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Birds of the Wind River Canyon

July 03, 2021 - A very sweet letter was sent to me recently by a camper that visited the Wind River Canyon. With all the birds nesting t...
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New Western Tanager Photographs from Wyoming

June 06, 2021 - The beautiful western tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) was unknown until a specimen collected by the Lewis & Clark Expediti...
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New Springtime Wildlife Images from Wyoming

May 08, 2021 - You know when springtime has really arrived in the Wind River Canyon, here in Wyoming, when it has finally stopped snowi...
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The Grandfather Tree

April 10, 2021 - Long before mankind ever stepped foot in the Wind River Canyon, and gave one big river two different names, a pine-tree...
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Photographing Hummingbirds with Canon Cameras

March 07, 2021 - A snowstorm came roaring through the Wind River Canyon last week and left a foot and a half of snow, but with warmer tem...
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New Downy Woodpecker Video from Wyoming

February 07, 2021 - A female Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) has spent an easy winter (so far) with us here in the Wind River Canyon....
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Magical Moments with Wildlife

January 10, 2021 - There are moments when you are wandering through nature that something begins to happen, something magical. It is probab...
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Wyoming Hummingbird Christmas Card Gallery 2020

December 05, 2020 - "Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to...
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New Monochrome Wildlife Images from Wyoming

November 07, 2020 - In the midst of all this craziness in the world right now, it seems like a good time to sit down and delve into somethin...
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Frame-Grab of Young Wild Turkeys in Wyoming

October 10, 2020 - As technology advances, so too are the different ways we may capture images of elusive wildlife. Here in the Wind River...
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New Wyoming Wild Turkey and American Goldfinch Baby Chicks Images

September 05, 2020 - Something amazing happened this year in the Wind River Canyon here in Wyoming. Wild Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) were b...
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New Hummingbird Photographs Imaged in Wyoming

August 08, 2020 - Last Monday the temperature reached an incredible 105 here in the Wind River Canyon; the digital thermometer read 103 ye...
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Unique Natural Stone Arch in the Wind River Canyon in Wyoming

July 11, 2020 - Very early last Tuesday morning, July 7th, weather conditions seemed perfect; it was 57 degrees here in the Wind River C...
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Wyoming's Largest Butterfly

June 06, 2020 - Let me take you away from all the world's problems for just a moment. Follow me into a magical golden canyon where the s...
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My Favorite Wyoming Wildflowers with New Photographs

May 09, 2020 - Last Wednesday morning, May the sixth, there was a high-cloud layer that was supposed to clear in the Wind River Canyon,...
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A Steller's Jay Portrait Session with the Canon M6 Mark 2

April 11, 2020 - It is a very scary time in America's history, even here in the Wind River Canyon, I am fearful for us all. Living on the...
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A Cooper's Hawk Imaging Mystery

March 07, 2020 - When living in a wilderness you are exposed to its resident wild animals in a way that few people in America will ever e...
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Review of Canon EOS M6 Mark 2 with Wildlife Photographs

February 01, 2020 - While this is my usual wildlife blog from the Wind River Canyon here in Wyoming, this time around it contains a little s...
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Baby Bighorn Sheep in Monochrome

January 04, 2020 - Everyone has great expectations about our future at the start of a New Year, and the numerical magic of 2020 seems espec...
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Bighorn Sheep Monochrome Slideshow Christmas Card

December 07, 2019 - I have always contended that it's easier for people to except monochrome wildlife photography (black and white) as art....
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The Rare Little Ermine

November 02, 2019 - Winter arrived rather early this fall here in the Wind River Canyon; we were hit with two storms in quick succession tha...
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Wild Turkeys Are Back In The Wind River Canyon!

