Jorn Vangoidtsenhoven Wildlife and Nature Photography: Blog https://www.vangophotos.com/blog en-us VangoPhotos (Jorn Vangoidtsenhoven Wildlife and Nature Photography) Mon, 27 May 2024 18:08:00 GMT Mon, 27 May 2024 18:08:00 GMT https://www.vangophotos.com/img/s/v-12/u638482039-o847433884-50.jpg Jorn Vangoidtsenhoven Wildlife and Nature Photography: Blog https://www.vangophotos.com/blog 80 120 COY https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2024/5/coy Time for some cute COY, aka. Cubs Of the Year.

The only grizzly sow in the Tetons who has COY so for is Felicia, up on Togwotee pass in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

Much of the grizzly bear action so far this spring is happening in Yellowstone.

It's hard to beat springtime for cute baby animals!

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Sunset Bison https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2024/5/sunset-bison I photographed this bison just before the sun dipped below the mountains, highlighting the silhouette and the brown-headed cowbirds that sat on its back.  Spring is finally arriving in full force in the mountains!

These cowbirds follow the bison herd around and eat the insects that are attracted the bison.

Interestingly enough, since the bison herd is typically on the move, these cowbirds have no time to build a nest and stay in one spot.  What do they do?

They simply lay their eggs in other bird nests and rely on them to raise their babies!  This is known as "brood parasite."

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Baby Beaver https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2024/5/baby-beaver 'T is the time for baby animals!

This cute beaver explored the world outside of the lodge.


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Snow Goose Take Off https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2024/5/snow-goose-take-off This past winter was the first time I got to play around with Nikon's "pre release capture" feature on the Z8 and Z9. I have to say it works amazingly well.

What does it do?

Let's say you want to take a picture of a bird taking off, or a critter lifting its head up, or some other action that typically happens in the fraction of a second.  In the past, this meant keeping your finger on the shutter release button and directing all your attention to the critter.  When you think something was going to happen, you'd press down on the button and start taking pictures at high frame rate.  What you ended up with were hundreds or thousands of images of nothing happening, or more often than not, missing the defining moment because you weren't paying attention ...

No more! The Pre Release Capture on the Nikon Z8 and Z9 cameras allow you to press down the shutter button halfway, and after the action happens, like the bird taking off, pressing down the shutter release all the way.  This makes the camera magically go back in time and save all the images of the bird take off to your memory card!

Here's a Snow Goose that had been sitting in the water for a looong time, while I was waiting for take off pictures.  I used the pre capture on my Z8 and, after the bird finally took off, pressed down on the shutter and got the entire take off sequence.

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River Otters https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2024/4/river-otters
 

River otters are, of course, most at home in the water.

Their streamlined body and agility allows them to catch fish like native Cutthroat Trout in the Tetons and Yellowstone.

But did you know they move swiftly on land too?

Otters have been clocked in at 15 mph while running!  That's not fast enough to outrun their main land predators like coyotes or bobcats, so they're typically found in or near the water.

Here's a group of otters moving from the Snake river into a nearby pond.




In the Snake river, they are relatively safe from predators

 



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399 and Spirit are Awake! https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2024/4/399-and-spirit-are-awake Last night, April 21, grizzly 399 and her yearling cub Spirit put in a very brief appearance in her usual area in Grand Teton National Park!

They are both officially awake from hibernation.  Great to see that both made it through the winter, especially 399 at her old age of 28 now.

Today, I was in the park all day looking for her, but no one saw her.  Fingers crossed she'll be visible in the upcoming days and weeks for pictures.

All I got so far is pictures of 399 and Spirit footprints in the snow.

Wyoming newspaper Cowboy State Daily reported on 399 this morning and used my images and comments: read the article by clicking here.

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New PetaPixel Article https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2024/4/new-petapixel-article PetaPixel published my new article: Bird Photography in New Mexico's Rio Grande Valley.

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The King https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2024/4/the-king Meet the (former) King of Jackson Hole.

This bull moose, named Shoshone by photographers for easy identification, was the biggest bull around in Grand Teton National Park for several years.

It's been two years now since anyone has seen him, so it's feared that he's no longer alive.

That being said, this past fall, I saw a young bull moose with very similar antlers: possibly his son, ready to take on his father's role in a few years when he's fully grown!

Shoshone in the early fall with velvet-covered antlers

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Bull Elk https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2024/4/bull-elk In the fall, while hiking around Jackson Hole to look for moose, I typically carry my 70-200mm f/2.8 lens.

I love that lens and since moose are not too skittish in the area, the focal length works great to get close shots as well as scenics.

Elk, due to the annual hunt in Grand Teton National Park and in the surrounding Bridger-Teton National Forest, are expectedly less trusting of humans.

On this afternoon, I was walking in a riparian habitat near the Snake river and spotted moose in the distance.  To my surprise, as I made my way quietly through the willows, I stumbled upon this bull elk grazing peacefully.  He was barely 30-40 yards away and I got a few shots before he wandered off.



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Backlit Moose https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2024/4/backlit-moose Backlit images are some of my favorites. 

It doesn't always work out as you need a clear silhouette, unobscured by other dark elements that may make the animal blend in too much. 

Or, in this case, growing fluffy velvet-covered antlers on one of the biggest bull moose in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.



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Face-to-Face https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2024/4/face-to-face Up close and face to face with this scary-looking creature ... a beaver swimming straight at the camera as I was laying at eye level.

Scroll down for more pictures of this encounter.

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Torpor https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2024/4/torpor Grizzlies have been getting up from their winter sleep and sightings are increasing in the Tetons and Yellowstone!

When will 399 make her first appearance with Spirit?

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Incoming! https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2024/4/incoming A snow goose flies in at sunset. 

They spend the night together in the water, which makes it hard for predators to get to them.

New Mexico's Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

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Bison in Winter https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2024/4/bison-in-winter Winter is a great time to visit Yellowstone National Park and experience the harsh environment.

