This morning as we got ready for our morning journey into Jackson Hole I filled my cup twice… once for a quick wake up cup and a second time to fill my thermos cup before heading out. We were heading into Jackson Hole for a very very important appointment… that is to say Peyton had an appointment with her favorite hair salon…Tori’s Salon. As usual I made the choice to find other things to do while she was beautifying her locks… So I with camera in tow headed to a local coffee shop for a refill and then north out of town.
It was late morning already and the sky was clear and bright so not really the best light for picture taking although stunningly beautiful in all directions. Where should I go I thought and the next thing I knew I was headed up the Gros Ventre River. This river runs a long ways back into the wilderness. Over 74 miles long it is. It’s final destination is a meet up with the Snake River. The Gros Ventre river drainage was at one time one of the main routes in and out of the valley that is now Jackson Hole.
Before 1800, the only people who traveled into Jackson Hole were the Native American tribes who spent the summer months hunting the wildlife in the valley and the area surrounding it. Among the tribes that trailed through the valley were the Shoshoni, Crow, Blackfeet, Bannock, and Gros Ventre. THIS is Lewis and Clark country! For those mountain men who hunted and trapped in this area, names like John Colter, Jim Bridger, Jedediah Smith, David Jackson, William Sublette and later on men like Beaver Dick called this area home for a time.
Today the Gros Ventre drainage is one of the most beautiful places to travel to fish, hunt, hike, explore or just chill by a mountain lake or stream and just enjoy the moment. Today I only had an hour and a half to get some pictures. These are some of what I saw during my short journey into this mountain range. The only bad things about this trip was I quickly ran out of coffee and time… in just that order too. It was time to head back to Jackson to pick up my bride and head home. Below was my view back to civilization. I am sure the Gros Ventre will be waiting for my return… very soon I hope.
This morning Peyton and I decided to head up what is known as Swift Creek. This beautiful creek (river for those of you in Arizona…LOL) cuts through a limestone canyon that eventually opens up into the town of Afton, Wyoming. I will be posting quite a few videos of this beautiful canyon and the creek that runs through it. The scenery is stunning and offers so many opportunities for the photographer to capture. This little spot is at the base of a large rock outcropping where the crystal clear creek meets the rock and then meanders around it to further its journey toward the valley floor. Such a peaceful spot!
This same creek is also the path that you follow to discover the world-famous Intermittent Spring that hides up this canyon 4-5 miles in. The Intermittent Spring or Periodic Spring as some call it, is one of but maybe two in the world Cold Water Geysers that cascades out of the bottom of some spectacular cliffs. In the fall and through the winter it ebbs and flows starting and stopping every 18-20 minutes or so. Hiking up to the end of the box canyon is exhilarating and so beautiful. When you get to the end of the climb take a moment to receive Mother Natures reward… fill your bottle up with some of the best water on the planet. Recent reports say the water exiting the bottom of the cliff is more than 2,000 years old. I will save this journey for future post.
Morning Coffee Meditation… Filmed on the Gros Ventre River north of Jackson Wyoming
I really have enjoyed writing my Morning Coffee posts over the years and will continue to do so. I love sharing our little Wyoming adventures we take from time to time. I want to add something new to the mix now. Often when I travel around the Yellowstone Basin with a cup of joe in my hands I will stop and enjoy moments of time at different places that reach out and speak to me. I love visiting the rivers and streams in our area as I find that the sound of the moving water helps calm my spirit. Not to mention the eye candy that surrounds me daily.
Morning Coffee Meditation will be 1 minute+ or so snippets of time taken at special locations around Wyoming. Nothing added and nothing taken away. Just one minute+ of recorded time in nature as it exists at that moment. I would like to bring a sense of calm and maybe even a smile to your face from time to time.
It is time again to get back to my Morning Coffee posts. One of the most enjoyable things I have done when it comes to blogging is simply sharing one of my daily adventures which starts each morning with a great cup of coffee.
For those of you who know me know that last year we moved from Jackson Wyoming to Afton Wyoming in order to obtain horse property for our daughter. Although we now live in the Star Valley area Jackson is a frequent adventure in itself.
For those of you who may be new to our blog posts Star Valley is rich in western history. It was for centuries a place with the Native American people who lived within travel distance came to hunt and fish during the summer months. Then in the mid to late 1800’s the area was settled by those heading west.
The Oregon Trail in its many facets came right through was is now our back yard. On this morning I decided to adventure not far from my home to an old homestead I pass all the time. Each time I pass by I say to my wife and myself that I need to stop and take a few photographs. Although I really have no idea of the history of this quint yet humble home I just love it’s setting.