October 05, 2019 - I didn't realize it had been five years since Wild Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) had been running around my yard here in...
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Wyoming Hummingbird Report Summer 2019

September 07, 2019 - This year spring didn't want to arrive here in the Wind River Canyon or anywhere else in the Rocky Mountains. I had humm...
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The Case of the Curious Towhee and the hummingbirds

August 10, 2019 - When first opening my eyes on a summer's morning here in the Wind River Canyon, my thoughts always drift to the day's wo...
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My Rufous Hummingbirds

July 27, 2019 - Twenty years ago, early one summer morning before our sun burned its way down into this magical place, I was high on a l...
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It Was A Long Cold Wyoming Spring

June 29, 2019 - Having lived in the middle of the Wind River Canyon for two decades now, I have experienced changes in weather condition...
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The Ugliest Bird in Wyoming!

June 08, 2019 - In this central part of the Wind River Canyon where I live, here in central Wyoming, is a unique ecosystem in many diffe...
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New Wyoming Hummingbird Photographic Portrait

May 25, 2019 - Three days ago, here in the Wind River Canyon, I scribbled down on a piece of paper the following report. "I cannot bel...
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Wyoming Wildlife Babies

May 11, 2019 - The Wind River Canyon is a beautiful shade of green right now, the result of lots of snow and some recent rains; snow on...
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Wind River Canyon Spring 2019

April 27, 2019 - I've been on an unintentional sabbatical for quite some time due to illnesses (list - flu, cold, food poisoning, and see...
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Unseen Wildlife of the Wind River Canyon

March 16, 2019 - As travelers race through the Wind River Canyon at highway speeds, little do they know of the wildlife unseen in this is...
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Portrait of a Hairy Woodpecker

February 16, 2019 - Anyone who is familiar with my wildlife photography from here in the Wind River Canyon, knows of my obsession with tryin...
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New Wild Bird Images from Wyoming!

February 02, 2019 - There are so many wild bird species that at one time or another make the Wind River Canyon their place of residence (ove...
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The Littlest Hummingbird

January 19, 2019 - In a magical golden canyon, far from the prying eyes of humans, a very small hummingbird is born from a tiny egg high in...
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Stranded in a Blizzard in Wind River Canyon on New Years Eve

January 05, 2019 - Welcoming in a New Year in the Wind River Canyon can present some exciting opportunities for a great celebration, but th...
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Wind River Canyon Christmas Card 2018

December 08, 2018 - Christmas has always been a very special time of the year, when children's dreams and wishes really can come true. It is...
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Photographing Bird Portraits in Wyoming

November 24, 2018 - In my experience, nothing else in wildlife photography is quite as difficult as trying to image a portrait of a wild bir...
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Wyoming Landscape - Autumn Foliage in the Wind River Canyon

November 10, 2018 - Autumn in Wyoming is usually just a bridge to a much colder season. Suddenly the nights are freezing and the leaves disa...
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The Upside Down Birds

October 27, 2018 - Imagine spending much of your life upside down; I get loopy just thinking about it. Sure, as a kid I hung upside down on...
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New Photographs of Bighorn Sheep in the Wind River Canyon!

October 13, 2018 - It sounds quite cryptic but it's also true, "You don't find Bighorn Sheep in the Wind River Canyon, they find you!" Reme...
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Albino Bighorn Sheep Photography Gallery

September 29, 2018 - The rarest wild animal ever photographed in North America; there was only the one. The only one you or I will ever see a...
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Wind River Canyon Blog News and Updates

September 15, 2018 - It's been extremely warm and dry in the Wind River Canyon. We haven't had measurable rain since mid-summer and the temps...
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Bambi in the Wind River Canyon

September 01, 2018 - This is a true wildlife story from right here in-the-middle of the Wind River Canyon. It cannot start out as a happy tal...
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Wyoming Hummingbirds Annual Summer Report 2018

August 18, 2018 - Each summer, there are many hummingbirds that come to the Wind River Canyon in central Wyoming to nest. "Hummingbird Sea...
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Wyoming Hummingbirds Fighting Photographs

August 04, 2018 - It was one hundred degrees in my favorite high-hide. The breeze blowing in my face felt more like the winds of the Sinai...
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Wyoming Hummingbird Feeding Frenzy Video

July 28, 2018 - Near dark in the Wind River Canyon an event happens that few have ever witnessed. You see, hummingbirds expend so much e...
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New Wyoming Hummingbird Photographs!

