Recently we joined the Wyoming First Program that is run by the Wyoming Business Council. The purpose Wyoming First is to assist companies located in this state with identification and promotion of their Wyoming made products or substantially enhance products and services. Wyoming is a small state population wise but Wyoming is a very strong state financially and they are all about helping business within the state prosper. You would be surprised at all the small companies in this state.
Last month we were contacted about our products and invited to provide additional information about what we do. Wyoming Made wanted to highlight our little company on KGWN News in Cheyenne, Wyoming. We were flattered and so we supplied them with the requested information. Below is the clip from the show were they highlighted our little Jackson Hole Company. Take a moment and check it out…
At a time when “MADE IN THE USA” is practically an anomaly there are still a few small businesses out there trying to create new products and services that can boast the “MADE IN THE USA” title. Wyoming is a state that actually has quite a large number of small entrepreneurs that craft products from their home or small business and sell them to the public both within the borders of Wyoming and abroad. One place that highlights these Wyoming based businesses is the Wyoming Business Council and they list many of these businesses on their website www.wyomingfirst.org.
The Wyoming First Program is a way to identify and showcase great products made in Wyoming. All of the companies listed on this website call Wyoming home and are proud of the quality they represent. Wyoming First provides you with the opportunity to shop and locate products that are made within this state. This post today is no exception. I want to highlight a member of my family that is doing just that – designing and making products for sale right here in Jackson Hole. Blaire joins others here in Jackson that also make and sell their products though retail outlets and their websites.
Blaire Jennings is a college student in her Junior year at CU Boulder in Colorado and she is studying Digital Art, Studio Art and Communications. Blaire has always been a creative soul and she loves painting, shaping pottery, photography, pretty much design of any kind. Over the past year Blaire along with her mother Peyton have created a unique line of hand crafted jewelry all made by hand right here in Jackson Hole. Her latest creation is a line of wooden feather like earrings featuring very high quality sterling silver findings. These whimsical feather like earrings are being marketed under the name “307 Wear” and they are gaining in their popularity with locals and others living outside of the state of Wyoming. “307 Wear” simply translates into “Wyoming Wear” as the area code of 307 is unique to the state of Wyoming. In addition to earrings Blaire is adding some of her necklace designs and currently has many new ideas under development.
What started out as an idea has started to blossom into a small business opportunity for Blaire and she is starting to make some headway. These earrings are truly unique and one of a kind. They are crafted from woods such as Walnut, Maple, Ironwood, Bubinga and other wood species. Each pair is hand crafted and no two pairs are exactly a like. They retail from $39.00 a pair up to $69.00 a pair depending on the wood species and sterling silver findings. If you would like to find out more about these whimsical feather like earrings check out our website at www.tetonmarketing.com and see what Blaire currently has to offer. Blaire is looking for potential retail outlets that may want to carry some of her designs. She especially would like to find retail outlets here in her home state of Wyoming in addition to all other parts of the U.S.A. If you would like more information about 307 Wear than contact Peyton or Blaire at “firstname.lastname@example.org” .
This morning like most before I headed towards Antelope Flats as the amount of wildlife found there has been amazing. One big difference was that when I went to the gym this morning early, the temperature on my Jeep said it was 34 degrees. A far cry from -15 of the past two weeks. But very welcome change for sure.
I found some of my favorite subjects but getting close enough to them to take a solid picture can be a challenge. I found two cows together about 100 yards off to the west of me and on the east side of the road was a very young male. I stopped and position myself between them with anticipation that eventually the two cows would cross in front of me. After a while I could tell they were watching the young male and moving closer. These four shots are from this morning. Two of them are the same cow and she was clearly the younger of the two. She crossed right in front of me once she realized she was being left behind.
As I was making a lens change and screwing around with my camera I looked up as I heard something strange and right in front of me was about 100+ elk at a full on run crossing the road within yards of my jeep. I got so excited I forgot to turn my camera back on and yep – I missed any chance of catching them on film. Very exciting to see. Something had definitely spooked them. Hauling chili’s would be a good description. That is whats cool about all this – you never know what you will see.
This mornings coffee run took me 40 miles north of Jackson into Teton National Park to one of the most photographed places in the United States, Oxbow Bend. Oxbow is just north of Moran Junction about 4 or 5 miles and on this morning it was -15 degrees as I arrived just before dawn. In the summer there is always a multitude of photographers waiting for the sun to bathe the mountains with its warmth. Today I was all alone, with the exception of my father-in-law who made the journey with me.
