My name is Daniel Muscatell and I am the owner & a guide for Jackson Hole Grand Expeditions. I have lived in Jackson Hole for the better part of eighteen years now. I have been a nature photographer for approximately twenty-five years. In late March of 1999, I witnessed and photographed my first grizzly bear at Oxbow Bend in Grand Teton National Park, when grizzly bears during those days were a rarity to be seen at all in the park. It was a beautiful sunny day and I was wearing sandals while standing in six inches of snow. The bear wasn't wearing anything.
I began photographing nature with a Minolta 5000 film camera and a few respectable lenses that covered most of my range of subjects. The lenses back then were very noisy, sounding much like a dentist's drill while focusing automatically. It was to my delight when Canon came out with the USM lenses that provided silent operation. It was to an even greater delight when the digital revolution replaced slide film and everyone and their brother could afford a decent DSLR camera and travel the deep woods in search of their subject.
When I arrived here in this valley in November of '98, within three months,
a mountain lion and her three cubs camped out in the rocky outcrops of
Miller's Butte on the National Elk Refuge. This family of cats resided there
for forty-one straight days. It was a natural spectacle I had never imagined
I would have the opportunity to witness in the wilds. Over time, I began to
realize this valley of Jackson Hole and the Yellowstone Ecosystem
encompassing it, was a naturalist's dream and nature photographer's
paradise. And over time this led me into the realization that Jackson Hole
Grand Expeditions would become an avenue to express my experience
and my passion for this land onto others.
I have hiked the many trails and mountains of the Adirondacks, the Smokies and the Colorado Rockies... but it wasn't until I visited Jackson Hole that winter of 1998, that I knew I wanted to live here for the rest of my life. There are no bad days here. That is the beauty of this land. And that is why many are drawn to this place.
Maybe this is Heaven. Maybe it isn't. All I know is, those who live here or simply come for a visit, this ecosystem instills into them a better understanding of the miracles of nature and the sincere necessity for her preservation.
Sam Parks is a professional wildlife and nature photographer with extensive field experience in Jackson Hole and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, routinely spending over 200 days a year photographing the area's wildlife. Wildlife and nature have been Sam's obsession since childhood and he has been seriously photographing the wild wonders of Jackson Hole and Yellowstone for over a decade. A Wyomingite since early childhood, Sam's knowledge and field experience with the region's wildlife is matched by few guides in the area.
Sam's work has been published in books, calendars, and publications including Defenders, Sierra, Wyoming Wildlife, Colorado Outdoors, Wild at Heart, and others. Other clients have included the Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Pathfinder Renewable Energy, Wyoming Office of Tourism, and Jackson Hole Land Trust.
Sam received the Grand Prize of the Defenders of Wildlife photography competition in 2014. In 2016, took 1st Place in the pro wildlife category of the Nature's Best/Yellowstone Forever competition, the leading photography competition focused on Yellowstone.
Sam strives to be a strong advocate for our wildlife and wild lands. In addition to being involved in conservation projects of his own, he supports numerous grassroots conservation organizations with free use of his images. Through his photography, he hopes to inspire the public to care for our country's wildlife and desire to protect them.
On the rare occasion that he's not out photographing, Sam can most likely be found out in the woods somewhere, hiking, camping, bird-watching, and generally enjoying nature.
Although Sam has travelled the American West extensively in search of special wildlife moments, Jackson Hole remains by far his favorite location to photograph due to it's unparalleled quantity and diversity of wildlife. He is eager to share his experience, knowledge of the ecosystem, and photographic advice with visitors and photographers of all skill levels.
Before arriving in Jackson Hole in 2007, Kelly spent twelve adventurous years in Grand Junction, Colorado climbing Colorado's tall mountains (The 14ers) or hiking Utah's majestic National Parks and Monuments. There, she learned to fly fish, mountain bike, ski (downhill), raft the white waters, photograph nature's subjects and educate herself in the extreme high altitude environments of the western United States. A huge passion of Kelly's is competing with her thoroughbred horse in dressage. Because of her passion for animals, domestic and wild, Kelly along with her twin sister Kathy, own and operate Jackson Hole Feed & Pet in Jackson, WY.
Kelly is a registered nutritionalist having graduated from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. Kelly lives in Bridger-Teton National Forest with her husband Jack and their daughter Ella. She travels Grand Teton National Park on a daily basis and has assisted in leading pack mule teams into Hawk's Rest, the furthest point from any paved road in the continental United States. As one can surmise, Kelly is a well-rounded, hardworking, professional and is a perfect fit for our company and the teaching of others about our natural world here in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. We are proud to have her on board.
Caitlin was born and raised in central Kentucky, close to Daniel Boone National Forest. Her childhood included camping, hiking, and climbing which manufactured her love for the outdoors.
Her artistic passion has earned her a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Louisville. Caitlin is a wonderful wildlife artist and loves to paint other's precious and adorable furry friends as well.
Caitlin has traveled this country extensively, visiting over twenty-five National Parks and National Monuments. In 2014, she completed a three-hundred mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail.
She has spent time in New Zealand exploring the North and South Island. She has done a short stint in Samoa living in a small village, sharing meals with local residents and meeting community leaders. While in Samoa, she snorkeled the ocean reefs and swam in one of the world's iconic natural swimming holes located on Upolu Island, the TO SUA.
Working as part of the support team for researchers at McMurdo Station at the southern tip of Ross Island in Antarctica, Caitlin led hikes and explorations of the ever-changing pressure ridges, where the sea ice meets the continent. Hiking/biking glaciers and exploring ice caves were all part of her time well spent in Antarctica.
Caitlin moved to Jackson, WY via an AmeriCorps internship working with The Teton Literacy Center and the Teton Raptor Center (TRC). Her favorite raptors are the Barn Owl and the Peregrine Falcon, both of which are local rehabilitation and educational residents of the TRC.
We are thrilled to have Caitlin on-board. Her well-traveled experiences, her passion and her bright smile add up to one huge personality.
Brandon "Bobby" Boerkal
Bobby is our newest edition to the guiding corps here at JH Grand Expeditions. In the image provided, Bobby is atop Table Mountain (11106 feet) facing the Grand Teton Mountain (13,775 feet) on the Idaho side.
Bobby has a Management Degree from and has been a resident in the area for over six years now. He also works
He is an avid nature photographer ,
mountain biker and hiker
His winter passions include snowboarding the "Mountain" and the backcountry.
A great personality who loves to teach the world