Teton Pass, Togwottee Pass, the highway between Moose and Moran Junction. Secondary roads like Spring Gulch Road and many County roads were closed, including the “Windy Mile” near Teton Village. Then around noon, the wind died down and the sky turned blue. Just another day in paradise!

Afternoon Tetons and Clouds

Afternoon Tetons and Clouds: Even though Spring Gulch Road was closed all day, I drove up it to the turn-around barricades. There have been a few nice elk hanging around, but I didn’t see them today. This isn’t much of a memorable shot, but it shows the afternoon clearing. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 135 mm, 1/1250 at f/8, Manual Mode, 0 EV, Auto ISO 125, Handheld.

Bighorns on the Run

Bighorns on the Run: I drove over to the National Elk Refuge after leaving Spring Gulch Road. As I was driving down the road I could see a flurry of activity at the top of Miller Butte. Something had them spooked and on the run. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/1250 at f/8, Manual Mode, 0 EV, Auto ISO 180, Handheld.

Bighorns on the Run

Bighorns on the Run: The herd was headed for the safety of the rocks. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/1250 at f/8, Manual Mode, 0 EV, Auto ISO 250, Handheld.

Lookout for Danger

Lookout for Danger: Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/1250 at f/8, Manual Mode, 0 EV, Auto ISO 250, Handheld.

Coyotes on the Ridge

Coyotes on the Ridge: Alas…Coyotes following them! I was hoping to see Wolves! Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 500 mm, 1/1250 at f/8, Manual Mode, 0 EV, Auto ISO 180, Handheld.

Elk Herd

Elk Herd: A shot of the relaxed herd of Elk near the old Miller House. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/1250 at f/8, Manual Mode, 0 EV, Auto ISO 250, Handheld.

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February 22, 2021 – Monday – National Wildlife Day

I guess if the country can have a National Ice Cream Day, we should have a National Wildlife Day!

Red Rocks

Red Rocks: I headed out towards Kelly this morning, hoping to see a few Sage Grouse, but didn’t see them. I continued up the Gros Ventre Road towards Atherton Creek Campground at Slide Lake. Groups of red rocks like these line the north side of the road. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 95 mm, 1/800 at f/8, Manual Mode, 1 EV, Auto ISO 360, Handheld.

Red Rocks

Red Rocks: It’s a pretty drive and worth it once in a while. I’ve seen Bighorns, Deer, and Elk in the region, but it was quiet today. Mountain Lions are known to cruise the area, so it’s easy to understand why some of the prey animals are not always close to the roads. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 95 mm, 1/800 at f/8, Manual Mode, 1 EV, Auto ISO 360, Handheld.

Macey

Macey’s Second Birthday!: Macey is celebrating her 2nd birthday today by running around on the snow covered red rocks. She is a GREAT dog! I stopped at the Vet’s office. She weighs in at 66 lbs. Her mother was 70 lbs and her father was 80 lbs. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 98 mm, 1/1250 at f/8, Manual Mode, 0 EV, Auto ISO 250, Handheld.

Little Macey

Little Macey, the Expert Poser: Click Here to see a few photos similar to this one of Macey when she was a tiny puppy. She has her own site, with photos of her growing up over the past two years. I just added a new page of recent photos. If you love puppies, you’ll love tis page. Click Here!

Natural Sky

Natural Sky: This is another shot taken of the red rocks along the upper Gros Ventre Road. The sky was pretty bland. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 145 mm, 1/1250 at f/8, Manual Mode, 0 EV, Auto ISO 200, Handheld.

Replaced Sky

Replaced Sky: I am not totally how I feel about it yet, but Adobe has introduced their AI Sky Replacement feature in the newest Photoshop update. The user can select from a dozen or so default skies, or import additional sky photos (including sky shots the user have taken). From the times I tried it, the feature works quite well, and the parts are stored as a Layer Group, allowing the user to adjust the opacity of the effect and the layer modes.  I picked a sky that was the same color as my original sky.

Winter Moose

Winter Moose: In keeping with National Wildlife Day, here’s a Moose seen along the upper Gros Ventre. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 360 mm, 1/1250 at f/8, Manual Mode, 0 EV, Auto ISO 200, Handheld.

Gros Ventre Cornices

Gros Ventre Cornices: Sometimes the snow forms cornices over ledges that look a bit like flows of pancake batter. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 200 mm, 1/1250 at f/8, Manual Mode, 0 EV, Auto ISO 220, Handheld.

Windswept Wyoming

Windswept Wyoming: It can be clear in one area and then windswept in others. This was taken a mile or so north of Kelly. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 112 mm, 1/1250 at f/8, Manual Mode, 0 EV, Auto ISO 160, Handheld.

Little Refuge Cabin

Little Refuge Cabin: I had hoped to get a few Bighorn Sheep photos for National Wildlife Day, but the 20 I saw were off the road and all had their heads down feeding through the deepening snow. A band of light was hitting this little cabin on the National Elk Refuge, so I pulled over for a quick shot. Actually, it had to be quick because the light disappeared a few seconds later. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/1250 at f/8, Manual Mode, 0 EV, Auto ISO 200, Handheld.

Coyote

Coyote: The natural light helped light the Coyote and snow field for the shot. It was also a quick one! The bands of light were awfully fleeting. If you like “rule of thirds” for helping with compositions, this one has it! The lower third has the Coyote and morning light, The middle third contains the wintering elk, and the upper third has the distant cottonwoods and sunlit hills. I put the Coyote “near” the right third crossing zone. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/1250 at f/8, Manual Mode, 0 EV, Auto ISO 180, Handheld.

How Long?

Some people ask me how long it takes to make the entries on the daily journal? I checked today…after I had the processed the images, I logged in and added the photos and captions you see above. It took 50 minutes.

