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Mike Cavaroc
Works at Reclaiming the Night
Attended Stephen F. Austin State University
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This would be an amazing addition to Jackson Hole...
 
So what's the latest with this observatory we keep talking about? Read the latest blog post to find out! (hint - it's good news)

#jacksonholeobservatory   #astronomy   #astronomers   #jacksonhole   #wyoming   #night   #nightsky   #nightlife  
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Last night's sunset over Leigh Lake in Grand Teton National Park...

#photography   #sunset   #sunsetphotography   #sunsetphotos   #sunsetpicture   #lake   #grandtetonnationalpark   #jacksonhole   #wyoming   #reflection   #reflectionphotography  
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Thank you, +Kathy D!
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I got this shot with my phone through +Wyoming Stargazing's 20" telescope last night...
 
We're getting some great looks at the moon now that it's back out! Come check us out to see up close.

#wyomingstargazing   #stargazing   #wyoming   #moon   #moonlight   #night   #nightphotography   #nightsky   #astronomy   #astrophotography  
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I made a new blog post about one of my all-time favorite hikes. This one's found down in Arizona.

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A hiking log and trail description of the Hunter Trail leading up to the summit of Picacho Peak in Picacho Peak State Park, Arizona.
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Lightning over Jackson Hole and the Teton Mountains...

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You bet!
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We had a dusting of snow on the Tetons last week, so given my schedule, I did the best I could to get a better look at it.

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A hiking log and description of hiking from String Lake and Jenny Lake up to the far end of Cascade Canyon in Grand Teton National Park
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Thank you for the comment, +Kathy D! It was definitely a great morning to have in such a busy summer.
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Just in time for fall, trail descriptions of the trail system at the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve! Fall's an amazing time to be out there.

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Trail descriptions of all trails found throughout the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve in Grand Teton National Park, with options for shorter and longer hikes.
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yes, wonderful place, story and pictures. Thanks !
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Congrats to +CanyonlandsNPS for their Dark Sky Designation! Hoping we can get the same result here in  +GrandTetonNPS and +YellowstoneNPS!
 
It's official: Utah has just received designation for three new Dark Sky Parks in a row! Pressure's on +GrandTetonNPS :-)
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Thanks for the heads up. Think I may try it out next month.
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I was able to get out into the Gros Ventres recently and found what may very well be the best view in the mountains at the headwaters of Swift Creek and Crystal Creek, and nearby was the headwaters of the Gros Ventre River.

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If you're doing what the "photographer" in this post did, you're not respecting wildlife, and if you're not respecting wildlife, you're not welcome here.
 
Please Respect our Wildlife - Please Share Widely
I wasn’t going to say anything about what I witnessed a few days ago in Yellowstone, but after thinking about it, I thought it was something you should hear. I was driving along very early in the morning and saw a young grizzly walking in the grass along the side of the roadway. A few cars had pulled over to look at the bear and I was one of them. After watching her for a short time, the bear made her way into the trees and disappeared.
A little while later, I saw two people in a pullout, one of whom was crouching down photographing something. From the person’s posture, I thought they were photographing a weasel or other small animal, but then I realized within 15-20 feet from them was the same grizzly I had seen earlier. I immediately opened my car window and told them they were too close to the bear. The photographer ignored me, but his companion looked over and then looked away. The bear wasn’t paying much attention to either of them and continued foraging in the grass.
After a few moments, the bear moved on and walked along the edge of the pullout heading towards the road. I was thankful that the bear was finally leaving the area and figured that would be the end of it, but I was wrong. The two people then began following the bear down the roadway and continued photographing her. I wasn’t sure what to do at this point but was still in my car so I pulled into the road between the people and the bear. The bear was spooked by the sound of my car and ran across the road, into the thick trees. After the bear disappeared, I got quite an earful from the photographer who was following the bear, but that didn’t surprise me, especially after what I had just witnessed. I was so angry that any response I would have given would have made a bad situation worse, so I drove off, parked in another pullout and fumed.
All I can say about seeing something like that is that it upset me for the rest of the day. I don’t like to see people getting too close to wildlife to take photos, but that’s what many of us see day after day. And it’s not just bears; it’s bison, elk, moose and just about anything else out there. When I stop to think about it, I really don’t know why people are doing this. I don’t know if people don’t understand that these animals are wild; if they don’t care; if they like the adrenaline rush of being close to something "wild" or if they just want to post a cool photo on Instagram. The reason doesn’t really matter because these actions are stressing our wildlife.
When people get too close, it will always be the animal that pays the price. If that animal is a bear, he will be cracker-bombed or hazed or relocated from the area where he wants to be because people can’t control themselves. Bears frequent particular areas because they know that’s where they can find food, but if people disrupt that, the bear will miss out on a much needed food source when they need it most. I feel for the rangers in Yellowstone who have to manage bear/animal jams, but they don’t have the resources to be every place at once, so situations like this persist.
So next time you feel the need to approach a bear or any other animal in Yellowstone, ask yourself if the photo you’re about to take is worth disrupting the life of an animal who is trying his best to survive in a world that is so much tougher than we will ever know. Remember we are only visitors to their home, and we can make a choice to put the animal first because it's the right thing to do.

