Morning Coffee In Jackson, Just Another Day…

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Wow, hard to believe it is February, 2013 already.  I know I keep saying this but time is flying by as they say.  After several days of winter weather the sky’s opened up this morning and gave us clear blue sky’s, well with a few clouds floating around.  It was 9 degrees at the coffee shop but something makes you seem a lot warmer when you see good ol Mr. Sun.

One more stop at the DOG (Down On Glen) for one of Jackson’s premier breakfast burritos and off we go.  Today’s destination was Oxbow Bend and Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park.  The pictures above are a very typical morning here in the valley.  You never know what will catch your eye when you cruise along.  The truck in the pictures is our first brand new Ford F350 which we will be using this spring when we kick off our new Private Party Tours that we will be offering through our website http://www.tetonmarketing.com. If you are visiting Jackson this summer consider letting us take you out and see some of the things we are blessed to experience every day.  More on this in future posts.

The temperatures this morning in Grand Teton National Park was hovering around a comfortable 10 degrees.  I say comfortable because there was zero wind and the sun was beaming down bright upon us.  Winter in the park can offer some really spectacular vistas and wildlife opportunities for your camera.  We had the place to ourselves.  We could stop on the road and pretty much do what ever we wanted. We saw several moose but they did not want to cooperate and pose for us.  Nothing like a cup of hot coffee and some really spectacular scenery start your day out right.  Enjoy…

Jackson Hole Art Association Celebrates 50 Years With Friday Night Kickoff…

This Friday, January 25th, the Art Association of Jackson Hole will begin their celebration of 50 years in Jackson.  Their annual show called “the Jackson Salon” will begin its annual show with their exhibition opening starting at 5:30pm.  This show features local artists and some of their artwork displayed in many mediums.

The opening event kicks off at 5:30 pm and goes until 7:30 pm and there will be a reception of food and drink along with live music.  This three-week event is open to the public so all can visit and enjoy the many different forms of art.  Most of the pieces will be available for purchase and the proceeds will be split between the artists and the Art Association which helps support further education and exhibitions.

ImageWe have entered a piece for the show and it will be available for purchase.  Our entry this year is only the second time we have created a piece like this.  Our entry is one of our latest Native American Styled Flutes designed around the colors of the human Chakra.  This flute was hand crafted from a single piece of old growth, reclaimed American Cherry.  This is a long flute reaching almost 30 inches in length and features a 1″ inch flute bore giving a rich deep voice to this flute.

cherry_chakra_2A six hole flute that is tuned to the key of D at 432Hz (true pitch) makes this flute a very pleasing flute to play and to listen to.  There are seven 10 x 14mm bezel set cabochons that are inlay-ed into the body of the flute.  These seven stones represent the seven primary colors of the human Chakra. The fetish that sits atop the flute is one of our Teton Spike designed fetishes and it was crafted from a piece of African Cocobolo.  This fetish is attached to the flute using a single piece of hand selected and hand cut Elk leather lace.

Hanging from the center of the flute body is a tuft of Sorrel colored horse hair wrapped in a traditional red wool cloth.  The wrap is tied with black sinu.  The playing holes are set at brownbisonbag1_lgcomfortable intervals making this a very easy flute to play.  The flute will be displayed on top of a hand crafted flute stand made from a single piece of Ironwood.

Finally this flute has been finished in a high gloss of more than 30 light coats of hand rubbed lacquer.   Also part of the display is a flute bag that was designed by us and hand-made for the show by Leah Burgess of Riversong Leather Studio’s out of Laramie Wyoming.  This bag is crafted from a chocolate-brown buffalo hide also hand selected for these bags.  This flute is a truly one of a kind hand crafted, gallery quality, made in Wyoming piece.  Come to the show if you are in town over the next three weeks.  I am sure you will see some nice works of art.

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Tetons From Four Winter Views…

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Hard to believe that January, 2013 is in its last week already.  The past three weeks here in the Yellowstone Basin and Jackson Hole have been cold.  Some of the temperatures in the Moran Junction area were recorded as low as -38 degrees earlier this week.  In Jackson the temperatures have been below zero almost every day.  The high temps for the day if lucky have been just above zero.

That seems to be changing now as the cold temps are moving to the east.  I laugh at the news reports when they say the low is going to be in the low 20’s.  The good thing about these cold days is that they are created by a high pressure area and the sky’s are generally clear and blue.  I have been out almost every morning looking for something special to shoot with my camera and it has been slim pickins as they say.

