Geologist, Photographer, and Guide
Jim Blair’s first visit to Jackson Hole as a child tremendously impacted his life forever. He made many summer trips to quench his thirst for experiencing the wild. Still not satisfied, he knew he had to make the move to this extraordinary wilderness and had the opportunity to do so by relocating to Jackson Hole in 2011. Soon after, his affinity for nature and the impressive, local wildlife led him to become a Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park tour guide and establish Bear Witness Safari Company, so he could share his knowledge with others. 2023 will be Jim’s 46th summer he has spent in Yellowstone.
He spends all of his spare time exploring new places, hiking to remote areas, e-scouting, researching maps, photographing landscape, backcountry Elk and Mule Deer hunting, identifying wildflowers, and photographing wildlife. His photographs are a testament to his time spent in the wild and his exuberance. Jim’s infectious passion for wilderness is conveyed in the many stories he shares with tour guests, who come to feel like they are members of a wilderness expedition team.
Jim’s degree in Geology allows him to point out features of the local geology that cannot be found in any geological guidebook. His explanation of a complex subject is easy to understand and enriches every visitor’s trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.
Jim has the eye of an Eagle and has been affectionately dubbed “the bear whisperer.” He has an uncanny talent for spotting wildlife that looks like a speck in the far distance. This never ceases to amaze his guests!
Jim’s attention to detail is exemplified during his decadent picnic lunch presentation. It is the little things that make a big difference. Most guests feel compelled to take pictures of the place settings before being seated for their delicious feast.
Jim’s southern accent, charm and enthusiasm as a Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park tour guide instantly make his guests feel comfortable. It’s no wonder they conclude their safari feeling that have made a new friend!