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February 21, 2021 – Sunday

Mule Deer Portrait

Mule Deer Portrait: When I checked my mail at the Post Office, a doe and three fawns were crossing in front of it. When I came home, another mother and babies were resting in my back yard. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 380 mm, 1/500 at f/6.3, Manual Mode, 1 ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 280, Handheld.

Mule Deer

Mule Deer: I put out some food and the mother headed to the feeders for a mid-day snack. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 200 mm, 1/500 at f/6.3, Manual Mode, 1 ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 220, Handheld.

Feeder

Feeder: I am not sure which is cheaper: deer pellets or sunflower seeds, but they are definitely attracted to the seeds. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 185 mm, 1/500 at f/6.3, Manual Mode, 1 ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 720, Tripod.

Feeder

Feeder: Normally, I put out seeds for the birds in the morning or afternoon and the deer polish it off during the night time hours. I suppose they are hungry with all of the deep snow around town. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 210 mm, 1/800 at f/8, Manual Mode, ²⁄₃ EV, Auto ISO 720, Tripod.

Clark's Nutcracker

Clark’s NutcrackerThis one was chowing on suet. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 390 mm, 1/800 at f/8, Manual Mode, ²⁄₃ EV, Auto ISO 1250, Tripod.

Yellowstone 2021 Spring Opening Dates

Pending favorable weather conditions, Yellowstone roads are set to open in spring 2021 on the following schedule:

  • April 16: West Entrance to Madison Junction, Mammoth Hot Springs to Old Faithful, Norris to Canyon Village.
  • May 7: East Entrance to Lake Village (Sylvan Pass), Canyon Village to Lake Village.
  • May 7: Tower Junction to Calcite Springs.
  • May 14: South Entrance to West Thumb, Lake Village to West Thumb, West Thumb to Old Faithful (Craig Pass), Tower Junction to Tower Fall.
  • May 28: Beartooth Highway.

The road between Tower-Roosevelt and Chittenden Road will be completely closed until May 2022.

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February 20, 2021 – Saturday

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Bighorns

Bighorns: I like to make a “quick run” to the National Elk Refuge. I never know if it will be my lucky day and catch a few Wolves moving across the close rocks. Bighorns are fairly dependable subjects this time of the year. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/800 at f/8, Manual Mode, 1 ²⁄₃ EV, Auto ISO 220, Handheld.

Mass of Mallards

Mass of Mallards: Huddled along Flat Creek here in town. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 145 mm, 1/800 at f/8, Manual Mode, ²⁄₃ EV, Auto ISO 320, Handheld.

Mallard Pair

Mallard Pair: Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/800 at f/8, Manual Mode, ²⁄₃ EV, Auto ISO 2000, Handheld.

Common Golden Eye

Common Golden Eye: Seen in the same area of Flat Creek. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/800 at f/8, Manual Mode, ²⁄₃ EV, Auto ISO 1000, Handheld.

Steller's Jay

Steller’s Jay: Although my back yard was generally quiet early this morning, the normal cast of winter characters were hanging around the back yard. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/800 at f/8, Manual Mode, ²⁄₃ EV, Auto ISO 800, Handheld.

Shoshone in Honey Gold

Shoshone in Honey Gold: I posted a square crop of this shot on my Instagram page this afternoon. Follow me there! Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 420 mm, 1/250 at f/6, Manual Mode, ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 320, Handheld.

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February 19, 2021 – Friday

Resting Winter Moose

Resting Winter Moose: This is a long distance shot of a couple of Moose resting in the snow at the east edge of the park. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/800 at f/8, Manual Mode, 1 EV, Auto ISO 450, Handheld.

Gros Ventre River Ranch Barn

Gros Ventre River Ranch Barn: “Up the Gros Ventre”. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 122 mm, 1/800 at f/8, Manual Mode, 1 ²⁄₃ EV, Auto ISO 560, Handheld.

Winter Horse

Winter Horse: Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/800 at f/8, Manual Mode, 1 ²⁄₃ EV, Auto ISO 500, Handheld.

Winter Moose

Winter Moose: Snow is getting deep in Jackson Hole, but Moose are able to step over it. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/800 at f/8, Manual Mode, 1 ²⁄₃ EV, Auto ISO 560, Handheld.

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February 18, 2021 – Thursday

Bighorn on Ledge

Bighorn on Ledge: Captured on the National Elk Refuge. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/800 at f/8, Manual Mode, ²⁄₃ EV, Auto ISO 900, Handheld.

Bighorn on Ledge

Bighorn on Ledge: Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/800 at f/8, Manual Mode, ²⁄₃ EV, Auto ISO 1400, Handheld.

Bull Elk

Bull Elk: Seen on Spring Gulch Road. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/800 at f/9, Manual Mode, 1 EV, Auto ISO 280, Handheld.

Coyote

Coyote: Captured on the National Elk Refuge. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/800 at f/8, Manual Mode, ²⁄₃ EV, Auto ISO 320, Handheld.

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February 17, 2021 – Wednesday

BlacktailButteMorning

Blacktail Butte Morning Light: Extra long shadows cast across the new snow along the Gros Ventre Road. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 130 mm, 1/250 at f/8, Manual Mode, ²⁄₃ EV, Auto ISO 125, Handheld.

Lone Cottonwood Tree

Lone Cottonwood Tree: Also seen along the Gros Ventre Road. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 390 mm, 1/250 at f/8, Manual Mode, ²⁄₃ EV, Auto ISO 100, Handheld.

Shane Cabin

Shane Cabin: Morning light glancing across the snow and historic old cabins. You’ll need snow shoes now to get photos off the road. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 100 mm, 1/250 at f/8, Manual Mode, ²⁄₃ EV, Auto ISO 140, Handheld.

