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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.

Morning Coffee – Mother Nature Gets Ready…

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This morning as I lay in bed trying to drag myself out and head for the gym I pondered what I wanted to do today besides work.  My wife and younger daughter were visiting family and my college girl had headed back to school for the final push before she ends her Junior year.  The forecast was for rain and snow believe it or not and as I drove to the gym it was still too dark to determine what the morning would hold weather wise.

On my way home from the gym the sky was blue with just a cloud or two and it did not look like weather to me but in this part of the Rockies this is subject to change by the hour.  I headed home, changed my clothes, grabbed a camera (wrong lens again) and headed to my favorite coffee shop.  Paid for my cup of joe and headed north of town.  For the most part all of the snow in the valley is just about gone or melting fast with some patches lying around.  As I passed the National Elk Refuge I was surprised to see so many elk just hanging out.  But then again, the snow was gone, the sun was out – why not just chill.

One thing that I like about this time of the year is the solitude you can find within a few miles of your home.  For the most part I did not run into anyone this morning.  Lonely? Nope!  I had all of my friends around on this morning.  I was surrounded on three sides for a while by three different groups of elk.  I wish I had a better lens with me but I hope you can get the picture (so to speak).  I sat at one point and watched a very healthy coyote hunt some ground varmints and I actually got a shot of him mid-air as he dived through a snow patch to grab his pray.  You can see it in the pics above – very cool thing to watch.

There are no leaves on the trees yet but you can start to see the buds plump up in anticipation of warmer weather.  Although I did not get any pics of moose they were hanging around this morning but just too far away for the lens I had.  I kind of marveled at the stark contrast of the still brown grass, leafless trees, snow-covered mountains, all against the blue sky.  I tried to get some shots that help illustrate this very thing.  At one point I just stopped and sat down in the middle of the road and took the shot of the yellow line.  All alone for sure!

Some of the other pics came from the Mormon Row area as they had just opened this stretch of road again.  Along this small stretch of road you can see all kinds of activity this time of year.  This is where I got the shot of the coyote and a couple of lone trees as well.  Its funny, this part of the valley is so spectacular at any time of the year and I never get tired of just hanging out up here.  Very soon the grasses will start to green up and the trees will burst with color.  At just the right time Mother Nature will speak to the wild flowers and summer will be on.

If you are planning to visit this part of the country this summer you need to visit this area at least once while you stay.  Feel free to contact me via email if you have questions about where to go while you visit – I am always happy to help share what I know.  The summer of 2012 is shaping up to be a fabulous one especially if you are into fishing.  Unlike last year when we had record amounts of snow and a very cool spring that left our rivers crazy mad – this year is looking awesome.

Watch for future Morning Coffee posts as the season changes and transforms into summer.  We hope to share with you some really cool stuff this year.  Feel free to email me at “sales@tetonmarketing.com” if you have questions. Oh and one last thing… Please slow down while visiting as we lost 6 moose this winter to automobile accidents.  People have been driving way too fast – besides you will miss too much if you are in a hurry.

Morning Coffee – Still Waiting For Snow…

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While we still wait for the Jet Stream to drop in on North West Wyoming Peyton and I did something a little different earlier this week.  We went off the main roads onto a snow-covered dirt road that follows some power lines.  We ran smack dab into three moose that were jousting with each other.

We had Brynn with us this morning and she was loving the sights before us.  Basically we just sat in our Jeep and watched the show.  You could hear the sounds of their antlers clashing against each other and at times they looks as though they were stuck together.  The light was low and these are not tac sharp pics but you get the picture.  This was an amazing morning and fun to watch.

Morning Coffee – Oxbow Bend at -15…

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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!

Morning Coffee At -15 At The Flats

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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!

Morning Coffee, – 6 Below Morning…

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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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Morning Coffee – Moose On The Loose…

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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!

Morning Coffee, First Day of Winter…

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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.

Signs of Wyoming…

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Not sure what got into me today but I just decided to take some pictures of all the signs we have here in Wyoming.  This gallery of pics is a small example of the signs we see everyday in our state.  Call me crazy but I had a lot of fun this morning.  I saw many animals but today it was the signs that grabbed me.  Enjoy…

Morning Coffee….

Moose on the Loose

As we move ever closer to the start of the winter of 2011 we are blessed with a variety of beautiful days here in the Rockies.  On this morning we were blessed with clear blue Wyoming skies and almost no one on the roads north of town.

Our plan was as it is most mornings, grab a cup of coffee and just drive.  On this morning we decided to visit a different coffee shop that sits on the West Bank of the Snake River in the business center at the Pines . Elevated Grounds is a very cool eclectic place to visit.  The coffee is good and HOT!  If you are visiting or living in Jackson try a cup from Elevated Grounds.

As we left our daughter at school and turned onto the Village Road (heads to ski resort) we passed a mother and her two calves helping The Grand Peaking Over The Topthemselves to some tall grass right on the road.  We turned around as went back to take this quick shot of the young family.  As the temperatures drop the moose move to any place they can find food to fatten up.

This time of year the Moose Wilson Road closes just north of the resort so the only way to the north part of the town is that you have to travel back through Jackson and back north alone the East Bank of the Snake.  It was absolutely gorgeous this morning and as we turned onto the road that takes you to Kelly, Wyoming I took these next two pictures.  This area is a favorite spot for us to view antelope, bison, deer, moose, coyotes and birds of prey.

The Tetons Show Their MajestyI usually don’t find any compelling reason to take pictures of the Tetons from here but on this day the Grand seemed to be barking at me.  So I stopped and took a couple a pics.  I think the contrast between the browning grass and the fresh powdering of snow on the Grand against the blue sky is what grabbed me.  These smaller pics do not even grab the brilliant colors that existed this morning nor do they show how really blue the sky was but they should give you a feeling of the beautiful solitude that exists just north of Jackson Hole.  Morning coffee in Jackson Hole can be a really fun adventure you can take when you visit.  Almost any day and any time of year you will find something you will want to snap a picture of.  Enjoy…