The only road accessible by car is in the northern section of the park from Gardiner to Cooke City.

The rest of the park's interior is off limits to visitors with the exception of snow mobile tours, and, how I did it, via a snow coach. Think a van on giant wheels that allows it to drive on top of the deep snow pack.

Yellowstone's bison herds are divided into the southern herd, which spends most of its time between Hayden Valley and the Madison area, and the northern herd which goes between Lamar Valley and Gardiner's Paradise Valley.

Here are some shots of bison around the Madison river.  The cold temperatures at sunrise silhouetted this bull bison against the steamy river and frosted trees.

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Sandhill Crane https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2024/4/sandhill-crane A Sandhill Crane arrives for the night, in the relative safety the pond provides from predators like coyotes and bobcats.

New Mexico's Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

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Grizzly 399 and Spirit https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2024/3/grizzly-399-and-spirit Just a few more weeks now before these two wake up ...

Here are some of my favorite images of grizzly bear 399 and her cub of the year, christened Spirit, from last year.








And finally, 399's record-setting cub in 2023 ("Spirit")

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Melanistic Red Fox https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2024/3/melanistic-red-fox The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is home to the Red Fox. 

Even though the fox looks like a mid-sized dog, it typically only weighs around 15 pounds (7 kg) and most of its appearance is fur.  The largest Red Fox males can be up to 30 pounds.

Easily recognizable by the white tip on its tail, as the name suggests, the main body of the Red Fox is typically red colored.  That being said, some Red Foxes are ... black!

A genetic mutation causes these Red Foxes to produce more melanin, which causes the black color.  Melanin is the pigment that provides hair its color.

Fun fact: melanin is also what makes a raven and crow entirely black.

Even though at least one of the parents of this cute melanistic Red Fox was red, and some of its siblings were red, both parents have to carry the recessive gene for the offspring to have a chance to be completely black (minus the white tip of the tail of course).

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Sitting near one of the den entrances
 


Playing with one of its siblings
 


 


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River Eelgrass https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2024/3/river-eelgrass When visiting Arizona's wild horses that live along the Salt river, a few miles east of Phoenix, you may wonder how on earth these large animals find enough food to survive in the desert.

Situated in the Sonoran desert, you may wonder the same about the Phoenix metro's human population of 4,6 million.  That was the first thing I pondered after I moved there in 2015.  I lived in the Phoenix area for 3.5 years until I finally got enough of the heat in 2018 and started my nomadic journey as a wildlife photographer and writer.  Seeing so many people live in a barren desert, swimming pools filled up in the backyard, it makes you wonder how much longer this can continue, with ground water levels being depleted at an alarming rate (for example, click here)... but that's a story for a different - not wildlife photography - blog.

In comparison, the Salt River wild horse population is around 450.  Life in the desert is not easy for them but the river is their save and grace.  Especially during periods of drought, they rely on the river's eelgrasses.  Here are a few pictures of the wild horses munching on them.


 



 

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Snow Geese Migration https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2024/3/snow-geese-migration

 

The spring migration is on for snow geese.  As an estimated 50,000 of them spend winter in New Mexico's Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge along the Rio Grande, during spring they migrate north to their breeding grounds.  

Most snow geese that spend winters here in New Mexico go to Canada or the Alaskan tundra, but it's astonishing that some of these birds breed as far as Siberia!  

That's quite a journey flying at 35 mph.

 


Snow geese typically take off "all at once". 

It's as if one of them gives the go ahead and in a loud "woosh", they're suddenly all in the air.

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Spring Elk Migration https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2024/3/spring-elk-migration Elk on the move in the winter landscape of Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole.

In a pristine snow-covered landscape, elk herds tend to move in single file.


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Bison in Yellowstone National Park https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2024/3/bison-in-yellowstone-national-park A young bull bison poses in Yellowstone's Lamar Valley.

I made this image at 500mm in order to keep a safe distance and to blur the fore- and background.  Bending down to be at eye level is definitely one of the best tips for wildlife photography, to create a sense of intimacy.


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Colorful Fox Kit https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2024/3/colorful-fox-kit A young fox kit poses in a colorful setting.

This den was located in the rocky environment of mountain foothills, with lots of places to explore, and hide if needed, for the fox kits.

All I had was my big 500mm f/4 prime lens so I setup in a spot and waited for one of the kits to wander into this scene.  The camera was setup on a tripod and the lens pre-focused, ready to go.

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Coyote Close-Up https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2024/3/coyote-close-up Who can say 'no' to a cute coyote pup?

This little one was so curious, it walked up to my big lens while I was laying at the ground to get to the pup's eye level.

Taken at the equivalent of 750mm focal length, it's surprising how quickly they fill the frame, and, how limiting a fixed prime lens is with no ability to zoom out!

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Wyoming Wildlife Photo Contest https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2024/2/wyoming-wildlife-photo-contest

Wyoming Game & Fish' annual photo contest awarded my "Great Gray Owl" close-up an Honorable Mention.

The winning images were published in the February 2024 "Wyoming Wildlife" magazine.

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Rattlesnake https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2024/2/rattlesnake

 

It is that time of the year here in New Mexico when rattlesnakes will start to wake up from their winter sleep.  Once temperatures consistently reach 60 F (or 15 C), these cold-blooded snakes will become active once again.

Now that the birds have started leaving the Rio Grande valley near my home; think thousands of snow geese and sandhill cranes who spend winters here; temperatures are rising and it is time to start paying extra attention around the house for snakes.

Rattlesnakes do not technically "hibernate".  If the temperatures were warm enough year-round, like in let's say southern Florida, the snake wouldn't go to sleep at all in winter.  Here in New Mexico where it consistently freezes at night from November into March, snakes go into a state called "brumation."
During brumation, the snake is asleep but not the entire time: they do wake up from time to time, perhaps to feed or to soak up some sun on a warm winter's day.

