Jorn Vangoidtsenhoven Wildlife and Nature Photography: Blog https://www.vangophotos.com/blog en-us VangoPhotos (Jorn Vangoidtsenhoven Wildlife and Nature Photography) Wed, 01 Feb 2023 20:13:00 GMT Wed, 01 Feb 2023 20:13:00 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 Brown Bear Fishing in Alaska https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/2/brown-bear-fishing-in-alaska

It's amazing how there's no such thing as "the brown bear" when it comes to appearance.

Sure, they share features such as the shoulder hump and big paws with long claws for digging, but I'm always surprised how different they can look otherwise.

Different color fur so they're not always "brown."

Different sizes.

Different faces which was most surprising to me. 

I spent another four months in Alaska this past year during the summer months to photograph the bears hunting for salmon. You can find the article I wrote my experiences here, published by Destination:Wildlife.

After a few weeks of seeing at least 13 distinct brown bears fishing for salmon where I was setup with my camera, I started recognizing individual bears and giving them names for easy remembering.

Some bears have the face of a gorilla, others the face and mane of a lion.  The one below, who I photographed while he was fishing for salmon, looked like an older bear with very baggy eyes!

What would you name this bear?

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Droopy or Baggy Eyes?

 

Looking for salmon

 

Chasing salmon

 


Running on water

 


Pouncing on salmon

 


Keep trying ...

 


Where did the fish go???

 


Found one ...

 


... almost ... 

 


Got one!

 

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New Mexico Sunsets https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/1/new-mexico-sunsets

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 the winter in these parts.

That being said, I always make sure to carry my wide-angle lens, just in case the sunset explodes into an amazing array of colors ...

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Wildlife Short Video: Big Bull Moose in the Water https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/1/wildlife-short-video-big-bull-moose-in-the-water

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 made their way into the small pond.

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Black Bears in the Mist https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/1/black-bears-in-the-mist

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 their fur and hands. 

She paid the ultimate price when she was murdered with a machete at her camp in Rwanda two years after the book came out.

This Alaskan rain forest in the images sees its fair share of mist.

Mist is formed when the air meets a cooler surface, such as in this case when the humid air meets the cold glacier-fed river.  The (invisible) water in the warmer air suddenly turns to visible droplets as the air cools.

The result is an enchanting mist, and sometimes, a black bear cooperates by walking into the gloomy, misty panorama.

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Muddy paw prints

 


Looking for salmon

That "wall" of sticks in the background is ... a gigantic beaver dam!

 

 

A bald eagle follows the bear's movements, perhaps in the hopes of snatching up some salmon left-overs

 

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Raven and Nictitating Membrane https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/1/raven-and-nictitating-membrane

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 your name is the 'Common Raven.'

Being omnivorous, these birds' diet varies greatly depending on the location and time of year.  They eat the regular bird food like grains, berries and insects, but also scat, meat, fish ... and of course your unattended picnic.

Having a life expectancy of up to 17 years in the wild, they thrive in all types of climates, from southern beaches to Alaska's Brooks range, where temperatures can drop down to -50 in winter!

Here are a few of my favorite close-up shots of ravens in winter. 

Note the 'nictitating membrane' over the eye in some images: this extra eyelid helps protect the eye from dust and wind.

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Nictitating membrane half closed

 


Thanks to their high metabolism and insulation, ravens can survive in the coldest climates

 

 


Another look at the raven's nictitating membrane

 

 

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Black Bear Cubs in Yellowstone National Park https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/1/black-bear-cubs-in-yellowstone-national-park

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 when mom sees a threat.

Black bears' number one defense strategy is to climb.  That keeps them safe(r) from animals like wolves and coyotes, but not from grizzly bears who are also good climbers.

Here are some of my favorite black bear cubs playing and going up a tree in Yellowstone.

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Those branches seem awfully thin to support a bear cub

 

 

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Fishing Grizzly Bear https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/1/fishing-grizzly-bear 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 decided to leave the creek and explore the human surroundings.


Peek-A-Boo!

 

On this occasion, after having been in the creek for a few hours, he walked up the bank and decided to take an up-close look at the photographers.

He was a mere 20 feet away (6 meters) and stared at 'the humans' over a guard rail.

As I got my bear pepper spray ready, he jumped the guard rail, walked on the road a few seconds ... and promptly (luckily) returned to the creek to eat some more salmon.

 

Then, a good scratch ...

... and a shake!

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Moody Eagle https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/1/moody-eagle 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 Southeastern Alaska, sitting around waiting for salmon to swim by, on very rainy and gloomy days this past summer.

 

 

 


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Grizzly Bear Catches Salmon https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/1/grizzly-bear-catches-salmon 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).

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Wyoming Outdoor Council Photo Contest https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/1/wyoming-outdoor-council-photo-contest 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

 

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Tamron / National Parks Photo Contest https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/1/tamron-/-national-parks-photo-contest 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.



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"Predators" Photo Contest https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/1/-predators-photo-contest I just received word that my images made it into the Top 5 of the "Predators" international photo contest.

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Where Can You See Bears Fishing For Salmon? https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/1/where-can-you-see-bears-fishing-for-salmon

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 to the Lower 48, it takes a two-day drive to reach from Seattle, WA.

This past summer, I volunteered at the National Forest Service bear viewing platform and wrote an article about my experiences, which was recently published by Destination:Wildlife.

Get ready for entering the creek in between the bears, getting hit by 'torpedo chum' and the ever-returning phenomenon of 'sucker holes.'

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2023: My Year in Review as Wildlife Photographer https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2023/1/2023-my-year-in-review-as-wildlife-photographer 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 got off to a great start: winter in Mexico!
In search of birding shots at Mexico's Sea of Cortez, I spent winter in two spots nearby birding estuaries: the coastal towns of Bahia de Kino and San Carlos.  Both are about a day's drive south of the Arizona border so super convenient destinations in my RV.  While searching out wildlife photography destinations, I typically look for places that not only allow for great photography but also a good story and article to write about, to hopefully get it published. 


Birding at the San Carlos estuary

 

As I had already gotten 'stuck' in Mexico's Baja de California for 6 months when Covid broke out in late 2019 - early 2020, I had already gotten an article published about birding around the Sea of Cortez (find it here) ... so, long story short, while in Mexico this year, I wrote an article about - in my opinion - the travesty of the wolf hunt in the U.S.  Hearing so many opinions coming from hunting and outfitter organizations, I looked at both sides of the story; the side in favor of wolf hunting and predator control, and the side opposed to the wolf slaughter. I have a hard time calling it a wolf 'hunt' since most wolves are killed by placing traps and snares.  It was published this spring by Destination:Wildlife: find it here.

April 1st, I arrived in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park for the spring season of bears awakening from hibernation and spring babies.  It was cold, bitter cold.


Camping at Colter Bay in the national park

 

The temperature got down to -2 F in April.  The things we do and endure to get the shot! :-)
 

I was out daily looking for wildlife, sometimes in blizzard conditions.  I found several foxes but other than that, it was slow going.  Until 399 woke up that is!  She appeared on schedule with her four cubs.


One of my favorite fox images this spring won an award in the Wyoming Outdoor Council photo contest (click here)

 

399 and her four cubs in front of Mount Moran: five grizzlies and a whole lot of people wanting to get a picture

 

While I was in the Tetons, I wrote an article about photographing Javelinas at New Mexico's Bosque del Apache NWR.  It was published by Destination:Wildlife: find it there.

And, before I left the Tetons for Alaska this past summer, it was time to write an update on how the celebrity grizzly bears in the Tetons were doing: 399, 610, Blondie, Felicia ... The article was published by Destination:Wildlife in June: find it here.  Wyoming's Cowboy State Daily published several images of 399 and her boyfriend Bruno across a few articles.

Late June, and two and a half months into my 'spring Teton stay', it was time to head for another one of my favorite destinations: I spent the summer months in Alaska (late June through late September).  I volunteered for the National Forest Service on the bear viewing platform in Hyder, Alaska and wrote an article about my experiences that is currently awaiting publication: stay tuned.


A grizzly tried to climb the bear viewing platform on two separate occasions, and another grizzly was so frustrated by me standing my ground and telling him to stay off the visitor platform, that he bit a chunk of wood out of the platform right in front of me! 
He then ran back into the creek and continued fishing for salmon.

 

While I was in Hyder, news broke out about the killing of one of 399's cubs.  I wrote an article about it which was published by Destination:Wildlife (find it here) and was asked to give my thoughts by publications such as Wyoming's Cowboy State Daily (find it here).  This led to several more of my articles and images published by Cowboy State Daily as well as an interview with them about my wildlife photography career so far, after some of my images won awards in one of the largest international competitions for the 3rd year in a row: find the interview here.

In late September, I reluctantly left Alaska to head back to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem to photograph the moose rut during the fall season.  While I was there, I received word that one of my images made it into the finals of the Comedy Wildlife Awards, which created a lot of publicity and my image getting published by some of the dream publications including BBC Wildlife, CNN, ABC, and many others.

 

In 2022:

- $1,200 donated to wild horse rescue non-profit thanks to your "save our wild horses" sticker and lip balm purchases, and another $734 (and counting) to be donated soon: THANK YOU for supporting our wild horse populations! (see details here)

- 7 of my articles got published (see them here)

- 90 fine art prints sold (in my Etsy shop and in gallery Amaran on the Jackson, WY Town Square). 
Most prints were sold to customers in the U.S. but a surprising number went overseas to Australia, the U.K. and Western European countries.

- 45 images sold commercially to magazines/publishers

- strong book sales on Amazon in the U.S., the U.K., Japan and European countries (see the book here)

- my monthly newsletter grew to 1,665 subscribers: if you want to receive my latest images and wildlife stories in your mailbox, sign up here

- and, last but not least, I won several wildlife photography awards again in 2022!  (see them here)

 

Social Media:

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Facebook is still number one when it comes to getting my images seen. My images reached an audience on Facebook alone of over 1,5 million people this year, thanks to the power of sharing and re-sharing by Facebook users.  My most popular post was one of grizzly 399 with reached 133K people across Facebook groups.  I have a love/hate relationship with social media, so I still haven't spent a penny on social media ads, likes or followers so all growth and audience reach has been strictly organic. The number of followers on my Vango Photos business page on Facebook grew to 19K+ this year, Instagram stands just over 12K+. 
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It seems that most social media platforms nowadays are heavily pushing video over still photography and I realize that I should be way more active regarding posting videos, so that my work will be seen by more people.  Since I personally prefer images over video, that's a work in progress so it's unlikely you'll find me in the very near future on popular platforms like YouTube, Tik Tok, Instagram Reels, ...

 

What's in store for 2023?

- After 4.5 years of living in an RV on the road, traveling between wildlife areas, we have decided to get a homebase again.  It makes life much easier if you don't have to lug around most of what you own in an RV, and, in between wildlife photography seasons and locations, you have a comfortable place to call home with great internet and unlimited solar electricity.  Few things are more frustrating than having to upload all of your new work by using unreliable cell phone tethering while camping in the wilderness!  To that end, we have recently purchased land in New Mexico and will hopefully start developing it soon.  The new homebase is located just outside of popular wildlife destinations Bosque del Apache NWR, Sevilleta NWR and Bernardo State Management Area so let me know if you're in the area!

- I'm committed to write new articles on various wildlife in 2023 for Destination:Wildlife.  Keep an eye out for them throughout the year.

- If all goes well, 2023 will bring my new book.  I can't disclose yet what the topic is but depending on how it goes, it could hit stores (and online retailers like Amazon) by late summer of 2023!

