I continued my drive south in October and headed to Jackson Hole, WY on the 2nd. It was a nasty rainy afternoon, so I didn’t photograph and went to town and met up with friends instead. It was a very fun night of reconnecting with friends from this winter and we went to a concert that evening. I got up the next morning hoping to find bull moose, but they were no where to be found. After driving around more and searching, I ran into a photographer friend. After chatting a while, we walked into a group of woods and searched for great grey owls. He had found owls in there before, and was very nice to let me know this. After an hour of walking in the woods I finally spotted an owl! Finding an owl in the middle of the woods is a very exciting experience! It wasn’t very active, but after a couple other friends came we ended up finding another owl! This owl was on the hunt and fun to photograph! I stayed until 3:30 p.m. and then went to hang out with my friends again that evening.
Over the next couple of days I would go in the same set of woods to hunt for owls. It took a long time one day to find an owl, and not so long the next. Each time I would find an owl was exciting. The woods they were in were very large and spread out, so it wasn’t a given that I would find one each day. I felt fortunate to find an owl each day for sure! Being alone in the woods off the main stream of traffic photographing is what I really like. Many times in the busy parks I am standing by many other photographers, and it’s not the best of experiences. So when I get to really enjoy the peace and quiet of nature with an animal, it means a lot more!
I ended up having a great short trip to Jackson Hole. Hanging out with my friends each evening was lots of fun, and the owl pictures I got were great! I owe a lot to my friend who led me on to the owls, because I’m not sure what I would have photographed otherwise. I left on October 6th and drove to Denver. The next day I flew home to TN to get ready for my gallery exhibit at Carson-Newman, where I went to college.
It was good being home again and seeing friends and family. Because of the exhibit I did in Nashville earlier this year, I didn’t have to prepare as hard for this exhibit, which was nice. This gave me the time I needed to finish my website, which took more time than I expected. But it was a huge relief when I finally finished! I was able to relax some after that before heading to Carson-Newman on the 14th. I stayed with my little brother while their, and my grandparents also live just down the road. On the 15th I talked to the upper class art students, and then set up the exhibit that afternoon. Saturday was homecoming, and it was a perfect day! Having great weather always helps to make for a beautiful homecoming, and the turnout was terrific. There was a steady flow of people into the gallery from 10-2 p.m., and many of my college friends came and looked at my photography! It was definitely worth going back to my college and showing my photography.
All my siblings came for the weekend, and that was awesome! Were rarely all together anymore, and just relaxing after the show ended and catching up was a great time! I went to North Carolina for a couple days to hang out with some cousins, and then went back home on the 22nd. I did more photography work on my computer and attempted to catch up on organizing and sorting through all the photos I’ve taken in the past couple of months. This always takes a long time, and since I spent so much time preparing my new website, I was way behind. It was a good trip home for the fall, and on October 28th I left and flew to Vancouver, BC to visit with a friend!
October was another busy month of travel. I’m not sure my body would know what to do is I wasn’t constantly on the move and sleeping in different places. I got to see and reconnect with many friends, and display my photography at my college! After my visit in Vancouver,t I flew to Denver and will spend the majority of November there photographing the white-tail and mule deer rut.