Short video of my encounter
 

The snake encounter pictured here happened last March, shortly after we moved into the area.  Plenty of rodents inhabit the New Mexico desert along the Rio Grande river, so that means lots of holes to explore for my dog.  On this occasion, our dog stuck its nose into a fist-sized hole and pulled out this adult rattler!

The dog dropped the snake, backed away, the snake coiled and started rattling.  An eerie sound and an adequate warning to keep your distance!
I got the camera - with a big lens to stay well away - and got some shots before the rattler retreated - unharmed - into a hole.

Lesson learned: do not let your dog explore all the small holes, or, get the dog some rattlesnake aversion training.  In the event that a bite happens, know where the nearest vet is located.

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Bison Silhouette in Yellowstone https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2024/2/bison-silhouette-in-yellowstone Flashback to last fall when a herd of bison crossed a side channel of the Lamar river in Yellowstone's Lamar Valley.


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Back from winter Yellowstone trips! https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2024/2/back-from-winter-yellowstone-trips It's been a while since you heard from me! 

I've been busy guiding winter photography trips in Yellowstone and the Tetons, and just got back to my home in New Mexico a few days ago.  Lots of catching up to do!



The first trip was an 11-day pro photo trip: it was amazing! 
We got to go on a private snowcoach for 3 days into the interior of Yellowstone, spent 3 days looking for wildlife in the Tetons, spent another 3 days looking for wolves in the northern range and, to top it off, went on a private helicopter ride over Yellowstone to photograph the park's largest hot spring: Grand Prismatic!



The second trip, 8 days, was a mini version of the 11-day trip.  We got to see lots of snow-covered bison, wolves, moose, elk, coyotes, pine marten, coyotes, mule deer, eagles, Clark's nutcracker and many more!

 

If you are interested in next winter's photography trips in YS and the Tetons, send me an email by clicking here.  Spaces are extremely limited so that every photographer has plenty of space for his/her gear.

Until next time, happy shooting!


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Cute Bighorn Ewe https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2024/1/cute-bighorn-ewe Portrait of a cute bighorn sheep ewe in Canada's Jasper National Park.

Clearly fed by tourists, this herd of bighorn sheep had little fear and approached me and my camera.  Don't feed the wildlife.

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Bull Moose in Fall Colors https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2024/1/bull-moose-in-fall-colors This bull moose guarded his cow in a nice fall setting, surrounded by golden aspen foliage.  

I found these moose while hiking in Jackson Hole.  Invisible from a distance, the bull got up first when I hiked past the aspen forest.  I was amazed he could 'fit' inside the dense forest with his antlers.



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Happy Birthday Grizzly 399! https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2024/1/happy-birthday-grizzly-399 Happy Birthday to grizzly 399 as she turns 28 years old in the den during her winter sleep!


Approaching the Snake River for a drink


Taking a drink in the Snake River


Walking towards the camera crossing Pilgrim Flats


Guiding her four cubs across Willow Flats in front of Mount Moran






Braving a "bear jam" with her four cubs in the National Park


While devouring an elk calf, the elk cow (mom) watches helplessly


A tender moment with her cub



Surprise encounter in the forest



399 guides her cubs through a wild flower meadow



Walking through the wild flowers at Pilgrim Flats


And finally, 399's record-setting cub in 2023 ("Spirit"), now hopefully fast asleep with her in the den.

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Grizzly Portrait https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2024/1/grizzly-portrait Portrait of grizzly 610 in Grand Teton National Park.

I made this image in late spring while the sow was feasting on clover in the park with her three yearling cubs.  She'll be kicking out the cubs after hibernation this coming spring 2024!


 

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Bull Moose in Wild Flowers https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2024/1/bull-moose-in-wild-flowers The Northeastern section of Yellowstone into the tiny towns of Silver Gate and Cooke City is a great place to go looking for moose.

I found this big bull in the Custer Gallatin National Forest which borders Yellowstone National Park.  

Even though hunting is allowed there, I was surprised at how not skittish this bull moose was, and, how big he was!  Areas that allow moose hunting typically see bull moose not make it past their 5th birthday - as is the case in western Canada - since hunters want the trophy to hang on their wall.

Bull moose typically reach their prime, with the biggest antlers, later in life up to the age of 10. After passing 10 years of age, antlers can start to show irregularities like drop tines (like the big bull Hoback in Jackson Hole).

This big bull browsed in a field of wild flowers.



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Your Favorite Images of 2023 https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/12/your-favorite-images-of-2023 Here are your favorite images of 2023 as selected by engagements on my website, Facebook, Instagram and Threads.

It's been another great year in which I got to spend January through March along New Mexico's Rio Grande to photograph the wintering birds; April through October in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) to photograph the spring babies, the grizzlies coming out of hibernation with cute cubs, the bison and moose mating seasons; and, finally, I've been back in New Mexico along the Rio Grande since November, joined by thousands of snow geese and sandhill cranes.

In a few weeks, I'll be heading back to the Tetons and Yellowstone to do winter photography workshops for 3 weeks.  Plans for the rest of the 2024 are still coming together but the GYE and Alaska are high on the wish list.  I hope to see you there!

Before we get to the images, a quick note that for the next few days into 2024, all prints on Etsy are still 10% off.

And now, for your favorite images that I posted this year ...

#3: the cute coyote pup who looked a little grumpy as it came closer for an inspection. 
Grand Teton National Park, Summer 2023.


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#2: the grizzly bear known as Blondie walks towards my camera. 
Taken in Grand Teton National Park, WY, summer 2022.


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#1: and, finally, who else was your favorite image than grizzly 399 and her record-setting cub!


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Young Grizzly https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/12/young-grizzly Now that the bears are all safe inside their winter dens, I continue editing the thousands of pictures I took this past year.

This past spring, Felicia, a.k.a. grizzly 863, kicked out her 2.5 year old cubs as expected.