Mount Moran

Mount Moran: The sign at the Oxbow Bend pullout is now completely covered with snow. This is a partial view of Mount Moran and the row of Aspen trees at Oxbow Bend. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 95 mm, 1/1000 at f/8, Manual Mode, ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 125, Handheld.

While in the “North Country”, I was watching for Bison, Coyotes, and Foxes. There were lots of Bison tracks near Triangle X, but the Bison were out of sight. There were Fox tracks at Snake River Overlook and scattered in other areas, but no Foxes today. Some people saw a Cross Fox along the Gros Ventre Road a couple of days ago. Others report long distant views of Wolves on the National Elk Refuge.

Moose in Berries

Moose in Berries: A different view of a Moose! It was south of town as I was searching for Owls. I focused on the eyes on this one. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/320 at f/8, Manual Mode, ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 280, Handheld.

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February 16, 2021 – Tuesday

Bighorn Ram

Bighorn Ram: I worked mostly around the computer this morning but made a quick run to the National Elk Refuge. Soft sunlight broke through the clouds for a few minutes while I was there. Around 40 Bighorns were off the ridges and not too far from the road. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 420 mm, 1/1000 at f/8, Manual Mode, ²⁄₃ EV, Auto ISO 220, Handheld.

Bighorn Rams Sparring

Bighorn Rams Sparring: These two bashed heads one time, but they were on the back side of a ewe. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 420 mm, 1/1000 at f/8, Manual Mode, ²⁄₃ EV, Auto ISO 220, Handheld.

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February 15, 2021 – Monday – Presidents Day

Mountain Goat

Mountain Goat in the Snake River Canyon: I heard at least one Mountain Goat was “visible” in the Canyon, so I drove down this morning. Shooting Data: NIKON D850, Sigma Sport 60.0-600.0 mm f/4.5-6.3 at 600 mm, 1/400 at f/6.3, Manual Mode, 1 ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 110, Handheld.

Mountain Goat Slopes

Mountain Goat Slopes: If you were to drive down the Canyon looking for them, GOOD LUCK!!!!! The red box shows the zone captured in the photo above. This Billy was TINY on the distant slopes! Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport 24-70mm f/2.8G at 52 mm, 1/320 at f/8, Manual Mode, 1 ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 160, Handheld.

Canyon Cliffs

Canyon Cliffs: I checked all of the normal locations and didn’t see another Mountain Goat, nor even any tracks. The Star Valley region has much more snow than we do here in the Jackson Hole region. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 105 mm, 1/1000 at f/8, Manual Mode, 1 EV, Auto ISO 560, Handheld.

Thanks!!!!! You might notice a new “Donate to this Site” button in the Navigation Bar. It’s on either the right (on a computer) or near the bottom (on a phone or pad). Several Best of the Tetons readers have clicked the button to help me continue posting to this site by helping pay for a tank of gas or site maintenance. Interestingly, my server stopped my uploads after the site hit a 1.2 million file limit! I had to delete a few thousand files to keep posting, but will need to split the sites someday soon. The site has always been FREE to use.

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February 14, 2021 – Sunday – Valentines Day

Lucas Barn

Lucas Barn: I didn’t really expect to have much morning sunlight, but sometimes Mother Nature switches things up and gives us a surprise. Taken along Spring Gulch Road. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 60 mm, 1/200 at f/7.1, Manual Mode, 1 ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 180, Handheld.

Hillside Trees

Hillside Trees: Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 240 mm, 1/200 at f/9, Manual Mode, 1 ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 125, Handheld.

Box L Ranch with Morning Light

Box L Ranch with Morning Light: Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 175 mm, 1/200 at f/9, Manual Mode, 1 EV, Auto ISO 110, Handheld.

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher: While taking photos of the valley barns, I managed to catch an elusive Belted Kingfisher. They usually fly about the time you aim your camera. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/400 at f/8, Manual Mode, 1 ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 125, Handheld.

I mentioned yesterday that I received my first Pfizer Covid Vaccine. I had a bit of a sore arm today, but no other adverse conditions. The soreness, as of tonight, seems to be going away.

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl: Waking up from her all day beauty nap. Check out the shooting data on this one! Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/8th Second at f/6.3, Manual Mode, +²⁄₃ EV, Auto ISO 1400, Tripod.

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February 13, 2021 – Saturday

Young Moose

Young Moose: Feeding on small branches and twigs. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/400 at f/6.3, Manual Mode, ²⁄₃ EV, Auto ISO 560, Handheld.

Charley Brown Barn

Charley Brown Barn: I’ve always liked this simple little barn and the golden willows behind it. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 380 mm, 1/640 at f/8, Manual Mode, 1 EV, Auto ISO 180, Handheld.

Bighorn Rams

Bighorn Rams: Seen resting on a slope at Miller Butte on the National Elk Refuge. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/640 at f/6.3, Manual Mode, 1 ²⁄₃ EV, Auto ISO 220, Handheld.

Fish Creek Ranch

Fish Creek Ranch: Seen on Fall Creek Road south of Wilson. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 120 mm, 1/640 at f/8, Manual Mode, 1 EV, Auto ISO 140, Handheld.

Trumpeter Swans

Trumpeter Swans: Found along Flat Creek at the north edge of town. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 380 mm, 1/1600 at f/8, Manual Mode, ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 560, Handheld.

Swans

Trumpeter Swans: Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 240 mm, 1/1600 at f/9, Manual Mode, ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 400, Handheld.

I got my first Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine today and have my appointment for the second one in three weeks. 

