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Trumpeter Swans taking flight

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Trumpeter Swans taking flight.
 
As we drove out of Jackson Monday headed back to Moose, we saw a large gathering of Swans along the road. Fortunately they were where a pullout was located and we were able to stop and photograph them. As we photographed a few pairs and singles, we heard a ruckus coming from down river. I looked up and saw 2 Swans taking flight. Still low to the water, they flew by. I raised my camera and lens, zooming out as I panned with them, and was able to get probably 10 frames as they flew by me. Several were sharp, but this one had good separation between them and was my favorite image of the encounter.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-850, @420mm, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster
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The Miller House

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The Miller House.
 
While we were in town walking around one day, Evelyn noticed several images of this really beautiful scene with a 2 story log cabin in the foreground and the Tetons creating the backdrop. She said we need to find that place! Well, that day when we made a visit to the National Elk Refuge, we found it. It is the Miller House and a very brief history of the house is an early homesteader, Robert Miller, bought the property, went east to get married, then returned west with his bride. They began building the house and eventually sold their entire property to the Federal Government for the creation of the National Elk Refuge.
 
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Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2018 by lilybug1960

Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep.
 
Our group had a busy day today and had incredible opportunities for lots of wildlife. I’ll post more as the week goes on, but for now a little rest before our last session. This was a Bighorn Ram we photographed on the backside of the National Elk Refuge this afternoon.
 
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That Circle

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2017 by lilybug1960

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That Circle.
 
I am referring to the circle of life of course. Winter in the Tetons, as well as many other areas, can be harsh and deadly. The strongest survive the winter until spring. While we were visiting the National Elk Refuge, we saw several carcasses in the snow. Often, as our guide told us, it is one of the big older bulls that came into the Refuge after a challenging rut and just never was able to build up the energy to fight off the cold temps. He pointed one carcass out that looked like the big bull simply laid down to sleep and never got back up. I am always saddened to see such a beautiful animal pass but it is what keeps all the predators and scavengers alive through the tough winter. First your larger predators feed, the wolves, then coyotes, and foxes. After that Eagles, Ravens and other scavengers pick at the remains. Lastly you will have rodents that will eat the bones and any fat that is still around. The death is sad, but it is necessary for the continuance of the other animals in the environment. This Bald Eagle is simply scanning the field below for parts of a recent carcass wolves and coyotes have started spreading out.
 
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“The Beast”

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 18, 2017 by lilybug1960

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“The Beast”
 
Last Thursday, when the roads reopened and we were no longer confined to the beautiful ranch, those of us that were still in Jackson Hole, went to the National Elk Refuge for a sleigh ride. We loaded up onto a sleigh with our guide Jason and our 5,000 pounds of horse power named Sam and Elliot. As we rode out we all spotted the largest Elk I have ever personally seen. We all agreed that the name Beast was fitting. It was a great opportunity to simply see this magnificent animal much less photograph him. There were about 6,500 Elk at the Refuge, there were many huge Elk, but clearly he was the biggest. Capturing an image of him in front of the Tetons was really neat for us. Of course a top strap breaking on Elliot’s harness and having to be rescued by “Cowboy AAA” is a story for another day…
 
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