Bighorn Silhouette

Bighorn Silhouette

This image was actually captured yesterday….on Thanksgiving.  While most people were snuggled up with their turkey dinner inside warm homes, I found myself battling the winter wind.  Honestly, I wouldn’t wish it any other way, as spending a few quiet moments in the wild mountains is my own way of expressing thanks.  As evening was approaching I was following a couple of male bighorn sheep not far from Grand Teton National Park.  Wild animals are not always predictable, but sheep and goats generally like an established perch to gaze from.  With that thought in mind, I decided to set up a shot in hopes that one would make their way to the edge and offer a kingly silhouette.  As dusk approached, the older male ventured to the edge for a brief moment.  A moment which serves as a thankful reminder that we live on an amazing earth and share it with amazing creatures.

Bighorn Silhouette

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Grand Teton Moon

It has been a rather gloomy week as winter begins to sink her teeth in along the Wasatch Front.  I love all the seasons of the year, but the older I get the more I seem to like winter the least as it cuts through my very bones.  However, with winter comes the beautiful blue and purple hues only to be found lingering in the cold air of the season.  The following image is a reminder to me of the subtle colors that winter offers.  I frequent Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming fairly often as it is close, and offers a plethora of dramatic photographic options.  This particular trip was spur of the moment (like most of them are) just as winter began to loosen its grip on the mountains.  The image was taken as I shivered in the pre-dawn light waiting for the moon to set in the west, just as the morning alpenglow touched the peaks.  I wish I could say the image was completely planned, but the reality is, it was mostly spur of the moment luck.

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Leaves in the Wind

Story Behind the Image

It is hard to believe that I started Ambrose Landscape Photography over 15 years ago.  It was then that I published my first online gallery, followed by my pseudo physical gallery (think REI).  Looking back, so many things have changed!  Back then I was still shooting transparency film, viewed my website on a Netscape browser, and the Y2K scare was still a real concern.  Technology has dramatically changed through the last 15 years, as has my photographic style.  Even today I continue to push my own limits, try different styles, cameras, methods, all in an effort to hopefully progress and evolve my photography. The one thing that has not changed through the years is my passion for wild places, wild adventures, and capturing those special moments that nature offers us…if we just keep our eyes open to see them.  Whether shooting still photographs, time lapse, or tinkering with films, I remain in awe of this amazing world that surrounds us.

As I reflect on thousands of photographs through the years I am keenly aware that each image has a story behind it.  As I sift through old images, and capture new ones along the way I thought I would start a new “series” and share with you the brief “story behind the image.”

So to kick this whole thing off I thought I would share an image taken a few days ago.  It was extremely windy here in the Wasatch Mountains with a storm bearing down upon us.  Autumn color was in full force, but rapidly dwindling from the onslaught of wind.  As I set up to capture some of the colorful leaves I was quickly frustrated as I could not get a sharp image.  I have learned through the years to embrace the power of nature, and never to fight it, or try and control it.  With those thoughts, I let the frustration melt away and tried to capture the moment that was being presented.  Leaves blowing in the wind….this is what came out.

Leaves in the Wind
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