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February 12, 2021 – Friday

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COVID-19 in Teton County, WY: February 12, 2021

Risk Level Moderate, 135 Active Cases (Wyoming Department of Health) :

There is a little good news! Teton County still has the most active cases of any county in the state, but the number has now dropped to under 140 and the Risk Level has been reduced from High to Moderate. Two counties now have zero active cases There are state, county, and city mask ordinances in place. The UK variant is in the area. I received my call from the Teton County Health Department letting me know I can get my first vaccine shot tomorrow afternoon.

Miller House

Miller House: A Bald Eagle and a bunch of Elk on the National Elk Refuge. Shooting Data: NIKON D850, Sigma Sport 60.0-600.0 mm f/4.5-6.3 at 60 mm, 1/200 at f/8, Manual Mode, 0 EV, Auto ISO 64, Handheld.

Immature Bald Eagle: This is the Eagle seen in the previous photo. Shooting Data: NIKON D850, Sigma Sport 60.0-600.0 mm f/4.5-6.3 at 600 mm, 1/200 at f/8, Manual Mode, 0 EV, Auto ISO 64, Handheld.

Mallard Duck

Mallard Duck: Seen along Flat Creek in town. Shooting Data: NIKON D850, Sigma Sport 60.0-600.0 mm f/4.5-6.3 at 500 mm, 1/200 at f/8, Manual Mode, 0 EV, Auto ISO 360, Handheld.

Raven

Raven: This is one of about eight Ravens feeding on Mountain Ash berries in a tree near the Rodeo grounds in town. Shooting Data: NIKON D850, Sigma Sport 60.0-600.0 mm f/4.5-6.3 at 500 mm, 1/250 at f/6.3, Manual Mode, ‒ ²⁄₃ EV, Auto ISO 64, Handheld.

October Bull Moose

October Bull Moose: I just uploaded this image to my Instagram page. My Instagram followers just hit 13,000 and growing! This bull was moving across the sage early on a cold October morning. Click the link or the photo to view my Instagram pages…and click to follow there, too!

When I am on my Photo Tours, I am often talking about early morning settings. Essentially, all of the settings are “starved”. Aperture is wide open. Shutter speed is lower than I would want and that is to try to keep the ISO from going too high. At 1/100th of a second, any camera shake is magnified, especially at 600mm, and any movement by the animal will likely show a little “action blur”. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/100 at f/6.3, Manual Mode, 1 EV, Auto ISO 3200, Handheld.

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February 11, 2021 – Thursday

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle: This one was seen along the Gros Ventre River. Shooting Data: NIKON D850, Sigma Sport 60.0-600.0 mm f/4.5-6.3 at 600 mm, 1/320 at f/7.1, Manual Mode, 1 EV, Auto ISO 140, Handheld.

Moose Cow

Moose Cow: This cow and her young bull calf have been grazing on twigs along the Gros Ventre River for much of the last month. She was close enough for a decent shot today. Shooting Data: NIKON D850, Sigma Sport 60.0-600.0 mm f/4.5-6.3 at 280 mm, 1/320 at f/7.1, Manual Mode, 1 EV, Auto ISO 180, Handheld.

Box L Barns

Box L Barns: I took this shot along Spring Gulch Road just as the first snow flakes started flying. That was around 3:00 pm. It’s snowing here in town now, too. Shooting Data: NIKON D850, Sigma Sport 60.0-600.0 mm f/4.5-6.3 at 98 mm, 1/200 at f/8, Manual Mode, 1 ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 140, Handheld.

Red Fox with Tags

Fed fox caught, euthanized at Colter Bay

Click the link above to read the story in the JH News & Guide. I took this shot on January 25, 2021. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 270 mm, 1/3200 at f/5.6, Manual Mode, ‒ ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 500, Handheld.

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February 10, 2021 – Wednesday

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl: Barely awake. Shooting Data: NIKON D850, Sigma Sport 60.0-600.0 mm f/4.5-6.3 at 450 mm, 1/1250 at f/8, Manual Mode, 1 ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 1800, Handheld.

The Tetons

The Tetons: Taken near Spread Creek. Shooting Data: NIKON D850, Sigma Sport 60.0-600.0 mm f/4.5-6.3 at 105 mm, 1/400 at f/8, Manual Mode, ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 72, Handheld.

Teton Range Pano

Teton Range Pano: Taken at the parking area at Elk Ranch Flats. It was very windy in preparation for a new winter front to take the valley tomorrow. This photo was stitched in Lightroom from four or five horizontal captures. Click the image to see it larger. Shooting Data: NIKON D850, Sigma Sport 60.0-600.0 mm f/4.5-6.3 at 120 mm, 1/400 at f/8, Manual Mode, ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 64, Handheld.

Elk Refuge

Elk Refuge: Lately, the Elk on the National Elk Refuge are getting fed sometime around mid-morning, the roam around looking for natural food on their own. These were feeding along the windblown slopes of Miller Butte in the late afternoon. Shooting Data: NIKON D850, Sigma Sport 60.0-600.0 mm f/4.5-6.3 at 420 mm, 1/500 at f/7.1, Manual Mode, ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 640, Handheld.

Elk Refuge

Elk Refuge: Shooting Data: NIKON D850, Sigma Sport 60.0-600.0 mm f/4.5-6.3 at 420 mm, 1/500 at f/7.1, Manual Mode, ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 320, Handheld.

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February 9, 2021 – Tuesday

Sleeping Indian

Sleeping Indian: The weather report called for “partly cloudy” skies. I got up early and headed north. The only color I saw was in the southeast as a few clouds lit up over Sleeping Indian. Things dulled quickly afterwards. Shooting Data: NIKON D850, Sigma Sport 60.0-600.0 mm f/4.5-6.3 at 75 mm, 1/60 at f/5, Aperture priority Mode, ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 320, Handheld.

