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Best Photos from 2022

The sun rising above the Gros Ventre Mountains and the southern end of Jackson Hole covered in fog. Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming

This year was far more productive than in years past thanks to plentiful opportunities that I began to take advantage of in the spring. While the year began at a relatively slow start, I completely embraced moving back to Kelly, Wyoming after living in Victor, Idaho, making the most of every opportunity.… Keep reading...

The Cattle in the Desert Paradox

A cow completely out of place grazing in the arid deserts. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

I’m standing at the base of Jackson Lake Dam, my position normally below about 20-30 feet of water, or in this case, ice. Severe drought has gripped Jackson Hole and the western United States, evidenced by the lake, now restored to its pre-dam levels, as well as the scarcity in snowfall this season.… Keep reading...

Help Save Ripsey Wash

Arizona Trail in Desert MountainsToxic waste is about to bury a desert wilderness, dumped directly onto the current route of the Arizona Trail. The Ripsey Wash area, unchanged and uninterrupted from its primal natural state, is unmarked on most maps. It’s quiet, remote, undisturbed, and a beautifully hostile desert land. There are few, if any other humans, save for the occasional Arizona Trail thru-hiker in spring or fall.… Keep reading...

Best Photos from 2017

January

Moose and Calf in Blizzard

January was cold. We were in the heart of a historically cold and precipitous winter. The sun by this point had become a legend, forgotten behind the clouds that never seemed to lift from the valley, constantly dropping more and more snow as they had done since late November. Despite the Vitamin D deficiency the area was experiencing, along with the psychological aspects of not seeing direct sunlight for three months, I still made attempts to get out and shoot the remarkably unique landscapes.… Keep reading...

Total Solar Eclipse over Jackson Hole

Eclipse Phases from Full to Totality

For one long weekend, the crowded behemoth, but magical, Yellowstone National Park was overshadowed by its next door neighbor to the south, Grand Teton National Park. The metaphorical shadow often refers to the crowds, for which Yellowstone almost always dominates. Grand Teton National Park though, actually had a literal shadow cast over it: the shadow of the moon.… Keep reading...

The Historic Spring 2017 Runoff

Bench in Flooded String Lake

This past winter was a record-setter. Snow poured in more consistent and heavier amounts than usual. Kids had snow days for the first time in decades. Avalanches occurred north of Jackson along Highway 89 for the first time in anyone’s memory. Much more was detailed in a previous blog post. And so, eventually, all that snow had to melt.… Keep reading...