It has been some time since I posted a Morning Coffee post so I hope you like the first one for Spring 2018. Living in Wyoming offers so many opportunities for one with a camera. This mornings journey began around 4:30 am when my alarm went off. I popped out of bed, made some coffee, woke Peyton and got my camera gear together, jumped in the truck and headed south west. This morning’s adventure would take us about 50 miles to the Bear Valley area and just west of Montpelier Idaho. For those of you who grew up in the 70’s you may remember the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid with Robert Redford and Paul Newman.
This is Butch Cassidy country for sure. Butch Cassidy was known to summer just a few miles from our home here in Star Valley Wyoming but that story is for another post. Montpelier Idaho is not only home to one of the best Oregon Trail museums in the country as this town was a major hub for those heading west it is also home to a bank that was robbed by the infamous Butch Cassidy and his merry band of men. August 13, 1896 was a very bad day for the Montpelier Bank as Butch managed to rustle up more than $16,500 in Gold, Silver and Currency. A good days haul for his criminal band for sure.
But this was not my intended destination this day. I was actually heading to the south west end of Bear Lake to a place where an old School house sits that I have wanted to photograph for some time. Not sure when it was built but I have been told it was well before the turn of the century. This school house sits right on one of the main pathways of the Oregon Trail and it seems to be in pretty good shape considering all the long winters that have attempted to rob this place of its soul.
Peyton and I arrived, coffee cups empty, and waited for our 10 minute window to get some pictures in the early morning light. I have waited for a morning like this for over 3 weeks as we have had days of clouds, rain and thunderstorms. However this morning was absolutely beautiful. We pulled up to the school house and I did my thing and ten minutes later we were back in the truck heading back home. On the way back through Montpelier I snapped this picture of the Butch Cassidy museum that sits right on main street across from where the bank robbery occurred. If you ever plan a trip to the Yellowstone Basin put Montpelier and the Bear Valley in your travel plans. You won’t be disappointed.
As long as I have lived in Wyoming I have made Native American Style flutes, Wyoming influenced one of a kind jewelry, custom fetish designs and I have built some amazing commissioned pipe projects. My view of Wyoming is also shared through my photography as I see it through the lens of a camera. It is these things that bring purpose and joy to my life and as with all things time seems to find a way to erode away at them. Jacksonholetim.com over time has become more of a store selling parts to others who seek the knowledge to build or learn to build the wind instrument known to most as the Native American Flute rather than a platform to share my art. I have spent countless hours crafting flute parts and sharing what took me years to learn which is to share the knowledge of how to build one of these fine instruments. I have enjoyed sharing what I have learned but now it;s time to get back to the genesis of all this.
As I get older I find less and less time to actually do what it is I want… no feel called to do which is to be a builder of flutes, pipes and share my visions of Wyoming through the lens of a camera. As I approach 60 years of age I find that time is now my biggest enemy with less and less of it at hand. I want to go back to my craft and create flutes that others will find joy in playing. So from this post forward you will see a change in our menu choices and the elimination of flute parts, wood stocks and other flute making supplies and I will begin to focus back on creating, crafting and designing new projects for others. I am actively interviewing for new commissions for flute and pipe projects. Because of the time each commission project consumes I have a limit amount of project slots I can offer each year. If you want to open a dialog for a new project that I can do for you simply reach out and let’s talk.
In production now is this Lone Bull Bison taken this past summer here in the Yellowstone Basin. This is a very nice 16″ x 24″ Acrylic Mount that is in the process of being framed. The frame is being crafted from Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar and is available in both a natural High Gloss finish and a High Gloss Black. This acrylic is currently scheduled to be framed in a natural high gloss frame. This image was printed on high resolution archival Epson Metallic Photo paper using Epson archival inks. This paper type gives this print a luminous and iridescent appearance.
This image was then mounted onto a clear acrylic, finished with a 1/8” black sintra adhered to the back. Other Acrylic prints are typically printed directly onto the acrylic itself resulting in a lower resolution print with much less vibrance. Finally I had the edges of the acrylic diamond polished with a 3 step process to ensure a diamond shine that adds a stunning finishing touch. Even though this image is set into our own frame design the polished edges really make for a clean finished mount.
This acrylic will be mounted from the front of the frame giving it a true floating off of the wall appearance. The image of this ram shown here was done in just this way and this should give you an idea of how the finished product will look. It is hard to capture how nice these prints look in a web based image – they really look great in person.