- Hopefully offering photography workshops will become a reality in 2023 (sign up on my mailing list if you're interested and when you do, you'll also automatically receive my free book: click here).  Current locations on the short-list include Grand Teton National Park for the spring and fall wildlife action and Bosque del Apache NWR for the winter birds.

- I'll keep adding images to my Etsy shop to sell as fine art prints.  Keep an eye on my Etsy store here and add my store to your Etsy favorites so you'll be notified by Etsy when new images are available.  And, when you're in town (Jackson, WY that is, just outside of Grand Teton National Park), swing by gallery Amaran on the town square.


And now, here are your six favorite images of 2022!  

I deliberately didn't choose my favorites for this review but relied on my Facebook and Instagram feeds to tell me which images you liked the most.  Some of these images are available as fine art prints in my Etsy shop (see it here), or will be added to the store shortly. (let me know if you're interested in ordering one of these as a print and you don't find it yet in my Etsy shop)

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The Amazing Story of 27-Year Old Grizzly Bear 399 https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/12/the-amazing-story-of-a-grizzly-bear-numbered-399


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 wild grizzly is the highlight of many family vacations.

Among the estimated 730 grizzlies that live in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, one has become nothing less than an international celebrity: a bear identified as "399," otherwise known as the Queen of the Tetons.


399 photographed in the spring of 2022

 

399 was born in the winter of 1996.  She was given her name, "number 399," in 2001 by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team, group of scientists and biologists responsible for long-term monitoring and research efforts on grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE).  Seeing that grizzlies have an estimated life span in the wild of 20 to 25 years, 399 can be considered a senior citizen: she is set to turn 27 in a few days! (bear cubs get born typically in January) 
Will she make it through another cold Yellowstone winter? Or, will she defy all expectations and emerge from her winter den in the spring of 2023 with new cubs in tow?

It wouldn't be the first time grizzly 399 surprised the world.  In 2020, at the old age of 24, after a long and brutal winter during which the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem received 11 feet of snow and temperatures dipped down to minus 25 F (minus 31 C), she emerged from her den with no less than four new cubs in tow! An impressive feat, especially since the federal Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team had never seen a litter of four at 399's age.  But what's more: the oldest known grizzly in the area to have cubs was 27 years old, and that's the age 399 will be in 2023.

 

Why is Grizzly 399 so Famous?

Whereas a typical grizzly chooses to live its life in the back country, far away from human activity, 399 has chosen to spend at least part of her life being close to humans. Some believe this is a deliberate strategy to keep her cubs safe: 399, like some other grizzly sows in the area, raises her cubs near roadsides and developed areas to keep them safe from male grizzlies, who are known to kill cubs. Male grizzlies ("boars") kill cubs in order for the grizzly sow to stop lactating and go back into reproduction mode. That relative easy visibility near park roads makes her and similar bears nothing less than tourist and photographer magnets.


399 guides her four cubs through a wildflower meadow in the spring of 2020. 

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In her life span so far, she is believed to have produced at least 22 descendants, including the cubs that her offspring have birthed over the years. That's impressive were it not that this isn't as rosy as it sounds. About half of her offspring is believed dead. There is the sad story of her daughter, grizzly 615, who was shot by a poacher. Some have been killed by cars, like her only 2016 cub, "Snowy." Others still are believed to have been killed by male grizzlies. Did you know that an estimated 85% of grizzlies never make it to 399's age? All of this to say that life isn't easy and guaranteed, even when you're at the top of the food chain in the animal kingdom.

 

Grizzly 399, Celebrity Mother and Grandmother

Her most famous offspring is a grizzly sow identified by the federal Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team as 610, is also regularly seen in Grand Teton National Park. Born as one of 399's triplets in 2006, grizzly 610 is currently caring for three cubs born in 2022 and, as if in a fairy tale, is actually close to her mother. In June of 2020, 399 with her four cubs and 610 with her -at the time - two cubs were seen meeting each other in Grand Teton National Park. Contrary to popular beliefs that grizzly sows with cubs are aggressive towards other adult bears, both bears recognized each other and the six cubs even played together.  In fact, back in 2011, when 399 had triplets and 610 had twins, 610 willingly adopted one of her mother's cubs: 610 ended up raising triplets while 399 raised her two remaining cubs!

 


399 guides her four cubs in the spring of 2022, shortly after coming out of hibernation.  The cubs were 2.5 years old this year and, shortly after, were 'kicked out' by 399 to live on their own.

 

Celebrity 399, Queen of the Tetons

Things occasionally get crazy during a bear jam. We all love to experience the bears (and other wildlife) but some of us seem to forget at times that these are in fact wild animals and that the National Park is not a petting zoo.  These bears are wild animals and are, at last check, stronger and faster than any human alive.

To keep everyone safe, since 2007, Grand Teton National Park enrolls a special group of volunteers called the "Grand Teton Wildlife Brigade." In fact, it was due to the popularity of grizzly 399 emerging from her den with three cubs back in 2007 that the brigade was formed. Their mission is to keep the wildlife and the tourists safe, for example, by enforcing the minimum required distance of 100 yards from bears and wolves, and 25 yards from the park's other animals. When talking to some of these volunteers, it becomes clear that managing the wildlife isn't the problem ... it's managing the people.


A member of the Wildlife Brigade keeps onlookers away from the five grizzlies in the spring of 2022

 

Grizzly 399, estimated to be weighing in at 350 pounds and standing 7 feet tall on her hind legs, has had one close encounter with a visitor so far. Or at least, one during which she made contact; little doubt she has had other surprise encounters with (sometimes reckless) visitors. Back in 2007, a school teacher set out on a walk near Jackson Lake Lodge in the park and inadvertently surprised 399 and her cubs while they were feeding on an elk carcass. 399 charged and bit the teacher before retreating. Luckily, 399 was spared because she acted as nature intended in defense of her cubs.

 


Shortly after 399 killed an elk calf in Grand Teton National Park, the elk cow returned to where she had left her calf.
The elk approached while calling out for her calf. A heartbreaking (but necessary) moment in nature.

 

Will She Appear with New Cubs in 2023?

If you are planning to visit Grand Teton National Park in the spring of 2023, expect a crowd.  Wildlife lovers around the world will be waiting for the news: will 27-year old 399 appear with new cubs?

After kicking out her four 2.5 year old cubs in late spring of 2022, grizzly 399 was seen on several occasions with a male grizzly boar.  The boar persistently stayed with her during mating season.  If successful, the new babies will be born sometime in January 2023, weighing one pound each!  Drinking their mother's milk, they grow rapidly and all emerge from the winter den sometime in May.

 


Bruno, the male grizzly bear that joined grizzly 399 during mating season in 2022

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What Will the Future Bring for 399?

The future is by no means guaranteed for these extraordinary creatures. Other than the 'regular' danger of colliding with a car, there is the risk of running into trouble in human neighborhoods as happened to one of 399's four cubs in the spring of 2022: Wyoming's Game & Fish department killed the cub for reportedly seeking food in human settlements outside of National Park borders.  And, there is the ever looming threat of trophy hunters getting their way in turning these magnificent bears into a wall ornament or a living room rug. In early 2022, Wyoming's governor Mark Gordon asked the Federal Government to delist the grizzly from the Endangered Species List. If and when approved, this could see the hunting of grizzly bears, as evidenced by the recently proposed draft grizzly management plan in Montana - part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem lies in Montana - that mentions a grizzly bear hunting season if Endangered Species Act protections were to be removed.  The harsh reality is that, were it not for one judge who halted the trophy hunt in 2018, 399 and other celebrity bears may well have ended up killed by now.

 


399 and her cubs walk in front of the Teton mountain range in Grand Teton National Park

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With the millions of dollars streaming into the coffers of the state of Wyoming thanks to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, a substantial part due to the popularity of the grizzlies, you may consider it mind boggling why the Wyoming Game & Fish Commission voted unanimously to approve the grizzly hunt.  Is the 'joy' of one trophy hunter (and the measly hunting license fee) really equal to the countless hours of joy that a bear like 399 provides to millions of park visitors annually, not to mention the economic impact those millions of visitors provide to the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem?

For now, all is well.  399 Is safely asleep in her winter den, not knowing that her plight is being followed by millions around the world.  And that her life, even after she will be long gone, will continue to play a big part in protecting grizzly bears from senseless human politics forevermore.

 


Grizzly 399 in wildflowers

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Where Can I Photograph Wild Cats? https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/12/what-do-bobcats-eat

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.

Unfortunately, most 'wild' cat images you see on social media, are not wild at all ... They are captive animals on so-called Game Farms where the photographer gets put in the ideal situation to photograph a cat, in an environment that looks wild. 


Bobcat on the prowl, headed in my direction just before sunset
 

You have probably seen examples of these images: the perfect shot of a cougar cub running towards the camera, or an adult cougar beautifully jumping the red rocks of Utah against the backdrop of snowy mountain peaks.

Ethical? No.  Animals on game farms are not wild, are kept in cages and are regularly mistreated.  Plus, it's supposed to be wildlife photography.

All for what: the perfect picture?

Shortly after I switched my 20+ year IT career into wildlife photography and writing, I had a reality check: as any passionate photographer, I was hunting for those perfect pictures, but, coming across a wild mountain lion in the perfect setting, behaving as if you - the photographer - isn't there, simply does not happen in real life, or more accurately, in wild nature. 
And photographing wild nature to document and ultimately help in its conservation is what it's all about, right?


Chance encounter with a bobcat during the cold winter months
 

So how do you get an image of a wild cat?

With the notable exceptions of visiting protected areas where hunting is not allowed, including some African safari destinations and Chile's Torres del Paine National Park, where it's said that every 10 square kilometers has at least one mountain lion, you'll need luck and patience.

In the United States, six wild cat species roam the landscape: Bobcat, Canadian Lynx, Mountain Lion (or Cougar or Puma), Jaguar, Jaguarundi and the Ocelot.  

All are extremely skittish which is easy to understand since some humans like to hunt these beautiful creatures.  For example, the estimated number of bobcats hunted and killed annually here in the U.S. is 40,000.  The number of mountain lions killed each year is 3,000.

All of this to say: whenever you go on a hike in the hopes of enjoying nature and its wildlife, don't expect to see a wild cat. 


I spotted this bobcat crossing a rural road on one of my outings
 

And this brings me to my recent encounter:  a wild bobcat on the hunt.


Focus
 

I was out exploring an area frequented by waterfowl, a favorite food of the local predators, when I spotted movement in the tall grass.  A bobcat was heading in the direction of a small creek where a couple of waterfowl was feeding.

I staid still and snapped a few quick images as the bobcat went into full stalk mode.


Stalking towards the waterfowl
 

I started recording video of the waterfowl, just in case the bobcat charged.  Shortly after, it did with great speed. 

In the below video of the encounter, the waterfowl are in the bottom right-hand corner and the bobcat is coming in from the left.
Blink and you'll miss it ...!


 

The hunt was unsuccessful ... at least for the bobcat, I considered mine a success!

After the hunt fiasco, the bobcat spent several minutes drying itself.  It reminded me of my house cats: they hate to get wet too!

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Golden Hour Wildlife Photography https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/12/golden-hour-wildlife-photography It's hard to beat photography during what is called the "golden hour".

This is the short period after sunrise and before sunset when the sunlight is warm and less harsh.

The light provided by the sun during these periods is so much more appealing than the harsh, bright light around noon.

Here's one of my favorite golden hour images from this past fall in the Tetons when I spotted a beaver just before sunset in Grand Teton National Park's Snake river. 

I love how some of the images give us a glimpse of the beaver's iron-filled orange teeth.

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Snow Geese in the Rio Grande Valley https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/12/snow-geese-in-the-rio-grande-valley Winter is an excellent time to head to New Mexico's Rio Grande Valley.  Thousands of snow geese and sandhill cranes spent their winter here, in the relatively mild temperatures.

