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It's been a beautiful Spring this year with plenty of sunshine and varying temperatures. Spring flowers are in bloom and the avian nesting season is here. Lately I have been in the field photographing the many varieties of birds in our area. I have been focusing on Blue Heron and Osprey for the most part. Both of these birds frequent nesting sites in Colorado. I have seen up to sixteen Blue Heron nest in one cottonwood tree this year. I have placed a video on YouTube under Treeline Photography showing Blue Heron building a nest. This time of the year we have many birds in the area to include several types of Hawks, Eagles, Osprey, Blue Heron and several varieties of waterfowl and songbirds.
I have posted a few images of both Osprey, Pelicans and Blue Heron in this post. I will follow up with other images as I capture them.
Its been awhile since I posted. I have been dipping into video with a GoPro system that I recently purchased and more or less neglecting my blog. The winter months tend to get long and things slow down business wise so I decided to try something new. Along with learning the in's and out's of video my son-in-law has convinced me to create a few slide show's and put them on YouTube. As time goes on I hope to create a few mixed media show's that include both stills and video and upgrade my hardware and software to accommodate it.
If you wish to view my first attempts at this go to YouTube and type in Treeline Photography and the slide show's should appear. Hopefully as I upgrade my systems and software I will be able to improve on the quality. We did have another great year at the gallery in 2017 and would like to thank those that supported us.
Will here we are again ushering out another year. The time seems to fly by faster each year. We were just reminiscing about the thirty years that have gone by since we established Treeline Photography. I started out holding down my corporate job and starting up the photography business in 1987. Without the help and support of my wife Kathy I would not have been able to accomplish the goal of leaving the corporate world and going full time with the photography.
We travelled, increasing my photography inventory, opened a gallery, attended art shows, submitted to stock agencies, and sold out of other galleries and shops. They were great years staying busy and meeting many terrific people and developing friendships. So here we are 30 years later mostly retired but still enjoying nature and experiencing the wonders of creation.
Once again we would like to thank those who supported us through their purchases and encouragement over the years. We had a great year of sales through Wild Spirits Gallery in Estes Park, Colorado. Wild Spirits is owned by Greg and Leslie Peterson and we sell our work through their Gallery exclusively. If your visiting Estes/RMNP please stop in and say hello.
Will its time again to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Don & Kathy George
The photograph in this post is of an old settlers cabin in Grand Teton National Park. It was used in the filming of the movie "Shane". The Park service has decided to let it deteriorate which is a shame since its part of the history of the Jackson Hole area. I've often visited the area and thought of all the events and holidays that must have been celebrated here.
We would like to take this time to wish all our viewers a great Thanksgiving and a happy holiday season.
Don & Kathy George
I have been asked on occasion where I photograph wild horses. Three of my favorite areas are in Wyoming and Montana. I choose these areas because of the terrain. There are also areas in Colorado and Nevada but I stick for the most part to Wyoming. The areas I'll be writing about are located in Rock Springs, Cody, and Lovell, Wyoming.
The first of these areas is North of Rock Springs. It is a 24 mile self -guided gravel road that ends in Green river, Wyoming. Its called the Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Tour. Along the way keep a lookout for pronghorn antelope, elk, deer, coyotes ,hawks, eagles and other wildlife. It generally takes about 1.5-2.0 hours to complete. I would make sure that I had a full tank of gas and a good spare tire before you begin. There are roads that off shoot (mostly tire tracks) the main road and I would recommend you have a high clearance vehicle if you decide to take one. Most of the time you will be able to spot the horses from the road. Make sure you have binoculars also for best viewing . Once you get to the end of the road you can take l-80 either East or West or return back over the gravel road to Rock Springs. If you don't want to take the gravel road you can stop at the Rock Springs Wild Horse holding facility just North of Rock Springs and tour the facility which is open year-round. (307) 352-0292)
The next area is close to Lovell, Wyoming in the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation area. This is the home of the Pryor Mountain Mustangs. The area starts in Wyoming and extends into Montana. It is also known for its scenic views and is the home also to a group of Bighorn Sheep. The Bighorn Canyon winds through the area and is very impressive.
