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Morning Coffee Meditation… Janee Falls

Once again we ventured out here in Afton Wyoming.  Coffee in tow… A truly magical place!  Around ever bend is another surprise by Mother Earth.  This brief vignette is a moment in time experiencing the wonder of Janee Falls.  A magical little spot on the road up what locals call Swift Creek.   As an added treat imagine sitting in this spot and playing your Native American style flute as you meditate you troubles away.  Flute music is played and composed by Brock Jennings… a little song he calls “CHAKRA”… enjoy.

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Morning Coffee Meditation

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.

 

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Morning Coffee

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.

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Award Winning Photo Ordered In Metal

A Wyoming Cowgirl and Her Horse

Ordered and On It’s Way

A Girl & Her Horse

I have just placed an order for our “Wyoming Cowgirl and Her Horse” photo taken last summer at the Jackson Hole Polo Fields.  This award winning photo will be available for shipping early next week.  We have order this in a 16″ x 24″ format and it is being printed on Metal.

This photo embodies everything good about Wyoming, Horses and the young women that help make up this great state.  We are blessed to live in a place that is… well simply beautiful in every way.

This image is available to be purchased and printed in a variety of paper, metal and acylic mounts.  I have this image in my shop as it is truly one of my favorites.  If you want to inquire about image prints please call (307) 690-0427 or complete the simple form below and I will get back to you.

Metal prints can be hung on your favorite wall as is or they can be placed in a custom frame.  This image is also available as part of our 5×7 Greeting Card collection for $3.95 per card which will also be available starting next week.

Available for purchase now on Jacksonholetim.com.

Image is priced at $176.00 (metal print only) plus shipping.

Custom Print Inquiry

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3 New Greeting Cards Added to Selection

Folded Gift Cards

We have just ordered our first series of Jackson Hole Tim gift cards.  These cards will be 5×7 inches and come with a plain white envelope for mailing.  The back of the cards have credits while the inside of the cards are blank.  You write and share any message you desire.  We have three new images for a total of 9 Greeting Card choices.  All images were taken Timothy Jennings here in the Jackson and Western Wyoming area.  They will be available shortly on our website right here for $3.95 per card plus shipping.

Retailers Wanted

If you own a retail store and would like inquire about carrying some or all of our gift cards please contact Timothy Jennings by email “sales@jacksonholetim”.  Wholesale pricing available.

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Jackson Hole Tim Greeting Cards On Their Way

Folded Gift Cards

We have just ordered our first series of Jackson Hole Tim gift cards.  These cards will be 5×7 inches and come with a plain white envelope for mailing.  The back of the cards have credits while the inside of the cards are blank.  You write and share any message you desire.  All 6 of these images were taken Timothy Jennings here in the Jackson area.  They will be available shortly on our website right here for $3.95 per card plus shipping.

Retailers Wanted

If you own a retail store and would like inquire about carrying some or all of our gift cards please contact Timothy Jennings by email “sales@jacksonholetim”.  Wholesale pricing available.

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Abby Gershuny & Brock Jennings Record Nickel Creek Cover…

Abby Gershuny
Abby Gershuny

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.

Brock Jennings

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

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A Story About Mary

 

MaryBlakeley_1_smA couple of years ago I was commissioned to build a very special flute.   I have made a post about this before but I wanted to update this article as there has been some very nice things take place this past summer directly related to this post.  I completed the construction of a very nice flute for one of my favorite customers, Mary Blakeley, who lives in Idaho. This is one of the first flutes where I crafted the entire flute and fetish but did not put a finish on the flute prior to shipping.

Mary wanted to complete this process for her flute on her own and I was excited to see what she has in mind. This flute was crafted from a very interesting piece of Sassafras.  Sassafras is very nice wood to work with and I like the tonal qualities of this wood.  Generally Sassafras is kind of non descriptive wood and it does not have the flash that other domestic species can have.

This board was unusual because the grain patterns were very nice. The problem was – the board was twisted and bent and wow – I was not sure I would be able to make it work.  After consulting with Mary she made the decision that this piece was the one for her so I agreed to go ahead and see what I could do.

EternalComfort_4_smBecause I liked the grain patterns so well I cut the best sections out of the board and spent two weeks trying various tricks to help straighten the blanks out.  After a couple of weeks and several different methods I realized that I was going to have to simply do my best during the glue up phase and make sure I had enough clamps on the blanks and a good solid coat of glue to boot.

EternalComfort_6_smPrior to glue up there were two things I needed to do.  First Mary requested I write into the inside of the flute the name “GOD” in Paleo Hebrew which I did.  I then sealed the name into the flute body and it is now part of this flute forever.  Second, I scored the entire gluing surfaces by hand with a sharp blade to give us some extra bite for the glue.  Prior to the glue up I inlaid a small piece of ironwood into the top of the flute. This inlay became the cutting edge on this flute and the contrast came out perfect.  Then I clamped it up and as you can see we made sure we had enough on the blanks. We left the blanks in the clamps overnight to make sure we gave it ample drying time and later the next day we removed the clamps and the results could not have been better.