July 14, 2018 - There are so many hummingbirds in the Wind River Canyon right now that they drained their favorite feeder in less then 2...
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The Spider and the Wren

June 30, 2018 - Many years ago I sort of inherited an old wren house. It was broken and weathered severely but it had promise to become...
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Wyoming Wildflowers 2018

June 16, 2018 - Not so long ago, I was on the south-end of the Wind River Canyon photographing wildflowers for my website HogbatsPhotogr...
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Living with Marmots in the Wind River Canyon

June 02, 2018 - The Wind River Canyon is a gorgeous emerald green right now. Wildflowers are blooming, birds are singing and building ne...
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The Incredible Broad-tailed Hummingbird in Wyoming

May 19, 2018 - The weather here in the Wind River Canyon has been exceptional for the past three months; haven't had the snowblower out...
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New Hawk Photographs from the Wind River Canyon!

May 05, 2018 - "Keep your camera ready" isn't just a snappy saying that I've written in my Wind River Canyon Blog many times, it's a st...
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Do Birds Kiss?

April 21, 2018 - Living in a magical canyon in Wyoming is an education in and of itself. Wildlife and birds live out their lives literall...
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The Dancing Marmots of the Wind River Canyon

April 07, 2018 - For many, many years I have tried in vain to capture a particular image of an animal behavior here in the Wind River Can...
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Springtime in Wyoming

March 24, 2018 - As the northeast part of our country has been experiencing blizzards after snowstorms (four-in-a-row), out here in Wyomi...
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A Red-tailed Hawk and a New Zoom Lens in Wyoming

March 10, 2018 - Red-tailed Hawks (Buteo jamaicensis) are neither rare nor endangered and are widespread from Alaska to Central America,...
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My First Image of a Bobcat in the Wind River Canyon

February 24, 2018 - An old friend was visiting us here in the Wind River Canyon the last week during some sub-zero temperatures and a blizza...
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A Hawk Arrives in the Wind River Canyon

February 10, 2018 - One early morning, not too long ago, while watching the stock-market do its morning dance from my bedroom in the Wind Ri...
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Wyoming Winter Birds

January 27, 2018 - Wintertime in Wyoming can be wildly brutal, or the weather can be like it is right now, here in the Wind River Canyon, w...
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The Rarest Wild Animal You Will Ever See A Photograph Of

January 06, 2018 - When writing a blog entitled, " The Rarest Wild Animal You Will Ever See A Photograph Of," it pays to be entirely sure o...
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The Wind River Canyon Christmas Card

December 17, 2017 - Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the magical Wind River Canyon. Thank You to everyone that visited my website in...
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My Cute Little Nuthatch Wildlife Story

December 09, 2017 - Last week, while writing my Wind River Canyon Blog, there was a small plink off the picture windows near where my old de...
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My Cabin in the Woods

December 02, 2017 - I saw the Wind River Canyon, for the first time, in my fourteenth year. Coming from the suburbs of Cleveland, "The Heart...
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The Summer I Spent with the Wild Turkeys

November 11, 2017 - Everyone has heard about the elusiveness and intelligence of the Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo), and it's common know...
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The First Blue Jay in the Wind River Canyon

October 28, 2017 - Had a freak accident last week that made it impossible for me to write my Wind River Canyon Blog; I tried to jam three o...
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Monarch Butterfly Born in the Wind River Canyon and Video!

October 14, 2017 - When you live in the wilds of Wyoming, you can let your yard "go wild" and not feel too guilty about it; it does have ma...
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A Cool Photo I Missed

October 07, 2017 - You'd think the living would be all "Hawaiian Mellow" out here, and at times it's more like being in Middle Earth, then...
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Hummingbirds of the Wind River Canyon Summer 2017 Observations

September 30, 2017 - In the nearly two decades that I've been photographing and studying the hummingbirds that migrate through or nest in the...
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Early Morning September Wyoming Hummingbird Video

September 23, 2017 - The Wind River Canyon has been described in publications as being magical, but living here is much more so. It's a "beau...
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New Baby Bighorn Sheep Video!

