Last spring, Beth Holmes was near Jackson Lake Dam when she spotted something she thought no one else had seen: a large male bear walking along the levee.
“I had binoculars, and I watched him come up onto the levee and walk toward the dam on the levee, and there was nobody else around,” she said. “It was pretty incredible.”
But binoculars weren’t the only piece of equipment Holmes had. She was also carrying her camera and a 150- to 600-millimeter zoom lens.
Holmes took it out and started snapping, following the bear as it made its way along the dam intake and across the lake to an embankment near the Chapel of the Sacred Heart before disappearing into the Signal Mountain area.
All told, Holmes thinks she may have shot over 150 photos of the bruin. One of the shots, “Old Bear,” made its way into the Teton Photography Club’s 40-or-so-image show at Teton County Library. The second half of the show, which features the second set of about 20 jury-selected images, will kick off Monday with a reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the library.
This year, Holmes was a contestant in the photography club’s 2019 image contest, which was open to all members, whether amateur or professional. This year, over 100 images were submitted across five categories: landscape, wildlife, Jackson Hole life, black-and-white and abstract.
Teton Photography Club President David Navratil said the photos submitted had a “pretty wide variety of subject matters.”
“It was a very high quality contest this year,” he said. “The judges had a tough time picking.”
Navratil wasn’t a judge this year, but Holmes was. (She said the contest is blind, and she judged her work honestly, along with the rest of the judges who had also entered photos of their own). She agreed with Navratil.
“There was a lot of great quality – lots of variety,” Holmes said.
Read more about some of those submissions and the contest in this week's Scene section.