While in Jackson, Wyoming earlier this month, I was elated to hear that great gray owls had been spotted near town. These "Ghosts Of The Forest" are amazing creatures that I've long wanted to photograph, and they happened to make the trip bearable with the national parks closed during the government shutdown. I had a great time photographing with Tom Mangelsen, a legend in nature and conservation photography. Tom lives in Moose, Wyoming and told me that great gray owls may show up again in six months, or it could be a couple of years. You just never know.