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!
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
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.
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!
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.
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McDonald Peak, the highest in Montana’s Mission Mountain Range at 9,820ft, looms in the distance behind the massive Sheep’s Head Peak at left. These peaks are a backdrop to the small town of St. Ignatius located in western Montana.
This image was shot with the Canon 1DX 500mm f4L IS II, 2x teleconverter. f8 1/2000 ISO800
You never know when an image is going to happen, that’s one of the great things I love about photography, the unexpected. Yesterday morning after dropping my son off at school I spotted some patchy fog nearby and decided to investigate. Turns out some geese were getting ready to head out against some great backlight. I usually try to travel with a body and 100-400mm on my seat, just for these sort of occasions and glad I had it with me this time!
During my search for more fall colors yesterday, I stumbled across this great barn and white fence just after sunrise. I really liked the way the fence was able to add a prominent foreground element, but also add some very strong lines and contrast to the image.
Canon 1DX 24-70mm 2.8L II f16 1/20 ISO100