The Pryor Mountain Mustangs were verified by DNA analysis to have descended from Colonial Spanish horses brought to the Americas by the Conquistadors in the 1500's. They also have the distinction of being the only mustang herd remaining in Montana. Most of the horses live on East Pryor Mountain, where they are relatively easy to find. The horses living on the range's desert lowlands can be seen along Highway 37 in Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. Its well worth your time to stop in Lovell and visit the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center. They can tell you where the horses have last been seen and share information on the horses. Lovell is about 45-50 minutes North of Cody, Wyoming. We usually stay in Cody and if you haven't visited the Buffalo Bill Historical Center its a must.
The last area is the McCullough Peaks Horse Management Area. This area is managed by the BLM and consist of 109,814 acres of land. To view the wild horses, travel east from Cody on Highway 14-16-20 to mile marker 72 its about 18-20 miles from Cody. On the left you will see a gate and horses are often in this area. I usually have better luck going to mile marker 74 where you will see a kiosk and the Whistle Creek road sign on your left. You can manage some of these roads without 4WD but I would be careful of the offshoots. After a rain or snow I would not attempt to go into these areas. The red clay becomes as slick as ice and the chances of getting stranded are high. A couple of years ago it had rained hard during the night so I decided not to go out. Instead stayed in town and went to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Later we went into a couple of stores where I overheard a couple talking to the store manager. They were from Iowa and were driving a new Ford 250 4WD truck. They were new to the area had gone out into the Peaks in search of horses that morning. They drove down into a canyon area and got stuck. His wife had a heart condition and they couldn't get out. He had buried the truck up to the doors and tore up a section of the road trying to get out. He said he had to walk out of the canyon to get cell service. He dialed 911 and after explaining his situation the 911 operator said "How stupid was that." He had to get his wife out of the truck and climb to the top of the hill. A cowboy with a truck managed to get in far enough to pick them up. They had a meeting set up with the BLM and were killing time in the store until the meeting. The store manager told me they would be fined for the cost of repairing the road that could end up being in the thousands of dollars. I don't know how or when they ever got his truck out and I'm only telling you this so that you take me seriously about not going in when the roads are wet.
The topography is highly variable, ranging from mostly flat to slightly rolling foothills carved by drainages, to colorful badlands and desert mountains featuring steep slopes, cliffs and canyons. Its a beautiful area and provides some great backdrops for photography. The horses are in very good condition and tend to be moderate-to-large sized. They come in a diversity of coat colors to include bay ,brown, black, sorrel, chestnut, white, buckskin, gray, and palomino. If you don't want to go out on your own there is a person in town who will provide you with a tour. Go to the visitor center and they will give you the information.
There's nothing to compare seeing these wild mustangs running across the sage and hills. It truly gives you a feeling of being in the Wild West. I usually like to visit the areas in Spring when the foals are born or in the Fall. I've included in the post a few pictures of the mustangs and the areas they live in. I hope this answers some of the questions that I have received on photographing these majestic animals. If you need any other information please feel free to contact me.
Spent several days over the past week photographing Elk and Bighorn sheep. The Fall color this year was all over the board. The change was later than usual and the snow storm and wind we are expecting tonight should finish most of the color. However the Elk were out in abundance but I did notice less Harems than I have in the past. It seemed that there were an abundance of bulls and less cows. Not sure how the Park Service has been managing the herd but that is my observation. One morning alone I counted 36 bulls most without cows.
We will be traveling East shortly to visit family and enjoy the Fall color, pumpkin farms, cider, donuts, and great eating at family owned restaurants. I will be including a few Fall images in this post hope you enjoy them.
As Fall approaches Bull Elk start to gather cows together for the breeding season. They then protect the harem from other bulls who try to take cows from their harem. This establishes a peeking order where only the dominant and strongest bulls breed and preserve the blood line. Most of the time the herd bull will run off the smaller bulls but on occasion a bull of the same stature will challenge for the breeding rights. The breeding season occurs in the Fall so the calves will be born in the spring and have a better chance of survival.
Included are a few images of the challenge.