Monthly Archives: October 2008

Another Round of Shots from Jackson Hole, Wyoming

It’s time for another installment of photos from my recent trip to Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park.




A fellow classmate from the Photography at the Summit Workshop demonstrating how photography is not always comfortable. But you think it was comfortable getting this shot of the uncomfortable photographer? No sir. I had to uncomfortably stand on my head while balancing my camera precariously on the back of a possibly rabid squirrel who would simply not sit still, while an elderly gentleman nearby bounced pebbles and tree bark off my nose for no discernable reason.

This was apparently all part of the workshop, but I’m still not sure what point was being demonstrated.

And that is the fake story behind the story.

Bob Smith, one of the instructors (who currently manages Tom Mangelsen’s Images of Nature archive), provides tips to a student early one cold morning.


The following was not an easy shot to get. The strength of ants is just astounding.

It might not look it, but this next shot is a light painting. It was pretty dark when I took this photo.

I sort of liked the geometry in this shot.



The infamous Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in downtown Jackson. However, the market continued to crash during the course of the workshop. By the end of the week, this was simply the Ten Thousand Dollar Cowboy Bar.

Shots from the Cutting Room Floor: Jackson Hole and the Grand Tetons

Some more photos from the “cutting room floor” from my recent trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Perfect time of year to visit the Grand Tetons. Golden aspen leaves, clear blue skies, snow-kissed peaks…


Fellow classmates from Photography at the Summit at the crack of dawn trying to capture photos of elk. I found the marauding pack of photographers far more interesting than the tiresome elk.

I like room service, what can I say? Dinner at the Four Seasons.

This is the new cable being strung for Jackson Hole’s new tram, scheduled to open in December 2008. It’s a $30 million effort and they’re rushing to finish right now. You can’t tell from the photo, but that is THICK cable. Each tram will hold 100 people. The tram will rise 4,139 feet in 9 minutes.

Look, I know Dick Cheney thinks the Grand Tetons block the view from his Wyoming compound, but I don’t think that’s a valid reason to plow them down. Seriously. What a jerk.


Look, I like room service, OK? You got a problem with that? Let it rest already! And yes, this is what apple pie looks like at the Four Seasons. All yours for the bargain price of $10, plus a $3.50 delivery charge, plus a $6 service charge, oh, and tax, too.

There’s an angry bear just yonder. Best not cross that line. No, seriously — you do *not* want to cross that line. Thankfully, the bear knows not to cross that orange tape either.

The reward of a long hike.


“No, Hertz, I didn’t go off road. I have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about!”




The Oracle Speaks

Excellent advice from Warren Buffett in this CNNMoney story: He’s buying stocks right now. “A simple rule dictates my buying: Be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful,” he notes.

Everyone is panicking about the fall of the stock market, and few want to invest money in it when it’s fallen so much.

When others zig, it doesn’t hurt to zag.

Those with a long-term outlook should be looking at the market with glee: there probably won’t be another time in our life when stocks are available at such a rich discount. The stock market always bounces back over the long run, and usually well before the rest of the economy comes back.