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This big horn sheep has seen better days. I wish I knew the story as to why it is missing a horn, but all we can do is use our imagination.
Oh, by the way... happy #earthday 🤙🏻
After every winter, I revisit this old cabin to view the progress of its deterioration. Being fully exposed to the elements, each passing year leaves its mark on its walls. The build up of snow funnels in through the doorless entry, and when it melts, the water contributes to the rotting floor. Seeing this cabin in its current state makes it hard to imagine that it was once brand new and loved by someone. I gravitate toward things that have a story, and while I don’t know the history of this place, its scars allow you to imagine what this place has seen.
Today I’ll be taking over the @instagood account and will be sharing a little about myself along with some of my favorite images! If you feel inclined, head over to their account and check out the posts throughout the day 🤙
Many of you may have seen this photo from when I have posted it in the past. Full disclosure, this is not my favorite image. But it’s, by far, the most significant. This was the photo that made me fall undeniably in love with photographing wildlife. I have always been a thrill seeker. But after a back injury I sustained while pole vaulting in college, doctors told me to throw in the towel with extreme sports along with pole vaulting and high jump. I felt that a huge piece of who I was had been taken from me and I wasn’t able to do anything that spiked my adrenaline anymore. But then I had this experience. Having never been close to a wild animal, I remember the exact feeling of excitement as the buck walked up to me and stared in my lens. I loved the idea that this animal was untamed and unpredictable. I loved the fact that messing up the shot would result in that moment being gone forever. And I loved that no one would ever have that exact same shot. It was an experience that gave me hope that I could still be insanely passionate about something. It was a turning point in my life, that allowed me to pivot and pursue something I didn’t think was possible.
I always go back and forth with these really popular locations. Some photographers would say that these locations are the easy way out or unoriginal. I agree in the sense of it being a view that hundreds of thousands of people have photographed through the years. But I disagree with the idea that it shouldn’t be photographed and shared for those reasons. It’s not always about getting a shot that is going to set you apart or make you seem like a brilliant creative. It’s ok to go to heavily trafficked spots and appreciate it for what it is. And it’s ok to share that photo with people that may not be able to get out there and enjoy it for themselves. Places like these attract the masses for a reason. I have seen hundreds of photos of sunsets at Glacier Point, but rather than scoffing and accusing those photographers of being unoriginal, I get excited that so many people are taking advantage of such an amazing place. My job as an artist is to inspire, so why would I get mad that countless others have felt inspired enough to go out and experience it for themselves?
Wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of this look. My favorite thing about coyotes is their intensity. Having photographed them many times, I’ve seen this stare relatively often. When they are unsure of something or someone, they drop their head and look forward with that menacing gaze. I know many people see them as a disposable animal, but there’s something about coyotes that’s pretty extraordinary.
A walk to the Cathedral. I wish photos could show the true enormity of this rock.
I’m not sure about all of you, but I’m not quite ready to come to terms with winter being over. I have always preferred colder weather. If you could choose one season to be year-round, which one would it be?
Throwback to one of my favorite scenes in Wyoming. A lone bison roams across the top of a ridge in Lamar Valley, Yellowstone. There’s nothing like minimalism in nature.
Without question, one of the most magnificent animals I’ve ever seen. No long story or life-changing epiphany. Just a beautiful albino elk that deserves to be appreciated. •
**Edit: As much as I would love to say this was taken in the wild, I photographed this in a safe haven for this animal. Given the rarity of the Albino Elk, they are unfortunately shot and killed when they are seen in the wilderness.**
Itching to hit the road today. It’s days like today when I reminisce of past trips and the trips to come. I can’t help but be thankful for all of the amazing places that surround us. No matter where you’ve gone, there will always be more to see.
My heart always starts pounding when I’m on the receiving end of these stare downs. Most of the time, it happens when I’ve been hiding in a spot for a while and the animal comes to investigate. Any sudden or noisy moves will spook them and you can blow the shot in an instant. Photographing wildlife has a thrill that I can’t compare to anything else. But its addicting nature has completely drawn me in. What are some animals you like to see me photograph?
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