Jump- Yip

Jump- Yip

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Jump- Yip

Animal: Prairie Dogs
Location: South Dakota, United States of America



Experience the energy these Prairie Dogs possess as you look into the photo depicting their personality.  Prairie Dogs are one of the most interesting animals on the planet.  Just like humans, Prairie Dogs are extremely social animals and they live in massive towns.  To make their towns more local, Prairie Dogs form and live in tight- knit family groups called coteries.  Gazing out at a Prairie Dog town, or just at one coterie, all you hear are little chirp sounds.  These animals might be cute, but they do not lack intelligence.  Prairie Dogs have one of the most complex languages surpassing whales, dolphins, and primates.  The only animal with a more complex language are us, humans.     

On the scenic plains of South Dakota, I was visiting an underground city where Prairie Dogs lived.  As I approached the town I started to inch my way closer and closer crawling on my stomach.  As time passed, I finally crawled to a elegantly elevated small hill where a family of Prairie Dogs resided.  As the sun started to set, the family of prairie dogs enjoyed sunning themselves next to their home entrance. 

There was something wrong.  Suddenly, one Prairie Dog stood up on its hind legs and fixated on the natural grass blowing in the wind.  After a short period of time, a Coyote revealed itself in a clearing about a quarter mile from the town.  To alert the town of danger multiple chirps were exchanged.  As the Coyote gazed at the town, it then turned back and started to run away.  As the Coyote was leaving, the Prairie Dog on the righthand side of the image jumped up in the air and vocalized a wee-oo sound giving the all- clear message.  This behavior is called the jump- yip.  Just like the wave at a sports event, this behavior is contagious and all other Prairie Dogs in the town mimicked the jump- yip.  This moment shows why Mother Nature is truly the greatest artist of us all.

Each photo captured has a deep and intricate backstory, articulated above, that is printed alongside your print to give you the full behind the scenes look for each fine art photograph you purchase.


Print Options


Acrylic Print: unmatched resolution, clarity, Dmax, vibrancy, and an unrivaled 3D perspective when observing the final product

What is an Acrylic print?  An Acrylic print is one of the highest quality prints money can buy.  It is the most popular medium purchased from us is our acrylic print identical to photos hanging in art museums due to the look and feel of the image appearing backlit.  Acrylic prints are a higher quality medium compared to the more common, and lesser quality, metal prints.  Acrylic come ready to hang with a built- in wall mount and require no frame.

Thomas only uses the highest quality print engineers in the industry to ensure standout prints by relying on proprietary methods superior to all other printers.  

Surface coat options: Both options offer UV protection, however the different surface coats will optimize your viewing experience depending on where you want to hang our print.  

Clear surface coat is best used in controlled environments with special lighting, or in an area with low glare from sources like windows.  Clear enhances your viewing experience in these environments by maximizing the 3D effect making the image appear backlit.  

UV surface coat is best used in areas with an uncontrollable lighting environment, such as placing the print near bright windows. 

Heavyweight Photo Paper: vivid colors, deep rich blacks, and brilliant bright whites give an authentic and impressive feeling when looking at the final product

What is the heavyweight photo paper? Heavyweight photo paper is like you traditional medium you know and are accustomed to, but ours is much more.  We only use high quality and color calibrated paper and printers to ensure an accurate and lifelike final product.  Tailored to each specific image, we determine which of our papers yields the most pleasing results.  The papers we normally use are: Fuji Crystal Archive Professional Super Type PD Luster, Fuji Crystal Archive Pearl Paper, Kodak Endura Metallic Paper, and Ilford Pearl Paper. 


Although our print engineering time is shorter than the time Thomas spends in the field, there is still a short shipping delay.  Due to the detail and laborious process in creating your Acrylic print, your order may not ship out to you until fifteen days after you place your order.    

Heavyweight photo paper orders ship less than five days after your order is placed.

Other Information 

Refunds are only offered if the print is damaged on arrival and reported no later than 15 days after delivery. You may be charged customs duties and taxes for this print.