This adult grizzly bear takes a moment of pause in his daily routine to dream of his next hearty meal. Bears have long been a fascination for humans, perhaps because they have so many human-like qualities. Like us, they stand upright on the soles of their feet and have eyes facing nearly in the frontal plane. They seem to worry with moans and sighs, and court with obvious affection.
A bull elk finds himself the object of attention between two doe elk. Bulls expend a tremendous amount of energy during the rut in the attempt to gather a harem for breeding rites, which leaves some bulls vulnerable to the approaching winter. As winter progresses, natural selection will claim the old and weak, leaving the stronger animals to perpetuate the species.
The American Bison stands as an icon of the west, readily recognized as a symbol of a time that has past. Bison are able to withstand sub-zero temperatures for weeks at a time, and they use their massive shoulder hump as a tool, enabling them to use their heads to move snow away from their winter forage. Bull bison can weigh up to a ton and can travel to speeds of 35 mph.
This adult grizzly bear traverses the winter landscape searching for food as he prepares for the long winter. Brown bears, or grizzly as they are commonly known, live in Grand Teton National Park, but can be elusive at times. They demand their space to roam freely without human interference.
If there ever was a portrait of old man winter in animal form, this is the one. This bison seemingly poses for his portrait of winter fortitude demonstrating his hearty nature. Bison are able to withstand sub-zero temperatures for weeks at a time, and they use their massive shoulder hump as a tool, enabling them to use their heads to move snow away from their winter forage. This makes them masters of snow and ice, able to survive during the harsh winter mo...
Hunted to the brink of extinction in the lower 48 states during the early 1900ís, attitudes towards wolves are now changing, due to the recognition of their integral ecological role as predators. This timberwolf, curled up to wait out a winter storm, is a resident of Mission Wolf, a refuge in Colorado dedicated to wolf conservation.
A bison herd roams the plains as they did once upon a time on the bountiful plains of the United States. In less than one hundred years, wholesale slaughter reduced the number of bison from an estimated high of sixty million to under three thousand animals. These remaining bison found refuge in Yellowstone National Park. Now thousands of these animals roam the Yellowstone ecosystem.
This majestic creature strikes a picture postcard pose as he crosses the landscape in Grand Teton National Park. His name is reminiscent of the Native American culture that is so prevalent within the folklore of the west. The sepiatone treatment on the image is a call back to old west times when photographs were produced with tints.
A painted horse leads the herd and kicks up clouds of dust along the way. At his hooves, birds fly along in search of insects that are unearthed by the horses. Birds often travel along with the horses to find food in their hides and such. The horse has long been an icon of the american west and has been a strong ally to the rancher and the settlers of the west.
This antiquated barn reminds us somewhat of the history of the early settlers in the Jackson Hole area. Located inside Grand Teton National Park the barn is a favored icon among the many visitors to the area. The park is part of the Yellowstone ecosystem, which is the largest intact natural area in the contiguous United States. From the sheltered river bottoms, to the sage flats and mountain canyons, Grand Teton National Park offers wildlife such as sandh...
A bull moose moves through an open glade in the forest, where he has staked out his territory for the annual autumn rut. Found in the boreal and northern woodlands of North America, moose are the largest member of the deer family. Bull moose can weigh up to 1,500 pounds and can run up to 35 mph. During the mating season, moose have even been known to challenge oncoming vehicles and trains in defense of their females and their territories.
As this bison crosses the high level of the stream, he exists innately between sinking and swimming. To brave the deep waters, he must have something on the other side that needs his attention. Bisons are a often seen animal within the confines of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.
Humans have worshiped the bear from a time older than memory. Perhaps this fascination comes from the bearís humanlike qualities. They seem to worry with moans and sighs and court with obvious affection. Bears also snore in their sleep, teach, play, spank their children, are avid for sweets, and have a moody, gruff and morose side.
A group of bison graze by a lone tree on the western plains. Yellowstone was home to the last, wild, free-roaming bison at the turn of the 19th century. In less than one hundred years, wholesale slaughter reduced the number of bison from an estimated high of sixty million to under three thousand animals. These remaining bison found refuge in Yellowstone National Park. Now thousands of these animals roam the Yellowstone ecosystem.
This stylish winter scene highlights the beauty that nature can show us during the winter season. Fremonts cottonwood (Populus fremontii) are native to the southwestern United States and western Mexico. The species are found in California, Nevada, Utah. Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Colorado.
In a scene from a vintage postcard, a lone bison walks the plains inside Grand Teton National Park. This is one of the many sights you may see when you visit the park. Bison are one of the main residents of the park and a scene such as this can be a treat for tourists that visit the park.
A young grizzly frolics in the snow, apparently in some sort of meditation or yoga pose. Humans have worshiped the bear from a time older than memory. Perhaps this fascination comes from the bearís humanlike qualities. They seem to worry with moans and sighs and court with obvious affection. Bears also snore in their sleep, teach, play, spank their children, are avid for sweets, and have a moody, gruff and morose side.