Windy Point

Windy Point: I processed this one a little on the “moody” side. Wind was gusting on the tops of the peaks. Other than a single cow Moose and the Elk on the Refuge, I didn’t see a lot of wildlife on my short outing. Shooting Data: NIKON D850, Sigma Sport 60.0-600.0 mm f/4.5-6.3 at 130 mm, 1/200 at f/5, Aperture priority Mode, ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 320, Handheld.

Eagles and Ravens

Eagles and Ravens: Seen along the highway. Shooting Data: NIKON D850, Sigma Sport 60.0-600.0 mm f/4.5-6.3 at 600 mm, 1/1600 at f/8, Manual Mode, ²⁄₃ EV, Auto ISO 280, Tripod.

Eagles and Ravens

Eagles and Ravens: Seeing the subjects were fairly far away, I opted to use my Nikon D850 so I could crop the images a little more and maintain reasonable resolution. Shooting Data: NIKON D850, Sigma Sport 60.0-600.0 mm f/4.5-6.3 at 600 mm, 1/1600 at f/8, Manual Mode, ²⁄₃ EV, Auto ISO 250, Tripod.

Immature Bald Eagle

Immature Bald Eagle: Shooting Data: NIKON D850, Sigma Sport 60.0-600.0 mm f/4.5-6.3 at 600 mm, 1/1600 at f/8, Manual Mode, ²⁄₃ EV, Auto ISO 320, Tripod.

Late Monday Photos

Hoback Canyon

Hoback Canyon: I had posted quite a few photos yesterday, so I thought I’d save these for today. I decided to drive south of town on a reconnaissance mission looking for Bald Eagles. They should be pairing up and beginning to tidy up their nests. I ended up going up the Hoback Canyon late in the evening while the light was rich. In some years, you can see Bighorns in the area. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 75 mm, 1/800 at f/7.1, Manual Mode, 0 EV, Auto ISO 280, Handheld.

Hoback Canyon

Hoback Canyon: In the canyon, you might see rock outcroppings of gold, gray, and red rocks. Most of the river itself is frozen over. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 75 mm, 1/800 at f/7.1, Manual Mode, 0 EV, Auto ISO 160, Handheld.

Granite Canyon

Granite Canyon: I drove to the parking area at Granite Canyon as a band of light hit one of the middle ridges. If you are so inclined, you can take commercial snowmobile trips to Granite Hot Springs where you can soak in the thermal waters. Commercial Sled Dog tours also operate up the same road. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 160 mm, 1/800 at f/7.1, Manual Mode, 0 EV, Auto ISO 125, Handheld.

Snowbound Wagon

Snowbound Wagon: The evening light bathed the old wagon near Hoback Junction. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 60 mm, 1/800 at f/5.6, Manual Mode, ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 320, Handheld.

Wagon Wheel

Wagon Wheel: I processed the wagon shots in Black and White, and they looked good, but I still liked the colors for this group. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 110 mm, 1/800 at f/5.6, Manual Mode, ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 1600, Handheld.

Wagon Wheel

Wagon Wheel: Evening light makes everything look good! Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 110 mm, 1/800 at f/5.6, Manual Mode, ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 450, Handheld.

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February 8, 2021 – Monday

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl: This owl was tucked deep in a spruce tree. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/400 at f/6.3, Manual Mode, 1 EV, Auto ISO 32000, Handheld.

U Lazy U Barn

U Lazy U Barn: While looking for other Owls and Foxes, I stopped for a few barn shots in South Park. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 122 mm, 1/400 at f/5.6, Manual Mode, 1 EV, Auto ISO 720, Handheld.

Morning Ridge Line

Morning Ridge Line: I originally headed up Spring Gulch Road, but turned around when I saw the better light south of town. This was taken from South Park Loop Road. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 160 mm, 1/400 at f/5.6, Manual Mode, 1 EV, Auto ISO 250, Handheld.

Ridgeline Morning

Ridgeline Morning: Same shot, but with a “LUT” or Color Profile applied to it in Lightroom. There are a lot of creative color choices using Presets and Profiles. NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 160 mm, 1/400 at f/5.6, Manual Mode, 1 EV, Auto ISO 250, Handheld.

South Park Barb

South Park Barn: Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 300 mm, 1/500 at f/7.1, Manual Mode, ²⁄₃ EV, Auto ISO 400, Handheld.

Back Yard Birds

Spotted Towhee

Spotted Towhee: This has been an elusive bird for me this winter. They are ground feeders and typically stay in the dense edges of the willows. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/500 at f/7.1, Manual Mode, ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 2200, Tripod.

Steller's Jay

Steller’s Jay: Normally, Steller’s Jays are found in the conifer forests along the base of the mountains, but I’ve had a few hang around in town over the past few years. One was spotted making eagle and red-tailed hawk calls on the National Elk Refuge. I have to admit, they make me smile with their burst of color against the drab backdrop of winter. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/500 at f/7.1, Manual Mode, ²⁄₃ EV, Auto ISO 4500, Tripod.

Bluejay

Bluejay: With Covid-19 and the variants floating around, I have be quite content to spend more time in my back yard this year. Wyoming is still “red” on most Covid status maps and Teton County still has the most active cases in the state. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/500 at f/7.1, Manual Mode, ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 1800, Tripod.

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February 7, 2021 – Super Bowl Sunday!

I hadn’t planned on doing much today. I loaded the bird feeders and waited for a few subjects.

Steller's Jay

Steller’s Jay: I didn’t take too long and a Steller’s Jay, a couple of Bluejays, and a Clark’s Nutcracker came in for a free meal. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 480 mm, 1/400 at f/7.1, Manual Mode, 1 EV, Auto ISO 800, Handheld.