Along the Rio Grande river, there are several great spots where you can visit the wintering birds: some of my favorites include Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Bernardo Wildlife Management Area and Sevilletta National Wildlife Refuge.

Here's an example of a pond along the Rio Grande filled with snow geese.

One picture shows the calm scene; the next one shows the same scene when a large cloud of redwinged blackbirds flew by.

Which one do you like better?

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... or, mayhem when the cloud of blackbirds flew by ...

 

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Why do Bull Elk pee on themselves? https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/12/why-do-bull-elk-pee-on-themselves The annual mating season, or rut, of Elk is a time that many wildlife photographers and enthusiasts look forward to.

Typically starting in September and lasting into early October, male Elk (also called Bulls) seek out females (also called Cows) for mating. 

As the mating season starts, Bull Elk gather Cows into their "harem."  Bulls will bugle, rub trees with their antlers and ... pee themselves to attract Cows.

Why do Bull Elk pee themselves I hear you ask?

Well, apparently the pee on the Bull's fur and body creates his "perfume" that attracts Cows.

I made this short video of a bull doing just that in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park:

And if there is mud nearby, the Bull will also roll his body into the mud to spread the scent over his body.

Here are some of my favorite mud-covered Bull images:

... and my favorite:

 

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Grizzly 399 and Bruno in Grand Teton National Park https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/12/grizzly-399-and-bruno-in-grand-teton-national-park

The day was a Tuesday in late May.

In April and May, I'm out daily in Grand Teton National Park to look for wildlife to photograph. 

On this particular day, I was exploring 399's home range when I noticed two bears in the distance.

One looked like an adult, the other like an older cub.

I setup my camera and started waiting; hoping that they would make their way within range for a good picture.



Crop of a picture taken from far away

 

As they got closer and closer, I realized what I had been looking at in the distance ...  

It was not an adult grizzly with a cub, it was a huge male grizzly accompanying a female grizzly sow: Bruno and 399!

Bruno of course is the dominant male grizzly in this part of the National Park and he is believed to be the father of 399's previous litters, including the quads.

 


399 looks at Bruno

 

And it became clear very soon that 399 was moving fast: she was trying to get away from Bruno.

She spent time grazing, always supervised by Bruno.

 


Look at the size of Bruno on the left!

 

Bruno in the foreground keeps his eye on 399

 


She tried to get away from Bruno, over and over again. 

 


399 on the run

 


399 on the run
 


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399 being agitated at Bruno

 

Bruno wasn't having any of it.  He chased 399 wherever she went.

 


Bruno breathing hard as he had to exercise quite hard to keep up with 399

 

 


Bruno in full sprint ... pretty scary to see him running at you!

 

Perhaps she isn't too thrilled about having new cubs so soon after raising the quads?  We'll know in a few months!

By now, 399 is hopefully safely in her winter den. 

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Grizzly 399

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Grizzly 399 Print Sale https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/11/grizzly-399-print

Here's grizzly 399 on a rainy summer day.

She sure looks great for a soon-to-be 27 year old bear!

 

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Happy Thanksgiving! https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/11/happy-thanksgiving Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I am thankful that there are still wild places left.

Places where we can escape to and where we can go to see the wonders of nature and its wildlife.

Here's to many more years of adequate protections for the animals and wild places from an ever-growing human population!

And, I am thankful for you. 

Without your support, I couldn't do what I do: traveling around photographing and documenting our natural world, with the goal of protecting those who don't have a voice. 

THANK YOU!!!

Here's a great encounter I had at sunset with a grizzly sow (Felicia) and her cubs in the Tetons this past spring.

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One of the cubs

 

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One of the cubs

 

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One of the cubs

 

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Comedy Wildlife: The Story behind the Picture https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/11/the-story-behind-the-picture What is going on with the moose teeth in this image that made it to the finals of the Comedy Wildlife Awards?

Well, it's not photoshopped as some seem to think. 
(Sidenote: that wouldn't be possible anyway since the Comedy Wildlife organization checks the RAW file - the picture's "negative" - to make sure no editing or Photoshopping was done to the image)

I made this image of a big bull moose in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park, where I typically spend the fall months photographing the moose mating season in September and October.

As some of you have noted, moose have no upper teeth. 

But, then what are you looking at in the moose's mouth???

So, moose do not have upper teeth, but it looks like this moose has very sharp upper and lower teeth showing!?

What’s actually showing in the image is ... a combination of lower gums and lower teeth!

In other words, what your eyes see as the ‘upper teeth’ are actually the bottoms of the lower teeth, and, what your eyes see as the lower teeth are the lower gums that rise up between the lower teeth.

Because moose have no upper teeth, and certainly no sharp ‘shark teeth’, is the whole reason I thought this image is so funny.  Since I spend much time around moose here in the Grand Teton and Yellowstone area, I always realized it was just a lucky snap in a burst of images that gave the appearance of shark teeth, hence my submission of this image into the Comedy Wildlife Awards! 

This bull moose was performing the 'Flehmen response' (read more about this behavior here) during which the bull moose curls up his lip.  As the lip curl was ending, this image shows the upper lip coming down on top of the lower teeth.

Still having trouble seeing the lower gums and lower teeth?

Here are a few close-ups of this bull moose’s lower teeth and gums that may help explain it, as well as a close-up of another bull moose's mouth.


No upper teeth.  Imagine the upper lip coming down over the lower teeth.

 


Lower teeth and lower gums

 


The Comedy Wildlife Finalist image ... 

 


... and a close-up.

 


Here's a different bull moose performing the Flehmen response.  Note the lower gums and lower teeth forming 'shark teeth' where they intersect.

 

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Bull Moose in Grand Teton National Park https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/11/bull-moose-in-grand-teton-national-park One of the biggest bull moose in Grand Teton National Park, photographed during last year's mating season.


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Performing the Flehmen response

Read more here about this particular behavior

 


Licking his lips

 


Taking a break with a view of the valley that is Jackson Hole 

("Hole" is an old trapper's word for "valley")
 

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Grizzly 399 at the Snake River and Jackson Lake Dam https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/11/399-at-the-snake-river-and-jackson-lake-dam How exiting it is when you run into grizzly 399!

On this particular afternoon exploring Grand Teton National Park, I noticed a small crowd hanging out by the Jackson Lake dam.

In this area of the park, a crowd of people typically means a grizzly bear!

With high hopes of seeing a grizzly and that grizzly hopefully swimming in the river, I parked the car, took out the big lens and started looking.

Grizzly 399 was peacefully grazing across the Snake river, all by herself, as this was after she kicked out the four cubs this summer.

I snapped a few pictures at long distance and waited.  Would she swim the river?

As minutes turned into hours, she kept grazing in the same area.  She sat down, grazed, disappeared behind the trees, re-emerged, grazed some more ...

The sun was getting close to disappearing for the night behind the Tetons and at that point, I had given up hope that she would go for a swim.


 

As the crowd of people started leaving, I stuck around thinking that the best I could hope for was that she would get thirsty and come down to the Snake river for a drink ...

Lo and behold, a few minutes after I expressed my wish, she walked straight in my direction and went for a drink!


Here She Comes

 

 

 

By now, 399 is hopefully safely in her winter den. 

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Fox in Snow https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/11/fox-in-snow Here is one of my favorite images from this past Spring in Grand Teton National Park.

I camped in the National Park's winter camping area at Colter Bay, next to Jackson Lake.  While the temperatures dipped down to 0 F (-18 C), I was out daily looking for wildlife.

With most of the big ungulates (elk and moose) hanging out in the southern section of the valley; in and around the National Elk Refuge next to the town of Jackson, Wyoming; I focused on foxes, and grizzly bears (who start emerging from their winter sleep in March).

This particular fox was out hunting in a forest north of the National Park.  Hiking in the forest without snow shoes is extremely difficult because of the deep snow, so I counted my lucky stars when the fox walked by close to the park road.

Happy to report that two of my images won in this year's photo contest by the Wyoming Outdoor Council!  This fox was one of the winners; I'll post the second winning image in the upcoming days.

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Where is Grizzly 399? https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/11/where-is-grizzly-399 After the warm and prolonged Fall season, Winter is finally arriving in Grand Teton National Park.  Temperatures are expected to drop down to -3 F in a few days (-19 C).

Having fattened up as much as possible during the Fall season, the grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) are now getting ready to enter the next phase of their life: a cozy winter sleep in their den.

And so too, grizzly 399 is likely to return to her usual denning area north of Grand Teton National Park.


Grizzly 399 and her four cubs in the wild flowers

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Yellowstone and Grand Teton grizzly bears typically dig their den before the ground gets too hard for easy digging.  They find a steep north-facing slope and, underneath a big tree, dig a hole which consists of a small passage big enough to squeeze through which leads to the bedroom.

Why North-facing and underneath a tree? Once the snow starts falling and the bear is in its hibernation sleep, the micro-climate of the enclosed den is crucial to the survival of the bear.  If the den were to be compromised, the bear could freeze to death.  The North-facing slope is the coldest due to the lack of direct sunlight, keeping the snow covering the den entrance nice and frozen.  Digging the den underneath a tree provides extra support; preventing a possible collapse; thanks to the tree root system that surrounds the den.


Grizzly 399 and her four cubs walk the valley floor in front of the Tetons

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After up to a week of digging, the grizzly's den is just big enough to allow the bear to tightly curl up in; again, the main reason being conservation of heat.  The final step is bedding: a layer of carefully placed vegetation on the floor of the den's bedroom which traps and heats dead air underneath the bear.

Once snow covers the den entrance, the result is a cozy, dry and insulated place for the grizzly to spend the winter.  With temperatures in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem dropping down to as low as -60 F (-50 C), inside the bear den, past research found temperatures inside a bear den to be in the - surprising - range of 83 F to 97 F! (28 C to 36 C)


Grizzly 399 in the wild flowers

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After kicking out her quadruplets this past spring, grizzly 399 spent a relatively problem-free summer.   She was rarely seen as, with no cubs to protect, she typically doesn't hang out around park roads as much.


Bruno, the big male grizzly, courted and probably mated with grizzly 399 this summer

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She was seen being courted by a big male on several occasions.  Turning 27 during this winter's hibernation and with the average Yellowstone grizzly living to be 20-25 years old, her coming out of hibernation in 2023 with new cubs would be nothing short of a miracle.  But then again, she has proven already that she is capable of miracles.  Fingers crossed!

 

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Wildlife Short Video: Bull Moose in the Snow https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/11/wildlife-short-video-bull-moose-in-the-snow Photography is my passion. 

Video ... well, not so much.

Nowadays, however, most cameras (and phones) have the option to record videos built-in.

A great image is wonderful to look at, but, admittedly, so is a nice short video of wildlife encounters.

So, I have every intention of recording some of my encounters while out looking for the perfect photograph.

Here's a start ... 

This big and beautiful bull moose posed in an open sage brush field in Jackson Hole's Grand Teton National Park.

I love the slow-motion effect as the snow starting falling.

 

 

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Finalist in the Comedy Wildlife Awards! https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/10/finalist-in-the-comedy-wildlife-awards

Exciting news!

My "smiling moose" image is selected as a finalist in the annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards!

I made this image in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming during the moose's fall mating season.  The bull pictured gave me a big grin ... by showing his 'shark teeth'.

No, moose don't have sharp shark teeth.  In fact, they don't even have upper teeth, only lower teeth.  

What you're seeing in the image is a combination of gums and lower teeth.

Now, one of the awards is is chosen by you! 

And, just for casting your vote, you can win a money prize.

So, if you are so inclined, you can vote for your favorite (smiling moose) here ... 