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If you are interested in this Bison acrylic please complete the form below. If you have questions simply write them in the comments section. If you would like to order a different sized version of this image let me know and we can order it from the lab. If you want to purchase this print before it is completed here in our shop simply purchase it now from the link below. Please select from the drop down menus the 16 x 24 option and the frame choice. If you hurry you can select either the High Gloss Natural (as scheduled) or the High Gloss Black. Finally this image is also available as just an acrylic mount that has no frame and mounts directly to your wall.
Earlier this month I entered some of my photos from the past couple of years in a photo contest here in Afton Wyoming. I just received an email giving me the good news. The photo you see here is my daughter Brynn loving on her mare Rebecca Star in a small creek here in Jackson Wyoming. This picture was taken this past summer and I thought it was truly representative of the story of the Wyoming Cowgirl. No belt buckles, cowboy hats, shirts, rodeo drama just a girl and her horse. I am humbled this picture was chosen as the winner in the Cowboy & Cowgirl Category.
Available for Print
This image is available for print. The first prints will be Acrylic Mounts and custom framed here in our shop. If you are interested in purchasing this print titled “A Girl and Her Horse” complete the form below. Print sizes available will be in 8.5″ x 10″ and 11″ x 17″ plus framing. Framing will be crafted out of Alaskan Yellow Cedar and mounted from the front. Below is an example of a recent print completed in this way. Frame will be available in Natural High Gloss finish and a High Gloss Black.
This Wyoming Ram was taken this past winter of 2017 in the Miller Butte area of Jackson Hole Wyoming. This is a 12′ x 12″ 1/4″ thick acrylic mounted photo on metal paper. Custom framed in Alaskan Yellow Cedar and finished in a high gloss lacquer. Outside dimensions of the frame are 14″ x 14″. The frame stands 2″ inches deep lifting this image off of the wall and with the natural color of the cedar this should fit into any decor. Available for purchase now.
All things change and yet nothing remains the same… for the most part anyway. For the past 15 years I have been on a roller coaster journey with my career with so many changes to our industry and none of it has been within my control. For more than 32 years my primary occupation has been that of a full time International Health Insurance Broker and I still actively work at this daily. The last 15 years of my career I have also worked as a commissioned artist in my spare time working mostly in the medium of wooden Native American Style Flutes. In addition I also work in the medium of stone crafting mostly pipes. Catlinite (pipestone) is a wonderful medium to work in and it provides a powerful source of energy for me.
Over the past several years I have had the pleasure to craft some really wonderful projects for many different clients. Some flutes and some pipes and some projects that combined both the flute and the pipestone into a single project. For many of these years I have been a primary source for flute builders both new to the flute and professionals alike and I have supplied thousands of flute blanks both pre-bored and simple stock ready to bore. I have even provided much needed knowledge to those who seek it. There have been times over the past several years where my day job and my passion for the Native American Flute simply create a conflict. Each demands your time and attention.
As I approach my 58th birthday this December I reflect on that which has actually brought me peace and joy over my lifetime. For sure my family sits on top of this list. My career of 32 years as a broker also sits on that list. But building Native American styled flutes of all types has and is definitely a highlight and sharing the real healing power of the flute is a big part of it. As we all grow through our lives and reflect on what it is we do on a daily basis I think we all must come to a place where the passion for what you have been doing starts to disappear. For me this is true and I have reached this place and now I hope and want to focus more on the things that bring me satisfaction with my daily endeavors.
Our family recently made the decision to move a little south of Jackson Hole to the Star Valley part of Wyoming. For many reasons but in short we wanted more land for our horses, more room for my shop and we want to be a little more accessible to those who may be visiting our region in the coming years. In the next few weeks we will be moving to our new home and it is here in Star Valley where I plan to focus further on my craft. This past summer we had a very small shop that allowed some people to visit but the need to grow and expand made it clear we needed to find another place to call home. Within the next few months I plan to open a new shop that will be located on our property that will include a very nice showroom. One goal is to have probably the largest selection of Native American Style flutes along with parts and supplies within the state of Wyoming. You will be able to come visit, shop and take home your new found treasure. In addition our shop will feature some of my photography centered on the Yellowstone Basin and everything on the walls will be available for sale.