“Amazing but that is what God does with music. Most believers want to have their emotions manipulated with music but they don’t realize that to God, music is communication. He communicates to us through the music of creation, twinkling stars, rushing water, winds that whisper and winds that roars through the trees, crashing waves and babies cries. The native flute is so special because when we give it our breath, it give us it’s song and each one has a song all its own. Through it we can release the deep sounds of our being.”

Mary Blakeley

We wanted to shoot for a lower C# which made this a very long flute, almost 30 inches in length. We used the four winds tuning holes and spent hours tuning the flute the best I could.  A C# is just about at the outside abilities for a 1 inch bored flute.  I was able to achieve the fundamental note and like all of our flutes I voiced it for the first time right here in Jackson Hole Wyoming, home of the Teton Mountain  range.

EternalComfort_13_lgThe fetish was one of my custom made whimsical feather designs that was crafted from a single piece old growth walnut with a band of sapwood in it.  The base of the fetish is the sapwood and the feather is the black walnut color.  A chimney was created to help with prevention of the #6 hole from jumping to easily and the results were pleasing.

After many hours of frustration and several challenges that we were faced with this flute ended up being one my favorites that I have worked on in quite some time.  Nothing came easy on this flute and there were several times where I thought it was going to end up in my fireplace.  But with Mary’s constant coaxing and support this flute came out just beautiful.  We shipped this flute to her some time ago and I awaited pictures from her once she had completed her finishing project.  All in all a very nice project.

After Mary had received her flute she finished it herself with her favorite wood oil and beeswax  The picture to the left is the finished flute at her home in Idaho.  Mary did a real nice job on completing the project and now she is busy bringing the life of this flute to others where she if helping people heal from problems they face.  Recently Mary sent an email to me about one of her first experiences playing the flute she now calls “Eternal Comfort”.  In her message to me she was sharing an experience where she was playing this flute over a sick woman trying to bring comfort to her.  Within minutes this lady had fallen to sleep.  Above is a block quote from her email to me that is one of the best descriptions of how sound and music communicates to us.  This is a project where I have received more from Mary then Mary has from me.  This is a very special woman with a desire to only help others – we need more like her…

UPDATE:  Recently I received a package in the mail from Mary.  It was long like a flute but I thought how could this be.  I had recently crafted a new flute for her at her request out of a piece of Black Willow I had been saving.  Mary had a vision that her next flute was to be an eagle flute and so this is what we came up with.  Again this new flute was to be shipped with no finish on the wood as she would take care of this herself.  Could this package I just received be this flute I had shipped to her earlier in the year?  So I eagerly opened the package and to my surprise it was a flute but to my great relief it was not the flute below.  After looking at it carefully I suddenly realized that is was the very flute this article was written about.  Mary was returning it to me as a gift – one that I had never received before in all the flutes I have made for people.  Mary wanted me to have this flute and to do something new and exciting with it.  To be truthful I am not sure what exactly that is but I have this flute in front of me and I see it every day.  I think of Mary most days and I think of all the flutes we have shared over the past few years.  Mary has a gift, a gift of love and sharing the word of God.  A very spiritual women she is and I thank God everyday for our chance meeting many years ago.

 

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Cherry Wood Native American Flute…

American Cherry Native American Style Backpacker Flute

Cherry Wood Flute, Backpacker – Key of A

A couple of years ago I came across some old American Cherry that came from an old hand hewn beam.  The best we could tell this beam was more  than 200 years old when the timber was cut.  Because of its size this Native American Style flute would make a very nice back packer flute.  This five hole flute was eventually tuned to the Key of A and both the flute body and the fetish were handcrafted from this reclaimed Cherry wood stock. This flute ended up right at 21 1/2 inches in length and features a 3/4″ flute bore.  Please note that this flute was crafted entirely by hand including the flute bore which was cut with a gouge. The cutting edge was built into the body of the flute not an inlay. The fetish was from my otter series and was tied on using our hand cut black Deer Leather.

This flute like all of my flutes was hand planed to achieve its signature shape.  We added a hand braided deerskin leather lace accent at the foot of the flute and there were 8 multicolored Crow Beads attached.  The inside of the flute bore and slow air chamber were sealed with many coats of finish to help prevent moisture absorption.  The outside was finished with more than 20+ light coats of high gloss lacquer.  The tonal quality of this flute was in the upper range and it is very easy to play and very forgiving. This flute felt really nice in your hands and the color of the reclaimed Cherry gave it a very nice look.  This was a very simple yet great sounding flute that actually found a home with a buyer that takes it backpacking on a regular basis.

Cherry makes for a great sounding flute but as you can see from these pictures it also produces a simple elegance.  Although this flute has been sold it is available for commission.  All flutes ship with a hand crafted flute bag to protect the during shipping and storage at home.  Shipping is in addition to the price of the flute.  Call us at (307) 690-0427 or email me at timjen333@gmail.com.

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Morning Coffee – First Spring Digs…

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.

Male Pronghorn Antelope
Antelope Flats Flowers Jackson Hole Wyoming

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.

Male Antelope, Jackson Wyoming
Male Pronghorn Antelope, Antelope Flats Jackson Hole Wyoming Spring 2017

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.

Teton Range Jackson Hole Wyoming
Spring in the Teton Range

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…