About MeI live in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where I explore the deeper reaches of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem while also trying to raise awareness about light pollution and the importance of dark skies through photography and video.
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Pat seemed nice enough, but there was no way I was going to eat insects, nor was I interested in his reasons to do so. I assumed his TEDxJacksonHole talk was just going to be the cliche of trying something new.
Preparing for my own TEDxJacksonHole talk, I met Pat for the second time at the dress rehearsal. I’m willing to give anyone a chance, so I listened to his rehearsal with skeptical ears. It turns out that his talk wasn’t just about eating insects and trying something new (at least new to the U.S., the rest of the world eats insects all the time). The talk went into great detail about why the Colorado River doesn’t flow to the Sea of Cortez anymore, an angle I wasn’t expecting. He made compelling arguments about our habitual consumption and why our freshwater is in grave danger if we don’t start making changes in what we eat, namely, insects.
This past weekend, my girlfriend and I made a quick trip up to Cody, Wyoming for their annual Cody Ice Climbing Festival. Despite the warm temperatures, the festival went on and there was still plenty of climbing (both ice and rock, it turns out) to be had.
Being new to the sport, I did a beginner’s clinic, all of which took place in the South Fork of the Shoshone River Canyon. Our approach to the falls being quite a bit steeper and more rugged than I was expecting. A few spots had me a little nervous, but our guide seemed to know exactly where he was going so I continued on with everyone else to our destination, a route named Wake and Bake.
Though warm, the waterfall was still well suited for a beginner. It had one or two short, but completely vertical segments, with the rest of it being slightly inclined, ideal for beginners.
You may remember me saying that I would conduct a crowd-sourcing campaign to fund the feature-length documentary on light pollution that I’m currently working on. I’m putting this on hold until early this summer when I’ll have the time to give it the proper attention. But more so, I didn’t want to be traveling off the grid in the middle of when I was to be editing and updating donors on progress. Why would I be off the grid? My girlfriend and I are currently making our final preparations to go hike The Arizona Trail!
Initially, we were looking into the Hayduke Trail, but this turned out to be much more ambitious than we’re prepared for at this time, so we substituted that trail with the Arizona Trail, something we feel much more confident in completing safely.
Since this is my first long-distance thru-hike, I’ve been learning a number of things.
While Comet Lovejoy, C/2014 Q2 has already peaked in brightness, Jackson Hole has only just gotten one of the only clear nights of the season so far. I took this opportunity to capture the comet before it leaves our skies.
With the comet higher in the sky, I couldn’t help but notice its position relative to the constellation Orion and how he appeared to be firing the comet out into the night sky from his bow. Of course it’s more accepted that rather than a bow, he’s actually holding a shield, but given the circumstances I prefer to think of the comet as a fiery arrow he just show from his bow. I expanded the view on my camera and began capturing this scene.
Orion is one of the most well-known constellations in the North American night sky, and for good reason.
If you’re in the Jackson Hole area, be sure to pick up the current weekly edition of the Jackson Hole News & Guide! In the weekly section, Close-Up, I’m currently featured for my efforts in getting Jackson, Wyoming and surrounding areas to be dark-sky compliant. I’m very honored to be featured so prominently about my work that coincides so directly with what I love.
The article goes into a lot of depth about my past and how I got to where I am now, and also brings up the issues I’m working to raise, such as the marketing potential that Jackson is letting slip by, particularly with the upcoming 2017 Total Solar Eclipse and many other nighttime activities.
For those that don’t know, over the past year I’ve been working with Wyoming Stargazing and the Teton Photography Group to bring more awareness to the Jackson Hole region about the dangers and inefficiency of light pollution.