Oh, hi there. Did you think I forgot all about the 52 Project? I promise I didn’t! August has been action-packed… earlier this month I was doing lots of shooting here in San Diego, then a client flew me to Colorado to shoot some portraits, then I took two weeks to go on the most incredible trip. I’m finally back and I was lucky enough to be the one to pick this week’s 52 Project theme, “personal work.”
As artists, we all love what we shoot, but there is something very different about creating work for clients and creating work solely for ourselves… and when I shoot for me, I love to experiment with landscapes and wildlife.
For the past two weeks, I was in Yellowstone and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. In case you didn’t know, my heart lives in Wyoming. The mountains. The wildlife. The wide open expanses of land under a huge blue sky. I have yet to find another place that calls to me quite as much as Wyoming does.
For the majority of our stay, we rented the most perfect cabin at the base of the Grand Teton mountain range. I’m saving photos of it for when I build a ranch house someday because, I’m telling you, it was exactly what I want my house to look like. Here’s a little peek at the front entry.
Just down the road from cabin was an entrance to the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Shortly before we arrived, a few people had encountered aggressive bears, so the Forest Service closed the northern part of the road, significantly cutting down on traffic. This was really wonderful for us because the wildlife came out in droves. (I know you all think I’m nuts… “Did she just say she went where there were aggressive bears?!” Eh, not quite. We never crossed the road block, we had our bear spray handy, and we stayed in the truck. Sounds much less exciting now, doesn’t it?) We saw at least 100 elk, two red foxes, a few mule deer, and even — you guessed it — two black bears. But this trip was really all about moose… everywhere we looked, there they were!
Meet Mama, Baby, and Baby-Baby Moose (we think Baby was a yearling and Baby-Baby was just a few months)…
Here is just Mama and Baby (the yearling)…
Here is just Baby (again, the yearling)…
We also saw a few bull moose. This guy was super handsome and very curious.
“Come on, you said you saw bears!” OK, but they were so afraid of us that it was impossible to get a good, clear shot. They saw us and they took off. That being said, here’s my best bear shot of the trip. It’s not great, but darn it, it’s a BEAR!!!
I also love shooting landscapes but the weather wasn’t really cooperating with us; the fires in Idaho were blowing smoke right in front of the Tetons. I still couldn’t resist the opportunity to photograph this beautiful barn along Mormon Row, though.
Click the one below so you can see it larger… this is a favorite of mine!
Now be sure to head on over to Victoria BC’s Unleashed! pet portraits by Melissa McCabe and see what she’s been working on this week!