Elk - I enjoyed some time with this bull elk and his harem while I was in Yellowstone. Although the rut was pretty slow by the time I arrived it was still fun to watch the interaction between the bulls and to see how they herd their harem. This bull was nice enough to demonstrate the Flehman or lip curl used to detect a cow in heat.
We were delighted to host Design Seniors from the University of Utah’s Multi-Disciplinary Design program last month through the Yellowstone Forever Institute. We spent three days together learning about park history, ecological systems, and park management. Each student developed their own opportunities for design impact based on their observations and experience. The group was equal parts smart, engaged, and fun!
A grizzly sow and cub make their way along a ridge line in the Lamar Valley this fall. All the grasses had turned their usual golden yellow and the bears were looking full and healthy, ready for the long Yellowstone winter to come.
My yoga mats began as an idea after I created several TeaScapes, a series of paintings that I view as meditational watercolors of places where I’ve been mindful and at ease. They are layered on transfers (sort of like collage) of repurposed tea packages. Each painting usually begins with the placement of the tea package and then based on either the ingredients or name of the tea, I’ve determined the right landscape.
From an early age I was fascinated with extreme climates - the Arctic, volcanoes, geysers. I believe in 5th grade, I wrote a report on Yellowstone and its geysers. A dream developed of traveling there. While that may not seem so out of reach to many, it took me until I was 40 to get there. And, it was the briefest of trips, not without tremendous roadblocks, tantrums, and weather that almost prohibited the visit.
This was back in 2017 during a family vacation. We were headquartered in Jackson Hole and were completely unaware of the great distance from there to the geysers. Well, we made it. And it was magnificent and terrifying all at the same time.
The geysers have found their way in some of my TeaScapes, including both of my yoga mats. I’m in awe of their power, their unpredictability and what seem to be surreal colors.
This one is one of the most recent, painted on shell paper, collaged onto a wood panel covered in ginger tea transfers.
7” x 5”
Available through the New Art link in my profile.
Grand they are! Grand Teton national park:
17 species of carnivores (including grizzly bears and wolves)
22 species of rodents
6 species of hoofed animals
4 species of reptiles
6 species of amphibians
3 species of rabbits/hares
6 species of bats
16 species of fish
300+ species of birds
900+ species of flowering plants
7 species of conifer trees
Tuesday October 15th
I really love being out early when we’re on a shoot! There can be many different and rapidly changing elements of nature happening at that time of a day.
Today’s photo takes us back into Yellowstone’s Northwestern region last year. We were hoping for a sunrise shot across a small lake however, the lake was completely obscured by fog. By simply looking the area over we found another shot. With a quick change of lens and direction we captured this backlit shot of a tree line and that same fog that covered the lake in my original photo idea. Have a great Tuesday everyone and keep looking for your next shot!
Nikon D810, Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 lens. Shot at 200mm, f14, ISO-400, 1 sec, tripod mounted.
I started practicing yoga during my first teaching job in NJ in 2001. It was a tough year to begin a job as an educator in a state so deeply affected by 9/11. My role at the school was also very difficult, having some class sizes over 30, and an administrator who outright told me that art was for recess. Sometime during the year I found an inviting studio and began practicing Hatha yoga.
Thankfully, only in hindsight, I lost that job. I later learned that the administrator was fired a few years after. It was a tremendously demoralizing experience to lose my first job after wanting to save the world through art.
On a positive note, I met my husband (of almost 15 years) who taught down the hall from me, and I found another job, then another and then started TraillWorks and all throughout, continued practicing yoga.
Yoga became a grounding force in my life for years, in addition to running and art making. It has informed my teaching methodology, helped me become a smarter runner, and has helped me move away from perfectionism in my art and life.
My yoga practice has wained, in part due to the demands of raising two young boys, running a business and then due to personal circumstances this year that threw my family for quite a loop, I was unable for to invest in classes.
I’m still not quite there yet, and I recently made myself very vulnerable and partook of the yoga bank @the_yoga_ground. They set up a bank of classes for students to avail themselves of so that financial worries won’t prohibit them from self care through yoga. I took my first class yesterday and I’m now working on setting up a trunk show with the owner to introduce my yoga mats to their students. I hope to pay it forward in the future by adding to the yoga bank.
This mat is Hot Stress Relief and is inspired by the geysers of Yellowstone.
Close enough... Jane and Brandon 🤣
Neither of us have ever been able to buy a souvenir anything! (Not that I actually want to, but as a kid, I always felt like I was missing out!) .
Buffalos at Grand Prismatic spring. .
I’ve been working on my first wholesale tie dye order for a local band and it’s been so much more work than I ever expected! 135 shirts sounded like a lot to begin with, but actually ice dyeing 135 unique shirts has seriously tested my patience, creativity and sanity.
Hard work aside, it’s been SO much fun to experiment with color and designs. I’ve gotten my process down to a science and have finally started to see the unique color palettes that were initially eluding me.
One thing I’ve noticed in the garments I’m creating is the resemblance to designs and colors in nature. I have shirts that remind me of the fuzzy forests of the PNW, and others that remind me of the blue sky and red rocks of Sedona. My recent favorite piece reminded me of the incredible grand prismatic spring in Yellowstone. Some days I’m sad that we’re not traveling... but when I look at the garments filling my home - I feel so proud that those experiences have come through in my work.
Yellowstone is the only place in the United States where bison (Bison bison) have lived continuously since prehistoric times. Yellowstone bison are exceptional because they comprise the nation’s largest bison population on public land and are among the few bison herds that have not been hybridized through interbreeding with cattle.
They also exhibit wild behavior like their ancient ancestors, congregating during the breeding season to compete for mates, as well as migration and exploration that result in the use of new habitat areas. These behaviors have enabled the successful restoration of a population that was on the brink of extinction just over a century ago.