For those of you who have followed me through the years you know I have attempted this more than once. The desire to share my art with others has never been more present than it is now. After speaking with several of the galleries in the Jackson area and talking to other artists it eventually became clear that the path for me had to my own showroom/shop. So with this in mind please subscribe to our blog and follow me as we set these new goals and open our doors starting this winter. I have had several people ask if our showroom will be open for the 2018 summer and the answer is YES it will. If you have plans to travel to Jackson Hole, Yellowstone or any part of this are we will be easy to find and worth the trip to our shop. If you will travel from the Salt Lake City basin then you will drive right past our place. Watch for future post and hopefully many new creations will be ready for the new season soon to kick off.
Now available on Jacksonholetim.com is our live Chat Feature. Located on the right side of each web and blog page is an Orange Circle like the one in the picture above. If you have questions simply click and ask away. If I am Online you will know it and I will do my best to answer any and all questions. If I am off-line then an email message will reach me and I will respond accordingly. I hope this Chat Feature will help you in your search for the right flute, flute supplies or photographic image.
Winter has finally passed here in the Yellowstone Basin. I can’t tell you how nice it is to see the ground again… and the sun! I spent a good part of this winter studying some of the latest Nikon Cameras and it was time to step up to something new. I definitely wanted something with a fast frames rate and a camera that operates in lower light as well.
Although I was hoping for the release of the new 800 series camera I decided to pull the trigger and purchase the new D500 as I shoot so many moving things up here. This new Nikon camera is just as advertised and once I was able to get it to my front door I could not wait to get out and take some new pictures. The weather however did not cooperate until this past week when I finally got a window of clear weather. Although I was not able to get out as early as I wanted I did make it to one of my favorite spots to look for interesting things to share.
This morning I decided to go to the gym first and then head north with my favorite LARGE cup of morning coffee in my hand. I must say – I need to order two cups from now on or take a thermos… One is just never enough.
This time of the year the mountains are just starting to come alive. This morning I headed to Antelope Flats just north of Kelly Wyoming. The light was not what I wanted and there was very few animals to be found. One of my favorite animals to photograph is the Pronghorn Antelope. They are hard to get close enough to and they are FAST.
This big boy was checking me out and just as I was getting into a position where I would be on the right side of the light some tourists decided to speed down the road I was next to at an unacceptable speed thus forcing me to take these shots while I could. Even though these are not what I wanted I do get excited for this summer as I am sure to encounter my friends again on favorable lighting terms.
If you are ever to visit Jackson Hole this is a wonderful part of the valley to check out as you never know what you will find. Be sure to bring your camera and enjoy Jackson Hole through the lens of your camera. You just may run into some of the locals like the Antelope, Bison, Moose, Deer, Elk, and for sure the beautiful mountain vistas that abound in every direction. A great way to share a cup of Morning Coffee…
One of the most enjoyable things I am able to do where I live is to walk out my front door and I can find so many wonderful things to take pictures of. The Yellowstone Basin is truly one of the most beautiful parts of the United States and photographic opportunities are simply everywhere.
As I have achieved a higher level of skill for this craft so too has my desire to keep up with the latest camera technology. Today’s DSLRs are simply amazing. The quality of the image taken is almost as real life as viewing it through your own eyes. I have been waiting for some new camera introductions later this year but my older Nikon was crying for help. So I decided to pull the trigger and new camera now and then watch for future releases.
I settled on the new D500 which if you look into it is simply amazing at the depth of capabilities built into this new body. With a burst rate of up to 10 FPS (Frames Per Second), 151 focal points, 4000K video and more I can’t wait to try it out in the wild. I am sure I will be sharing some new stuff real soon. I am currently awaiting an order of new Gallery Quality Acrylic Mounts that are being added to this website for sale as I write this. Acrylic Mounting is nothing short of amazing!
For several years I wrote a blog post almost daily and I called it “Morning Coffee”. I had so many people tell me how much they enjoyed these post many of which can still be found on this website by clicking on the MENU LINK “BLOG” and then in the search field search “MORNING COFFEE” and a list will render for your reading pleasure.
This new camera is inspiring me to bring this back to all of you and I hope… no I am sure I can find some really cool things to share with all of you. If you have not already subscribed to my blog you can easily do so in the EMAIL SUBSCRIPTION area found in the upper left column of every page. Each time I post something new you will receive it in your Inbox. Please consider subscribing…