Winners of the 2015 Barker-Ewing Photo Contest

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The-Last-Great-Wild-Places-cover-smAfter days of hard work, Mr. Tom Mangelsen – our illustrious, esteemed, and impartial photo judge – has decided on the winners of the Second Annual Barker-Ewing Photo Contest. He deliberated over many customer photo entries in not one but two categories. We added a landscape category this year because, in addition to world-class wildlife viewing, Jackson Hole is justifiably famous for its scenery. The winners of the contest are each receiving a signed copy of Tom’s latest book, The Last Great Wild Places.

The winner of our Wildlife category is Dee Anna Piatek from Marble Falls, Texas with this amazing close-up of an immature eagle. You can almost hear the wind rustling through its feathers. Terrific shot, Dee Anna! DSC_0136

The winner of our new Landscape category is Jim Betz from Livonia, Michigan. He captured a view that I’ve seen nearly 2,500 times over two decades of floating the Snake. It’s such a dramatic moment, and I’ve never tired of it. I know how this particular spot on the river looks, smells, feels, and sounds. Great work, Jim!DSC_3994

Congratulations, and well done to both of our contest winners! And a sincere thank you to everyone who took the time to send us photos from your vacations in this wonderful wild place. We enjoyed seeing our beautiful valley through your eyes. It reminds us how lucky we are to live and work in this corner of Wyoming, with Grand Teton National Park on our doorstep and Yellowstone just up the road. We hope that you all enjoyed your trips to our mountain home, and that you’ll return again soon!

Unidentified Flying Objects

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Green-tailed_TowheeAs we navigate our stretch of the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park, Barker-Ewing guides are constantly on the lookout for wildlife. Moose, Mule Deer, and Elk make their homes in the spruce and cottonwood forests along the riverbank and are relatively easy to spot. I’ve frequently had Pronghorn Antelope, Bison, Otters and Beaver swim the river within sight of my boat, and I’ve been lucky to spot Grizzly and Black Bears about once a season.

Bald Eagles, Osprey, Red-tailed Hawks, Sand Hill Cranes, Great Blue Herons, Canada Geese, Mergansers, Ravens, all make appearances along the river, and are easy to identify. But we often float past smaller birds that pose an identification challenge. Luckily, we’ve got many resources in the Barker-Ewing boathouse to help us assign names to these UFOs.

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Enter Barker-Ewing’s Wildlife & Landscape Photo Contest Today!

Barker-Ewing, Rafting, Uncategorized, Wildlife

Did you enjoy a Barker-Ewing Scenic Float Trip in Grand Teton National Park this summer? If so, we invite you to share your best photographs with us! Throughout the years, our visitors have seen some amazing, spectacular, and even peculiar sights on our stretch of the Snake River. If you’ve snapped an image that you’re especially proud of, then this is your time to shine!

Enter today and win!

The-Last-Great-Wild-Places-cover-smEnter your wildlife or landscape photos in our Second Annual Barker-Ewing Photo Contest by October 31st for a chance to win a signed copy of world-renowned nature photographer Tom Mangelsen’s latest book, The Last Great Wild Places. This beautiful volume chronicles 40 years of photographic adventures in the field – from the frozen Arctic to the African savanna – and contains more than 150 of Mangelsen’s most important images. (A $95 value!)

Tom will be judging this year’s contest, so your entries will be seen by one of the very best wildlife photographers working today. Entries will be assessed for originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit.

Eagle-CharleneKlassenLast year’s Wildlife photography winner was Charlene Klassen Morris from Manitoba, Canada with a beautiful shot of a bald eagle. This year we’ve added a Landscape category, so we’ll be crowning two winners! And with just 18 more days to submit your photos, time is of the essence.

Enter now. Here’s how:

Click here to access our entry form, or email your high-res digital photo (2MB – 10MB file size) photos@barkerewing.com by October 31, 2015. All emailed submissions must contain the photographer’s full name, age, phone number and mailing address, and the date of your Barker-Ewing Scenic Float Trip. Contestants must be 18 years of age or older. Youths 18 and under may enter with a parent’s permission.

Best of luck!

Soft Gold on the Snake

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0522JournalTrapper-ThumbJackson Hole was the center of the Fur Trade for a short period in the 1820s and 1830s due to the abundance of beaver. This squat brown mammal (once decreed a fish by the Bishop of Quebec, to fit dietary law) was once abundant throughout North America. Fur trappers venturing west to collect beaver pelts (referred to as “soft gold”) pioneered many overland routes from the Mississippi River plains to the coastal reaches of California and Oregon before the shift in fashion from beaver felt hats to silk chapeaus ended the trade. Once numbering over 60 million, the North American beaver population had been reduced to an estimated 100,000 by the 1840s. (Don’t be alarmed: their numbers have rebounded to an estimated 20 million, and we see them frequently on our evening float trips down the Snake.)

Osbourn Russell, a fur trapper who worked along the Snake River in what is now Grand Teton National Park during the waning years of the fur trade left us with a lively diary of his adventures. This diary is available online, and like many first-hand accounts of the time, includes some fascinating editorializing and dubious “facts” about the place we know as Jackson Hole.

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It’s tick season!

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images-1It’s tick season!

This time of year, we welcome visitors from all around the country to beautiful Jackson Hole. And for those of you from the East Coast, the thought of “tick season” might be truly scary.

The good news: our Barker-Ewing scenic raft trips don’t travel through tick habitat, so we’re extremely unlikely to encounter them on the river. But many folks who float with us will also be hiking or biking in the woods around our valley, and should pay special attention to tick prevention. …continue reading It’s tick season!