The cubs didn't go very far, however.  They stayed in the area where Felicia raised them, around the Togwotee mountain pass that is located between Grand Teton National Park and the small town of Dubois to the east, frequently in full sight of the road.

Wyoming's Game & Fish department relocated one of the two cubs about 28 miles northwest later this summer after causing safety concerns when getting close to human settlements.

Here's one of the cubs shortly after being kicked out.  Getting used to live on its own for the first time.


 


 

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Crossing Blackrock creek just to the east of Grand Teton National Park
 


Before being kicked out, both cubs were still hanging out with Felicia


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Fox Kit Close-Up https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/12/fox-kit-close-up Upclose and personal with a cute fox kit in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

I brought my big 500mm prime lens but the fox didn't get the idea that I was using it to keep sufficient distance from the wildlife.

The kit wandered over and all I could get was this framing, before he wandered too close for the minimal focusing distance of the lens!

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Sandhill Crane Sunset https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/12/sandhill-crane-sunset A Sandhill Crane flies after sunset, at New Mexico's Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

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Snow Geese at the Rio Grande https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/12/snow-geese-at-the-rio-grande Winter is an excellent time to visit the Rio Grande river in New Mexico.  The wintering home of thousands of Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese, many wildlife refuges exist along the river for easy viewing and photographing.

This image was made in New Mexico's Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

Both Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes search out the safety of water for the night. There are plenty of coyotes and bobcats around, who cannot silently approach the birds while they're in the water.

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Incoming! https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/12/incoming Sandhill Cranes arrive for the night at one of the ponds in New Mexico's Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

It's great fun photographing the bird silhouettes as they fly into the safety of water to spend the night. There are plenty of coyotes and bobcats around, who cannot silently approach the birds while they're in the water.

When photographing after sunset and you want to capture the warm colors, pay close attention to your white balance. Since the available light is minimal, I typically use the panning technique where I follow the birds with my camera.  Shutter speed is typically at 1/500s.  Much slower and not only will most of your birds shots will go blurry but the background will turn into streaks while panning.  My aperture is wide open and I also like to use exposure compensation to go negative, to turn the birds into silhouettes and further limit the light the camera needs, allowing for a relatively low ISO setting.

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Coyote Pups Love https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/12/coyote-pups-love Cute coyote puppies, as the sun started to set.

These two were relaxing outside the nearby den.

What's more cute than pups?

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Bull Moose in the Sage https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/12/bull-moose-in-the-sage Once the easy browsing for leaves comes to an end in the fall, moose move out into the open sage brush flats to browse their favorite winter food: antelope bitterbrush.

I found this big bull out in the open near a creek in the Tetons.  

He wasn't alone, however, as about 10 other moose were eating bitterbrush spread out around him.

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Bull Moose Pose https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/12/bull-moose-pose On some hikes you get lucky, on others you wander around for hours through the sage brush trying to stay upright.

This hike, in one of my go-to places in Jackson Hole to look for bull moose, I found this bull hanging out by himself.

After a short introduction ("hey moose"), he couldn't care less that I was around to make some images.

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Coyote Pups https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/11/coyote-pups Coyote pups show some sibling love.

I found 'my' first coyote den this year, with 9 pups.  Great fun to watch and photograph as these puppies explore their new world.

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399 + Spirit https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/11/399-spirit Now that the bears are all safe inside their winter dens, it's time for me to look at the large amount of pictures taken this past year.

I left Wyoming and am at my winter home in New Mexico, next to the Rio Grande river and home to thousands of Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese who spend winter here.  Even though it does get cold here, it's nothing compared to temperatures in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem where the bears are sleeping in their snug dens.

Here's a picture from a rainy encounter with 399 and her COY in early summer. Once the bears do pose for a picture, you have no control of the surroundings nor of the lighting conditions, nor of the pose they strike.  That's what makes wildlife photography such a challenge.

On this occasion, inside Grand Teton National Park, 399 and Spirit (her record-setting cub of the year), grazed on the protein-rich clover.

It was dreary, overcast, raining ... Not the perfect set of conditions.

And, the bears didn't cooperate.  Heads down most of the time grazing.  Mostly butts pointed towards the camera.

So, what do you do?  Well, I have a lot of pictures with one bear's face visible, next to the butt of the other.

While my goal is always to document nature as it happened, I merged 399 and Spirit in this composite image from two pictures taken a second apart, so they at least both have their heads up.  Scroll down for other pictures taken on this occasion.



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A big Thank You to all of you who support my work and, either indirectly or directly via your purchases in my Etsy store, allow me to do what I love to do: document our wildlife and help defend the wild animals by spreading the word about their treatment via posts and articles.  
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Grizzly 399 and her record-setting cub, Spirit
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If Moose Could Talk ... https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/11/if-moose-could-talk Close-up of a bull moose who I found hanging out along the Gros Ventre river in Jackson Hole.

Since mating season is over, the bulls have calmed down and generally don't mind having their picture taken.

While bull moose can be hard to find during mating season, as the bulls are constantly on the move looking for cows, these days you can sometimes get lucky and bump into 20 bull moose hanging out together! 
November and December are definitely one of my favorite months to visit Jackson Hole and the Tetons to photograph moose.

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Flehmen Respone https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/11/flehmen-respone A big bull moose performs the "flehmen response".

The animal behavior called a "flehmen response" is recognized when an animal lifts up its head and curls back its upper lip exposing its front teeth.  As you can see in the below picture, moose are one of the species that perform this behavior.

How?

The technical explanation is that this behavior helps scents and pheromones into an organ - "Jacobson's organ" - located in the mouth.

Why?

Moose and other animals perform the flehmen response when investigating odors.  It is believed that they are interpreted as "odor messages" between animals.  One of the most common reasons is that it allows the males (as in the picture below) to 'smell' whether a nearby cow moose is ready for mating and is sexually receptive.
 