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee: These fast moving little birds are usually dependable visitors. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/400 at f/7.1, Manual Mode, 1 EV, Auto ISO 800, Tripod.

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Sharp-shinned Hawk: These smallish raptors make their living killing and eating smaller birds. They are quite adept at flight through thick brush. This one sat around for quite a while, with the Chickadees making distinctive warning chirps all around. It was in the dense brush, so getting a “clean” shot was impossible today. Other birds leave the area when he is around and the smaller birds are announcing his presence. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/400 at f/7.1, Manual Mode, 1 EV, Auto ISO 1100, Handheld.

Bald Eagles and Ravens

Bald Eagles and Ravens: Since my back yard turned “deserted”, I decided to make a quick run to the National Elk Refuge. Ravens and Eagles were cleaning off a carcass that was in the snow around 1000 yards out from the Refuge Road. I heard there were as many as six eagles, including this immature baldy. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/1250 at f/8, Manual Mode, 1 EV, Auto ISO 250, Handheld.

Bald Eagles and Ravens

Bald Eagles and Ravens: No telling if the carcass was the result of a wolf or coyote kill, or if it died of natural causes. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/1250 at f/8, Manual Mode, 1 EV, Auto ISO 250, Handheld.

Historic Miller House

Historic Miller House: Even though I take quite a few photos of the Miller House, I can never resist another shot if the light is right. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 320 mm, 1/1250 at f/8, Manual Mode, ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 200, Handheld.

Historic Miller House

Historic Miller House: When there are broken clouds, the lighting on a subject can change quickly. Notice the three Bald Eagles in the cottonwood on the left side. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 280 mm, 1/1250 at f/8, Manual Mode, ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 180, Handheld.

Snow Sculptures

Snow Sculptures: The wind was blowing hard almost all day yesterday and through the night. Mother Nature was a work sculpting the snow. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 270 mm, 1/1250 at f/8, Manual Mode, ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 180, Handheld.

Snow Sculptures

Snow Sculptures: Light reflects off the snow and highlights the texture of the snow and various ridges. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 145 mm, 1/1250 at f/8, Manual Mode, ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 250, Handheld.

Snow Sculptures

Snow Sculptures: Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 240 mm, 1/1250 at f/8, Manual Mode, ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 250, Handheld.

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February 6, 2021 – Saturday

Elk Refuge Feed Wagon

Elk Refuge Feed Wagon: The staff at the National Elk Refuge began feeding the elk last week. I took this shot from the road near the Miller House. Bighorns were not off the Butte while I was there. I saw a large canine on the ridge, but didn’t get to see it long enough to tell if it was a wolf or coyote. There have been more reports of wolves lately. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/640 at f/9, Manual Mode, 1 EV, Auto ISO 720, Handheld.

Trumpeter Swan

Trumpeter Swan: I waited and watched for almost an hour, hoping the pair of Swans would stretch their wings. Instead, they just kept feeding on the aquatic vegetation in Flat Creek. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/640 at f/7.1, Manual Mode, 1 EV, Auto ISO 1000, Handheld.

Mallard Duck

Mallard Duck: During the wait, I managed to capture a few duck shots. This Mallard marched directly in front of me. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 420 mm, 1/640 at f/7.1, Manual Mode, 1 EV, Auto ISO 2000, Handheld.

Barrow's Golden Eye

Barrow’s Golden Eye: To get a little color in the scene, I waited until it moved to a spot with reflected cattails. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/640 at f/7.1, Manual Mode, 1 EV, Auto ISO 2000, Handheld.

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February 5, 2021 – Friday

Vintage Big Red Bike

Vintage Big Red Bike: My old bike is progressively becoming buried in snow. I’ve been organizing and culling some of the third party Lightroom Presets I’ve accumulated over the past five or six years. A few CC updates ago, Adobe added a new feature that lets you preview the effects of a Lightroom Preset by just hovering over it in the list (without having to actually apply the preset). That makes trying out different effects very easy. And, of course, if you apply a preset, you can tweak any of the adjustments. Better yet, you can save the new version as a User Preset for future use. Lastly, you can add any preset to your Favorites.  This is a “Vintage Tintype” preset. I changed the vignette from white to dark. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 160 mm, 1/200 at f/6.3, Manual Mode, ²⁄₃ EV, Auto ISO 1000, Handheld.

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COVID-19 in Teton County, WY: February 5, 2021

Risk Level HIGH, 192 Active Cases (Wyoming Department of Health) :

Teton County has the most active cases of any county in the state, but the number has now dropped to under 200 and the Risk Level has been reduced from Critical to High . There are state, county, and city mask ordinances in place. The UK variant is in the area. I just registered with the County to receive my first Moderna vaccine, but it may still be two weeks out.

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Our Move to Wyoming: A Tongue-in-Cheek Diary

I originally post this in February two years ago. If you missed it, check it out! Good for a laugh, especially knowing I spent my first hour running the snow blower and replacing the windshield wiper blades.

Snow is in the forecast for the next few days. 

Bighorn Ram and Ewe

Bighorn Ram and Ewe: Apparently there is at least one Ewe still “in season”, as she had attracted nine rams. This larger ram stayed close to her to keep the youngsters at bay. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 420 mm, 1/640 at f/9, Manual Mode, ²⁄₃ EV, AUTO ISO 250, Handheld.

Fat Tire Biker

Fat Tire Biker: The biker thought I was “dedicated” to be out in the near whiteout conditions. I thought the same of him. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 500 mm, 1/640 at f/9, Manual Mode, ²⁄₃ EV, AUTO ISO 220, Handheld.

