When Your Studio Is The Great Outdoors

The Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation has an amazing photographer on staff. This week, he began his annual wildlife photography pilgrimage that rejuvenates the soul, all the while, capturing magnificent photos of that journey to share with the world. This is the first photo he has shared, and it is breathtaking.

On September 20, 2018, WBWF naturalist, Mike Roberts, captured this image of Chimney Rock on his journey to the Tetons and Yellowstone National Park for his annual wildlife photography shoot. The early pioneers heading west on the Oregon Trail utilized this recognizable piece of geology to assure they were pointing their wagons in the right direction. Roberts used the same rock to make sure he was headed to Wyoming!

Enjoy his first photo, Chimney Rock – Scotts Bluff, Nebraska, from his trek and please check back again for the next one.

Chimney Rock – Scotts Bluff, Nebraska


The Black Canyon is the spectacle of Gunnison National Park. The Gunnison River, that carved out the gorge, is one of Colorado’s Gold Metal trout streams. Black Canyon exposes you to some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock, and craggiest spires in North America. With two million years to work, the Gunnison River, along with the forces of erosion, has sculpted this vertical wilderness of rock, water, and sky. Mike Roberts photographed and fished here during his recent trip out west.