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Huge Bull Moose https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/10/huge-bull-moose The Troubles of Getting the Perfect Moose Photograph

Moose don't like the sun much so they are mostly active dusk and dawn.

This means that, after a long afternoon hike in nature looking for them, you typically find them bedded down.

While you sit down near the moose when you finally found some, you hope and pray that they will get up to start eating and drinking before the sun sets behind the mountains.  After all, a picture of a moose sitting down isn't as exciting as a huge moose standing in front of your camera!

When the sun gets low on the horizon, the quality of the light is referred to as "golden light" or the "magic hour."

As the sun gets down to a low angle in the sky, the available light seems to get warmer as the atmosphere filters out blue light.  

This leaves a palette of "golden" light, made up of reds, oranges and yellows.

Here's an example, as this huge bull moose got up just in time!

Using a big 500mm f/4 lens made the moose pop by blurring the fore- and background.

 

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Moose at Gros Ventre Campground https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/10/moose-at-gros-ventre-campground Looking at this moose cow and calf, now may not the best time to try and use the bathroom ...

I found these two lined up in front one of the Gros Ventre campground's bathrooms.

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Gear Shout-Out *** Cotton Carrier Camera Harness *** https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/10/gear-shout-out-cotton-carrier-camera-harness Gear Shout-Out: Cotton Carrier 3G Camera Harness System

As some of you reading this may know: I’m not a gearhead.  I don’t buy the ‘latest & greatest’ unless there is a great reason for my style of wildlife photography.  

Marketing departments would have us believe that, once their latest product gets launched, you can pretty much throw away their earlier model as only their new equipment will get you the shot. Me, once I find a piece of gear that works, I need a lot of convincing before I jump ship.  So, unless a piece of particular gear, be it a camera body, lens or accessory, frustrates me and makes my life more difficult while making images, I stick with it. 

As I try out new gear, however, inevitably I end up being frustrated from time to time: a camera body ends up buffering more than it should or its autofocus system isn’t performing as required, hiking boots start leaking after only a few months or a lens takes on water while shooting in the rain.  When I do find a piece of equipment that fulfills my needs, I am a happy customer.  Here’s an example of that philosophy.


 

When you want to photograph wildlife, it typically means parking your car and going for a hike.  Most wildlife doesn't necessarily likes us and frowns upon posing next to the road.  That immediately means making the very difficult choice that wildlife photographers face: what equipment do I bring?  Big lenses are heavy, yet, you never know which focal length you may need.  Do you bring a prime 500mm f/4 lens? But what if the critter is close, or, is posing in front of a beautiful backdrop and you really need your wide angle lens?

While there is no 'one size fits all' lens, the problem then becomes: once you make your well-thought-out choices, how do you carry the equipment with you in the field?  In your hands, hanging on your shoulder via the camera or lens strap, in a backpack or via a purpose-built carrier? I have suffered through some poor personal choices.

Carrying the camera in my hands means that my hands, lower arms or finger knuckles will inevitably start to hurt.  Hanging the camera strap on my shoulder has seen it slide off my shoulder onto the ground, especially while hiking on rough terrain or in a dense forest.  While a backpack has its advantages, I find it to be very bulky.  So, I finally caved and started trying out harness systems. Little to no avail, until I tried the Cotton Carrier.


Contents of the box

 


Hiking in the Tetons with the Nikon 500mm f/4

 

The 3G camera harness system (click here for the Cotton Carrier website), unlike most other harnesses for sale, fits like a 'mini t-shirt'.  It fits over your head and sits snug over your shoulders.  Having done several long hikes with this system, here are my personal favorite features it offers:

  • The weight of your camera and lens rests nicely on both shoulders.
  • A simple strap prevents your lens from flopping around violently.  This comes in especially handy while hiking off trail where you're bending over to duck branches or climb over stuff.
  • The locking mechanism does not involve any clips, screws, or what have you.  You slide the camera down into the harness lock, twist and you're done.  Reverse this motion to instantly grab your camera when an animal walks out in front of you.
  • Easy to use with a variety of lenses.  My favorite wildlife lenses to take on hikes are the Nikon 500mm f/4, the Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses.  The carrier works with all of these.
  • The harness has a small, lightweight rain cover built-in.  Very handy to pull over your camera and lens if it starts to pour.
  • Once you attach the camera and lens to the harness, both your arms and hands are fully available.  Handy to push away branches, or who knows, make a quick grab for that bear pepper spray!

 

As I'm typing this, I just returned from a long - fruitless - hike looking for moose.  It is October after all and the mating season is still in full swing. My camera and 70-200mm f/2.8 lens are hanging effortlessly on my chest and shoulders. 


On a hike with the 70-200mm f/2.8 safely attached to the harness

If you're in the market for a harness system, may I suggest you give this one a good look. 

Thanks for reading!

- Jorn

 

P.S. Some more moose images ...

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Fall Colors https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/9/fall-colors After a long summer photographing the bears in Alaska, I made it back to the Tetons just in time for the fall colors.

Due to the warmer than normal temperatures, the fall colors haven't really started yet in most areas of Jackson Hole.

What has definitely started is the moose mating season.

On my daily hikes; searching for moose; I have come across several bull moose hanging out near a cow and have had the 'smelly pleasure' of observing a bull moose dig a wallow pit.

It's quite interesting behavior: the bull moose uses his front hooves to dig a shallow pit, urinates in it and then rolls himself in the pit.  The female cow finds this all too much to resist and typically joins him to roll around in his urine.

Hence, not just the pit can be easy to locate, even for us humans, but some of the moose are also quite stinky this time of year ...

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A very interested bull finds out whether the cow moose is ready for mating

 

And finally, one of my favorite big bulls in the Tetons, photographed last fall:


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The Chase https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/9/the-chase The chase and the catch.

It's almost time for me to leave the bears and salmon of Alaska behind for fall photography in Wyoming's Jackson Hole.

Having arrived in Alaska in mid June, it's been a great three months!

But ... I also can't wait to see what the moose have in store this fall in the Tetons!

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Brown bear arrives and checks out the salmon-filled creek

 


The chase

 


Got one!  A big chum salmon.



Now to be able to hold on​to it! 

 


Got it!  Time to head for the shore and a quick pose for the photographer.

 

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Grizzly Swim https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/9/grizzly-swim A seemingly tender moment between a grizzly and his (rotten) salmon which he fished up from the lagoon bottom.

Many of the salmon here in southeastern Alaska have spawned and dying by this time.

While the bears get very picky and only seem to eat female salmon - for their roe - at the beginning of the season when the salmon are arriving ... towards the end, when many salmon have died and females with roe are few and far between, grizzlies eat whatever they can find.

Including dead, half decaying salmon ...

 


"Snorkeling" bear looks for a meal in the deep lagoon

 

 

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Fox Kits https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/9/fox-kits When I arrived in the Tetons this year for spring photography, I got there on April 1st.  With frequent snowfall and some daytime highs hovering near 0 F, not much was moving yet.

The first few weeks, I focused on the northern section of the park from Willow Flats to the border with Yellowstone.

Deep snow in these higher elevations meant bears were still in their dens and no grazing was available yet for the large ungulates which were still hanging out in the southern, lower area of Jackson Hole near the National Elk Refuge.  As a result, this section of the park appeared mostly dead, awaiting the spring thaw.

While out on my daily explorations looking for wildlife, little did I know that I traveled by some particularly cute little guys on a daily basis.

Hidden under the deep snow and under the cement foundation of one of the National Park buildings, a female fox (or "vixen") had built her den.

Born in early April, these three pups (or "kits") stayed inside the warmth and safety of the den until it was time, about 4 or 5 weeks later, to start venturing out into the world!

 

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Gallery Amaran in Jackson, WY https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/8/gallery-amaran-in-jackson-wy Proud to now offer a selection of my Fine Art Prints on the town square in Jackson, WY!!!

When you're in town, please stop by gallery Amaran to see select prints, my book as well as certain prints in limited, signed edition.

The print "399+4" is now available and hanging in the gallery on acrylic (limited and signed). It looks amazing as a huge 40 x 60 acrylic print! Only one available.

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Salmon Roe https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/8/salmon-roe The longer I spent pursuing wildlife photography, the more I'm convinced that gear isn't the end-all be-all.

Of course, you need an adequate camera body. 

You need a good enough lens. 

You need to know how to use your camera as there's typically very little time when animal action happens, and there are few, if any, do-overs.

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So what do I consider the most important thing?

Time.  Be there.

If I had to choose between getting the latest Nikon Z9, Canon R3 or Sony A1 with that brand's 400mm f/2.8 lens (each combo will set you back around $20K) and having only a week in Alaska, or, having an entry level camera and lens but being able to spend one or two months in Alaska ... ?

I'd choose the latter all the time.  The most expensive gear is no substitute for spending time with wildlife, which allows you to see (and photograph!) so many different behaviors in so many different lighting situations.

Spending three months here in Southeast Alaska reminds me of that on a daily basis.  Most visitors - some carrying professional-level gear - spend one or two days at the salmon-filled creek.  They may see one or two bears spending a few hours fishing.  It may be bright sunlight during their visit, heavy fog or pouring rain.

Being able to spend all that time at the creek, from mid June this year to the middle of September when I'm planning on leaving Alaska to head back to the Tetons, has given me much more opportunities to get those unique shots.  Here are some of my favorites from my three-month visit in past years.


A grizzly swam the lagoon in my direction, giving me a great reflection shot opportunity

 


Close-up of a grizzly taking a mouthful of berries next to the creek

 


Salmon Roe goes flying when this grizzly bites into a pink salmon in the creek

 

Grizzly BombGrizzly Bomb A grizzly in hot pursuit of several salmon

 

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Close-up of a grizzly paw.  Look at those nails.

 


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A grizzly caught a beautiful, red sockeye salmon.

 


Salmon roe (or eggs), a delicacy for the grizzlies.

 

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Fishing Wolves https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/8/fishing-wolves Time flies when you're having fun!

Here's a coastal wolf fishing for salmon in Alaska, where I'm spending the summer.

Since late July, the salmon have really started coming in to the creek where I go look for bears and wolves daily.

Grizzlies seem to prefer catching the female chum salmon to eat the eggs.

Wolves prefer the pink salmon ... only eating their head for the fatty brain!

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Eyes on the prize, a big pink salmon trying to get away in the creek

 

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Got one!

 


Bear meets WolfBear meets Wolf Staring contest with a big brown bear

 

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Salmon Run https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/8/salmon-run Once the temperature (and mosquito count!) started rising in Jackson Hole, Wyoming this June, there was only one destination on my mind: Alaska!

Having been unable to make it to Alaska these past two years due to Canada's border being closed (COVID), I've been looking forward to making the long drive once again to Southeast Alaska.

A bit grumbly because of sky-high gas prices, I left Jackson Hole mid June to start the 1,573 mile (or 2531 km) drive to the closest place in Alaska you can drive to: the small town of Hyder.

Why Hyder?

Well, for one, it's a beautiful place.  Located both at the ocean and in the mountains, the scenery is amazing.


Welcome to Hyder

 

Snow-covered mountains, multiple glaciers, the ocean, a rainforest jungle ... Hyder has it all.


Salmon glacier

 

More importantly for my wildlife photography, however, Hyder has several creeks where salmon return annually to spawn.  This in turn attracts multiple grizzly bears, black bears, bald eagles, river otters, wolves, etc. who come to feed on the salmon.

Fish Creek is located a few miles outside of Hyder, Alaska, and this is where all the action occurs.


The U.S. Forest Service platform that allows for safe bear viewing at Fish Creek

 

The creek has three salmon runs that occur during the summer and fall: first, any time in July, the chum (also called dog) salmon arrive in the creek.  In early August, the pink (also called humpy) salmon arrive.  Later in September or early October, the coho (also called silver) salmon arrive.

