Snipe Hunt

Snipe - Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson Hole, WY
The “snipe hunt” has been a traditional practical joke on inexperienced campers and consequently has led to many thinking that a snipe is a fictional animal. It is very real but heard more often than seen so this snipe out in broad daylight was exciting to observe on today's safari.

April is a wonderful month for wildlife watching as the national parks are quiet, animals are in motion and each day seems to bring a new species out of hibernation or returning from warmer climates.

Sage Grouse

Sage Grouse - Spring Creek Ranch, Jacks
This large species of sage grouse had been in the headlines a bit lately as it has been up for consideration for increased protection under the Endangered Species Act. Grouse are often good subjects for photography as they are relatively tame, but this individual posed for our photo safari participants especially well.

During the month of April we’ll be able to observe the elaborate courtship displays that these birds exhibit on their leks (breeding grounds).

Photographer’s Paradise

coyote - Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson Hole, WY
We left Spring Creek Ranch at dawn this morning to take advantage of nice lighting for this morning’s photo safari.

These excursions differ from our wildlife safaris in that we work to put ourselves in the best possible photogenic locations while discussing camera equipment and useful techniques for nature photography. We ended up with excellent opportunities to photograph the Teton Mountains, this coyote stalking prey, and Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep.

Photography Safari Highlights

mule deer - Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson Hole, WY
Our photo safaris are designed to enhance every nature photographer’s technique and opportunity. Jackson Hole is a playground for wildlife photographers and today’s snowy safari provided opportunities for great shots of bighorn sheep, moose, bald eagles and this small herd of mule deer bucks.

Photographers thinking about a visit to Jackson Hole should consider Spring Creek Ranch as THE destination for their base-camp for Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks photography.

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Guest Kudos – Wildlife Photo Safari

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Swan photo by J. Marlow

Swan photo by J. Marlow

“My wife and I went out with you on a photo safari on Tuesday, January 19, 2010. Thank you for a great time and help with photographing the wildlife. Got some great pictures and got some great tips. We are already planning on coming back hopefully in the Summer. Thanks again!” –J. Marlow

Lighthing Storm in Jackson Hole

Lightning - Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson Hole, WY
Shortly after returning to Spring Creek Ranch after a successful wildlife-watching safari, an incredible thunderstorm rolled across the valley and provided spectacular views of intense clouds and constant lighting strikes.

Sitting almost 1,000 feet above the valley floor of Jackson Hole, we were right in the middle of this storm and were able to safely observe (and photograph) all of the action.