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Velvet https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/11/velvet Close-up of one of the biggest bull moose in Jackson Hole, named Hoback by the locals.

Moose typically drop their antlers in December or early January, and start growing a new pair by the next mating season in September.  

Even though antlers are the fastest growing tissue in any mammal, you can imagine it takes a while to go from nothing to these sizeable things!

Here's Hoback when I found him in July, with about 1.5 months of antler growing left.



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Gloomy Day Moose https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/11/gloomy-day-moose Once the mating season is over in October, the moose start to hang out in groups again.

I hiked out into the sagebrush field one afternoon to find 9 moose hanging out together.

Now, moose can be quite temperamentful, so I always like to be near a tree (to hide behind) when photographing them. 

In this case, however, it was just me and an open field filled with moose. 

The young bulls were play-sparring and chasing each other so I always had to have eyes in the back of my head.  Young bulls get pushed around by the bigger bulls, so some young ones may feel empowered to take on the small human!

This big bull observed the small ones but kept an eye on the only cow moose in the group.  When the cow mates during mating season but it wasn't successful, cows can go in heat again, even weeks after the 'official' mating season has ended.

It was quite cold as snow started flying.

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... and the cow he was keeping an eye on ...

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Jackson Hole Skyline https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/11/fiery-tetons Grand Teton National Park's skyline.

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Fall Color Bull Moose https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/11/fall-color-bull-moose With the moose rut finally over, the bulls have settled down.

During the rut, the bulls are almost constantly on the move to look for cows that are ready to mate.

A moose cow only goes in heat for about a day at a time (and this gets repeated over the course of about a month during mating season, unless a bull successfully mates with her), so the bull has to stay close to the cow and keep 'checking' to grab his chance when it presents itself.

This mid-sized bull moose was on the move during mating season, looking for a cow.

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Bighorn Ram https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/10/bighorn-ram It's been a while since I've seen the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep in Jackson Hole.

During summer, these animals migrate to higher elevations.  Once the cold weather arrives in fall, however, they make their way down again.

We got our first snow of the fall season here in the Tetons yesterday so the sheep are once again arriving near their winter grounds; typically the National Elk Refuge in these parts.

Here are some of my favorite shots of the sheep in spring, before they moved to their summer grounds.


A bighorn ram stares into the camera.  Both males (rams) and females (ewes) have horns for life.  The ewes' horns are more slender, less long and curved.


 


 

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Thanks to your purchases, we were able to donate all of the profits to the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, which will support four adopted wild horses for a year!

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Uneven Matchup https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/10/uneven-matchup During the moose mating season, the big bulls typically get the girl.

That doesn't prevent the little (younger) guys from trying though.  In this case, a big bull was rubbing his antlers in the bushes when a small bull walked in.

Unfortunately for him, he was no matchup against the monster-sized paddles of his opponent.  He quickly got the message and walked away (unharmed).

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Sizing up his opponent 

 


An uneven fight ... The young bull will have to be patient for a few years.


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Snake River Beaver https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/10/snake-rivbeaver A black bear sighting across the Snake river in Grand Teton National Park turned into an unexpected beaver photo session.

Sometimes you have to get a little wet to get the picture.  In this case, it meant lying on my belly in the river!
 


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Grizzly Bear Update https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/10/grizzly-bear-update Who knew that; barely three weeks after my last update; I'd be writing another one already?  It feels like the park has turned into a 'bear bonanza' since the middle of September.

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Grizzly 399 and her record-setting cub Spirit are back in the park!  After leaving the National Park and heading south onto private ranch land, yesterday (Friday) they passed the Moose entrance station and headed north towards Cottonwood creek.  Next stop today or tomorrow Signal Mountain and a swim across the Snake river at the Jackson Lake dam?

The water level at the dam is still very low as they are doing repairs on the dam.  The water in the Snake is so low at the moment that float trips have been canceled and elk - who are very active currently during their mating season - are simply walking across rather than having to swim.  It could be an easy crossing for Spirit!


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Once 399 arrives in her usual area around Pilgrim creek, she'll find a few other bears in the area!

Update 10/10/23: 399 and Spirit swam the Snake river at Jackson Lake dam and are back (for the time being!) in their usual area.

The big news that broke a few days ago is that Blondie (#793), who lost her three cubs of the year in the spring of 2022 and who hadn't been seen since then, showed up with two new cubs of the year!  Typically, she hangs out around Pilgrim creek when she has new cubs, but this year she decided to wait to show off her new cubs to the public until October!

Great news nonetheless.  Blondie's two cubs look very healthy and packed in fur, ready for the coming winter.  One of the cubs is very blonde; keep an eye out on my blog here (or better yet, scroll down and subscribe to get updates like these in your e-mail) for pictures.  I got a front seat showing yesterday of the family as they crossed the road.  If you want to see them, head to the Pilgrim creek area.  They have been out daily in the area between Leeks, Colter Bay, dump road and Pilgrim creek.

Blondie's older cub, #1063 (also known as Fritter or Bonita), is also a daily visitor in the same area.

Update 10/10/23: yesterday afternoon, grizzly 610 was hit by a car on the road heading east (towards Dubois) from Moran Junction. She lay by the road and everyone feared the worst ... especially with three cubs to raise.  This morning, she was seen walking around with the cubs with no major signs of external injury.  She appeared to be walking normally, so no apparent broken limbs.  That doesn't mean there are no internal injuries, but for now, this is the best we can hope for.  

The driver who hit 610 apparently left the scene (hit and run) and hasn't called in the accident.

Let's see what happens to all these bears once 399 arrives 'home'.


Profile picture of grizzly 610

 

399's daughter, grizzly 610, has been hanging out near the national forest at Spread Creek.  Hunting season is underway and hunters are leaving elk gut piles behind: free dinner for the grizzlies!
 