This morning I traveled north of town with Peyton after stopping for our morning cup of coffee and a blueberry scone.  The sky was absolutely clear – devoid of morning haze and such.  On mornings such as these the skyline that is behind the Teton Range to the west is usually a dark blue that helps perfectly highlight the shape of these magnificent peaks.

The pictures above are all taken this morning all within 10 minutes of each other.  Each picture was taken from a different location on HWY 89 which is the road to Yellowstone.  If you look closely you will see how the views of the Teton change. The first picture was taken from Antelope Flats area just north of Dornan’s.  The second was above Schwabachers Landing, the third from Glacial Turnout and the fourth from the Ansel Adams turnout.  Enjoy…

Morning Coffee – Christmas plus two days and counting….

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Wow Christmas has come and gone again!  Hard to believe how fast the time seems to pass these days.  As many of you know winter came late to the Yellowstone basin this year and for a while we were actually starting to wonder if we would ever see the snow fall.  Needless to say it did and it is now cold like it should be with plenty of white stuff on the ground.

This morning as the sun was starting to creep its way over the Wind River Range I decided I was going to get up and grab one of my favorite cups of coffee and head north of town to see what I could find.  I had an hour or two to kill so why not.  It was a bit over cast and cold to boot.  But once my truck warmed up and I had my cup in hand I was all about finding something fun and cool to watch.  And as usual I did not disappoint myself.

This morning in short I saw quit a few characters from the neighborhood.  I counted more than 25 moose, hundreds of buffalo, deer, elk, eagles, coyotes and more.  This was not my first rodeo with taking pics of buffalo but this morning was bit unusual.  The female in the slide-show did not want to get out of my way.  She just stood fast and stared me down..So after taking a few pics of her I tried to nudge my truck past her and she did not like this.  She let me know with a few twitches of her tail and growled at me loud enough to let me know I was getting too close.

Then to the right of me after plowing down a barbed wire fence I saw her boyfriend at a full run coming right at me.  At first I was not sure what he was doing but I figured it out quickly.  So I swung my camera around, snapped this shot and hit the gas and moved just past him as he passed within feet of my rear bumper.  All I could see was this big guy plowing straight into the side of my truck – head first.

For the next hour or so I just marveled at the sheer beauty of this morning and although I was alone I was not…  I was surrounded by the majesty of the morning, the mountains, the rising sun and the wildlife that accompanied me on my morning journey.  And of coarse, some really solid classic vinyl (XM Radio).  I will have to do this again…

Morning Coffee – Winds of Change…

Some of you may be wondering what happened to our weekly posts and the truth be told is we have been enjoying the most amazing Fall weather.  I can’t remember when the last time we saw such a beautiful, warm, completely awesome Fall in Jackson Hole.  Weekends at the lakes with our kids, people still riding their bikes around town and on the trails and more tourists seemed to hang around longer than in years past.  Simply a very nice surprise for those of us living in the Yellowstone Basin.

But as we all know the winds of change come quickly when mother nature decides that it is time.  One of most unusual things I noticed this fall was the complete lack of snow on the Tetons.  It seems that there is always snow somewhere on these majestic peaks but this fall snow was almost devoid of this precious white commodity.

One of the side effects of this wonderful warm weather was the total lack of water that we saw this summer.  Jackson narrowly escaped one of the worst fire seasons on record and because of the heroic efforts of so many firemen and state and federal assets Jackson narrowly escape what could have been a tragedy.  So with our rivers and streams down and our open spaces brown with thirst this warm fall season left many of the true locals lacking the very basic things they need to survive the upcoming winter.  We saw a return of the Bison to the area north of town and it was clear to me that this past spring and summer was good to these herds as their young were everywhere.  But the lack of tall grass like we saw last year seems to be on the thin side and so we ponder how they will fair this winter.

One clear sign that pickings are thin were the numerous bears we saw this fall all looking for something to eat.  On the Moose Wilson road the Hawthorne bushes that are usually packed with life giving berries simply did not seem to materialize.  The lack of water this summer showed clearly how devastating this could be when it came time for these animals to find food in preparation for winter.  We watched bears climbing trees and pulling empty berry branches to their mouths eating what ever they could get their paws on (literally).