We arrived as it was still dark and set up for the shots I wanted, some of which I am sharing with you here. As the sun makes its way over the eastern range it begins to bathe the Teton Range with a warm glow. This all happens in about 12-15 minutes so you need to be ready with your camera. Now I am no professional but you would have to try pretty hard to screw this up. Here are a few pics of the Oxbow Bend with Mount Moran in the back ground all taken within minutes of each other. You can see the difference in the shots as to how the sun bathes the mountains and the river. Oh yeh – this is the Snake River for those who do not know this area. Amazing is all I can say. Put this on your bucket list for sure.
On the way back I took a detour and found some of my favorite subjects. I counted over 18 moose this morning all within a few hundred yards of these shots. I almost got stepped on when this big guy came within a few feet of my Jeep. A few feet is no exaggeration! I never tire of seeing these beautiful creatures of nature. They are so unique and awesome to be this close to. If you venture out – be careful because they can hurt you. Enjoy!
As I peaked out my bedroom window last night I could see stars. Mother Earth had just sent Jackson a small storm during the day and she left the valley with a new coating of snow. Although it was just a few inches it was a welcomed event as we have been lacking in the snow department lately. But when I saw the stars I knew it was going to be a beautiful morning so I made my plans to head to Antelope Flats for a few pics – along with my hot cup of coffee.
As I was hoping it was absolutely clear blue skies this morning and even though the temperature in my Jeep was showing -15 degrees It was one of those clear blue sky mornings. I snapped a few pictures throughout my short trip but as usual there were plenty of opportunities to take some fun shots. Antelope flats is simply a great place to visit as it is close to town and on most mornings you will find something worth taking a picture of.
This was another moose morning and I arrived early and picked a spot to stop and wait for one of the many moose in the area to cross the road in front of me. These shots are not what I was hoping for as a visitor came roaring through in their truck just before the were to cross in front of me and a couple of other waiting photographer. The moose got spooked and the shots we were all hoping for did not materialize. It happens but all in all still a great morning. Enjoy!
We grabbed our coffee this morning at Pearl Street Bagels and headed for another morning adventure. First let me give props to the girls at Pearl Street Bagels as they are so nice to deal with. They are always friendly, and these girls can crank out the coffee and bagels. On the east side of the Snake River they are our favorite!
As we left the coffee shop we just found ourselves heading out towards Miller’s Butte to see if the mountain sheep had returned. And, yes they have, along with the tourists. It is a very cool thing to be able to travel such a short distance from our home and see so much wildlife. Miller’s Butte for those of you who are not familiar with our town sits on the east side of the National Elk Refuge and you access the road just north-east of the hospital on Broadway.
This morning the fog was hovering over the valley but not too bad – just cold. The trees again had a fresh coating of powdery ice crystals on their branches making it a real Christmas like feel. If you like to take pictures these kinds of mornings make a great background to shoot away. So many opportunities for beautiful shots of the trees loaded with powder and the rivers with a steamy fog hovering over the water. The ice and the river flows squeeze through frozen banks making for some really incredible scenery.
On this morning though it was all about the mountain sheep. The east side of the butte is all rocks and cliffs and the sheep meander around as if they are on flat land. But on some days you will find them right on the road side and this morning was no exception. About a dozen or so sheep traveled from their safety high in the rock to the road side in order to access the grass hiding under the snow. A couple even are so bold as to come right up to your car and they lick the side of the cars for any salts that are deposited from the roads. Pretty cool for sure. They are cautious but not too friendly making sure they keep their distance when someone tries to approach.
On the other side of the road we found dozens of elk just lying around at the base of the pine trees that start about a few hundred yards off the east side of the road. Although I love the elk we decided to focus on the sheep and just sit and watch them interact with the public. The tourists are returning for the holidays and this morning some of them got to see something really special. It never gets old up here as long as you take the time to leave you home and see some of God’s wonders. Enjoy!
Many of you who are familiar with us know that we have operated several websites/businesses for quite some time. For me I have been in the health insurance business for more than 26+ years and we have operated our insurance website IndividualHealth.com since 1994. Over the past several years we have ventured into new opportunities and I wanted to highlight one of them that is dear to my heart in this article.
What started as a hobby has blossomed into a business that today incorporates our entire family. Tetonmarketing.com is our website that showcases our hand crafted Native American Flutes and now a new line of hand crafted jewelry, all made right here in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Our oldest daughter Blaire is currently a Junior at CU Boulder, in Colorado and she leads the family with her unique hand crafted designs. She has always been a student of art most of her life and currently she is studying Digital Design, Studio Art and Communications at CU Boulder.
Recently Blaire and her mom, Peyton, collaborated on a new line of wooden earrings. The currently focus has been on a line of hand crafted, wooden feather like earrings. These whimsical designed earrings are pretty cool and they feature first quality sterling silver findings. Each set of earrings are crafted from select woods that we also use in our Native American Flute lines. Most of these woods are indigenous to North America with a limited few coming from South American forests.
