Badger Two Medicine A landscape to be protected - #toowildtodrill

Badger Two Medicine A landscape to be protected - #toowildtodrill

Photographs of the Badger Two Medicine Area - Controversy oil and gas drill - Obama Cancels remaining oil leases blackfeet nation

On Northwestern Outdoor Radio

Presently, I am out in the field for a special research project involving Wolverines, but I wanted to share this clip from this week's Northwestern Outdoors Radio show.

I was interviewed by John Kruse, host of the show, to talk about two things:

  1. Elk photography and my free e-book on wildlife photography.
  2. My thoughts on the work that the Wilderness Society is doing to protect and promote our wild public lands, as well as my role in the #OurWild Campaign.

It was a pleasure doing the interview and I hope you enjoy it!

#OurWild - My Story for Protecting Public Lands


The #ourwild campaign is about real people telling their public lands stories. This #ourwild video, produced by The Wilderness Society, is part of my public land story. I'm a father. I'm a hunter. I'm a photographer, friend and advocate for keeping the public domain in public hands. I am firmly against selling, or trading the public domain to the states. I'm not a preservationist, I'm a conservationist, which means I believe in using the natural resources, not locking them up. I also believe some places should be off limits to extraction. I'm for sensible, reasoned, and smart use of our public resources.

As a hunter and photographer, I support hunter education in the form of learning the history of conservation in America, in addition to how to be safe with a gun. For example, in order to bow hunt in Montana, during the early elk season, you have to have a special permit and pay an extra fee for it. In order to receive that permit you must go through an approved educational course that includes the history of conservation, the history of bowhunting, and the people who were instrumental in creating of the modern bow.

Conservation and resources management are more important than ever. Resources are limited and as we've seen our appetite, or demand for them is limitless. I believe that all children should be taught the history of conservation.

Conservation and Environmental Reading List

Here is a list of Authors, and titles worth reading.

Aldo Leopold - A Sand County Almanac

Rachel Carson - Silent Spring

Marc Reisner - Cadillac Desert

Henry David Thoreau - Walden

Wendell Berry - The Unsettling of America

James Lovelock - Gaia

Edward Abbey - Desert Solitaire

Vine Deloria - Spirit and Reason

#OURWILD Photographs

Please help by making your story known. You can also take action here, on the #ourwild page.  Leave a comment or share this post and together we can insure that our children have #ourwild. #keepitpublic


Tony Bynum

Glacier National Park Storm Cell

Glacier National Park Storm Cell, August 29, 2016 Blackfeet Indian Reservation, Montana

Photographs of a Glacier National Park storm cell. There's not much to say, that the pictures don't already describe, other than to add, it was cool to watch this storm develop and move across the front of Glacier National Park.  I just wanted to share these photographs of the storm cell in Glacier National Park, Montana - It's a simple post with not much more that a few pretty pictures and some description of the equipment and a short explanation of my camera settings.  These images of the storm cell over Glacier National Park, were taken from the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

The first photos is of the storm cell developing and letting go of it's moisture. The following images are the cell developing, beginning to collapse and then moving though the area dropping heavy rain and creating high winds. I'd say the winds locally were 50 miles per hour as the storm moved though. I eventually had to quit shooting because the wind and rain became unbearable.  What's interesting about these photographs of the Glacier National Park storm cell, is how uncommon and rare it is to see this kind of cell develop, almost out of know where, over the mountains, and this late in the season.  We see them more often on the prairie.

Dramatic storm cell over Glacier National Park, Montana
Dramatic storm cell over Glacier National Park, Montana

All of the Glacier National Park storm cell photographs were taken with a Nikon D810, Nikon 17-35 f2.8 lens (Because I left my 14-24 in another Pelican case back home), mounted atop a Really Right Stuff tripod / ball head combination with a bag of rocks hanging from the center support. The shooting data indicates that I was all over the place with my settings and for good reason, because I was. I created these images at various ISO's from 31 (yes iso 31, the D810 goes that low) to 400 with shutter speeds ranging from a fraction of a second to up to 10 seconds and apertures from 3.2 to f22. What you cant really see in these Glacier National Park storm cell photographs is the lighting. There was lighting in the clouds, which is why there are lighter spots in the clouds.  But what I did not capture were any of the lighting bolts. . .  Unfortunately, my lighting trigger failed to pick up on the strikes (on the bright side, I got home and fiddled with it and got it working again, so now I'm ready for the next storm - which means the lightning storms are over for the year. . .  Ha, Ha, Ha.

Happy Shooting!  Tony Bynum

Dramatic storm cell over Glacier National Park, Montana
Dramatic storm cell over Glacier National Park, Montana
Dramatic storm cell over Glacier National Park, Montana
Dramatic storm cell over Glacier National Park, Montana
Dramatic storm cell over Glacier National Park, Montana
Dramatic storm cell over Glacier National Park, Montana
Dramatic storm cell over Glacier National Park, Montana
Dramatic storm cell over Glacier National Park, Montana

Photography Inspiration from a "Friend"

Photography Inspiration comes from all kinds of places. Even from people you may not know. Sometime in early April 2016 I received a letter in the mail. I checked the address, it was from a person I did not know. What makes that worth a blog post?  This was a handwritten letter from a "friend" I'd never met.

Joe's thank handwritten thank you note.

Joe's thank handwritten thank you note.

The envelope contained several postcard photos. On the back of one was a handwritten note. It read,

Thank you for being such an inspiration!
Seeing your work has inspired me to use my voice & platform as an artist, to be an advocate for Hunting and Conservation.
Thank You!
Joe Mannino"

There was also an invitation to attend Joe's, Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition in Greenville, North Carolina.

Joe's postcard invitation
Joe's postcard invitation

I'm often asked about what I did to "make-it" in the photography world. Most of the time I reference something very simple, like, "I just do what motivates me."

Thank you Joe Mannino,