Home again after a three week outing with a few friends in Yellowstone and the Tetons. With nearly 4K of raw files to review, you shouldn’t be surprised to see a steady flow of wildlife and scenics being posted in the near future.
Although I shoot many genres and am probably at my best with landscapes, it is wildlife photography that stirs my blood and Mother Nature was most generous on this trip. The weather was generally good and even the few stormy days were worthy of dramatic shoots. The wildlife sightings were the best that I have seen in my eight trips to Yellowstone. Everyone was able to nearly fill their bucket lists and I my only failure was not sighting an elk and calf.
The highlight of the trip had to shared between two sightings. On our return from a day trip to the Beartooth mountains we sighted two grizzlies grazing on the roadside. We were outside the park and able to shoot up close and safely from our vehicle. Surprisingly we spent nearly an hour watching and shooting these bears and there was never more then six cars present and everyone acted sensibly. Had we been in the park there would have been hordes of onlookers and the ever present rangers pushing everyone back to the 100 yard mark.
The other sighting of interest was the red fox. On two separate sightings, we were able to shoot a red fox up close as it hunted for its prey. Completely oblivious of us, it did a grid search of the area until its hunt was successful. The normal sighting of a fox is a quick snap shot but on these instances we were able to shoot for at least 30 minutes.
Life is Good. I can't wait to return.