Another event that fall brings is the beginning of the hunting season.  People are pulling permits for Elk, Bear, Antelope, Wolves (new this year), Bison and even birds.  Especially for the elk, fall brings the double hazard of foraging for food while hiding from hunters doing the same.  Small groups which to me look like little families run for cover after coming out of hiding for a well deserved drink and then it is quickly up the hill side to the safety of the trees.  Although I enjoy a good elk steak I enjoy even more seeing these beautiful animals in the wild.  Yes Jackson Hole and the surround area is a magical place to live.  And with each change in the seasons you definitely know what time of the year it is.

My worry this year is that because of the amazing summer and warm fall weather we have enjoyed, this winter may bring a true struggle for life for all that inhabit the great Yellowstone Basin.  Especially for the young, this first winter for them will be the test of how strong they are.  Food is scarce and they need these calories to make it through the winter.

As of now they look strong to me, and I am sure the Great Spirit will lift her hand to comfort them and bring them through what is about to come.  I leave you with a Native American Flute Song that shares with you a message of peace and hope.  Written and produced by Nakoa Heavyrunner, Assiniboine Native American Music Artist, The Honoring  is presented first in song, then by Native American Flute, then English and finally one more time in Northern Cree.  We too wish all of you peace and good life this winter.

Click to Play “the Honoring”

Western Design Conference Goes Off Without A Hitch…

2012 Western Design Conference Finishes Another Year.

We were excited to announce that we entered one of our flutes again this year into the Western Design Conference held this past week in Jackson Hole. In addition we contributed a flute that was auctioned off prior to the gayla event, the WDC Fashion Show. The auction was a success and this flute brought one of the highest prices we have received for a donated flute. The new owner just happens to have a summer home here in Jackson Hole – Nice…

This five hole Native American Flute was handcrafted from a single piece of reclaimed Ironwood by Timothy Jennings of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Recipient of the Sonny Tutle award at last year’s Western Design Conference for his Native American Flute Entry, this custom, hand crafted flute is truly a one of a kind piece. There is not another flute quite like this to be found anywhere. Featuring an Ironwood Fetish Block called the “Teton Spike” that is attached using a light colored hand cut elk hide lace. Braided elk lace adorns the base of the flute and midway up hangs three baby bald eagle feather replicas. Built with a 7/8″ inch flute bore and tuned to the key of F# this flute is bright in sound and elegant in design. Truly a piece of functional art.

This years conference started with the Annual Fashion and Jewelry Show Gala held at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts. The Western Design Conference, hosted by Teton Home and Living Magazine, brings together crafts people, scholars, collectors, interior designers, architects and fashion designers with an interest in the West. The 20th Annual Exhibit + Sale was truly a one-of-a-kind showcase for museum quality functional art. The nation’s finest Western-influenced designers and artists from across the country apply to be a part of over 100 exhibitions on display. Over $22,200 in cash was awarded for handcrafted works in leather, metal, accents, woodworking, jewelry and fashion. The energy generated by tourists, artists, local businesses and residents made the Western Design Conference unforgettable — for both exhibitors and attendees.

Our Flute Entry Finds A Home In Colorado…

This year we entered a hand crafted flute into the Western Design Conference Juried portion of the show and this flute was on display the entire weekend for show visitors to view. Our entry was a five hole Native American Style Flute that feature black Wyoming Jade stones that were bezel set in Sterling Silver. Crafted from Old Growth Walnut this flute was really a beautiful piece. If you hold the flute and roll it in your hands the light colored sap wood changed to the beautiful dark brown so coveted with black walnut. Leather accents were cut from hand selected elk hides and the bead work was a combination of black Crow Beads and Sterling Silver bead work. Three hand painted baby Eagle feathers adorned the center of the flute and the fetish was also crafted from the same walnut stock . The custom flute case was made from hand selected elk hides. Designed by Timothy Jennings and crafted by Leah Burgess, River Song Studios in Laramie, Wyoming, this flute was truly a Made In Wyoming event. We ere excited to show this flute off to the public this past right here in Jackson Hole. Finally this flute found its new home which will be in the Beaver Creek area of Colorado. We were proud that the new owner recognized our hard work.

Morning Coffee Returns…

Last winter we started posting several times per week to our blog what we called “Morning Coffee”. Simply put we drop our youngest daughter off at school and then head to the coffee shop for a cup and then we head out to see what we can find.  We try to frequent our favorite coffee hangouts but we usually hit them all throughout the year.  Summer has been absolutely spectacular here in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  But the summers here are too short and we try to make everyday count.  But as quickly as summer rolls in – it rolls out and into Fall.  Fall is actually one of my favorite times of the year.  Cool crisp mornings and absolutely beautiful warm days.

