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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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New Oriole Photograph with Software Trick

June 13, 2015 - Every Spring we wait for the arrival of one of Wyoming's most striking birds. In anticipation of the male Bullock's Orio...
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House Wren Singing Education Video

June 06, 2015 - The House Wren is a small, territorial bird with a big song that's common in most of America. Their short, animated tail...
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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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Nursing Baby Buffalo Video

May 23, 2015 - This time of the year in the Wild West, there is a very wild animal that's dangerous beyond belief. They are big, brown...
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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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Pinyon Jay Education

May 09, 2015 - No matter where you live on this little blue marble, you've no doubt heard the expression about your weather, "Just wait...
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Flowers from Mars

May 02, 2015 - Photographing Wyoming Wildflowers, in the wilds of the Wind River Canyon, is strenuous on the body and the mind. You see...
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Wyoming Yellow Sagebrush Violets Education

April 25, 2015 - One of the most beautiful and interesting wildflowers in Wyoming is a specimen that very few people have ever seen bloom...
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Wyoming Wildflowers

April 18, 2015 - Last week I introduced a new gallery on my nature photography website HogbatsPhotography.com; wildflowers and butterflie...
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Wyoming Wildflowers Shooting Stars

April 11, 2015 - From the beginning, when I was planning the design of my website HogbatsPhotography.com, I wasn't convinced I should inc...
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Woodpecker Education

April 04, 2015 - The most elusive of the birds that reside in the Wind River Canyon are Woodpeckers. You can hear them hammering on a pin...
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Magpie Riding Mule Deer Photograph

March 28, 2015 - The Wind River Canyon, here in sapphire skies Wyoming, is an ecology that's in constant change; the weather and the wild...
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Our Disappearing Wilderness

March 21, 2015 - I was reading an article, on the Audubon website, about Habitat Fragmentation this morning; it stirred up interest enoug...
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Spring is Coming to Wyoming

March 14, 2015 - Spring is in the air here in the Wind River Canyon. It's been warming up during the days with highs around sixty, the sn...
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The Lowly Little Meadow Vole

March 07, 2015 - A Vole is not a Mole; he does live in a hole. It may be a matter of opinion, but I think that my Meadow Voles are cuter...
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A Secret of the Professionals

February 28, 2015 - There are many variables that separate a good photograph from a picture that moves me emotionally, and maybe include it...
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How to take Pictures of Birds

February 21, 2015 - We live in the middle of the Wind River Canyon. There is no mail service out here and we have no phone; a few of the nei...
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Wyoming Landscape Monochrome with Train

February 14, 2015 - Since it is supposed to be Winter and the smart wildlife is in warmer climates, I've been spending time at one my favori...
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Hummingbird Photography Primer

February 07, 2015 - Ten years ago, when I made the emotional commitment to try and photograph our nesting hummingbirds digitally, I already...
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Shutterbug Magazine Web Profiles Hogbats Photography

January 31, 2015 - I drove into town to check the mail yesterday, a twenty-five mile round-trip, and the March 2015 Shutterbug magazine had...
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Black-headed Grosbeak Education

January 24, 2015 - In the dead of winter, here in Wind River Canyon, the smart wildlife is somewhere else. It will be a couple of months be...
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Wind River Canyon Winter Sunset

January 17, 2015 - Living in the bottom-of-the-freezer can give you beautiful skies, if you'll just look up once in a while. The Bighorn Sh...
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Northern Flicker education

January 10, 2015 - One of the most interesting and elusive winter birds, in the Wind River Canyon, is the Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker. T...
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First Broad-tailed Hummingbird Born in Wind River Canyon

January 03, 2015 - Happy New Year from HogbatsPhotography.com and the snowy Wind River Canyon, Wyoming. It's beautiful here this time of th...
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Wind River Canyon Christmas Snowstorm

December 27, 2014 - For those of my readers that have zero experience with a Christmas storm in the Wind River Canyon, let me explain what a...
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Mountain Chickadee Education

December 20, 2014 - The bravest of all the winter birds, in the Wind River Canyon, is the fearless Mountain Chickadee; some people would arg...
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Great Blue Heron Education

December 13, 2014 - It wasn't that many years ago when you never would have seen a Great Blue Heron in this ecosystem; but now we see the Gr...
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Wind River Canyon Arch!

