THE MILKY WAY OVER THE HENRYS’S FORK RIVER | IDAHO Starscape
I spent a great, and freezing cold, night taking images of the night sky over the river.
When your gazing at the stars for hours upon hours, you can’t help but to wonder about many things, but I certainly know with out a doubt, the universe is undeniably mind-blowing.
“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” ― Carl Sagan
A portrait of “Ozzie” before he was taken to the Teton Raptor Center for wing and shoulder rehabilitation. I think this shows his personality well: a brave courageous bird with a will to live.
I’m happy he is flying once again back home in the Box Canyon of the Henry’s Fork River, Yellowstone country.
BIRDS OF THE HENRY’S FORK RIVER | IDAHO Franklin’s Gull, Idaho
I was in the field creating fly fishing images during a prolific hatch. The fish and the birds were feeding heavily on the new emergence of mayflies. I had a great time photographing these masked birds. It gave me a new found appreciation for how agile and quick these birds are. Their eye sight in unbelievable, being able to fly at high speed while picking off tiny insects has to take some serious skills. It was a great day in the Yellowstone Caldera office.
GROUSE, GIRL AND MACRO | YELLOWSTONE COUNTRY JoJo The Grouse
My young friend Ella took me to meet her unusual pal in her remote morel mushroom area today. Each time Ella picks shrooms with her family she calls out to her grouse friend named “JoJo”, who comes running to greet her. The bird stays close to Ella’s heels and is curious to her every move. For hours this continues. The bird was also curious to the camera and came in for a closer inspection. I was able to use a macro lens while photographing “JoJo”, what a great experience. Another interesting thing is, the grouse attacked our shoes when we were leaving. Tugging at the shoelaces in a frantic effort to keep us there. Often times JoJo flies after the truck in a last ditch effort to get Ella to stay. Nature is amazing… what a great day!
BACKLIT MOSSY TREE | OLYMPIC PENINSULA Pacific Northwest rainforest travels
“It was strangely like war. They attacked the forest as if it were an enemy to be pushed back from the beachheads, driven into the hills, broken into patches, and wiped out. Many operators thought they were not only making lumber but liberating the land from the trees…” – Murray Morgan | The Last Wilderness
“FAIRY SLIPPER” THE CALYPSO ORCHID | YELLOWSTONE COUNTRY Yellowstone Caldera
At a whopping 15cm tall these pretty little mountain orchids can be tough to find. I’ve stumbled on them randomly only a few times during my travels. Each instance I can’t help but to feel very fortunate for the opportunity. These tiny orchids have stunning details and a mind-boggling array of vibrant colors, if you take the time to look. There are lots of fun facts surround these delicate Orchids. A few of the highlights are nature’s natural medicinal use. The Thompson Indians of British Columbia used the Orchid as a treatment for mild epilepsy. The bulb would be chewed, or the flowers sucked upon to help reduce seizures. The tiny bulbs are also used as a food source.
A few weeks left to stumble on these cool little flowers around here, who knows, maybe I’ll be lucky enough to find another.