Grizzly 399's Teeth at Old Age

June 15, 2022  •  8 Comments
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,...
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Fox Kit

June 05, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
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...
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Javelina: New Article Published!

May 19, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
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. Click here to read the article and see my photography Here's one of my favorite Javelina shots. Interested in learning wildlife photography? Check out my book Do you en...
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Grizzly Cub

May 14, 2022  •  14 Comments
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 Wednesd...
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Happy Mother's Day!

May 08, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
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! If you're in the market for a fine art print, the 10% discount f...
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Aspen Scene

April 29, 2022  •  2 Comments
In honor of the upcoming Mother's Day and Father's Day, all Fine Art Prints in the shop are 10% OFF: click here. No coupon code necessary, expires May 14! 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 safeguard...
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Up Close and Personal

April 17, 2022  •  2 Comments
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 d...
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She's up!

April 16, 2022  •  2 Comments
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 th...
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Moody Scene

April 09, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
A moody sunset scene with the McCullough Peaks wild horses in WY. Thank you to everyone who bought a sticker or lip balm so far: $412 collected so far to feed rescued wild horses. Get your "Save Our Wild Horses" sticker or lip balm here: https://www.vangophotos.com/support_our_wild_horses_sticker Do you enjoy wildlife stories and pictures?...
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Sandhill Crane

April 08, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
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. F...
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April 12 Vote in Teton County

April 04, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
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...
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B&W Moose

March 26, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
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 fr...
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New Mexico Sunset

March 21, 2022  •  2 Comments
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 th...
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Aspen Moose

March 13, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
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...
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Save Our Wild Horses - Lip Balm!

March 06, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
The lip balm is here and available for sale! In addition to "Save Our Wild Horse" stickers, several people have been asking to do more. As with the stickers, all profits from the lip balm sale goes entirely to feed rescued wild horses. Get your all natural lip balm by clicking here: Lip Balm (Chapstick) Thanks to everyone who bought stickers in 2...
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