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February 4, 2021 – Thursday

Blacktail Butte

Blacktail Butte: I went back to Kelly this morning hoping to find the Bison herd, but they were missing. This was taken along the south end of Blacktail Butte. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 240 mm, 1/800 at f/8, Manual Mode, 0 EV, Auto ISO 180, Handheld.

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl: She barely opened her eyes, then closed them and kept sleeping. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 390 mm, 1/400 at f/8, Manual Mode, 1 ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 500, Handheld.

Bald Eagles

Bald Eagles: As I was walking back to the car, these two flew overhead. I aimed and shot using the settings from the Owl. NShooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 280 mm, 1/400 at f/8, Manual Mode, 1 ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 280, Handheld.

Icicles

Icicles: Seen on the South Park Loop Road. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 380 mm, 1/400 at f/8, Manual Mode, ²⁄₃ EV, Auto ISO 180, Handheld.

Icicles

Icicles: Shooting Data: NIKON D6, VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 270 mm, 1/400 at f/8, Manual Mode, ²⁄₃ EV, Auto ISO 160, Handheld.

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February 3, 2021 – Wednesday

South Park Barn

South Park Barn: We received another light snow overnight. I made a South Park loop and took a few barn photos. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport  VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 450 mm, 1/1000 at
f/8, Manual Mode, 1 EV, Auto ISO 1400, Handheld.

South Park Barn

South Park Barn: Shooting Data: NIKON D6, VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 420 mm, 1/400 at f/8, Manual Mode, 1 ²⁄₃ EV, ISO 640, Handheld.

South Park Barn

South Park Barn: Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport  VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 450 mm, 1/400 at f/8, Manual Mode, 1 ²⁄₃ EV, ISO 640, Handheld.

Bison Herd

Bison Herd: This group of around 75 Bison showed up near the Kelly Warm Springs this morning. They were fairly close to the road. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport  VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 60 mm, 1/400 at f/8, Manual Mode, ⅓ EV, ISO 100, Handheld.

Bison Bull and Cow

Bison Bull and Cow: Shooting Data: NIKON D6,Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/1250 at f/8, Manual Mode, 0 EV, ISO 400, Handheld.

Bison Bull and Cow

Bison Bull and Cow: Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 390 mm, 1/1250 at f/8, Manual Mode, ⅓ EV, Auto ISO 450, Handheld

Bison Cow

Bison Cow: Shooting Data: NIKON D6, Sigma Sport VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/400 at f/8, Manual Mode, ⅓ EV, ISO 140, Handheld.

Bison Cow

Bison Cow: I went back out this afternoon, but the entire herd had moved farther off the road. Shooting Data: NIKON D6, VR 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3E at 600 mm, 1/400 at f/8, Manual Mode, ⅓ EV, ISO 140, Handheld.

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February 2, 2021 – Tuesday – Groundhog Day

Bull Elk

Bull Elk: Seen near the Gros Ventre River…taken from the highway. Nikon D6 and Sigma Sport 60-600mm lens, Handheld.

Teton Peaks

Teton Peaks: Taken from the East Boundary Road. Nikon D6 and Sigma Sport 60-600mm lens, Handheld.

Teton Peaks

Teton Peaks: Nikon D6 and Sigma Sport 60-600mm lens, Handheld.

Shane Cabin

Shane Cabin: One of the few homesteads we can access easily in the winter. Nikon D6 and Sigma Sport 60-600mm lens, Handheld.

Young Buck

Young Buck: I would have preferred photographing a buck with a huge set of antlers, but I liked the light and shadows on this smaller one. Nikon D6 and Sigma Sport 60-600mm lens, Handheld.

Young Bighorn Ram

Young Bighorn Ram: Similarly, I would have preferred to photograph one of the largest rams on Miller Butte, but none were around when I was there. Possibly, if I went back in the afternoon, the entire herd would be down. Nikon D6 and Sigma Sport 60-600mm lens, Handheld.

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Early February Notes

I think of February as a “treasure hunt”! The little gems are there, but sometimes not as obvious as in some of the other months. Bull Moose have lost their antlers. Bears are hibernating. Elk are usually well off the main roads. It can be a good month for Foxes, Bighorns, and Bison, but they are not always dependable subjects. Instead, I think of February as a good month for winter landscapes. Then throw in the “surprises” that make each year different. Many of the local photographers I know treat an Ermine or wintering Badger as a prized subject, even if they are much smaller than the larger apex predators or large game animals. February is also a good “activities” month. For example, the Pedigree Stage Stop sled dog races are ongoing. There are cross country skiers and snow shoe hikers, along with winter fishermen. Carcasses attract hungry scavengers including Wolves, Coyotes, Foxes, Eagles, Magpies and Ravens. On any particular day, you might hit the jackpot!

January 2021 Daily Journal For GTNP & JH

Remember, this is just the FIRST entry in the February 2021 Daily Journal for GTNP & JH. I’ll continue to add photos throughout all of February, so check back often. Also, much of February will resemble the last couple of weeks of January. Click the link above to visit the January page.

February 1, 2021 – Monday

Northern Color

Northern Color: Get up early to catch the best light! I was driving north and spotted the pinks and purples way up north. I took this shot from the Dornan’s parking area. Nikon D6 and Sigma Sport 60-600mm lens, Handheld.

Moon Over Snake River Overlook

Moon Over Snake River Overlook: Normally, I wouldn’t try to include the moon when it is so far above the Teton Range, but the clouds made this one work.  I took this shot from the entry to the Snake River Overlook. Nikon D6 and Sigma Sport 60-600mm lens, Handheld.