I wonder by whom and when this home was built. What about the large tree setting next to the this humble cabin? Did the family that built it plant it and if so was it for shade or maybe just aesthetics. Did they have children and if so whatever happened to them? As you can see today it is a much different place. The home is empty and the stories that must have surely been told throughout the years are now secrets of this lonely yet beautiful setting.
Wyoming is truly a magical place. Some great adventure abound just about everywhere in the state. Star Valley is rich in Western History some good and some not so good. But on this morning I did stop and take the time to watch the sunrise, enjoy more than one cup of coffee, ponder the past and took some pictures… enjoy.
Just completed are our new business cards and collateral rack cards. After creating a new business card with a new theme and changing it many times I have settled on final design. Although these images do not do these new collateral advertising pieces they came out great. I wanted to capture the some of the flavor that Wyoming and the Yellowstone Basin delivers. Wyoming simply offers some of the best eye candy God ever laid his artful hand on.
If you would like one of my business cards sent to you or some of our collateral rack cards for your store or gallery let me know. I want to share with the world what I see every day living here. I want to share “Authentic Wyoming” with you! Contact me by email “Sales@Jacksonholetim” or call me (307) 690-0427.
The flute continues to take its path to final form. Here is an updated picture during the finishing stages of this flute. Here you can see how the Maple rails and totem look against the jet black finish. The Elk Antler Cabochon is about done and ready to set into the flute body. This flute in person is beautiful. This piece will be available for purchase at the 2018 Western Design Conference the first week of September held in Jackson Hole Wyoming. Would love to hear any feedback! Enjoy.
This link below is to a video titled Sonic Geometry. If you are a lover of the Native American Flute and it’s haunting and pleasing tones then you may find this video of great interest to you. They talk about the frequency of 432 and how frequency and geometry are tied together. This is a great lesson…
I have been building flutes for a very long time… Living in a place like Wyoming brings a never ending stream of inspiration to draw from. Like my passion for photography I share an equal passion for building Native American Style flutes. I have spent many an hour working on commissioned base flutes trying to deliver an end product that hopefully meets or exceeds the buyer of my art. I fully enjoy the commissioned project experience but I just can’t stop wanting to build more.
As I approach my 58th birthday this year I find myself once again seeking a change in what I do. Many who know me know that for the past 33 years I have been a health insurance broker with focus on the International Expat markets. This will continue to be part of my daily efforts but as for my website Jackson Hole Tim I want to be more proactive in my flute building efforts. Crafting one of these awesome wind instruments never get tiring. Although I have enjoyed the commission side of building flutes I prefer designing the flute, building it and then sharing it with others.
I am pretty sure that I maintain the largest selection of Native American Style flutes here in the state of Wyoming. Every one of my flutes is hand made by me using mostly hand tools. That is just the way I do it. My inventories are finally starting to grow for the first time in a while. If you were to visit my farm gallery here in Afton Wyoming you would find a minimum 25+ flutes in various stages of the build with more on the way. I have over 100 blanks pre-cut and gluing up new ones weekly. By end of summer I may have as many as 40 or more to choose from.
One of the nice things about how I build my flutes is that I work on many at a time so each one is in a different phase some from the glue the up stage to being a fully completed flute. Having a variety in different phases of construction allows you to pick one that stands out to you that may not be completely finished and this allows for my to still add some of you to the flute before delivery. My shop is now in Afton Wyoming and our little ranch is open to those who want to venture out and visit us. We are just a mile or so off of the main highway (HWY 89) and we very easy to find. Although we are home most of the time we do travel from time to time so call first. But feel free to stop by and check out the flutes I have available. We are open 9-5 Monday through Friday so reach out to me and stop by… I would love to meet you.
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.
A couple of years have past since we have written anything about two of our local favorite music artists. Abby Gershuney has stayed with us several time over the past years and has truly become family. Abby ha worked her magic at the Jackson Hole Playhouse many time over the years and is currently performing in St. George Utah at Tuacahn Center for the Arts for the 2018 summer shows.. Abby can sing, dance, act… she can do it all but when she sings she makes people like me smile.
Many of you who know us know our son Brock Jennings. Brock is another amazingly talented singer song writer and he has an amazing voice. Abby was staying with over the Christmas Holiday while she worked for the playhouse a couple of winters ago. Not sure why they do but they waited until the last day to actually lay down some tracks. Abby had to return to New York City for while.
One of the tracks they laid down was not one of their own but a cover from Nickel Creek titled “When You Come Back Down”. Although this is a rough, uncut, unfinished track I wanted to share this with all of you again. I hope you like it. If you do please let us know we would love to see these two play this summer here in Jackson Hole and maybe some other areas too.
Click on Player below to listen to “When You Come Back Down”
“When You Come Back Down” Recorded by Abby Gurshuney and Brock Jennings, Produced by Brock Jennings, Written by Nickel Creek