ROCKY THE YUCATAN RACCOON

MAMMALS OF THE SIAN KA’AN BIOSPHERE
Rocky the Yucatan Raccoon

This little guy was left abandoned and the locals took him in. He was a shy little guy, but he came around and loosened up a bit.

+ Casa Blanca & Playa Blanca Fishing Lodges: http://casablancafishing.com/

Yucatan_Raccoon_Bryan Gregson_Casa Blanca Fishing


 

OSPREY PORTRAIT | MACRO LENS

OZZIE THE BOX CANYON OSPREY
Idaho Osprey Rescue

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.

+ Teton Raptor Center: http://www.tetonraptorcenter.org/
+TroutHunter Lodge: http://www.trouthunt.com/

Ozzie_osprey_Henrys Fork_Idaho_TroutHunter_Bryan Gregson


 

BUG EATING FRANKLIN’S GULL

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.

Franklins gull_Henrys Fork_idaho_bryan Gregson


 

TEMPERATE RAINFOREST SHOREBIRDS

TEMPERATE RAINFOREST SHOREBIRDS
Tongass National Forest, Wrangell Alaska

Image was captured on location in the temperate rainforest of Southeast Alaska. I was producing a commercial motion + stills advertisement campaign for Hatch Outdoors.
+Chrome Chasers: http://chromechasers.com/
+ Hatch Outdoors: http://www.hatchoutdoors.com/

Shorebirds_South East Alaska_Bryan Gregson_hatch Outdoors


 

JOJO THE GROUSE

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!

+ TroutHunter Lodge:  http://www.trouthunt.com/

JoJo_Grouse_macro_Bryan Gregson


 

PACIFIC NORTHWEST RAINFOREST

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

      + Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures: http://www.yellowdogflyfishing.com/

Mossy Tree,_Olympic Peninsula_Washington_Bryan Gregson


 

PINK BOAT RAINBOW

RAINBOW OVER THE HENRY’S FORK | THE PINK BOAT
Breast Cancer Awareness

Tom and Chris fishing for sipping trout in the backwaters under a vibrant Henry’s Fork rainbow. Gotta love Yellowstone country!

+ Rowing for a Cure “Pink Boat”: http://www.rowforthecure.com/
+ Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures: http://www.yellowdogflyfishing.com/

Tom and Chris_Pink Boat_Bryan Gregson_Idaho_Henrys Fork


 

LAWSON DROPS FOR A CURE

SHAUN LAWSON | PINK BOAT DIVERSION DAM DROP
Rowing for a Cure

I had great weekend fishing with the Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures team: crawdad boil, big bugs and fat fish. Here Shaun Lawson drops in over the diversion dam in the pink boat.

+ Learn more about the “Pink Boat” and Rowing for a Cure Pink Boat: http://www.rowforthecure.com/
      + Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures: http://www.yellowdogflyfishing.com/

Shaun Lawson_Pink Boat_Bryan Gregson_Idaho_Henrys Fork


 

YELLOWSTONE COUNTRY “FAIRY SLIPPER”

“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.

Location: Yellowstone Caldera, Idaho

Fairy Slipper_Calypso Orchid_Bryan Gregson_Idaho


 

ELEPHANT HEADS IN MONTANA

ELEPHANT HEAD PLANT | MONTANA BACKCOUNTRY
Rocky Mountain Flowers

I’ve seen these colorful pink and magenta plants my entire life, but I kinda like this image in black-n-white. For no other reason than I needed to kill 5 minutes between downloading hard drives, I decided to study up a bit about this peculiar plant. I proceeded to “Google it”. Besides the usual techy data stuff, where they are found, what type of temps, how much water, and a lot of scientific wording I can’t actually pronounce or remember, I found out some really fascinating information.

Natures Medicine:
It is widely known that the Cheyenne made it into a tea to break up a cough. It’s also a mild tranquilizer, muscle relaxant, aphrodisiac, and sedative. It’s used for muscle, back and joint pain, along with sprains, nighttime cramps and insomnia. You can also apply it to fevers, use it as a general sedative, against anxiety, and some herbalists give it to hyperactive children.

Magic:
Remarkably, upon further research I discovered the Elephant Head is also used magically for preparing for astral travel or clairvoyant states. So if any of you are planning on attempting astral travel anytime soon or maybe you need to practice up on using your third-eye, it sounds promising, might want to give it a try.

To this today I can’t walk past them without stopping for a moment to appreciate these animal designed flowers. When I’m viewing them through my macro lens I also tend to wonder, with a smile, what the hell nature was thinking… how bizarre, how grand.

Elephant Head Plant_Bryan Gregson