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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...

What Makes the Teton Mountains so Steep?

Teton Mountains Rising Out of Jackson Hole
The Teton Mountains rising abruptly out of the valley of Jackson Hole below Crystal Butte. Gros Ventre Wilderness, Wyoming

The Teton Mountains are a striking mountain range whose eastern face is world-renowned for its stark beauty, shooting unusually steep out of the flat valley floor of Jackson Hole. Crowned by the Grand Teton at 13,770 feet above sea level, the peak rises over 7,000 feet above the smooth landscape that makes up much of the valley below.… 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...

The Consequence of Not Knowing Fear

Grizzly Bear Cub Hiding

I was recently hiking on some unmaintained trails in Grand Teton National Park hoping for some wildlife encounters since there were plenty of ripe berry bushes at this particular location. Given the opportunities, I was specifically hoping for some bear and elk, knowing both were in the area.

I had been hiking for roughly a mile, but hadn’t seen any wildlife yet, and found myself exploring a new trail I hadn’t been down before.… Keep reading...