This year, the chum salmon have been slow to trickle in.  At the time of writing, however, there are a good number of chum in the river with more on the way.  And, the first pinks have also started to arrive.

Long story short: the salmon are here and so are the bears, wolves and eagles!

Here are a few of my favorites.

 


Grizzly caught a female Chum salmon

 


Grizzly struggles to catch a Chum salmon

 


Grizzly takes a bite out of a female Chum salmon and the eggs come spilling out

 

Stay tuned for more images and stories (with hopefully a happy ending) as I look for bears and wolves to photograph in and around the salmon-filled streams!

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Cowboy State Daily - Column https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/7/cowboy-state-daily---column Wyoming's Cowboy State Daily published my column on the exhilarating experience of a grizzly running in my direction: read it here

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Moose after Sunset https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/7/moose-after-sunset Flash-back to last fall when this big bull moose, named Shoshone by the locals, posed in the sage brush after sunset in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park.

 

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Cattle or Grizzlies? https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/7/cattle-or-grizzlies When you like nature, wildlife and value places where you can still get away and hope to see a grizzly or wolf, it feels like the ability of a large part of the population to even tolerate our wildlife is getting smaller and smaller.

It'll be a sad day when the last grizzly or wolf gets shot.

An ever growing human population will unavoidably result in the disappearance of all things wild.

Case in point, this latest news:

to accommodate cattle grazing in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, the previous administration approved the killing of 72 (!) grizzlies.

The desire of a few ranchers to use our public land to graze their cattle herd will likely result in the killing of 72 grizzly bears, who have been inhabiting said land since time immemorial. 

Little surprise that it has been demonstrated over and over that the beef industry holds a lot of sway, both over our elected politicians as well as our federal agencies like the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. (click here)

The beef and dairy industry spends a fortune - over $200 million in the past 20 years - to downplay the large contribution their industry makes to climate change and to invent unproven reasons about the need to exterminate predators like wolves and grizzlies.

Our wild horses, wolves and grizzlies pay the ultimate price.

It makes me think about the millions of tourists who make it to Wyoming and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in particular every year.  Would they love to see a cow in the National Forest or a grizzly?

For those not in the know: the Bridger-Teton National Forest covers part of Jackson Hole, adjoins Grand Teton NP and houses grizzlies like Felicia, whose cub is pictured below.

Fingers and toes crossed that people who still value wildness can put a stop to this.

More info: https://cowboystatedaily.com/2022/07/08/conservation-groups-appeal-grizzly-killings-in-wyoming-wyo-wildlife-advocate-praises-move/

 

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Interview in Cowboy State Daily https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/7/interview-in-cowboy-state-daily

Wyoming's Cowboy State Daily interviewed me about my wildlife photography and recent international photography awards.

Find it here: https://cowboystatedaily.com/2022/07/07/paparazzi-to-the-bears-famed-wyoming-photographer-sweeps-international-photo-competition/

 

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Happy 4th of July! https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/7/happy-4th-of-july Happy 4th of July! πŸ΄πŸŽ‰

What better way to celebrate Independence Day than to pay homage to the animal that helped found this country?

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This was a fun interaction to photograph between these two Onaqui wild horses in Utah. The horse on the left looked all dominant but the one on the right staged a comeback!

 

 

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Grizzly Sprint https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/7/grizzly-sprint If you ever wonder what it looks like when a grizzly comes sprinting directly towards you ... here is the answer in pictures.

The grizzly pictured is one of the biggest males (or 'boars') around in Wyoming. 

The locals in Jackson Hole call him 'Bruno.'

Being the biggest grizzly in town comes with its perks: Bruno is believed to be the dad of most of the young cubs in the area.  This likely makes him the dad of the four cubs that 399 recently kicked out as well as the dad of 399's daughter's - 610 - three cubs of the year. 

This particular afternoon, I spotted Bruno courting 399 shortly after she weaned the four cubs.

399 wasn't having any of it.

She kept attempting to run away from him, to no avail.  As soon as 399 faked running in one direction, soon followed by sprinting in the opposite direction, Bruno was directly on her tail.

On this occasion, 399, closely followed by Bruno, ran straight in the direction of my parked car.  The big telephoto lens did the rest ...

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(Jorn Vangoidtsenhoven Wildlife and Nature Photography) 399 acrylic afdruk amerika art at award bear beer belg belgisch bridger brown bruno buy camera canvas creek eco ecosystem etsy fine flat flats forest foto fotograaf gallery glossy grand greater grizzlies grizzly grizzlybeer image jorn lopen lopende metal metallic mountain mountains national natuurfotograaf online park photos picture pilgrim print printed purchase rockies rocky run running shop sprint sprinting store system teton towards vango vangoidtsenhoven vangophoto vangophotos vlaams vlaming wildlife winner winning wrap wyoming yellowstone https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/7/grizzly-sprint Fri, 01 Jul 2022 23:04:19 GMT
Grizzly Update with Tom Mangelsen https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/6/grizzly-update-with-tom-mangelsen When it came time to write a article on how the celebrity grizzlies in Jackson Hole and the Tetons have been doing since they came out of hibernation this Spring of 2022, I was honored to interview Tom Mangelsen, legendary conservation wildlife photographer and former BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, to get his thoughts.

With the tourist crowds descending once again into the Tetons for the summer months, and especially with more people unable to visit Yellowstone after the recent flooding and recently imposed 'license plate access requirements' (read about it here), I thought it was important to tell everyone how the Jackson Hole bears are doing, and, more importantly, how we can all help to keep them safe.

DESTINATION:WILDLIFE published the article here: "Catching Up with the Grand Teton's Famous Bears."

 

Here's one of my favorite images of this spring:

an intimate moment between grizzly mom Felicia and her two yearling cubs.  Fine Art Print available by clicking here.

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Award Winner: 7th 35AWARDS! https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/6/award-winner-7th-35awards

I was very excited to receive word from one of the world's largest photography competitions: 35 AWARDS. (Web | Instagram | Facebook
This competition awards the 'top 35' (hence their name, 35 AWARDS) and I made it as a top wildlife photographer and a top photographer in the USA.  
For the 3rd year in a row (!), some of my wildlife images won awards in the competition.

This year, 124,827 professional and amateur photographers from 174 countries participated in the annual photography competition and submitted a total of 470,000 photographs. The photographs were judged in three different stages and 158 million votes were received. Ultimately, in the 3rd stage of voting, 50 professional photographers from 50 different countries selected the winners from the photographs that received the most votes.   

I am honored and grateful to announce that:

  • I was named as one of the Top 35 Wildlife Photographers in the World
  • I was named as one of the Top 35 Photographers in the U.S. (across all categories, not just wildlife)
  • One of my images was selected to be a part of the annual Catalogue

The awards were given based on these 4 of my images:


Grizzly mom and two newborn cubs in the snow, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming, USA

This image was selected to be included in the Annual Catalogue

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Grizzly 399 in the Wild Flowers, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA

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Bull Elk crosses the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA

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Bull Moose smirk, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA

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Grizzly 399's Teeth at Old Age https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/6/grizzly-399 Recently, I observed the grizzly 'mating dance' in Grand Teton National Park.

In the case of celebrity grizzly sow 399 and her suitor, a big boar known as Bruno, it was quite the spectacle.

The short version of the story: she wasn't interested, he didn't want to take 'no' for an answer.

While I had them in my sights for almost 4 hours straight, the behavior was consistent: 399 grazed almost non-stop while Bruno hovered near her, not eating a thing and only having eyes for her.

399 got fed up with Bruno several times, she faked running in one direction and then sprinted away from him in the other direction. Bruno, however, didn't flinch.  Wherever 399 ran, he followed her.

On one of their 'runs', they ran straight in my direction.  If you ever wondered what it looks like when a grizzly comes running at you full sprint, I have it on camera.  Those images are coming soon.

As she and Bruno ran very close to my parked car, I also got a close-up of 399's teeth.

Unfortunately, one of the leading causes of death for grizzly bears is tooth decay, followed by starvation.  Based on these close-ups of 399's teeth, who is currently an 'old' grizzly at the age of 26, it's anyone's guess how much time she has left ...

Update June 18, 2022: Wyoming newspaper Cowboy State Daily published this blog post and images as a Guest Column in their 6/18/22 edition (see it here)

 

Grizzly 399 was agitated having the male grizzly (Bruno) around during mating season

 

Close-up of grizzly 399's tooth decay at the age of 26

 

 

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Fox Kit https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/6/fox-kit What's more fun than photographing a cute baby animal?

Fox kits are typically born in April, and stay in the den with mom for four or five weeks.

Every few hours, mom returns to nurse the kits and allow them to play in front of the den for a few minutes.  After that, the kits hide in the safety of the den until a parent returns.

These fox parents chose a peculiar place to build their den: underneath a laundromat in Grand Teton National Park!

As a result, most images have the ugly concrete foundation behind the kits ... unless you can catch them on an outing in the nearby trees. 

I made this image well after sunset, after waiting for over 8 hours at the den waiting for the kits to come out. 

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Javelina: New Article Published! https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/5/javelina-new-article-published I'm excited that my latest article was published by Destination:Wildlife!

The article talks about my experiences photographing Javelina at Bosque del Apache in New Mexico.

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Grizzly Cub https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/5/grizzly-cub It's been a busy month here in Jackson Hole, ever since grizzly 399 came out of hibernation with her four cubs in mid April.

Since then, she's been all over the valley on a kind of 'farewell tour' for the cubs. 

Now safely back in Grand Teton National Park, she has kicked out the four cubs (or weaned is the more appropriate term) this past Wednesday into Thursday.

2.5-Year old grizzly cubs are typically weaned when the sow is ready to mate again and, lo and behold, the day after 399 kicked out the cubs, she was seen in the presence of one of the biggest male grizzlies (or 'boars') around here: a bear named Bruno by the locals. 

Seeing that the average wild grizzly bear lives to be 20 to 25 years old, could 399 at the current age of 26 possibly have cubs again this coming winter ... and live long enough to raise them to 2.5 year olds???  If any bear can do it ...

In other great bear news, one of grizzly 399's other surviving offspring came out of hibernation this past week: grizzly 610, born in 2006 and also already at the respectable age of 16, showed up with 3 new cubs (or 'coy' = Cub Of the Year).  

So far, 610 has been avoiding the humans and has stayed far up the slope of a hill in the northern section of the National Park.  I was able to made (far-away) video of her and the 3 cubs playing, rolling down the hill, ... I'll post that video when I have better WiFi available.

The other local celebrity grizzly bear, Felicia, who lives in the National Forest outside of the National Park borders, also came out of hibernation recently with her two cubs in great condition.  She'll be kicking them out in the spring of 2023 so one more year to enjoy them.  

Keep in mind that Felicia lives outside of the protection of the National Park and its Wildlife Brigade who keep the park bears & visitors safe.  When you go to see her, use the highway pull-outs and DON'T stop in the road. 

When the Game & Fish staff sees that the traffic becomes a safety problem along they highway, they DO haze the bears: best case scenario, they use cracker shells which basically scare the bears with a loud bang.  Worse methods they use are shooting the bears with rubber bullets and recently they have even started using trained dogs who charge the bear: a scenario that may end badly for the dog and/or the bear cubs especially!

I accidentally observed the bears being hazed with a dog and it's not a pretty sight, so please, do what you can to keep the bears safe.

And, finally, since this posting wouldn't be appropriate without an actual grizzly bear image ...

While mom works hard to keep them safe and to keep herself fed so she can nurse the fast growing cubs ... all the cubs seem to want to do is play.