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Comedy Wildlife Awards Finalist again! https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/10/comedy-wildlife-awards-finalist-again I'm happy to report that one of my images is a finalist in the Comedy Wildlife Awards photo contest!  My "Flossing Beaver" made it into the finals!

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Now onto the interview: newspaper Oil City News out of Casper, Wyoming recently interviewed me about my life as a wildlife photographer.

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Great Gray Owl Close-Up https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/9/great-gray-owl-close-up When a bird receives the nickname "Phantom of the North", you know he's not easy to find and photograph.

The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is home to the Great Gray Owl year-round. 

No matter the weather; from 90-degree summer days to -30 degree winter days ... he sticks around.

Having a close-up image of the beautiful face was on my list for a long time, until I got the chance this summer!

I had my big 500mm f/4 prime lens on a tripod and cropped in a little more after the fact.
 


Portrait
 


Perched in a conifer tree
 


Side-eye

 


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Camouflage: these birds are hard to find!
 

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Grizzly Bear Update from the Tetons https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/9/grizzly-update-from-the-tetons Now that the fall colors are starting to happen in Jackson Hole and both the moose and the elk are starting their mating season, it's time for a quick update on the grizzlies!

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After appearing out of hibernation in May of this year (aged 27) with a record-setting new cub in tow (read the story by clicking here, which will open in a new window), she and her cub spent late spring into summer in a relatively small area.

In the weeks after waking up, she was frequently seen in her usual area of Pilgrim Creek to Willow Flats and Jackson Lake dam. The summer heat typically pushes the bears into higher elevations but, perhaps because she had a new cub with her, #399 stuck around in the same area.


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Berry season started early this year around mid August which increased sightings of 399 and her (fast growing) cub.  Berries are a favorite fall food for both grizzlies and black bears, as they fatten up before hibernation.  Both 399 and 610 with their respective litters where seen almost daily around the Willow Flats and Oxbow Bend area. 
Keep an eye also on Moose-Wilson road in the National Park as the road is bordered with berries (mostly black hawthorn and service berries) and is a hot spot for mostly black bears nowadays, but the occasional grizzly does wander in.

In the past week or two, the grizzlies have been on the move.  For the first time since coming out of hibernation, grizzly 399 and her cub have moved south!  They were seen entering private ranch land south of Wilson and Jackson.  It's familiar territory for 399 as she took her quads there in past years.  Hopefully she stayed out of trouble since she and her quads were observed raiding beehives and acquiring other food rewards from private properties in 2021.  Fingers crossed she and Spirit will make it back into the safe(r) environment of the National Park soon! The latest news today is that someone spotted the pair heading back towards Willow Flats in the National Park.


399 and Spirit

 

Elk hunting season has started in the National Forest surrounding the National Park.  This typically brings out the grizzlies as they feast on the gut piles left behind by elk hunters.  Keep in mind that 399's typical area around Pilgrim Creek is barely a few miles from the National Forest border, so she does frequent the forest outside of the National Park. 
This makes it an extra potentially dangerous time to go hiking in the national forest as you simply never know where you may 'bump into' a carcass ...

Grizzly 610 and her cubs were recently seen south of Signal Mountain along the inner park road, and, a few days later was seen near Spread Creek along highway 89.

Fritter (grizzly 1063) was seen a few days ago near Pilgrim Creek in the National Park.

Felicia and her (on their own) cubs spent the summer near the Continental Divide on Togwotee pass, east of the Moran entrance to the National Park.  Bad news, however, when the authorities relocated one of the cubs, allegedly because of conflicts with humans.  It feels like Felicia and her cubs have had a bullseye on their backs from Game & Fish for several years now, so hopefully they acted in the best interests of both the humans and the bears.


399 and Spirit cause a giant bear jam in the National Park

 

In past years, hunting season and the promise of easy protein meals have brought grizzly 399 back north into the national forest bordering the National Park's Pilgrim and Pacific Creek areas.
 


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399 and Spirit in the Pilgrim Creek area

 

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New 2024 Calendar Available! https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/9/new-2024-calendar-available The new 2024 Wildlife Calendars are available!

This 13-month calendar, "Wildlife of the American West", features some of my favorite images from Grand Teton, Yellowstone, the wild horses, etc.  
Of course, grizzly 399 and her record-setting cub also make a well-deserved appearance!

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Fox Kit Pose https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/9/fox-kit-pose 2024 Wildlife Calendars Available!

Time for another cute fox kit from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

This one posed beautifully (for a split second that is) on exposed rocks.

I brought my big 500mm prime lens which, at f/4, turned the bokeh nice and smooth.

Here are some of my favorite shots of this little kit...

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Fox Kit https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/8/fox-kit Not many baby animals are cuter than a baby fox in my opinion.

Here's a fox kit I photographed late this spring in Jackson Hole.

I got low to get at his eye level and shoot through the grass.  While his siblings played nearby, this one was taking it easy.


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Mom keeps her distance in the forest

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Flossing Beaver https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/8/flossing-beaver You see kids, even beavers floss before and after every meal!

As I was laying on the ground to get eye-level shots of this beaver in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park, I was surprised when he approached and stood up.

I was even more surprised when I saw what looks like a piece of floss between his fingers ... (just kidding)

Beavers' iron-filled, orange teeth are extra strong to be able to chop down trees.

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Coyote Pup https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/8/coyote-pup The bison rut (mating season) is in full swing here in Yellowstone's Lamar valley.

As you drive the valley between Little America and the park's Northeastern entrance near Silver Gate, sometimes it feels that you're surrounded by thousands of bison, spread out over the valley. Lots of wallowing and bellowing (grunting) going on and many couples of a big bull guarding a female are visible.

During downtimes, I'm finally getting around to editing my springtime images of Grand Teton National Park.  I got lucky to find a coyote den: my first one.

This coyote pair had (at least) 9 pups.  It was amazing watching the pups play while the parents were out and watching the excited pups greet a parent as they stopped by every few hours to 'deliver' food (as in, regurgitate food for the pups which was triggered by the pups licking the adult's mouth, just like it happens with wolves).

