The Beauty of Grand Teton National Park

Author:  Joanne Shipman

When you mix mountains and photography, there’s always that potential for the most beautiful moments. For me, I love the crisp, cool morning air and that feeling of being so small amongst such grand mountains. Hiking on a trail that leads me deep into a forest with blooming wildflowers, rambling streams, breath-taking waterfalls and perhaps an unexpected animal or two.

Recently, I was a volunteer on the Spring in the Tetons workshop with Professional Photographer Henry Holdsworth. With Henry’s long-standing in-depth knowledge of the park, he led our participants to areas such as Schwabacher Landing and Jackson Lake where we captured incredible photographs. Some of those exciting moments included famous Mama bear “399” swimming across the river, an adolescent moose foraging for food, a red fox feeding its kit and a beaver out for an evening swim near its lodge. One of our participants made a fitting comment that, “Henry would need to bring back an extinct animal” to really top off the entire workshop.

Grand Teton National Park is located in northwestern Wyoming outside of Jackson Hole and is a one-of-a-kind place that should not be missed whether you visit to relax and take in the clean air or photograph moments in an awe-inspiring location complete with alpine terrain, lakes and Snake River. The park is open year-round with varying daytime temperatures from 26 degrees in January to 80 degrees in July.

Be sure to check out future workshops at this location: Fall in the Tetons scheduled for October 2-6, 2016 and Spring in the Tetons scheduled for June 3-7, 2017.

What do you love most about the mountains? I’d love to read your thoughts.

For now, let me leave you with a few inspirational quotes to ponder with photos of a Bison, Yellow-Bellied Marmot, Horse and landscape in Moose, Wyoming taken using a Canon 5DMIII and 28-300mm L lens…

Happiness is having a scratch for every itch - Ogden Nash

Happiness is having a scratch for every itch – Ogden Nash

Learn from yesterday, live for today, look to tomorrow, rest this afternoon - Charles M. Schultz

Learn from yesterday, live for today, look to tomorrow, rest this afternoon – Charles M. Schultz

There on the tips of fair fresh flowers feedeth he How joyous is his neigh There in the midst of sacred pollen hidden all hidden he How joyous is his neigh -Navajo Song

There on the tips of fair fresh flowers feedeth he
How joyous is his neigh
There in the midst of sacred pollen hidden all hidden he
How joyous is his neigh
– Navajo Song

It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves - Sir Edmund Hillary

It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves – Sir Edmund Hillary

Joanne Shipman is a Volunteer Trip Leader with Arizona Highways Photo Workshops.
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Keys to Photographing Wildlife

Author:  Megan Galope

There are many keys to photographing wildlife, including being in the right place at the right time, configuring your settings (higher ISO and open aperture to make sure you have a fast enough shutter speed), and a long telephoto lens. But possibly the most important key is patience.

I recently attended the Arizona Highways Photo Workshop in the Grand Tetons to photograph wildlife. We spent quite a bit of time driving around to find the animals, and at times were very lucky. One evening, we saw many cars parked on the side of the road, which usually means a large animal is nearby. It turned out to be a grizzly and her cub. When we first arrived, they were quite a ways in the distance. We tried getting some photos, but nothing to write home about.

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They didn’t appear to be moving in our direction, but with a little patience, we waited to see what they would do. And it’s a good thing we did! Before we knew it, they were crossing the road right in front of us.

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Later we went looking for the elusive fox. We finally found one hiding out in the sage brush. She had some kits with her and kept fairly well hidden for a while. Again, my photos of the fox were not all that great.

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But after a little time and patience, the fox came into an opening so that we could get a much better view of her.

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Having patience while photographing wildlife can make a world of difference.

Megan Galope is a Trip Leader with Arizona Highways Photo Workshops.