Roaming the Wild

Roaming the Wild

Roaming the WildJackson Hole is home to some of the most iconic landscapes in North America. In this land of harsh winters and short summers, wildlife survive and thrive. People from all around the world travel here to savor both the rare vistas of the high Rockies and have the chance to observe bear, moose and elk. It is an environment like no other, covered in snow most of the year yet blanketed by wildflowers for a few precious months. This place is both powerful and delicate.

Grover Ratliff has lived in Jackson for over a decade and has pursued his passion of capturing the Wyoming scenery with a joyous zeal. Through his eyes, you will experience Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks in a way that only a long stay can bestow. Only by patience and perseverance was Grover able to photograph the images in this work. He wishes you to enjoy these photographs as he has and share them with your family and friends as a reminder of the wild places in America.


Grover Ratliff

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About the author

grover-ratliff-IMG_4922smGrover Cleveland Ratliff, Jr., born Sunday February 24, 1924 in Fort Worth, Texas.  He currently lives with his wife Bettye in Jackson, Wyoming where he actively photographs the life and scenery around the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.

Grover is a photographer emeritus at the Lexington Hotel in Jackson, WY. Here you can find a gallery of his works. On most mornings, you’ll find Grover meeting with the hotel guests and sharing his entertaining stories.


I didn’t even have a chance to sit down and read ROAMING THE WILD cover-to-cover until today after church.

IT IS FANTASTIC! I just finished writing and submitting my review to Amazon. It really was a WONDERFUL BOOK. I love all of your personal biographical information, especially your diary entry on January 28, 2014–probably my favorite page. You sure help put life into perspective for everyone who reads it. I mentioned that journal entry in my review as one of the highlights of your book for me.

I absolutely love ALL of your photography, as is evidenced by the four photographs of yours we have hanging in our house. But the ones that jumped out of your book and really pulled on my heartstrings were: the cover; the full-page fadeout butterfly image across from the introduction; the double-spread pages of Gros Ventre Ranch in the snow (the “Hallmark” Christmas card image:); the aspen stand on p. 18; the coyote on p. 34; the fall-colored aspens in the snow on p. 36; the swan at sunrise swimming in the golden water on p. 37; the cottonwood in full color on Cattleman’s Bridge Road on p. 41 (EXQUISITE!!); the river otters on p. 44; the expression you captured on the grizzly a the top of p. 49; and probably the one that I thought was a masterpiece of all masterpieces was the red fox at the top of p. 52–oh my gosh! I gasped when I saw the lighting and the expression in that fox’s eyes. I also LOVED the Miller House, Elk Refuge lighting you captured in that truly magical moment at the top of p. 56. As you said, that picture did turn out to look like a painting, as did you snow scene at the Gros Ventre Ranch. It goes without saying that the Horse Cowboy Shadow on p. 64 is a CLASSIC picture, especially the way the cowboys head is bowed down in that shadow. What a photo-op that was! And, of course, the Oxbow Bend shrouded in low-lying colds was also an incredible photograph.

The cover of ROAMING THE WILD is so perfect and captivating, and I was thrilled to see he put the back window of the Menor Store and the magic-moment swan on the back of the book. To see your incredible book so beautifully bound in these hard-cover images made it so perfect. I think if I had been you, I would have cried when I saw this for the first time. It would have been one of those “golden moments” you described in your book. – Cathey Frei