SRO Pano

Snake River Overlook Pano: The color of the morning light changed some between the last shot and this one taken at the rock wall. Click this image to see it larger. Nikon D850 and Nikon 24-70mm lens, Handheld.

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COVID-19 in Teton County, WY: February 1, 2021

Risk Factor CRITICAL, 246 Active Cases (Wyoming Department of Health) :

Teton County has the most active cases of any county in the state. There are state, county, and city mask ordinances in place. The UK variant is in the area. I just registered with the County to receive my first Moderna vaccine, but it may still be two weeks out.

Mt. Moran

Mt. Moran Pano: Like no place on earth! Winter offers many opportunities for photography. This was taken across the “upper parking area”. Nikon D6 and Sigma Sport 60-600mm lens, Handheld.

Oxbow Bend

Oxbow Bend: Fresh snow, a few clouds, and long shadows add to the Winter Wonderland scenes up north. This shot was taken from the traditional overlook. There were four River Otters in the “bend” yesterday, but I didn’t see them today. Nikon D6 and Sigma Sport 60-600mm lens, Handheld.

Mt. Moran and Ice Fisherman

Mt. Moran and Ice Fisherman: I prefer a fly rod and moving water, but many ice fishermen flock to Jackson Lake in the Winter. Taken at Colter Bay. Nikon D6 and Sigma Sport 60-600mm lens, Handheld.

Willow Flats

Willow Flats: Taken at the Willow Flats Overlook parking area. Nikon D6 and Sigma Sport 60-600mm lens, Handheld.

Shadows

Shadows: Abstracts like this are abundant if you take the time to look for them. I focused half way into the scene with a wide aperture. Nikon D6 and Sigma Sport 60-600mm lens, Handheld.

Bokeh

Bokeh: This is a four foot tall tree almost covered with snow near Willow Flats. I liked the shadow and bokeh sparkles in the snow. Nikon D6 and Sigma Sport 60-600mm lens, Handheld.

Barrow's Golden Eyes

Barrow’s Golden Eyes: Notice the crescent shaped patch of white on the head of the male. It distinguishes the Barrow’s Golden Eyes from Common Golden Eyes. Nikon D6 and Sigma Sport 60-600mm lens, Handheld.

Common Golden Eye

Common Golden Eye: Notice the thumbprint sized white patch on this one. The Golden Eyes and Swans were along Flat Creek. Some people have been seeing River Otters there, too. Nikon D6 and Sigma Sport 60-600mm lens, Handheld.

Trumpeter Swans

Trumpeter Swans: On very cold days, Swans often hunker down during the morning hours. It was -4°F in town this morning, with thick fog creating the hoar frost seen on the ice. Nikon D6 and Sigma Sport 60-600mm lens, Handheld.

Sleeping Swan

Sleeping Swan: A behavioral shot. As the day warms, watch for them to become more active and stretch their wings. Nikon D6 and Sigma Sport 60-600mm lens, Handheld.

A Pair of Ravens

A Pair of Ravens: These two were cuddled together on a rail at the National Elk Refuge. Nikon D6 and Sigma Sport 60-600mm lens, Handheld.

Bighorns

Bighorns: Other than taking a Sleigh Ride into the Elk Herd on the National Elk Refuge, Bighorns are usually the most dependable large animal during the Winter months. On some mornings, you’ll find them on, or near the roads. These two were resting on a ridge. As I write this post, I hear there are quite a few down. If Wolves are in the area, they’ll stay high on the ridges. Nikon D6 and Sigma Sport 60-600mm lens, Handheld.

Bison Bull

Bison Bull: Other than this photo, ALL of the other photos in today’s February 1st entry were taken this morning.I found several Bison bulls relatively close to the road this morning, but there was no legal or safe place to park on the highway. I would have taken a half mile walk back to the spot, and I needed to head on home. This shot was taken yesterday, January 31st. Nikon D6 and Sigma Sport 60-600mm lens, Handheld.

February can also be good for Mountain Goats, Foxes, Sage Grouse, and Great Gray and Great Horned Owls. Each year is different, but each year seems to give us at least one “surprise” subject like last year’s Mountain Lion.

January 2021 Daily Journal For GTNP & JH

Remember, this is just the FIRST entry in the February 2021 Daily Journal for GTNP & JH. I’ll continue to add photos throughout all of February, so check back often. Also, much of February will resemble the last couple of weeks of January. Click the link above to visit the January page.

Winter Road Map

Winter Roads in JH and GTNP: Each year, I list off all of the road closures. Instead of that list this year, I created this map showing the roads that ARE open. The red dots indicate places where we are required to turn around. Click the map to see it much larger.COVID-19 Notes: We’ll be hanging a new calendar now, but unfortunately the Code-19 Pandemic will not be going away any time soon.

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I renewed all of my permits and am accepting photo tours for 2021…with modifications!

Normally, I drive my tour clients around in my vehicle. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve opted to offer tours by letting clients follow me in their vehicles. This allows for ample social distancing. I purchased several pairs of walkie-talkies to allow me to communicate while driving. Instead of eating inside one of the restaurants, I Creekside Market will make sandwiches to order for the day’s trip. Masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes will be provided. If you have questions, please ask!

The goal is to keep both of us safe, yet cover most of the same areas of the park.

Photo tours help me pay bills and continue to add content to this site. Keep me in mind if you are going to be in the valley! My tours are licensed by the National Park Service and National Elk Refuge.

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I offer year round photo tours in Grand Teton National Park and Winter tours in the National Elk Refuge.  Book now! Click the image for additional information.

Client Comments: “As a published and passionate photographer, I recognized Michael Jackson’s extraordinary skills as a photographer. Today I learned more about composition and creative technical ideas than I ever could have imagined.” G.S., Jackson Hole.

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