I have over 1,000 images to edit of the coyote pups alone ... 

Here's one of my early favorites.  This curious pup walked up for a closer look. 

Its left eye seems to have a small injury, probably from some roughhousing with its siblings!

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Mom is on her way to deliver food to the pups
 


Mom is collared by the National Park Service.

 

A cautious look from behind a bush.
 

Two of the pups.  The one in the front. the "runt", is smaller than its 8 siblings.

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Grizzly Bear Yearling https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/8/grizzly-bear-yearling The cooler weather has finally arrived! 
With temps into the 80s in the Tetons and parts of Yellowstone, I'm happy to report that the weather here at Yellowstone's Northeast entrance near Silver Gate and Cooke City is ... 52 F!

The forecast for the next 4-5 days is all good: 50-60 F and a chance of rain.  Not that I don't know that more summer temps are likely to return, but these cool temps in August are a nice preview of the coming fall season.

Now that I'm staying here, I finally started processing and editing my images from this past spring in Grand Teton National Park.  I got to Jackson Hole in April and only left for Cooke City here last week so, having spent over three months in the Tetons this spring documenting the wildlife waking up from winter, I've got thousands of images to go through.

Here's one of my favorite images of a grizzly yearling cub, taken a few weeks ago in the Tetons.  This 1.5 year old cub is one of grizzly 610's three cubs.

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Note the mosquitoes hovering around the cub ...

 


 

610's three yearling cubs

 


Grizzly 610 eating a mouthful of clover

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Alaska Grizzlies https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/7/alaska-grizzlies Alaska's Tongass National Forest is teeming with bears now that the chum salmon are arriving to spawn.

This big grizzly (with a funny hairdo) appeared out of the rain forest and, being on the wrong side of the shallow salmon-filled creek, swam the deep glacier-fed lagoon.

Along the way he discovered that some salmon prefer the lagoon for spawning and he promptly started fishing!
 


He walked across a fallen stump on his way to the lagoon.

 

He entered the lagoon and didn't seem to want to get wet.

 


A brief glance at the photographer ... and decided his time was better spent focusing on salmon than on me.

 


Found one!


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Now to pose for the camera ...

 

Look at my catch!

 

Now he's just showing off ...
 

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Grizzly Bear Update Late July 2023 https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/7/grizzly-bear-update-late-july-2023 I'm about to leave Jackson Hole for a few weeks to go and photograph the bison mating season in Yellowstone's Lamar Valley (find my recent article on bison photography by clicking here).  As peak tourist season is in full swing in Grand Teton National Park and I keep getting messages asking "where to find the bears" during your visit, here's an update on the latest sightings.

Whereas a typical summer sees grizzly sightings dry up by late June; grizzly bears tend to avoid the summer heat in Jackson Hole which has been in the 80s and occasional low 90s since July started and head to higher elevations; the good news is that if you're planning to visit the Tetons this summer, you're not out of luck!

Here's the situation on July 25, 2023 ...

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Grizzly 399

Perhaps because she has a (record-setting) new COY this year, she seemingly hasn't left her "core area" yet this year. 

After she came out of hibernation in her usual area around Pilgrim Creek in May, she's been hanging out in the area between Leeks Marina to the north, Two Oceans road and Oxbow Bend to the east, Jackson Lake dam and Willow Flats to the south, and Hermitage Point to the west.  She was most recently sighted two days ago along the Pilgrim Creek dirt road (which is open to traffic and leads to the National Forest).


399 with her COY "Spirit"

 


Spirit enjoying biscuitroot flowers at Pilgrim Flats


In previous years, especially having the "quads" in her company, she headed straight south in search of food after appearing out of hibernation.  This year, with little Spirit in tow, she seemingly hasn't even swam the Snake river at the dam yet.  All good signs that she's going to tough it out for the summer, endure the heat and stay in a small area around Pilgrim Flats.



Grizzly 399 and her quads in 2020: fine art print available here on Etsy

 


399 poses in a field of arrowleaf balsamroot flowers: fine art print available here on Etsy

 

610

Another grizz who has apparently decided not to "head for the mountains" during the summer heat this year.


610 Eats a mouthful of clover when a sudden sound makes her stand up: fine art print available on Etsy here

 

399's Daughter, grizzly 610, came out of hibernation near Signal Mountain with her three yearling cubs and headed straight south to lower elevations to find food. After hanging out between Signal Mountain and the Moose entrance, she returned north for elk calving season and since then has been regularly seen in the area.  She was seen as recently as a few days ago with her three cubs along Two Oceans road and Willow Flats / Oxbow Bend.


Felicia

After she kicked out her 2.5 year old cubs late this spring, all went on their separate ways.  All three (on their own) have been spotted as recently as two days ago up on Togwotee Pass near the Continental Divide.  Apparently these are some of the only bears who "got the message" that life is better and cooler these days around 9,500 feet!

If you drive the pass, "No stopping for bears" - signs are still up and Highway Patrol is actively writing tickets so please follow the National Forest's Bear Management directions and use safe pull-outs to watch the bears.

Here's one of Felicia's cubs after it was kicked out.

 

Fritter / Blondie / Bruno / 926

None of these bears have been (frequently) spotted this summer.

I did have an interesting encounter with 926's cubs that she kicked out this spring.  I was photographing a coyote den when a herd of elk came running in my direction a few weeks ago.  Turns out the two young grizzlies were chasing the elk, to no avail.  With foamy mouths after a long sprint and chase, they realized that the elk were too fast, and went on their way together.
 