Well school has started and we are back at it.  This past weekend we purchased a new camera in Bozeman Montana.  The new Nikon D3200 was our choice and so far we like it very much.  This morning we headed north of town on the west bank side of the Snake River.  Passing along the Moose Wilson Road we were met with a traffic jam as a Black Bear was foraging through the Hawthorne trees looking for berries.  We decided to pass through the mayhem and onto Antelope Flats.  There were almost no animals this morning with the exception of the bear but we did manage to find a small group of Pronghorn Antelope and shoot these shots.  We are still trying to figure out how to use our new camera but I thought these pictures of a mother and her young were worth sharing.

The Pronghorn Antelope is a beautiful creature to see.  They are the fastest animal in North American and can run at speeds that approach 60 miles per hour.  They also migrate each year to and from the Yellowstone basin and their migration paths are some of the longest.  This year the herds in our area have had a good year with offspring and they are growing in size.  It won’t be long now before they start on their long journey south for the winter.  When they do we will not see them again until next spring.  The return of these awesome little guys marks the beginning of the coming summer which makes everyone around here happy.  Stay tuned though as Fall and Winter approach we will be back at it again posting things we think are worth sharing about our home.  We look forward to seeing some new and exciting events worthy of a post.

Custom Flute Finds Home In Laramie Wyoming

We just finished a flute crafted for Leah Burgess of Riversong Leather Studio in Laramie, Wyoming.  Leah is a talented leather maker that lives and work in Wyoming.  If you are looking for custom-made leather items give a shout out to Leah and see what she can do for you.

This flute was made specifically for Leah and was crafted from Old Growth Walnut.  A wonderful flute to play.  We did some recording with it prior to delivering the flute to Leah and wow – we loved how this flute turned out.

Accented with custom hand cut Elk lace, glass crow beads and three flicker feathers that hang from the center of the flute. Finally we inlaid a gold turquoise stones in the top of the flute body and finished it off with a Teton Spike fetish. We were very pleased with the final product and we are happy to have placed it in a good home.

One of our Native American Flutes Makes Front Cover…

Yesterday we received in the mail our new “Wyoming MadeProduct Catalog for companies that live and make products here in Wyoming.  This program is called the Wyoming First program and we are members of this great organization and tool for those of us who live and work here in Wyoming.  To our surprise on the front cover was a picture of one of our Native American Flutes that was made right here in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  Needless to say this was a very pleasant surprise.  This is just one example of how Wyoming First can help you and your company.  Thank You Wyoming First!!

Wyoming Made Product CatalogThe Wyoming First Program is a way to identify and showcase great products made in Wyoming. All of the companies call Wyoming home and are proud of the quality they represent. All of the Wyoming First products are unique and made in Wyoming.

The Wyoming First Program is designed to assist Wyoming companies with the identification and promotion of their Wyoming Made products or substantially enhanced products and services. Membership allows Wyoming First participants to use the familiar “Bucking Horse and Rider” design stickers and hang tags on their products.

Wyoming First is a program of the Wyoming Business Council. The opportunities for Wyoming First Members include: the ability to use the Wyoming First Bucking Horse and Rider stickers and tags, notification of marketing opportunities, listing on this Web site, eligibility for Trade Show Incentive Grants, Wyoming First posters, and more!

We love Wyoming!

Morning Coffee – Antelope Flats is Alive Again…

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Over the past couple of days I have ventured north of town with Peyton as every day offers something new and different.  No real stories to tell except that Antelope Flats is alive again with activity.  We have seen Moose, Coyotes, Buffalo, Elk, Pronghorn Antelope, Deer, Ground Varmints, Badgers, Hawks, Eagles, beautiful vistas – awesome.  Spring is definitely a time when all of mother nature is on the move. Although none of these pictures by themselves are spectacular, they are representative of what we see every single morning.  Antelope flats is easy to get to and in 1 hour you will be blessed to be surrounded by some of this areas greatest inhabitants.  The bears are out and we have ventured into the park to see if we could find them.  Yellowstone opens in the next week or so and we will soon be traveling into the parks for more photo fun. Come to Jackson as see what we are talking about.  Enjoy…

Timothy Jennings Award Winning Artist, Photographer

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