Eric Seymour

Being selected as an artist for the Jackson Hole Land Trust’s 35th anniversary has been an incredible honor. As a photographer for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort I am constantly shooting photos year-round and showcasing the seasons and the beauty of Jackson Hole. I feel like I have shot photos almost everywhere in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Arriving at “Elk Camp,” I knew I was somewhere different.

The property is north of Jackson, situated along the Snake River and a haven for wildlife. The goal for my first morning on the property was to scout and get a lay of the land. Cottonwood trees towered above.

We initially walked to the pond that is adjacent to the Snake River. What a view. I knew this spot would be a gimme for a sunrise photo.

We continued to explore Elk Camp and the land was interspersed between meandering streams, open meadows and towering trees. A cow moose walked through one of the fields to drink from a stream while we were scouting.

A few days later I set my alarm for 4:30am and arrive at Elk Camp just as the sun is beginning to rise. The sound of the forest is exploding. Birds chirp and elk bugles pierce the morning air. I diligently shoot the pond and the Snake River trying not to be drawn to the sounds of the wildlife.

Finally as the sun crests the horizon I slip into the woods to see what the forest has to offer. Again I find myself face to face with the cow moose standing behind a bed of purple lupines.

I’m drawn back to the meadow and stream where I first encountered the moose. The rays of the sun are piercing through the trees casting a golden light on the field.

With all the incredible views the Tetons and Jackson Hole have to offer it’s the meadow that I choose to spend my time in. There’s something different about it. The golden rays, wildlife sanctuary and knowing that this spot will be forever protected capture my heart. I show up one more sunrise to shoot the meadow and it’s here that I take my photo for the Jackson Hole Land Trust’s 35th Anniversary.

– Eric Seymour

Elk Camp Painting Session – October 21, 2014

One of the things I love most about being a View 22 artist is the chance to explore new areas of the Valley. Just when this Jackson Hole native starts to believe she’s “seen it all”, I am invited to a new property. After been given the “Elk Camp” assignment, I feel very honored and grateful to have the opportunity to visit this special place.

The entrance winds through a stand of trees thick with cottonwoods. It is late October and our brilliant fall colors have given way to naked branches and a monochromatic palette of browns and grays. I fear that I missed my chance to see this area in its autumn glory. As I drive among the towering trees, I try to imagine what they looked like a few weeks ago when they were gilded. What I can determine is that, throughout the year, this area is clearly prime elk habitat providing lots of cover, lots of grass and quiet space to roam.

I am surprised that we don’t hear bugling considering that we are paying our visit in late October, but I am happily aware of the stillness and the remarkable quiet. Not a blade of dry grass is rustling. We unpack art supplies near a side channel of the Snake River. The water is glass that reflects the delicate trunks of young cottonwood trees. It is precisely the stillness that inspires my creativity today. It is the stillness that we experience in natural spaces that connects us to the deepest part of ourselves and that which is beyond. I aspire to do a painting of the reflected cottonwood trees that will do the same.

-Kathryn Turner