Monday, November 8, 2010

Mt. Moran from Oxbow Bend


We haven't had much opportunity to get into the Tetons recently. This shot was taken at the end of September.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Teton Panorama


Here's a composite of three shots from Jackson Lake Lodge.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

String Lake Mountain Vista


The hike along String Lake to Leigh Lake is definitely worthwhile in the mornings. There are nice mountain reflections, particularly near the portage at Leigh Lake.



More pictures from the spectacular weekend in Grand Teton National Park!



I spent this last weekend in Grand Teton Park and it was perfect weather and some of the best views and scenery I have ever scene! What an amazing place of Beauty!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Tetons-Jackson Lake Panorama


Here's a composite of six shots along Jackson Lake from Saturday morning. Note the moon setting behind the mountains

Bull Moose Oxbow Bend


We saw a bull moose over the weekend in the fall foliage around Oxbow Bend. Additionally, there was a group of three moose near the park entrance at Moose Junction. A bull, cow, and juvenile.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Bradley Lake


Here's a view of Grand Teton from Bradley Lake, taken Saturday.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

GTNP




Spent yesterday in the Tetons. There were two black bears near the north end of the road from Teton Village to Moose Junction that apparently are fighting a bit over territory. The larger one actually chased the slightly less large one up a tree at one point. Here is a bear picture and a Teton view from Bradley Lake.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Redfish Lake in the Sawtooths


For something different, we visited Redfish Lake in the Sawtooths. Lots of nice little campgrounds, mountain vistas, and lake views.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Big Springs fish

For the fish in Big Springs, it must seem like fish heaven. After swimming up stream as far as they can go, they reach a point where people, instead of trying to catch and eat them, feed them pellets and bread from a bridge all day long.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Bull Moose


Here's a shot of a bull moose crossing the Henry's Fork.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Swimming Otter

This adorable little guy was happily swimming amongst the fish and waterfowl at the Big Springs bridge in Island Park, Idaho.

Swimming Otter


Birds in Flight




Just a couple bird pics. An osprey looking for a meal above the Henry's Fork, and a gull lifting off at Big Springs

Monday, August 16, 2010

Big Springs




We camped at Big Springs campground, outside of Yellowstone (22 miles) this past weekend. This small campground was much nicer than what we experienced at Bridge Bay last weekend. It's convenient to the park, fairly secluded and LOTS of wildlife. We saw four moose, including two bulls. Fish are visible in the springs, but no fishing is allowed. Birds included blue herons, osprey, and various waterfowl. The area is supposed to have a significant population of Great Gray Owls, which we did not see, but I may have heard one nearby in the early morning.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Heron in Gibbon Meadows


Saw a heron along the river, west of the road along Gibbon Meadows. It quickly flew off as I approached, so I got the best shot I could as it departed.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Grand Prismatic Spring


We climbed the ridge just south of Grand Prismatic Spring on Saturday. We saw others going to a lower elevation viewing point west of our location. I'm sure it was a great view there, but the higher you go the brighter the colors and better the perspective. Although the vast majority of Yellowstone visitors never see this sight, in my opinion it's the most impressive thing to see in the park.

Our RV at Bridge Bay


We camped at Bridge Bay over the weekend. We don't recommend loops A or B, unless you want to be close to the marina. The RV is 33 years old and decided to leak multiple fluids, most notably power steering fluid. Manual steering was exciting. We don't recommend the mechanic services at Fishing Bridge, unless you want nothing done.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Alpine Meadow North of Canyon


Mountain flowers in an alpine meadow, just north of Canyon Junction

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Tower Fall


Just a quick pic of Tower Fall. All the other waterfalls in the park are called "falls" - plural. I wonder why this one is singular.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Swan in Madison River


We've seen this swan on multiple occasions this year in the Madison River near the eagle sitings. Spectacular bird!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Bull Elk


These two bull elk were found peacefully grazing and drinking from a fresh stream off the Gibbon River just south of the Norris Campground. It was a beautiful sight!

Bald Eagle


The signs for the Bald Eagle Management Area on the west entrance road along the Madison River were blank over the weekend. I'm not sure if that was temporary, but the eagles were not around the nest. We did spot one nearby, along the Madison River.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Grizzly Sow With Cubs


As of yesterday, there was a grizzly sow with two cubs in the meadow about 100-150 yards east of the road about half way between Dunraven Pass and Tower Junction. She apparently has been there fairly consistently. Park rangers are present to make sure people don't get too close (and ensure all four wheels of every parked vehicle are 100% off the road). We saw the sow and both cubs, but getting good shots takes patience. We never saw all three with heads up at the same time. Last year the bears in this area disappeared in August as the food supply was depleted, so they may not be in this area long. We also saw a black bear just north of Tower Junction.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Tetons Along Jackson Lake


Here's a composite of three shots of the Tetons along Jackson Lake.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tetons


We enjoyed our first RV trip into GTNP last weekend. The views are awesome. Watch out though, a black bear has been harrassing campsites at Signal Mtn campground.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Mesa Falls


Mesa Falls is worth the diversion when driving west, just outside of Yellowstone.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

July 4th Fireworks


The fireworks show in Idaho Falls is always impressive.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Mystic Falls


Mystic Falls is a quick, easy hike in the western thermal areas. It's worth the confrontation with the mosquitos.

Monday, June 28, 2010

one-antler moose


We encountered a young bull moose with a single antler on the Moose-Wilson road from Teton Village to Moose Junction. Of all the potential moose-viewing areas, this spot seems the most likely bet for morning shots. Prime moose habitat is to the east of the road, which means dealing with the sun and shadowing is an issue in the morning.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

First Spring Visit


We went in the west entrance Saturday, May 15, along the Madison River, up to Norris and over to Canyon. A swan was in the river just west of the Bald Eagle Management Area, both coming and going. As usual, an eagle was near the nest, and we saw a blue heron in the river - harder to spot than the huge swan. Bison are very abundant in the western part of the park. Snow is still common around Canyon and to the north. So bison and elk are quite prevalent along the Madison and Gibbon Rivers where the snow is mostly melted.

Friday, May 14, 2010

More Road Openings

As of today (May 14) the south entrance is open for traffic to Grant, West Thumb, Fishing Bridge and Lake. More info at:

http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/hours.htm

or call 307-344-2117 for updates.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Road Openings

The Spring season in Yellowstone has begun. Roads from the north and west entrances have opened to automobile traffic for parts of the park including Norris, Madison, Canyon, and Old Faithful. The entrance fee is also waived for National Park Week (April 17-25). More information at http://www.nps.gov/yell/conditions.htm.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Blog Purpose

The purpose of this blog is to share useful information for photographers who visit Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. So whether you have an update on the mosquitoes along the Bechler River, grizzly bear or wolf sightings in the Lamar Valley, or hiking conditions on Mount Washburn, share the information and let's take some great shots.
- Greg