September 16, 2017 - It's unusual for Bighorn Sheep to be seen near the few homes in the beautiful Wind River Canyon, an event worth streakin...
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Photographing Raptors In-Flight

September 09, 2017 - The most difficult thing to do with your camera is to try photographing a bird in-flight; I'm not the first one that wro...
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The Amazing Calliope Hummingbird

September 02, 2017 - The Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) is the smallest breeding bird in the United States, yet they're consider...
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Solar Eclipse Totality Panorama Photograph!

August 26, 2017 - My interest in astronomy began when my grandfather took me to the baseball field across the street from their home in a...
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Wyoming Baby Hummingbirds

August 19, 2017 - When you think about the state of Wyoming, and you make your top ten list, hummingbirds probably don't even come to mind...
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Broad-tailed Hummingbirds in the Wind River Canyon!

August 12, 2017 - It's been nearly twenty years since I was high atop that ladder with a paintbrush in my hand, when the first hummingbird...
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The Great American Goldfinch

August 05, 2017 - The American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) is aptly named, because these ubiquitous little finches can be seen across th...
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Brand New Hummingbird Baby Video Summer 2017

July 29, 2017 - It's that time of the summer again in the Wind River Canyon. The baby hummingbirds are out of their nests and are everyw...
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Helicopter Putting Out a Forest Fire in Wind River Canyon with Video!

July 22, 2017 - I was watching an old Bugs Bunny cartoon late last night. It was near midnight and even Bugs couldn't keep my eyes from...
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Nature Video of Bumblebees on Horse Mint from Wind River Canyon

July 16, 2017 - After the landslides of 2015 bumblebees were practically nonexistent in the Wind River Canyon; few were to be observed a...
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Orioles Nesting in Wyoming with a Video!

July 09, 2017 - It's been nearly two decades since I put up the first hummingbird feeder in the Wind River Canyon here in the Wild West...
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Wyoming Black-chinned Hummingbirds!

July 02, 2017 - Readers of my Wind River Canyon Blog will already be aware that we have something in the Wind River Canyon that even the...
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A Wyoming Wildlife Pronghorn Antelope Story

June 25, 2017 - Immediately after my acupuncture appointment last Wednesday I intended to try and photograph a Mountain Bluebird that wa...
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Wyoming Bog Orchids and the Hidden Waterfalls Video

June 18, 2017 - There's a little island at the lower-end of the spring-fed creek that runs through my place in the Wind River Canyon. Fo...
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New Marmot Yearling Video!

June 10, 2017 - A little over a month ago, four little heads popped out of some boulders a stones throw from my backdoor. Yellow-bellied...
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Wind River Canyon Blog is Back Online!

June 03, 2017 - As it turns out, it's impossible to work on a creative endeavor at the only "good-public" internet access within a hundr...
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Whipping Snow and The Golden Eagle

February 20, 2017 - High in the mountains of Wyoming, where no person lives, it's the depths of a terrible winter storm. The winds don't jus...
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Bighorn Sheep Down By The Wind River Video!

August 07, 2016 - Yesterday was another magical day in the Wind River Canyon. As I've written before, "You don't find Bighorn Sheep in the...
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Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar Video!

July 03, 2016 - Miss writing my Wind River Canyon Blog I do; kind of sound like Yoda, I do. I'm writing this at the McDonald's in Thermo...
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Black-chinned Hummingbirds of the Wind River Canyon

June 11, 2016 - In my wildest dreams, it would not have been possible to imagine Black-chinned Hummingbirds migrating into, and nesting...
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Wyoming Wildflower Education

June 04, 2016 - As the days heat up in the Wind River Canyon, wildflowers begin to bloom, and there is always something blooming till it...
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New Wyoming Wildflower Images!