I found this one rolling in a grassy field in the Tetons as the sun was setting with mom grazing nearby.

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Happy Mother's Day! https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/5/happy-mothers-day Happy Mother's Day!

Here's one of my favorite animal moms that I have been lucky enough to encounter.  This black bear lives in Yellowstone and appeared out of hibernation with the cutest cubs. 

They are quite a handful as expected but she's doing a good job so far keeping them safe!

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The cubs exploring the rocks

 


The cubs

 


Keeping an eye on the cubs from above

 


One of the cubs taking a sip

 

 

And finally, after all that playing ...

Dinner time!

 


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Here's one of my wife's favorite shots: a bull moose against the backdrop of a golden aspen forest.

I found this bull during last fall's moose mating season in Jackson Hole.  He was safeguarding three cow moose, awaiting for them to go in heat.

 

One of the cow moose, always on guard as not just the bull can charge her, the other (jealous) cows are also known to charge each other.

 

Sniffing the cow to see if she is in heat ...

 

... followed by the Flehmen response

 

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Up Close and Personal https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/4/up-close-and-personal Up close and personal with a grizzly.

I love getting close-up shots of animals as it allows you to get a feel for the animal's personality.

And, you get to look at all the details in the photograph that you never would have been able to see in person.

Now that the grizzlies here in the Tetons are waking up after a long and cold winter, I'm out daily trying to find and photograph these critters.

Photographing a grizzly is best done from a safe distance so use a big lens.  This may sound logical, however, when you're out in the field, you tend to see plenty of people who seem to think that grizzlies are as harmless as a donkey in a petting zoo.  For your safety and that of the animal, keep a safe distance.

Here are some of my favorite close-up shots.


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She's up! https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/4/shes-up She's up!

Grizzly 399 and her four cubs appeared out of hibernation this afternoon.

After a long winter sleep and ready for a good meal, they headed straight towards the dumpsite in the National Park where roadkill and carcasses get dumped. 

The dumpsite is - for good reason - off limits to the public so everyone's expecting the family to stay there for a while. 

Additionally, part of the National Park also doesn't open until May 1st, so even if they're on the move, it'll be hard to spot them.


 

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Moody Scene https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/4/moody-scene A moody sunset scene with the McCullough Peaks wild horses in WY.

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Sandhill Crane https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/4/sandhill-crane A sandhill crane comes in for a landing at sunset.

It's quite a spectacle to visit one of these majestic bird's winter roosts.

An estimated 30,000 cranes spend the winter in Arizona's Whitewater Draw area and 15,000 in New Mexico's Bosque del Apache.  The result is a sometimes almost deafening noise as thousands of cranes take to the skies.

 

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April 12 Vote in Teton County https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/4/april-12-vote-in-teton-county

It's almost time: the first grizzly bears have been spotted coming out of hibernation in Yellowstone and the Tetons!  Fingers crossed that bears like 399 with her four cubs and Felicia and her two cubs made it safely through the winter and will put in an appearance soon.

After some of the avoidable calamities that happened last year with several bears euthanized (read my article from last November by clicking here), you may ask yourself: are we in a better position this year to avoid needless grizzly deaths?  Is it finally illegal to feed wildlife (including bears)?  Do locals finally need to store their trash in bearproof containers?

Well, unfortunately, even now that the bears are waking up, the short answer is no.  As of today, the needed measures still haven't been approved.  But they might be soon.  The draft ordinance will likely be voted on by Teton County commissioners on April 12.

How can you help? 
You can let the commissioners know how urgent and important this ordinance is by sending them an email or letter, and by signing the petition.

Thank you!

A HUGE thank you to Walt Ackerman, Savannah Rose, ... and everyone involved!


 

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B&W Moose https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/3/b-w-moose On another long day spent looking for wildlife in Wyoming, it seems that the best was saved for last.

Hours of nothing led to a brief grizzly bear sighting in late afternoon. 

The bear quickly disappeared and since it's generally not a great idea to follow a grizzly around on foot, I moved on and started heading towards home.

Barely 15 minutes from getting back home, I ran into this beautiful bull moose.

As the sun set behind the mountains, he walked up onto a ridge and performed the flehmen response.

While looking for wildlife, most days things don't work out ... but luckily some days things come together.

 


I typically love color in my images but for this one I chose to go black & white to highlight the silhouette against the clear sky.

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Here he was walking in my general direction after the sun had set.

 

His silhouette when he walked through heavy sage brush.

 

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New Mexico Sunset https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/3/new-mexico-sunset Sometimes everything seems to come together. 

The sun breaking through the clouds on the western horizon to light up the clouds, the opportunity to be on the water to catch the reflection, the absence of wind to make the water a perfect mirror.

I've been spending a lot of time these past winters in central New Mexico in the Rio Grande valley at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

If you're ever there come sunset time and there are some clouds in the sky, make your way to the large pond in the northern section and position yourself on the 'flight deck', a large deck that juts out over the water.  Things may just come together if you're lucky ...

 

Sandhill Cranes under a dramatic cloud at sunset.

 

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Aspen Moose https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/3/aspen-moose The short period of peak fall foliage is a hectic time in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

The week or so when the aspen trees turn golden (before shedding the leaves) are pretty much a mad dash to find an animal to photograph in said aspen trees.

Now where is the wildlife???

Some of the moose who had been so reliable during preceding weeks, were suddenly a no-show.  

Hours of searching and hiking was getting me nowhere ... until a friend told me one morning that he had seen small black dots moving earlier that morning on a nearby hillside which was covered with aspen forests.  Could these small dots turn out to be moose?

Problem was that the closest road didn't get all that close to the hillside: checking out the black dots (who were no longer in sight) still meant about a 45 minute hike through rough sage brush and ditches, just to reach the bottom of the hill.  And then, who knows where the small dots had moved to in the hours since the sighting?

So, off we went.  Since we were looking at a few hours of hiking, I opted to leave my big prime lens in the car and I packed my trusty 70-200mm f/2.8 lens: lightweight but plenty of zoom to bridge the required 25 yards of distance between myself and a moose.  And, very importantly, very light-sensitive as moose don't like to get up to have their picture taken until the sun sets.

When we reached the bottom of the hillside, no moose were to be found.  The few of us spread out and started going up the hill.  Suddenly, a loud cracking noise in one of the patches of aspen forest.  Moose!

This big bull was laying in a thick forest of aspen with three cow moose nearby.  How he got in there with that big set of antlers on his head, we'll never know.  We got lucky and were able to spend several hours with these moose as they went through their mating behaviors.  It was well after dark and close to freezing when we got back to our cars that evening: tired, cold but oh so satisfied.

The big bull guarding his three cows.
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Look at the thick aspen forest behind him: how did he get in or out of there??

 


Smelling the cow to find out if she's ready for mating.

 


Smelling the cow is typically followed by the Flehmen response.

 

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World Wildlife Day https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/3/world-wildlife-day Happy World Wildlife Day!

Per the United Nations, today is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that their conservation provides to people.

Our treatment of wolves, especially in the Northern Rockies, comes to mind.  If you want to learn more about the ongoing slaughter of our wolves in the states surrounding Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, read my latest article: "Why are we killing (Yellowstone) wolves", where I do a deep dive into the reasons why wolves are being hunted.

In my mind, every day deserves to be wildlife day!

I met this moose well before sunset as he was bedded down and he; as most often seems to happen; didn't get up until the sun had set and the most beautiful light had gone for the day.

He was very accommodating in having his picture taken, however, so it ended up being a great day!

Intense stare into the camera. 

Use a long lens and keep your distance as moose can be pretty unpredictable, especially during the fall mating season.

 


Surrounded by beautiful fall colors.

 

 

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Velvet Moose https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/2/velvet-moose One of the biggest bull moose in Jackson Hole, Wyoming feeds in a pond.

The sun hit him just before sunset and lit up the velvet covered antlers.

 


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Here he is a few weeks later when the velvet is starting to come off

 


Note one of the brow tines on the left side growing down. 
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At the end of 2021, thanks to everyone who purchase a "Save Our Wild Horses" sticker in 2021, the Wild Horse Preservation Society in Laramie, WY received a check of $1,200.  The entire amount of the donation went into buying winter food for their rescued wild horses.  Read more about it and see the pictures here.

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Berries https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/2/berries One of my favorite things in wildlife photography is to be able to see in detail what your eye doesn't pick up in the wild.

You see, it's much safer to keep your distance from a subject like a black bear and to take its picture with a big, long lens rather than to walk up to the bear for a close-up view!

Here's some images from this past fall in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where I was lucky enough to observe black bears feast on the variety of berries around, including huckleberries and hawthorn berries.

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Bosque Sunset https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/2/bosque-sunset Sunset at Bosque del Apache with the sandhill cranes.

 

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Happy Valentines Day https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/2/happy-valentines-day Happy Valentines Day!

Here are some of my favorite intimate wildlife moments that I was fortunate enough to capture over the past years.

 


Wild horses at the Sand Wash Basin, Colorado
 

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Elk in Yellowstone National Park

 


Wild horses at McCullough Peaks, Wyoming
 

 


Wild horses at the Sand Wash Basin, Colorado

 


Moose in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
 


Wild horses at McCullough Peaks, Wyoming

 


Wild horses in Heber, Arizona

 


Bison in Yellowstone National Park

 


Wild horses at the Salt River, Arizona

 


Moose in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.  Checking each other out!

 


Wild horses at McCullough Peaks, Wyoming
 

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Fall Berries https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/1/fall-berries As I'm spending the winter months in Mexico along the Sea of Cortez, I'm finally finding some time to edit images from this past spring, summer and fall spent in Jackson Hole and Yellowstone. 

This image has a clear message: when you're visiting Yellowstone in late August or September, don't assume all bears will be walking around. 

Definitely keep an eye on the trees and bushes: it's not all birds and squirrels in there.

The fall berry season is a favorite amongst the local black bears!

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Wolves Need Our Help https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/1/wolves-need-our-help It is heartbreaking to watch as grey wolves get slaughtered by states such as Idaho, Montana, Wisconsin and Michigan. 

I think it's clear to say that science has nothing to do with this: these states have officially declared war on the wolf and are trying to reduce the wolf population down to zero. 

Let's call a duck a duck, no matter who you voted for: former president Trump launched this wolf eradication campaign when he returned wolf management back to the states: read here.  His cronies in Idaho and Montana are doing the rest, no thanks to Montana's governor Gianforte who set the example by illegally trapping and killing a wolf just outside of Yellowstone National Park shortly after being elected.  Did he go to jail for this?  Of course not, the people that he appointed (Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks) got to do the sentencing and gave him ... a written warning.

Why? At the end of the day, these states simply don't like wolves and want them gone at any cost.  Whereas it costs the hunter the price of a hunting license (a shocking $10 or $20!) in most states, Idaho is offering $2,500 per dead wolf, including moms and babies killed in the den.  And for good measure, they are sharing wolf denning locations with hunters.

Perhaps I'm a bit emotional about this but for all the facts, please watch this presentation: click here for the YouTube video created by the International Wildlife Coexistence Network.

If that all is not shockingly enough, the beloved tourist attraction that are the Yellowstone wolves are also being killed.  As Yellowstone wolves follow their main food source; the elk; to lower elevations during the winter time, Montana "hunters" are laying in wait just outside of the park.  Gianforte's new wolf hunting policies not only allow hunting with guns, these wolves can be snared, trapped, poisoned ... all to get them gone.  22 Yellowstone wolves have been killed at the time of this writing and the hunting season is far from over.  Around 90 wolves are left in the park.  Remember back in the 90s when these wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone, at a cost of up to $1M per wolf, at the tax payer's expense?

