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** This was a feature in , Jan-Feb 2019 issue of Bugle magazine, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's great publication. Enjoy it, and thank you. **   Goodbyes When I was a boy, growing up in Northern Vermont, I kept a “trout journal” chronicling my fishing adventures. It’s fun for me to read through it now, nearly 40 years after my first entries, reliving those days I spent pursuing brook trout with my father. The choppy, pencil-printed words detailing the things I found in the woods – rusted maple sap buckets peppered with birdshot scars, skunk cabbage plants bursting through...

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Today, I'm launching Metamorphosis, a new line of photographic images unique to Jake Mosher Photography, based on the natural beauty of butterfly and moth wings as seen at extreme magnification through my camera's lens. This is the culmination of a fascination with butterflies which began when I was a boy, a need to push the bounds of photography, intertwining traditional imaging with artistic design, and a desire to gift the world something unique and beautiful. This began on the floor of my kitchen one winter afternoon last year when, after attempting to photograph snowflakes outdoors using a stacked, reverse-lens macro technique, I took...

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The end-all-be-all in astrophotography is Britain's Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year photo contest, sponsored by the Greenwich Royal Observatory Museum. This is the World Series of night sky photos, the largest of its kind, and this year my picture, Holding Due North, has been shortlisted in the contest. It has "already beaten out thousands of other entries," and secured a place beside some of the absolute best astro photos in the world.  I remember when I began taking star trail pictures - invariably leaving my camera to its remote with incorrect settings that resulted in mornings of viewing...

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Yesterday, as Montana's afternoon came with the instinctual realization that there isn't quite the level of light in our sky as there was three weeks ago, I hiked over five miles to a remote, alpine lake to watch the world spin into darkness and photograph a piece of our home galaxy there. On the shores of the lake, with a beautiful view of a thousand-foot rock face, I sat alone as the sun fell out of sight, its rays inching up the mountain in front of me until, with a final gleam of gold at its summit, they were gone. ...

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I just learned that my photo, Buffalo Jump Into Eternity, has won the best in show award in Fusion Art's 2nd Annual International Skies Competition in their digital and photographic category. This is one of my favorite pictures, which makes the news even sweeter.  People often ask me if these Milky Way photos are "fake." The simple, truthful answer is, "Not at all." I use a 35mm lens on my Nikon camera, mounted on a motorized, equatorial mount which, when properly aligned, moves at the same rate our Earth spins in relation to the stars. This allows me to capture...

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