New Mexico Sunsets

January 26, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
As I'm spending the winter months along the Rio Grande river in New Mexico photographing the tens of thousands of sandhill cranes and snow geese that spend winter here, I keep getting awed by the beautiful sunsets. The Rio Grande river in central New Mexico is home to several great spots to go see the local wildlife and migrating birds that spend...
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Wildlife Short Video: Big Bull Moose in the Water

January 25, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
A peaceful scene in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park. Having tracked these bull moose in the previous days, I setup next to the water hole that they visited around sunset the previous nights. After sitting and waiting (and hoping) while they were bedded down most of the afternoon, they got up just before the sun dipped behind the Tetons and ma...
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Black Bears in the Mist

January 24, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
When I saw this black bear appear in the mists of an Alaskan rain forest, I immediately came up with the title: Black Bear in the Mist. Based on Diane Fossey's book " Gorilla's in the Mist "; which was published in 1983; she lived among the gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda for 17 years to document their lives and protest the poaching of gorillas for...
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Raven and Nictitating Membrane

January 21, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
When you spend much time outdoors, certain 'common' animals tend to blend into the background. Few pictures are made of these regulars as you search for the more elusive animals. If you're a raven; who live across the entire continental United States and are very regularly seen and heard across the country with few exceptions; it doesn't help that...
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Black Bear Cubs in Yellowstone National Park

January 16, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
Certain areas in Yellowstone National Park are hot spots to see black bears. Spring (May-June) is an especially great time to find yourself there. As I spent a few weeks there in June, I got to photograph multiple black bear moms with new cubs of the year. Climbing trees is one their favorite pastimes, and at the same time, great exercise for wh...
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Fishing Grizzly Bear

January 13, 2023  •  2 Comments
Young grizzlies who were just "kicked out" by mom sometimes like to test their boundaries. This was the case with this grizzly bear. Most of the time he focused all his energy and attention on catching spawning salmon in a creek in Hyder, Alaska. Hours on end he was running up and down the creek, catching fish after fish. But sometimes, he deci...
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Moody Eagle

January 11, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
Whenever the weather is bad, it's more fun to stay warm and dry at home. That being said, it is also a great time to go out for wildlife photography. Most often, the hard shadows and bright light of a blue sky day are not the greatest for dramatic wildlife images. Here's some of my favorite images of eagles I found in the rain forest of Southeas...
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Grizzly Bear Catches Salmon

January 11, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
Up close and personal with a big grizzly bear catching a huge chum salmon for dinner. This image was featured in the recently published article on Fishing Bears in Alaska (find it here). Print is available here on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/VangoPhotos Are you interested in learning wildlife photography? Check out my book available on Am...
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Wyoming Outdoor Council Photo Contest

January 10, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
Excited to learn that two of my images won in the annual Wyoming Outdoor Council Photo Contest. Here are the two winners: Fox in a snowstorm Pronghorn, with the afterbirth visible, cleans up her newborn baby Learn wildlife photography and what gear and camera settings work best: my book is available on Amazon Sign up to receive my w...
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Tamron / National Parks Photo Contest

January 10, 2023  •  1 Comment
My image of the smiling bull moose won honorable mention in the 12th Annual National Park Photo Contest presented by Tamron in the Wildlife Category. Learn wildlife photography and what gear works best: my book is available on Amazon Sign up to receive my wildlife stories and images directly in your Mailbox And, you'll also receive a 1...
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"Predators" Photo Contest

January 10, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
I just received word that my images made it into the Top 5 of the " Predators " international photo contest. Here are the images that were selected by the judges: Sign up to receive my wildlife stories and images directly in your Mailbox And, you'll also receive a 10% Fine Art Print coupon + a copy of my free E-book with top tips to impro...
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Where Can You See Bears Fishing For Salmon?

January 07, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
There are several places in the United States and Canada where you can go to photograph brown bears fishing for salmon. As accessibility varies greatly, prices to go there vary enormously! Some far-away locations require a floatplane ride while others require nothing more than a drive in your car. Hyder, Alaska is the latter: located the closest...
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2023: My Year in Review as Wildlife Photographer

January 02, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
With the start of a new year comes the time to look back on 2022. This was the fourth year of my full-time venture as a wildlife photographer, trying to make a living of this. I hope you enjoyed watching some of my new images this year and reading some of my articles that were published this year, and I hope you'll follow me into 2023! The year g...
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The Amazing Story of 27-Year Old Grizzly Bear 399

December 20, 2022  •  14 Comments
The Amazing Story of Grizzly #399 When a grizzly bear appears in Wyoming's Grand Teton or Yellowstone National Park, traffic comes to a grinding halt. Hundreds of cars get stuck in a traffic jam that can go on for miles - adequately called a bear jam - and everyone's heart rate goes up in the hopes of spotting this legendary predator. Seeing a wil...
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Where Can I Photograph Wild Cats?

December 17, 2022  •  2 Comments
Wild cats are arguably the most difficult of animals to photograph anywhere in the wild: think a mountain lion (cougar), bobcat, jaguar or leopard. Can you believe that in my 4.5 years of a full-time wildlife photography career so far, I have never - ever - seen a wild mountain lion? Those stats make it rather hard to get a decent image of one. Un...
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