For all the good it does, the government that is killing the wolves is now "taking comments from the public".  Please submit your comment here.

The ultimate rescue is simple: the 2009 ruling that removed wolves from the Endangered Species Act protection is clear.
"If a State changed their regulatory framework to authorize the unlimited and unregulated taking of wolves, a condition we have previously determined threatened a wolf population, emergency listing would be immediately pursued."

So, who can relist the wolves at the simple stroke of a pen? 

Secretary Deb Haaland, the first Native American to serve in that role.  Part of the Democrat victory of Joe Biden, she embodied the hope for many who support our wildlife that she would do 'better' than the Trump administration.  At the time of my writing this, she is a disappointment.  Deadly, costly and needless wild horse round-ups are continuing under watch.  Wolves are being slaughtered and her office is doing ... nothing.  Crickets.  Even after a bipartisan group (Republicans and Democrats) of senators and members of the House have urged her repeatedly to relist the grey wolves.

For now, all we can do is submit our comments and hope that someone is listening. Please submit your comment here.

And, looking at those same states, including Wyoming, who are now requesting the delisting of the grizzly bear so these states can manage them ... Fingers crossed that this doesn't happen, otherwise grizzlies are headed in the same direction! 

Remember: vote wisely.  Don't vote red or blue.  Research who is paying for the campaign of the candidates and find out their policies on wildlife before it's too late.

Thanks,

 - Jorn

P.S. Here are a few wolf pictures I made in Alaska.

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Happy Birthday to Grizzly 399 https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/1/happy-birthday-to-grizzly-399 Born in January of 1996, the world's most famous grizzly bear celebrates her birthday this month.  Currently asleep in her den outside of Grand Teton National Park, grizzly 399 turns 26!

Once she and her four cubs appear out of hibernation, probably sometime in May 2022, she is expected to kick out her four cubs shortly after. 

Fingers crossed that Jackson Hole will be better prepared than they were last year, when 399 and her cubs got food rewards while visiting housing developments.  Read my article, published in November 2021, on the human-caused uncertain futures for the grizzlies here: https://www.destinationwildlife.com/blog/an-uncertain-future-for-grand-tetons-grizzlies

Read my article on the backstory of grizzly 399, published in July 2020, here: https://www.destinationwildlife.com/blog/can-queen-of-tetons-grizzly-399-protect-her-heirs

Here are some of my favorite images of grizzly 399 and her four cubs these past two years. 

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Close-up of 399


399 and the cubs in the summer of 2021

 


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Grizzly 399 and her four newborn cubs in spring flowers in 2020.

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Striking a pose for the camera and showing off her formidable claws

 

399 in a rainstorm

 


What's the second most popular fine art print? 399 of course! Here she is in the wild flowers in the spring of 2020. 

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Lamar Valley https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/1/lamar-valley Here's looking at you! Just keep your distance. 😊

From my article: Best Tips for Photographing Bison in Yellowstone National Park (click here)

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Elk on the Beach https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/1/elk-on-the-beach Elk on the beach?

I typically associate elk with snow covered mountains but yes, there are elk that live along the coast and spend part of their time sitting on the beach!

Meet the Roosevelt elk - the largest of the four surviving subspecies of elk - who live from Northern California into Washington on the Pacific coast.

 

This elk was even nice enough to bed down in front of a cabin, right in front of a sign that says "Roosevelt Elk"!

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2021: My Year in Review as Wildlife Photographer https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2022/1/2021-my-year-in-review-as-wildlife-photographer With the start of a new year comes the time to look back on 2021. 

This was the third year of my full-time venture as a wildlife photographer.  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 2022! 
As I get more familiar with the politics surrounding our wildlife, I still find myself looking for the next great photo opportunity but I also find myself more and more drawn to the conservation side of the story.  After all, figuring out why I am drawn to wildlife photography is important: is it just to get the next pretty picture to put on my Facebook or Instagram, or, can I help in spreading the word to defend what I love: wildlife and nature?

The ongoing Covid pandemic kept throwing wrenches again in my planning.  As opposed to going abroad during the winter months, I found myself 'stuck' in the U.S.  This wasn't all bad of course as I got to spend the first three months of the year visiting and photographing Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico.  An amazing place with lots of great photo opportunities with sandhill cranes, snow geese, coyotes, javelinas, bobcats and elk, just to name a few!

In April, I slowly made my way to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.  I took me about a month to get there and along the way I spent time in southern Colorado at Great Sand Dunes National Park and at various places in Utah like the Valley of the Gods, Moab, Green River and the Onaqui wild horses.

May and June was spent in Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park, mostly focusing on the grizzlies (and writing a few articles on them this year).

Towards the middle of June, the border between the U.S. and Canada hadn't opened yet, so that meant I couldn't go to Alaska as planned to photograph the salmon runs during the summer months.  I ended up staying near Yellowstone until late August and focusing on the bison rut in Yellowstone National Park.

In late August, I made my way back to the Tetons where I stayed until late October to photograph the moose rut.  November and December were spent writing articles and making my way south: as I'm writing this I find myself near the border with Mexico with plans to spend January 2022 through March 2022 photographing the ocean life along the east coast of the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California).

 

In 2021:

- $1,200 donated to wild horse rescue non-profit thanks to your "save our wild horses" sticker purchases (see details here)

- 7 of my articles got published (see them here)

- 37 images sold commercially to magazines/publishers

- after finally opening my Etsy shop in late 2020 (see it here), I sold 73 wildlife fine art prints in 2021 (not including puzzles, greeting cards and stickers) which was a very nice surprise: Thank You!

- and, last but not least, I won several wildlife photography awards again in 2021!  (see them here)

Social Media:

Facebook: astonishingly, my images reached an audience on Facebook alone of over 3,000,000 people this year on the social network (up from 1,000,000 in 2020), thanks to the power of sharing and re-sharing by Facebook users.  So far, I haven't spend a penny on social media ads, likes or followers so all growth and audience reach has been strictly organic. The number of followers on my Vango Photos business page on Facebook grew 108% in 2021: it just crossed 16,130 followers!  (see my Facebook page here)

Instagram: after getting a late start to Instagram in 2019, my audience has been steadily growing. Also here no money spent on sponsored posts, ads or buying followers, and although I've been neglecting Instagram in 2021, I'm excited that the number of followers on my Instagram account has grown 49% this year: it just crossed 12,700 followers! (see my Instagram page here)

What's in store for 2022?

As Covid is still making future planning - especially international travel - difficult, I hope to spend January through March along Mexico's Sea of Cortez, followed by Wyoming's Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem April through May.  Then, if Canada stays open, Alaska during the summer months, followed by the Yellowstone area once again in the fall and early winter.

I'm committed to write at least 6 articles on various wildlife in 2022 for Destination:Wildlife.  Keep an eye out for them throughout the year.

- If all goes well, 2022 will bring my new book.  I can't disclose yet what the topic is but depending on how it goes, it could hit stores (and online retailers like Amazon) by late spring of 2022!

- Hopefully offering photography workshops will become a reality in 2022 (sign up on my mailing list if you're interested and when you do, you'll also automatically receive my free book: click here).  Current locations on the short-list include Hyder (Alaska) for the salmon run, bears, wolves, eagles, etc.; Grand Teton National Park for the spring and fall wildlife action and Bosque del Apache for the winter birds.

- I'll keep adding images to my Etsy shop to sell as fine art prints.  Keep an eye on my Etsy store here and add my store to your Etsy favorites so you'll be notified by Etsy when new images are available!


And now, here are your favorite images of 2021.  

I deliberately didn't choose my favorites for this review but relied on my Facebook and Instagram feeds to tell me which images you liked the most.  Some of these images are available as fine art prints in my Etsy shop (see it here), or will be added to the store shortly. (let me know if you're interested in ordering one of these as a print and you don't find it yet in my Etsy shop)

#9

 

#8

 

#7

 

#6

 

#5

 

#4

 

#3

 

#2

 

#1

 

Until next time, happy shooting!

 - Jorn

 

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365-Challenge in 2021: America's Wild Horses --- Day 365 https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2021/12/365-challenge-in-2021-americas-wild-horses-----day-365 America's Wild Horses: one picture per day in 2021