Blaire and Peyton have managed to create a very attractive looking line of feather like earrings that hang lightly from the ear and with their curvy shape they hang very nicely on the face. Currently you can select earrings made from Walnut, Ironwood, Maple and some Cedars. Currently you have a choice of four different sterling silver findings that are available with all current wood choices. Some have small beads that are incorporated into the ear piece. Silver, gold, black and crystal beads are available choices and you can view these on our website here.
Blaire is currently seeking out retail locations for her designs and today you can find some of her jewelry down in the Austin Texas area. The store Gunslinger of Banderra Texas retails her line of feather like earrings in their store located in Banderra, Texas and on their website. Recently some of these designs were featured by Gunslinger in a full-page ad in the James Browlin edition of “Cowboys and Indians“. You can order online from Gunslinger of Banderra Texas some of her earrings for $39.00 plus shipping. Here is the direct link to the products featured in Gunslinger’s James Browlin edition ad.
If you own a retail store or know of a boutique that might like to carrying Blaire’s 307 Wear Designs contact us at email@example.com and someone will contact them promptly. You can also order these direct from Blaire on our website at www.tetonmarketing.com for the retail price of $39.00 plus shipping. And finally they are currently available on www.etsy.com. To find them simply query “wooden earrings Jackson Hole” and they will come up. These are very nice earrings and are gaining in popularity every day.
Finally, as I said in the first paragraph that this is near and dear to my heart. I have watched Blaire grow from a wonderful child into a beautiful, strong woman and I would like people to see what she is capable of creating. Next time you are shopping for a gift or even something for yourself check out tetonmarketing.com and see what new things Blaire is up to. A family affair this is as all members of our family are involved including our youngest Brynn – who of course likes to be the first to have at least one of everything we make.
On Sundays I like to call it going to church! All alone this morning I grabbed a very hot cup at Pearl Street Bagels and headed out-of-town. Cold – yes it was, -6 on my Jeep thermometer. When I left this morning I could see a full moon over the Teton Range from my bedroom and I thought I would get a shot of the moon over the Grand – but as it typical with clear cold mornings there was an inversion in the valley.
Fog was the standard of the morning and by the time it started to clear the moon had already set behind the Teton range. So I started looking for other things that caught my eye. This is what I came up with this morning. I was basically all alone and had many opportunities for some cool shots but I was enjoying my hot coffee and warm Jeep too much I guess. But I did manage to have fun – Enjoy!
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Today it was absolutely beautiful and cold too – about -2 degrees. This morning we counted in excess of 25 moose all around the valley. We saw cows and with their calves, big brutes with full racks on their heads and some younger males trying to keep up with their elders. This was one of the best mornings for spotting moose in weeks.
The sun was just rising on the ski resort so we took a shot of the slopes from across the valley floor. This morning there was an inversion in the valley and you can see it in a few of these shots. Again I wish I had a better camera with a much better lens selection. I need to get real close to these animals to get even these shots. A new camera is on my wish list for sure.
Peyton and I are constantly amazed at all we see each morning we take a drive. We see things that we do not take pictures simply because they are out of the range of our lenses. But today was saw Bald Eagles, beautiful vistas, many animals at a distance and more. If you come and visit you must take in some of this for your selves. Truly blessed!
As I woke up this morning and looked out the window all I could see was stars! Then I realized that today was the first day of winter. As I laid in bed contemplating where I wanted to go this morning I realized that with clear skies I would have a nice shot of the Teton Range as the sun came up. If you have never witnessed the early morning dawn in the Teton Range you are in for a treat. These pics do not do justice to the beautiful scene that unfolds right in front of you.
I headed out early before light and got my much-needed companion, my coffee. And once again headed north out-of-town, only this morning I was alone. The elk hunt is still going on for a few more days so I chose a safe spot to watch the magic unfold. Incredible! I never get tired of seeing this. As the dawn arrives you can start to make out the features of the Teton Range. Then as the sun makes its way over the horizon it bathes the range with its warm glow. Truly a beautiful morning!
I have also added a few shots from yesterday morning. This past week has been a real treat for professional photographers (which I am not – obviously) but there has been almost 20 moose to choose from, males fighting, and 6 grizzly bears to view. Two sows with their cubs. Yesterday I finally got close enough to one to take the shot above – I wish I had a bigger lens but this is what I got. She was digging around in the sage brush all the while keeping an eye on those who were watching her.
I have never seen grizzly bears this close to town before but this fall and now winter they are seen on almost a daily basis. Griz in the wild is awesome to see. In yesterday’s paper there was an interview with Tom Mengelsen who is one of Jackson’s premier wildlife photographers, where he sat and watched the two mother sows fight over a fallen buffalo while the cubs sat an waited for a victor. These two sows were mother and daughter and mother apparently won. National Geographic kind of stuff. Come visit Jackson this winter and see some of what we share.