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It goes without saying that the more people come to responsibly watch and enjoy the bears, the more people will hopefully stand up in the coming months and years to speak out on their behalf.  Even though there is no ethically justifiable reason to allow trophy hunting these bears and about 95% of the population is opposed to it, some WY - MT - ID politicians, supported/pushed by some of the cattle & outfitter/hunting industries, keep relentlessly pushing for the grizzly bear delisting of the Endangered Species list, keep pushing to start the trophy hunt and keep pushing for these three states to take on grizzly bear "management" (aka. hunting and eradication, as we have been seeing in the case of their grey wolf "management"). 

Even "National Park bears" like 399 and 610 are not safe once the hunt is allowed.  These bears frequently venture out of the National Park into neighboring Bridger-Teton National Forest which would (more than) likely allow hunting. 

So, let's all enjoy the grizzlies and be mindful who you vote for as your vote really matters.  Politicians who are pushing to delist grizzlies include WY gov. Mark Gordon, U.S. rep. Hageman and MT gov. Gianforte.

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Long Eared Owl https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/7/long-eared-owl While hiking in the backcountry a few days ago, I found four bull moose, hanging out together and hiding from the sun's heat in thick willows near a river.

With nothing much to photograph until the moose would decide to get up and walk into a more open area, I killed the time by walking around.

A sudden movement, about 2 yards high in a dense patch of trees caught my eye.  

A shape bigger than the average bird I would expect to see landed in there on a small branch.

As I cautiously entered the thick and dark forest and tried to get a little closer to the dark shape, something to my left caught my attention.  I peered over ... and saw two baby owls!

Another owlet was sitting nearby so I found a total of four owlets in the dark conifer trees, well protected by a million branches.  Getting bigger, they were out exploring away from the nest.

It was tough getting clear shots of the owlets.  Not only were they half hidden between branches and pine needles, the light in there was so scarce that I had to lower the shutter speed and push up the ISO to 6400, higher than I typically feel comfortable with in near darkness, but nothing a little Topaz Denoise can't fix ... 
Since I was out hiking for moose, I didn't bring my tripod so I took bursts of images at a low shutter speed (with a wide open aperture) to get some 'in focus' shots of the owlets.

Here are some of my favorites.  My first ever Long Eared Owlets!


 

 


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Bull Moose Silhouette https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/7/bull-moose-silhouette A few days ago, I was fortunate to once again find one of the biggest bull moose in Grand Teton and Jackson Hole, known as "Hoback."

The mosquitoes were terrible as he was bedded down along the river in a wet area.  As it was just me and him, I sat down on this hot day (80F) to await Hoback getting up.

You see, moose in general don't like the heat, even less than I do.  Since moose are so well adapted to cold weather; their coat makes them 'too warm' when it gets above freezing in winter; they prefer to stay in the shade during the hot days of summer.  You'll find moose active mostly at dusk and dawn, and laying in the shade somewhere during the warmest times of the day.  It is believed that moose are at risk of overheating when the temps get above 60 F or 23 C!

As a result, Hoback was laying at the edge of a cottonwood forest surrounded by tall willows. Their hiding from the heat doesn't make them any easier to find by the way.  Since some of the moose in the Grand Teton area are not afraid of humans (no hunting moose in the National Park will do that), you can walk through the forest mere yards away from a bedded down moose behind the next bush and never realize he (or she) is there!

Here's my favorite shot from this session with Hoback.  He got up to eat willows for a few minutes before the sun set and I was able to photograph his silhouette highlighting his dewlap (bell) and growing, velvet-covered antlers.  Note his two drop tines this year.  He's almost fully grown with the mating season starting in under two months: antlers are the fastest growing tissue and they can grow an inch a day.  In another month or so he'll shed the velvet exposing the bone underneath.
 


Summer 2023
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Hoback in the fall of 2021 with one drop tine

 


Fall of 2021.  Note the broken tines after a fight with another bull during the mating season

 


Hoback in the fall of 2021 play sparring with a younger/smaller bull

 

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Photographing Bison in Yellowstone https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/7/photographing-bison-in-yellowstone PetaPixel published my new article "How to Photograph Bison in Yellowstone": find it by clicking here.

The article includes history on Yellowstone's bison herd and my photography tips.

Here are some of my favorite images that PetaPixel chose to use in the article ...

 


The Flehmen response ... wait for it ...

 


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Hoback https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/7/hoback On a hike a few days ago, I ran into one of the biggest bull moose in Grand Teton and Jackson Hole.  This big bull is known as "Hoback."

Bull moose drop their antlers annually in December - January and start to grow their new set in spring.  Now that it's July and the moose rut (mating season) starting in September, he is almost fully grown and looking impressive.

Back in 2021, Hoback was easily recognizable because one of his antlers points (called a "tine") pointed down.  In 2022, however, he did not have a drop tine.  You could still identify him by the hole in his right ear and several white dots on his nose.
This year he made it easy: he has TWO drop tines this year!

On the below picture, also note the scars on the left side of his face.  These are the result of a mating season clash with another big bull (named "Shoshone," who wasn't seen in 2022).  I have pictures of the fresh damages, taken in late fall of 2021, when the tip of Shoshone's antler was lodged in Hoback's head near his eye!  Keep an eye out for those images when I get around to posting them. (sign up below for my mailing list to stay posted)
Hoback's injuries seem to have healed although they may still be affecting his left eye, as he doesn't open it all the way.

 


Summer 2023
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Hoback in the summer of 2021 with one drop tine

 



 


Hoback in the summer of 2021 while shedding the velvet before the start of the mating season. 
Note the one drop tine on the left.

 

Hoback during mating season in 2021 with clean antlers
 

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New Destination:Wildlife Article https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/7/new-destination-wildlife-article Destination:Wildlife published my new article "Searching Out The World's Most Famous Grizzly Bears," about the celebrity bears of Jackson Hole: grizzly 399, 610, Felicia, etc.

Find it here: https://www.destinationwildlife.com/blog/searching-out-the-worlds-most-famous-grizzly-bears-update-2023

Here's my favorite image used in the article.  It's a close-up of grizzly 610 (who is 399's daughter).

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