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Many years ago I had experienced a premature midlife crisis and acted on it. I dropped everything I was doing and packed up my Swiss cheese business plan for shooting and selling landscape, lifestyle, and wildlife photography, and moved to Jackson Hole Wyoming. Five years later I was questioning my decision.

A frosty sublime; winter in Jackson Hole and Grand Teton Park is a special time. The snow showed valleys, and towering peaks create an ambiance much different from summer.

For obvious reasons, today the main source of revenue for Cinque Terre is tourism. A testimony to the strength of centuries-old tradition, fishing, wine and olive oil production continue. Adding to its charm is the lack of visible corporate development.

Because of their embarrassment of natural riches, the Dolomites became a World Heritage Site in 2009. The Dolomites have always had a huge imprint on those who admired them for the first time, and it is not a secret that they are acclaimed by many as the most beautiful mountains on earth.

A new plan quickly came together; I would leave the base at 5AM for Naples Harbor 45 minutes away to catch the first possible ferry for Capri. The guy at the hotel desk hearing my plans offered to rent me a GPS since Naples has 3.5 million people. Considering some of my previous challenges, I said yes.

After a two hour crash, I awoke in a panic knowing afternoon light of this exotic local was slipping by uncaptured. I retrieved my Fiat from the parking garage malaise and headed west into the marvelous antiquity that surrounded me.

When I told those in the know, I would rent a car and drive in Italy, they often would say something like: “You are a brave man,” other’s would say after a maniacal laugh; “you’re a freaking idiot.

The wolf is such a keystone as is the grizzly as well as the beaver. All these species have experienced wide variance of population as we humans interfered and now with our elementary, but growing understanding of ecosystems try to undue damage we have done.

I use Aperture by Apple to color correct all my images and to organize them as well. Aperture is a great database program that can help you put your files where you want them and help you find them, when you need them.

My favorite dozen photos of 2013, a year in review

“Photography according to me” I boiled down what I believe is the essence of basic photography into a 25 minute presentation which logically walks you through the photographic process.

Around Yellowstone, we get a plethora of foul weather and I love to photograph it. Stormy weather often times is a photographer’s gift from above.

A grizzly bear boar, grizzly bear sow, her three cubs dine on the bounty of Yellowstone with a pack of wolves in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park

While doing due diligence on room amities on Trip Advisor for my trip to Japan, I have to admit, that the cheap looking plastic toilets were a put off but a toilet is a toilet, right?

I stand still repeating several times like a prize fighter in between rounds, off his chair standing ready for his opponent. No fists today. No. Just my rod, my fly box and my craft and wit.

I’m being held in place by the nature I love even if its unforgiving at its best. Today it holds me to the bottom of this river and surrounds me with awe and exhilaration and privilege.

Swooping Great Grey Owl, showcased in Outdoor Magazine.

Well Bill explained that he is with a golden eagle that can’t fly and not being far from my home in Swan Valley Idaho, he asked whether I knew the local Game and Fish people so we could rescue this eagle.

This book is for all visitors with a desire to seek out wildlife, photograph the landscape, or merely learn about the history, geology, and lay of the land of Grand Teton National Park.

When I first arrived in Jackson Hole one of the first things I did was purchased a super wide-angle lens. Upon getting my slides back I was in for a big disappointment – my mountains seemed to have nearly disappeared.

Grizzly 399 produces triplets again, or so it seems. Absent is the red ear tag bling that positively identified her in the past. Nonetheless a 400-pound road tolerant grizzly sow has shown up in Grizzly 399’s territory with three new adorable cubs.

Louise, my mother, went into assisted living kicking and screaming then after getting there, she loved it. The weight of responsibility was lifted from her shoulders, and she made the journey from paranoia from random dementia, to joy.

My photo “Green River Lakes Fly-fisherman” photo of the day at Outdoor Photographer Magazine on 5/10/2013

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