May 28, 2016 - On a beautiful and steep northern hillside, here in the Wind River Canyon, where wildflowers bloom within sight of my ki...
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Visiting the Wind River Canyon

May 21, 2016 - The Wind River Canyon is located in central Wyoming, less than 150 miles southeast of Yellowstone National Park. While n...
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The Most Beautiful Birdsong in Wyoming

May 14, 2016 - In the Wind River Canyon, where I live and write the Wind River Canyon Blog, it's spring when certain birds start to mig...
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Wyoming Panorama of the Wind River Canyon

May 07, 2016 - Putting together a panorama landscape image requires planning and knowledge of just about everything; a little experienc...
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Photographing Wyoming Fog in the Wind River Canyon

April 23, 2016 - Typical spring weather middle-of-this-week blasted the Wyoming high-country with snow, but the snowline never reached do...
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Brand-New Mountain Bluebird Photographs with a Story!

April 16, 2016 - In a magical mountain kingdom the King was searching for a birthday gift, a special gift for his Queen. This year above...
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Unique Birds of the Wind River Canyon Part 3

April 09, 2016 - In this, the last episode of Unique Birds of the Wind River Canyon, we will be discussing the largest birds to ever "wal...
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Unique Birds of the Wind River Canyon part 2

April 02, 2016 - One of the highest points of my life has been the time I've spent with the breeding hummingbirds of the Wind River Canyo...
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Unique Birds of the Wind River Canyon

March 26, 2016 - After photographing wildlife in the Wind River Canyon digitally for a dozen years, periodically I see a bird that obviou...
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Imaging Wyoming Trees

March 19, 2016 - There are a million famous quotes about trees, but not a single one can explain why they've captured the emotions of art...
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Wyoming Springtime

March 12, 2016 - A fascinating event is beginning in the remote mountains and canyons of Wonderful Wyoming. Signs of Springtime can seen...
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Bighorn Sheep in the Wind River Canyon Video

March 05, 2016 - Bighorn Sheep were reintroduced into the Wind River Canyon ecosystem twenty-one years ago, and they have been prolific....
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Bighorn in the Wind River Canyon

February 27, 2016 - Spending time in the wilds of the Wind River Canyon, here in Wyoming, is an extraordinary experience. It's late February...
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Caves of the Wind River Canyon

February 20, 2016 - One of the most magical things about the Wind River Canyon in Wyoming is also one of the least understood. There are man...
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Funny Stories about Yellowstone National Park

February 13, 2016 - My qualifications for telling funny stories about Yellowstone National Park is simple; I owned and managed a small motel...
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Stories from the Wind River Canyon

February 06, 2016 - The very first time I laid eyes on the Wind River Canyon, here in the heart of Wyoming, was just after my 14th birthday.
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Conservation Proverbs with Nature Photographs

January 30, 2016 - "If we cannot save the few remaining Wild Places, then what are we doing here anyway?" "The wilderness is...
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My Little Gift of Sunshine from the Rocky Mountains

January 23, 2016 - At this moment most of the country is in the grips of Winter, and eastern America is being pounded by the snow monster's...
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Nighttime Wildlife Stories from the Wind River Canyon

January 16, 2016 - Nighttime in the Wind River Canyon is a mysterious time. Wildlife epics occur in darkness that our human eyes will never...
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My Life as a Starving Artist

January 09, 2016 - We've already established my half century interest in art history, so how did I end up living in the isolated ecosystem...
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Creativity in Photography

January 02, 2016 - From its very beginnings photography was not about capturing reality. The acknowledged Father of modern American photogr...
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Wind River Canyon Christmas Card

December 19, 2015 - In the heart of the Wind River Canyon, where I live 24-7, the weather is unusual, even for the surrounding area. As a fr...
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Downy Woodpecker Video

December 12, 2015 - As I sit down to write this, my little Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) is right outside the door to my cabin, here...
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My Little Downy Woodpecker Story

December 05, 2015 - For the past three weeks, I've been following the activity of a devastatingly beautiful Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubes...
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Icefalls in the Wind River Canyon

November 28, 2015 - Winter in the Wind River Canyon is an adventure. A snowstorm may be frightening with a cold wind that is indescribable....
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Wild Bird Detective Story from the Wind River Canyon

November 21, 2015 - The Wind River Canyon is full of surprises, and this week is proof-positive that if you just pay attention you will noti...
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New Bird Species in the Wind River Canyon

November 14, 2015 - The Wind River Canyon is filled with surprises, and every once in a while something special pops up that is new and unex...
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Ethereal Mountain Light Photography

