Northern Lights looking south from near the Brooks Range Alaska
It had been a 22 hour day that brought us to this viewpoint. The conditions were harsh and we were tried. It would have been easy to stay in the cabin after our twilight arrival and a hot meal, but the call of Aurora pushed us on into the sub zero night, on to a location I had discovered during last years scouting trip.
When we arrived there was a ring around the moon and the lights were dim but we knew they could become stronger at any time. The cold was just bearable as the night changed into morning hours. We moved from location to location being teased by the undulations of the glowing sky. We resisted the lure of the warm cabin and a soft bed.
Finally when we were nearly exhausted and half delirious from the cold and lack of sleep Aurora gave us a final glorious burst of dramatic light.
After this image we drove to the cabin with a mostly dark sky where we rested more than we needed. It was cloudy the next four days.
Still we were happy at the end of the week because we had captured a special dance of lady Aurora.
Beautiful Landscapes by Jess Lee Photography
It looks like we will be seeing scenes like this in about a month here in Arizona. It has been a few years since we have had a great bloom but the autumn and winter rains have been good and the desert is green in many places and ready to bloom. If you want to join us and find some great locations and get training on improving your landscape photography vision I have 2 openings, due to a cancellation, on this trip.
Bighorn working to survive the Montana winter in Yellowstone National Park.
Every few years the fall and winter storms line up to give us a truly amazing wildflower bloom in the desert southwest. It looks from recent observations this will be one of those years.
We had the rain in the fall to germinate the seeds, the soil was still damp from the heavy summer rains and now we are seeing good rains every few weeks to bring the new blooms along on schedule.
Starting the end of February in the border country and moving north through March and April this should be a exceptional bloom, so study your landscape technique, clean up your tripod and be ready to head to the Arizona desert as I have done for the past 3 decades. If you want to tag along with me as I shoot the best bloom in some great locations check is this workshop . I will know the exact locations of where we will be shooting as the bloom progress but you can fly into Phoenix for the start and stay a few days after the workshop to cover even more locations I will share.
Another from today in Yellowstone National Park .
We had a magic evening when the light faded on the clouds and there was enough reflected light to give a glow on Mammoth Hot Springs. A great end to a day with Bison, Elk, Moose, Mule Deer, Coyotes, Bighorn sheep, wolves and some great clients.
Milky Way from Green River overlook
I hope you have all had a good holiday season. It was a busy one for us. We left home the day after Thanksgiving for the Cowboy Christmas show in Las Vegas and only returned to Arizona for two days during the next six weeks. It was fun (sometimes), cold, warm, snowy, dry, tiring and exciting. All of the things a road trip should be including Christmas at our place just outside West Yellowstone Montana, visiting kids and meeting a tow truck driver that towed and fix my van on New Years day.
It is good to be back in Arizona even if it is only for another week before I head back to Yellowstone for another private workshop. While here I have been getting the 2015 workshop schedule together so check it out here.
There are a couple of special trips (of course they are all special) like a exclusive African tent camp and Jaguars of the Pantanal.
I will be adding a early Oct Cowboy, Autumn color, Wild horse trip and I am saving time for private workshops.
Remember there is a $100 discount on any trip over $1000 for newsletter subscribers.
Sunrise at Mesa arch
Mesa Arch. Canyonlands Arches National parks photography workshop
rest in peace
A salute to David Stoecklein. He showed us the way.
Rest in Piece, Dave.
Arches N.P. by moonlight.
Light painting by the good old moon. It is amazing how bright the moon is when the conditions are right. I am starting my Autumn Arches and Canyonlands workshop tomorrow so I had a chance to do a little scouting after I arrived in Moab this afternoon. It looks to be an exciting week coming up with a chance for great storm clouds. Stay tuned.
Teton Moose in Autumn
We have had a lot of rain in the Yellowstone/Teton country the past few days. While it keeps us from seeing the grand mountains it makes the wildlife more active and the colors more intense than those sunny blue sky days.
I have added a couple of new workshops at http://jessleephotos.com/tipsandtrips.htm. One Yellowstone winter and one summer in the southwest during the thunder cloud season.
I have not added the Arctic Northern lights trip the first week of March since it almost full but if your interested let me know since I have one opening at this point.