Great Blue Heron, Montana. Canon 1DX 500mm f4L IS II, 2Xtc III , f8 1/2000 ISO3200
Here’s a shot I captured last week of a Great Blue Heron fishing for breakfast in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley. You’ve got to be quick to catch these guys in action!
As night falls, racers head out into Montana’s wilderness. Canon 5DmkIII 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II f5.6 1/180 ISO6400
Had a great time this weekend photographing the start to Montana’s Race to the Sky sled dog race over in Seeley Lake. Due to the insanely warm temperatures we’ve had around the west this winter, snow has been hard to find in some areas. Usually the race kicks off near Helena with another send off in Lincoln, but this year that definitely wasn’t happening. The teams took off near Seeley Lake with plenty of snow for the most part, but temperatures were still warm.
The race features both a 300 mile and 100 mile leg through Montana’s mountains and is also a qualifier for Alaska’s Iditirod. This year there were 29 teams participating in the race.
Shooting the race as night fell was challenging to say the least, especially with fast dogs and no light. I managed to pull off a few shots in the beginning, but as it got dark I had to get a little more creative
Dogs getting ready. Canon 5DMKIII 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II f5.6 1/500 ISO3200
Dogs harnessed and ready to go. Canon 1DX 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II f5.6 1/180 ISO6400
Snow Geese, Freezeout Lake, Montana.
Happy World Wetlands Day!
Every spring hundreds of thousands of Snow Geese stopover at Montana’s Freezeout Lake and surrounding wetlands, creating an amazing display of birds against the Rocky Mountain Front. In little over a month we’ll be seeing scenes like this again.
Early morning at Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge.
I had the opportunity to spend yesterday with a friend photographing Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge on a spectacular Montana morning. As we wandered through the refuge we saw a lot of the usual suspects: ringed-necked pheasants, trumpeter swans, mallards and even a brief glimpse of a great horned owl. But the backdrop of the Bitterroot Mountains was what stole the show with their snow-capped peaks towering over the refuge.Further south the far off Como Peaks with cattails in the foreground looked like a painting in the early morning light.
Como Peaks in the distance looking out across the refuge
As one of a handful of important wildlife refuges in Montana, Lee Metcalf encompasses 2800 acres of critical habit for nesting and migratory birds and other wildlife in the Bitterroot Valley. Over 240 different species of birds have been recorded on the refuge which is made up of wetland, grassland, and forest habitat.
Trumpeter Swans lifting off at Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge
Its rich abundance of wildlife and habitat is a reminder of what’s at stake as our wild lands continue to shrink, but also what’s possible with our country’s conservation efforts and management of National Wildlife Refuges.
For more info on our National Wildlife Refuges and Lee Metcalf visit http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Lee_Metcalf/about.html
Bison on Antelope Island, Utah
Last year I had the opportunity to photograph some locations for author Anna Marlis Burgard’s Islands of America. Little did I know about all the fascinating, quirky, and unique locations there are! One of my favorites was Antelope Island in Utah with a very memorable fall bison roundup. Be sure to check out Anna’s latest article at Atlas Obscura.
Montana Outdoors Annual Photo Issue
Honored to have two of my images published in this year’s Montana Outdoors Photo Issue, including my image of Rock & Ice. If you haven’t picked up a copy, be sure to do so, there is some outstanding work by some amazing photographers. Great job on this one Luke Duran!
Canon Prograf IPF6400
Thought I would share our new piece of equipment that arrived in the office last week! Needless to say, I’m all excited like a little kid with this thing. Last year I decided to try one of Canon’s desktop printers, the Pixma Pro-10, and was so impressed I seriously started looking into their newer large format printer lines. Previously I had been using Epson with a variety of printers over the years and unfortunately as good as their printers are, I still had numerous ink consumption issues and clogging problems.
With the 6400 I’ve been nothing but blown away so far. The print quality, profile handling and color management has been outstanding and I really haven’t found anything to complain about yet.
A few impressive things to note:
- 12 color LUCIA EX inks provide a very large color spectrum, with smooth graduations
- Now includes 130ml ink tank sizes as well as the 300ml, you can also change ink while printing
- An excellent Print Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop & Canon’s DPP
I’ve also had a chance to start filling our new print orders this last week and it’s been a real treat to work with, I look forward to doing a more in depth review as I get some more time using it. For more info on this and Canon’s other large format printers, here’s a link www.usa.canon.com
Trumpeter Swan, Montana
I had the opportunity last night to photograph Trumpeter Swans at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge during a beautiful snowfall. I was using Canon’s new 7D MKII paired with the 500mm f4L IS II
As we approach the new year, I thought I would share my top 10 favorites from 2014. I’ve been grateful to have visited some amazing landscapes and photographed some equally amazing wildlife encounters this year. Most importantly, I’m grateful to be able to share my travels and hope that my images can serve as a reminder of the incredible world we live in and why it’s so vitally important to protect for future generations.
A passing fall storm in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley
Sunset over the rolling hills of the Palouse region, Washington State
Canada Geese lift off in early morning fog, Montana
Water like glass on Glacier National Park’s, Bowman Lake
Sage Grouse in central Montana
Lupine blooms above Lake Sherburne in Glacier National Park
White lines and a white barn in western Montana
Bison on the National Bison Range
Rock & Ice
Albus Tree Farm in northern Oregon
Thanks to everyone for all of your support, friendships, and for making 2014 such a fantastic year! As part of the year end I thought it would be fun to pick the top “liked” images on my Facebook page and let you vote on your favorite. We will we then draw a random winner on Jan 1, 2015 and give away a signed, 12″X18″ print of your vote. You are welcome to place your vote on your favorite up until midnight(MST) Dec. 31, 2014. To visit my Facebook page and to vote, visit: