It is sometimes funny how people view what it is that you do. For 30 years I have made my living as an International Health Insurance broker. Selling health insurance and working with people from around the globe is actually a very rewarding career. But when I need a break or have a day off my passions fall into two categories, Photography and hand crafting Native American Flutes.
Living in Jackson Hole Wyoming offers one so many incredible opportunities to photograph the amazing that is right in front of our eyes every day. Yes living here I am blessed. Through the lens of my camera I see the same vistas differently every time I venture out.
I have been humbled by those of you who have commented positively and those of you who have encouraged me to make some of my work available. This is actually quite new for me but I have decided to do just that.
Much of my photographic work can be found in the galleries presented here at JacksonHoleTim. Prints are available starting as low as $1.00 for a simple 4 x 7 all the way up to larger Canvas Prints. Images are also available for purchase formatted for use on your personal or commercial website. I would love to hear from you about some of my work and I welcome comments and suggestions – but please be nice…
If you are interested please email me at @firstname.lastname@example.org or call (307) 690-0427.
Another hot cup of coffee and a short road trip north of town. Fall is quickly starting to pass and winter is not far away. The weather was not the best for all these pictures but we found a few that we liked. Waiting for the first snow to get some shots of whats to come. Enjoy the slide show.
There simply are not words as to how fast this summer has gone. In the Rocky Mountain Region such as the Yellowstone Basin our summers are fairly short. Fall comes quickly and it is just about here. The leaves are starting to change and in just a week or two we will be in full blown Fall colors. A great time for pictures and I do not plan to miss this Fall like last. The picture above was one of my favorite from the Fall of 2012. This was taken at Black Tail Ponds and I am traveling up there every couple of days to make sure I get some good pics this year.
Just after Fall comes our long heavy winters and with winter comes some of the animals we see only for a few months each year. Below is a shot I took during the winter of 2012 – 2013. The big horn sheep are amazing to watch and this guy was one of my favorite. They will be arriving very soon and this winter I plan to take advantage of the opportunities to bring you some really cool shots. Enjoy…
As many of you know we love everything about the Native American Flute. A very special wind instrument with healing powers. Jackson Hole Artist Timothy Jennings recently completed another Port Orford Cedar flute winner. The working qualities and finished product Tim produces always makes us smile. This little flute is no exception. This six hole Native American Style flute is now one of my favorite flutes we have produced. Completely hand crafted with a 3/4″ bore and tuned to the Key of G @ 432Hz – we love how this flute plays and sounds. Simple elegance is the best description we have come up with.
The Otter fetish also crafted from Port Orford Cedar sits atop his new drop step design. On many of Tim’s new flutes he is adding a drop step just in front of the windway that gives really nice aesthetic effect. This step is completely created by hand and the results is a sleeker taper through the barrel of the flute. There are no added accents to this flute other than the hand cut black Elk hide lace. Overall length on this flute is 23″ measure tip to tip on the top of the flute. Playing holes are spaced for comfort and the bottom 3 holes are 1 1/8″ on center. The top three are 1 1/26″ on center with a 1 1/4″ spacing between the #3 and #4 playing holes. This little flute is a real joy to play. Signed by artist Timothy Jennings and priced to be affordable.
This flute ships with a protective bag and the price is $285.00 plus freight. This is the lowest price flute Tim has offered in quite sometime.
Tim Jennings says that “we want everyone to be able to afford one of our hand made flutes and this is a best effort attempt at making this possible”.
Currently Tim has several Port Orford Cedar flutes finished waiting for a home. Two smaller flutes similar to this one are available with inlays to the cutting edge. Check them out when you get a chance. To hear a sound sample of this flute click the link below.
Play Sample of Port Orford Cedar Flute Here: [audio http://www.individualhealth.com/flutefiles/PortOrf_432G.mp3 ]
Each year Jackson Wyoming is host to the Western Design Conference which opens the Fall Art Festival held each year in Jackson Hole.. WDC is one of the premier shows that features “Functional Art”. Every artist must be juried in to be part of the annual event and their art must be a functional piece of original work. Some of the best artists this country has to offer attend this 3 day event. This summer Images West magazine has highlighted several WCD Artists in an article titled “Functional Art”. We were so proud to be considered for this article as one of these artists. On page 30 you can read about some of the artist’s and their work, including ours.
Images West is published at the beginning of each summer and is available throughout Jackson Hole. Published for FREE, you can find one at just about every hotel and gallery in town. Images West is a very nice publication featuring the Arts in Jackson Hole. If you plan to visit here this summer pick one up and see what the Jackson Art Community has to offer. Oh yeh be sure to visit the website http://www.tetonmarketing.com and the blog http://www.3feathersflutes.com for more…
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…
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.
We 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.
A 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 comfortable 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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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…
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…