December 06, 2014 - The Wind River Canyon has some of the most fascinating geology in Wyoming, if you just take the time to find them. Most...
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PRESS RELEASE

November 29, 2014 - PRESS RELEASE FOR ALL MEDIA FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wind River Canyon Website featured in Shutterbug Magazine Thermopol...
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Cottontail Rabbit Education

November 22, 2014 - The Cottontail Rabbit is ubiquitous; from the Latin ubiquitarius, meaning to be present everywhere. Which may or may not...
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Wind River Canyon Snowstorms

November 15, 2014 - The magical Wind River Canyon is an interesting place to live. The weather can alter your life in a moments time, and ma...
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Getting The Photo

November 08, 2014 - It's difficult to fully explain just how much work is involved in getting a photograph that is artistic, and worthy of b...
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American Robin Education

November 01, 2014 - The American Robin is a bird that everyone recognizes, and one of the first birds that we come to know as children. You'...
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Mother Nature's Videos

October 25, 2014 - It's not that my favorite film Directors have anything to worry about, but I'm smart enough to know that video is everyw...
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Shutterbug Magazine

October 18, 2014 - Finding out last week that my Wind River Canyon wildlife photography & conservation website HogbatsPhotography.com is go...
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Editing a Photograph of Grand Teton

October 11, 2014 - When asked how I go about editing a photograph, it usually starts with a version in my head long before I ever push a sh...
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Mule Deer Education

October 04, 2014 - If you live anywhere in the Rocky Mountain Region then you already know what a Mule Deer looks like; you may even have a...
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A Few Secrets of Wildlife Photography

September 27, 2014 - When photographing any wild animal there are always variables that you'll have to deal with, and quickly; a twinkle in t...
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Wyoming Wild Turkey Strut

September 20, 2014 - Last Fall we had five Wild Turkeys that "wondered" into the middle of Wind River Canyon where we live. They hung around...
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Last Hummingbird Photographs of Summer

September 13, 2014 - This week's blog contains the last of the Wyoming Hummingbird photographs, from the summer of 2014, that are professiona...
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Wyoming Baby Buffalo Portrait

September 06, 2014 - Taking photographs of American Bison (Buffalo) for over forty years, with maybe seven or eight different cameras with bo...
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Serendipity Photography Education

August 30, 2014 - Last week, while driving by an area that gets it's fair share of traffic, I spotted several large birds sitting on a fen...
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Albino Bighorn Sheep

August 27, 2014 - "What kind of person could kill a Unicorn?"
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Wyoming Landscape

August 23, 2014 - "Living in the Wind River Canyon is like being able to have a home in a National Park." This was told to me many years a...
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Yellow Warbler Education

August 16, 2014 - The most difficult color of wildlife in nature to photograph perfectly is the color yellow; under sunlit conditions a bi...
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Hummingbird Portrait

August 09, 2014 - Every summer, for the past eight, I've tried to photograph a portrait of a Hummingbird here in Wind River Canyon, Wyomin...
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Wyoming Hummingbirds

August 02, 2014 - Wyoming Hummingbirds is a topic that I'm quite the self-taught fanatic; I've studied the Hummingbirds in the Wind River...
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American Buffalo Education

July 19, 2014 - The big wooly beasts we know as Buffalo, in the American West, are unknown and misunderstood by most of us Americans; Am...
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More Hummingbird Education

July 12, 2014 - Yesterday was my birthday and I spent last night out with the boys; no, it's not like that, I was out last night with th...
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Hummingbird Education

July 05, 2014 - For the very first time in the Wind River Canyon we will have four different species of Hummingbirds nesting in this iso...
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Wildlife in the Wind River Canyon

June 28, 2014 - The Wind River Canyon is so full of the activity of the wild animals that it would be impossible to list the behavior of...
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American Dipper Education

June 21, 2014 - The one bird that always elicits smiles around the Wind River Canyon streams and creeks is the ordinary looking American...
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1st Place at Cody Art Show

June 14, 2014 - The Reception for the 2014 - 49th Annual Cody Art Show, at the Cody County Art League Gallery, in their Chamber of Comme...
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One-eyed Sphinx Moth Education

June 07, 2014 - There are so many living things in the Wind River Canyon, that few people have ever set eyes on, that it's sometimes dif...
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