Thanks for listening,
Sandy

Please note: This photo was not taken during the bear incident I witnessed this week, but is just an example of how our actions can stress the wildlife in Yellowstone.
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+Kathy D It's gotten much worse, and with Asia's economy doing so well there's been a large swell in Asian visitors as well. Someone told me that Yellowstone was considering the option of a shuttle system a few years ago, but it never went anywhere. I'd love to put some pressure on the superintendent and other park officials, but with all my time and efforts tied up this summer with full-time work and the dark skies campaign down here in Jackson Hole, I haven't been able to be as focused on this front. I'm hoping that someone can also introduce me to the right people at some point as well. Like I've said, I don't think they're left with much of an option at this point.
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I was honored to have been chosen to represent one of the Jackson Hole Land Trust's properties, but capturing an image proved to be a bit more daunting than I had anticipated. Read about the story behind this image...

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The story of how I got my image for the Jackson Hole Land Trust's View 22 Project, an image of a rainbow on a stormy day
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This was yesterday's sunrise at String Lake. I headed straight there to hike in to get a closer view of the new snow in the mountains before it got too crowded.

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Thank you, +Anatoliy Urbanskiy!
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Wildlife and Nature Photography
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Wildlife photography, night photography, wildlife videography, geeking out
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  • Reclaiming the Night
    Filmmaker, 2014 - present
    A documentary film about one person's goal to make his town and neighboring national park Dark Sky Certified.
  • Free Roaming Photography
    Wildlife and Nature Photography, 2007 - present
    Nature and night photography. Currently working on a documentary film about making Jackson, WY and Grand Teton National Park Dark Sky Certified.
  • Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris
    Wildlife Guide, 2012 - 2016
    Educate groups of people on the wildlife, geology, and history of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, while scouring the landscapes for ideal wildlife viewing opportunities.
  • Elevation Imaging
    Assitant Manager, 2008 - 2010
    Oversaw daily workflow and completion of projects and image processing. Adjusted images for print-production.
  • FireDrum Internet Marketing
    Lead Designer, 2005 - 2007
    Oversaw development of websites and email newsletters. Double-checked and corrected grammatical, technical, and syntax errors. Created new designs for websites and email newsletters.
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Kelly, WY
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Jackson, WY - Phoenix, AZ - Nacogdoches, TX - New Orleans, LA
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"The mountains are calling and I must go." -John Muir
Introduction
I'm currently living in Jackson Hole, Wyoming doing nature and night photography, now branching off into filmmaking. My current project is a documentary film about one person trying to make his town and neighboring national park both Dark Sky Certified, while illustrating the devastating effects of light pollution.
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I live in Jackson Hole and stalk bears.
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Education
  • Stephen F. Austin State University
    Master of Fine Arts, 2002 - 2004
    Digital Media, Painting, Drawing
  • Stephen F. Austin State University
    Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1996 - 2002
    Computer science, Digital media, Drawing, Painting
  • St. Martin's Episcopal School
    High School Diploma, 1992 - 1996
    Apathy, boredom, etc.
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Grizzly Bear and Spring Wildlife Photography Workshop
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