November 07, 2015 - Our first snowstorm of the season came rushing through the Wind River Canyon, and Thursday morning before 7 A.M. the ele...
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Birds versus Windows Stories from the Wind River Canyon

October 31, 2015 - The Wind River Canyon is just like everywhere else in America; wild birds fly into and die from hitting windows. When I...
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More Wyoming Wildflowers

October 24, 2015 - Collecting great photographs of wildflowers, that grow here in the Wind River Canyon, is a project in and of itself. It'...
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Landscape Photography in the Wind River Canyon

October 17, 2015 - Photographing landscapes in the Wind River Canyon is much different than my favorite kind of photography----hummingbird...
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When a Wild Animal Acknowledges Your Existence

October 10, 2015 - You're having coffee, and that little bird on the feeder turns it's head, and looks you straight in the eye. For a momen...
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A Story about Photographing Bighorn Sheep in the Wind River Canyon

October 03, 2015 - This morning it's cold and raining with high-altitude fog thicker than peanut butter; most of the Wind River Canyon rema...
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Wildlife Stories from the Wind River Canyon

September 26, 2015 - The day before my birthday this summer an interesting gift was given to me that will never be forgotten, I hope. During...
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Photographing the Wind River Canyon Towhees

September 19, 2015 - Everybody has birds they ignore. Whether they're endemic to your area, or migratory birds that we tend to forget as they...
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Photographing Woodpeckers in the Wind River Canyon

September 12, 2015 - Of all the birds I've photographed in the Wind River Canyon ecosystem, more than 120 different species and still countin...
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Photographing a Wyoming Lake

September 05, 2015 - Half a dozen miles south of our cabin in the Wind River Canyon is Boysen Reservoir. The lake extends beyond Shoshoni, wh...
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Fragile Prickly Pear Cactus Education

August 29, 2015 - The largest of the wildflowers that bloom here in the Wind River Canyon is the Fragile Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia frag...
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My Favorite Hummingbird Photograph of Summer 2015

August 22, 2015 - Every summer we have a group of friends that stop in to party with us here in the Wind River Canyon. They're a colorful...
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Photographing a Polyphemus Moth

August 15, 2015 - The readers of my Wind River Canyon Blog know what a fanatic I am for hummingbirds, and I'd write about hummers every we...
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Photographing Hummingbird Portraits

August 08, 2015 - Ten years ago, when I made the switch to digital photography, I did so because it seemed the only way to photograph my h...
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New Baby Hummingbird Video from Wyoming

August 01, 2015 - At this very moment, here in the Wind River Canyon, we are up to our cowboy hats in Baby Hummingbirds. With four species...
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Female Hummingbirds of the Wind River Canyon

July 25, 2015 - Of all the various topics in ornithology (the study of birds), the one that's the most confusing is the identification o...
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Photographing Hummingbirds in the Wind River Canyon

July 18, 2015 - Living in the Wind River Canyon is an amazing privilege. Less than a dozen residences are occupied year-round in this va...
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New Orioles Videos

July 11, 2015 - After a certain number of birthdays a guy just doesn't want to be reminded. I've come to calling them anniversaries of m...
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Male Oriole Wild Bird Feeding His Daughter

July 04, 2015 - At this time of the year early nesting birds have young leaving the nest, and just seeing a Bullock's Oriole baby is som...
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Weird Wyoming Landscape

June 27, 2015 - Someplace over the mountain, from my little Wind River Canyon cabin, there's a weird and strange landscape. It's not lik...
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2015 50th Annual Cody Art Show Awards

June 20, 2015 - Last night was the Artists Reception for the 2015, 50th Annual Cody Art Show, presented by the Cody Country Art League....
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Wind River Canyon Mudslides Video

May 30, 2015 - We'd been getting a lot of rain around here lately, well, a lot for the Wind River Canyon. In the canyon we get just ove...
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Mountain Bluebird Education

May 16, 2015 - The wild bird most associated with the Rocky Mountains, and a feathered friend that most residents, and visitors to the...
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