~ THE FINAL POST OF THE YEAR ~

~~~ HAPPY 2022 ~~~

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Help Save our Wild Horses: Did You Order Your Sticker Yet?
All profits benefit wild horse rescue.


 

See how much money we raised so far through sticker sales here: click here.

In 2021, I wrote two articles about the plight of our wild horses and my tips for wild horse photography.  Both articles were published by Destination:Wildlife.

If you enjoy decorating your home with Fine Art Prints, consider ordering a print or puzzle of the wild horses.  All images posted daily are available for order and a select few have been added to the shop: click here.



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365-Challenge in 2021: America's Wild Horses --- Day 364 https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2021/12/365-challenge-in-2021-americas-wild-horses-----day-364 America's Wild Horses: one picture per day in 2021

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Help Save our Wild Horses: Did You Order Your Sticker Yet?
All profits benefit wild horse rescue.


 

See how much money we raised so far through sticker sales here: click here.

In 2021, I wrote two articles about the plight of our wild horses and my tips for wild horse photography.  Both articles were published by Destination:Wildlife.

If you enjoy decorating your home with Fine Art Prints, consider ordering a print or puzzle of the wild horses.  All images posted daily are available for order and a select few have been added to the shop: click here.



If you don't see the image you like in the Etsy shop, let me know!

 

Looking for tips to improve your photography of the wild horses and other wildlife? 

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365-Challenge in 2021: America's Wild Horses --- Day 363 https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2021/12/365-challenge-in-2021-americas-wild-horses-----day-363 America's Wild Horses: one picture per day in 2021

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Help Save our Wild Horses: Did You Order Your Sticker Yet?
All profits benefit wild horse rescue.


 

See how much money we raised so far through sticker sales here: click here.

In 2021, I wrote two articles about the plight of our wild horses and my tips for wild horse photography.  Both articles were published by Destination:Wildlife.

If you enjoy decorating your home with Fine Art Prints, consider ordering a print or puzzle of the wild horses.  All images posted daily are available for order and a select few have been added to the shop: click here.



If you don't see the image you like in the Etsy shop, let me know!

 

Looking for tips to improve your photography of the wild horses and other wildlife? 

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365-Challenge in 2021: America's Wild Horses --- Day 362 https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2021/12/365-challenge-in-2021-americas-wild-horses-----day-362 America's Wild Horses: one picture per day in 2021

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Help Save our Wild Horses: Did You Order Your Sticker Yet?
All profits benefit wild horse rescue.


 

See how much money we raised so far through sticker sales here: click here.

In 2021, I wrote two articles about the plight of our wild horses and my tips for wild horse photography.  Both articles were published by Destination:Wildlife.

If you enjoy decorating your home with Fine Art Prints, consider ordering a print or puzzle of the wild horses.  All images posted daily are available for order and a select few have been added to the shop: click here.



If you don't see the image you like in the Etsy shop, let me know!

 

Looking for tips to improve your photography of the wild horses and other wildlife? 

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365-Challenge in 2021: America's Wild Horses --- Day 361 https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2021/12/365-challenge-in-2021-americas-wild-horses-----day-361 America's Wild Horses: one picture per day in 2021

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Help Save our Wild Horses: Did You Order Your Sticker Yet?
All profits benefit wild horse rescue.


 

See how much money we raised so far through sticker sales here: click here.

In 2021, I wrote two articles about the plight of our wild horses and my tips for wild horse photography.  Both articles were published by Destination:Wildlife.

If you enjoy decorating your home with Fine Art Prints, consider ordering a print or puzzle of the wild horses.  All images posted daily are available for order and a select few have been added to the shop: click here.



If you don't see the image you like in the Etsy shop, let me know!

 

Looking for tips to improve your photography of the wild horses and other wildlife? 

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Help Save our Wild Horses: Did You Order Your Sticker Yet?
All profits benefit wild horse rescue.


 

See how much money we raised so far through sticker sales here: click here.

In 2021, I wrote two articles about the plight of our wild horses and my tips for wild horse photography.  Both articles were published by Destination:Wildlife.

If you enjoy decorating your home with Fine Art Prints, consider ordering a print or puzzle of the wild horses.  All images posted daily are available for order and a select few have been added to the shop: click here.



If you don't see the image you like in the Etsy shop, let me know!

 

Looking for tips to improve your photography of the wild horses and other wildlife? 

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365-Challenge in 2021: America's Wild Horses --- Day 359 https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2021/12/365-challenge-in-2021-americas-wild-horses-----day-359 America's Wild Horses: one picture per day in 2021

~ MERRY CHRISTMAS ~

Today's Image

Help Save our Wild Horses: Did You Order Your Sticker Yet?
All profits benefit wild horse rescue.


 

See how much money we raised so far through sticker sales here: click here.

In 2021, I wrote two articles about the plight of our wild horses and my tips for wild horse photography.  Both articles were published by Destination:Wildlife.

If you enjoy decorating your home with Fine Art Prints, consider ordering a print or puzzle of the wild horses.  All images posted daily are available for order and a select few have been added to the shop: click here.



If you don't see the image you like in the Etsy shop, let me know!

 

Looking for tips to improve your photography of the wild horses and other wildlife? 

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365-Challenge in 2021: America's Wild Horses --- Day 358 https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2021/12/365-challenge-in-2021-americas-wild-horses-----day-358 America's Wild Horses: one picture per day in 2021

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Help Save our Wild Horses: Did You Order Your Sticker Yet?
All profits benefit wild horse rescue.


 

See how much money we raised so far through sticker sales here: click here.

In 2021, I wrote two articles about the plight of our wild horses and my tips for wild horse photography.  Both articles were published by Destination:Wildlife.

If you enjoy decorating your home with Fine Art Prints, consider ordering a print or puzzle of the wild horses.  All images posted daily are available for order and a select few have been added to the shop: click here.



If you don't see the image you like in the Etsy shop, let me know!

 

Looking for tips to improve your photography of the wild horses and other wildlife? 

Click here to download my free book with my Top 5 Tips or click here to order my full book "Beginner's Guide to Bird & Wildlife Photography."

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365-Challenge in 2021: America's Wild Horses --- Day 357 https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2021/12/365-challenge-in-2021-americas-wild-horses-----day-357 America's Wild Horses: one picture per day in 2021

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Help Save our Wild Horses: Did You Order Your Sticker Yet?
All profits benefit wild horse rescue.


 

See how much money we raised so far through sticker sales here: click here.

In 2021, I wrote two articles about the plight of our wild horses and my tips for wild horse photography.  Both articles were published by Destination:Wildlife.

If you enjoy decorating your home with Fine Art Prints, consider ordering a print or puzzle of the wild horses.  All images posted daily are available for order and a select few have been added to the shop: click here.



If you don't see the image you like in the Etsy shop, let me know!

 

Looking for tips to improve your photography of the wild horses and other wildlife? 

Click here to download my free book with my Top 5 Tips or click here to order my full book "Beginner's Guide to Bird & Wildlife Photography."

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365-Challenge in 2021: America's Wild Horses --- Day 356 https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2021/12/365-challenge-in-2021-americas-wild-horses-----day-356 America's Wild Horses: one picture per day in 2021

Today's Image

Help Save our Wild Horses: Did You Order Your Sticker Yet?
All profits benefit wild horse rescue.


 

See how much money we raised so far through sticker sales here: click here.

In 2021, I wrote two articles about the plight of our wild horses and my tips for wild horse photography.  Both articles were published by Destination:Wildlife.

If you enjoy decorating your home with Fine Art Prints, consider ordering a print or puzzle of the wild horses.  All images posted daily are available for order and a select few have been added to the shop: click here.



If you don't see the image you like in the Etsy shop, let me know!

 

Looking for tips to improve your photography of the wild horses and other wildlife? 

Click here to download my free book with my Top 5 Tips or click here to order my full book "Beginner's Guide to Bird & Wildlife Photography."

Thank you for your support!

 

Do you enjoy wildlife stories and pictures?

Sign up below to receive them directly in your mailbox and also receive my FREE ebook with tips to improve your wildlife photography!
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(Jorn Vangoidtsenhoven Wildlife and Nature Photography) amerikaanse art belg canvas colt cowboy cowboys decal etsy fine art print fotograaf framed gallery giclee horse images jorn mare metal metallic mustang mustangs nature paarden photographer photography pics pictures print puzzle rustic salt river wild horses save our wild horses save our wild horses decal save our wild horses sticker stallion sticker tonto national forest vango photos vangoidtsenhoven vangophotos vlaams vlaming wall art wild horse wild horses wild mustang wild stallion wild west wilde wilde westen wildlife wrap https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2021/12/365-challenge-in-2021-americas-wild-horses-----day-356 Wed, 22 Dec 2021 12:00:00 GMT
365-Challenge in 2021: America's Wild Horses --- Day 355 https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2021/12/365-challenge-in-2021-americas-wild-horses-----day-355 America's Wild Horses: one picture per day in 2021

Today's Image

Help Save our Wild Horses: Did You Order Your Sticker Yet?
All profits benefit wild horse rescue.


 

See how much money we raised so far through sticker sales here: click here.

In 2021, I wrote two articles about the plight of our wild horses and my tips for wild horse photography.  Both articles were published by Destination:Wildlife.

If you enjoy decorating your home with Fine Art Prints, consider ordering a print or puzzle of the wild horses.  All images posted daily are available for order and a select few have been added to the shop: click here.



If you don't see the image you like in the Etsy shop, let me know!

 

Looking for tips to improve your photography of the wild horses and other wildlife? 

Click here to download my free book with my Top 5 Tips or click here to order my full book "Beginner's Guide to Bird & Wildlife Photography."

Thank you for your support!

 

Do you enjoy wildlife stories and pictures?

Sign up below to receive them directly in your mailbox and also receive my FREE ebook with tips to improve your wildlife photography!
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(Jorn Vangoidtsenhoven Wildlife and Nature Photography) amerikaanse art belg canvas colt cowboy cowboys decal etsy fine art print fotograaf framed gallery giclee horse images jorn mare metal metallic mustang mustangs nature paarden photographer photography pics pictures print puzzle rustic salt river wild horses save our wild horses save our wild horses decal save our wild horses sticker stallion sticker tonto national forest vango photos vangoidtsenhoven vangophotos vlaams vlaming wall art wild horse wild horses wild mustang wild stallion wild west wilde wilde westen wildlife wrap https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2021/12/365-challenge-in-2021-americas-wild-horses-----day-355 Tue, 21 Dec 2021 12:00:00 GMT
365-Challenge in 2021: America's Wild Horses --- Day 354 https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2021/12/365-challenge-in-2021-americas-wild-horses-----day-354 America's Wild Horses: one picture per day in 2021

Today's Image

Help Save our Wild Horses: Did You Order Your Sticker Yet?
All profits benefit wild horse rescue.


 

See how much money we raised so far through sticker sales here: click here.

In 2021, I wrote two articles about the plight of our wild horses and my tips for wild horse photography.  Both articles were published by Destination:Wildlife.

If you enjoy decorating your home with Fine Art Prints, consider ordering a print or puzzle of the wild horses.  All images posted daily are available for order and a select few have been added to the shop: click here.



If you don't see the image you like in the Etsy shop, let me know!

 

Looking for tips to improve your photography of the wild horses and other wildlife? 

Click here to download my free book with my Top 5 Tips or click here to order my full book "Beginner's Guide to Bird & Wildlife Photography."

Thank you for your support!

 

Do you enjoy wildlife stories and pictures?

Sign up below to receive them directly in your mailbox and also receive my FREE ebook with tips to improve your wildlife photography!
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(Jorn Vangoidtsenhoven Wildlife and Nature Photography) amerikaanse art belg canvas colt cowboy cowboys decal etsy fine art print fotograaf framed gallery giclee horse images jorn mare metal metallic mustang mustangs nature paarden photographer photography pics pictures print puzzle rustic salt river wild horses save our wild horses save our wild horses decal save our wild horses sticker stallion sticker tonto national forest vango photos vangoidtsenhoven vangophotos vlaams vlaming wall art wild horse wild horses wild mustang wild stallion wild west wilde wilde westen wildlife wrap https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2021/12/365-challenge-in-2021-americas-wild-horses-----day-354 Mon, 20 Dec 2021 12:00:00 GMT
365-Challenge in 2021: America's Wild Horses --- Day 353 https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2021/12/365-challenge-in-2021-americas-wild-horses-----day-353 America's Wild Horses: one picture per day in 2021

Today's Image

Help Save our Wild Horses: Did You Order Your Sticker Yet?
All profits benefit wild horse rescue.


 

See how much money we raised so far through sticker sales here: click here.

In 2021, I wrote two articles about the plight of our wild horses and my tips for wild horse photography.  Both articles were published by Destination:Wildlife.

If you enjoy decorating your home with Fine Art Prints, consider ordering a print or puzzle of the wild horses.  All images posted daily are available for order and a select few have been added to the shop: click here.



If you don't see the image you like in the Etsy shop, let me know!

 

Looking for tips to improve your photography of the wild horses and other wildlife? 

Click here to download my free book with my Top 5 Tips or click here to order my full book "Beginner's Guide to Bird & Wildlife Photography."

Thank you for your support!

 

Do you enjoy wildlife stories and pictures?

Sign up below to receive them directly in your mailbox and also receive my FREE ebook with tips to improve your wildlife photography!
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(Jorn Vangoidtsenhoven Wildlife and Nature Photography) amerikaanse art belg canvas colt cowboy cowboys decal etsy fine art print fotograaf framed gallery giclee horse images jorn mare metal metallic mustang mustangs nature paarden photographer photography pics pictures print puzzle rustic salt river wild horses save our wild horses save our wild horses decal save our wild horses sticker stallion sticker tonto national forest vango photos vangoidtsenhoven vangophotos vlaams vlaming wall art wild horse wild horses wild mustang wild stallion wild west wilde wilde westen wildlife wrap https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2021/12/365-challenge-in-2021-americas-wild-horses-----day-353 Sun, 19 Dec 2021 12:00:00 GMT
365-Challenge in 2021: America's Wild Horses --- Day 352 https://www.vangophotos.com/blog/2021/12/365-challenge-in-2021-americas-wild-horses-----day-352 America's Wild Horses: one picture per day in 2021

Today's Image

Help Save our Wild Horses: Did You Order Your Sticker Yet?
All profits benefit wild horse rescue.


 

See how much money we raised so far through sticker sales here: click here.

In 2021, I wrote two articles about the plight of our wild horses and my tips for wild horse photography.  Both articles were published by Destination:Wildlife.

If you enjoy decorating your home with Fine Art Prints, consider ordering a print or puzzle of the wild horses.  All images posted daily are available for order and a select few have been added to the shop: click here.



If you don't see the image you like in the Etsy shop, let me know!

 

Looking for tips to improve your photography of the wild horses and other wildlife? 

Click here to download my free book with my Top 5 Tips or click here to order my full book "Beginner's Guide to Bird & Wildlife Photography."

Thank you for your support!

 

Do you enjoy wildlife stories and pictures?

Sign up below to receive them directly in your mailbox and also receive my FREE ebook with tips to improve your wildlife photography!
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