Trip Reports: Fall 2010

Coyote in a golden field. 

Coyote in a golden field. 

A close up view of the Antelope wildfire, seen from Dunraven Pass. I believe this was a lightning caused fire. 

A close up view of the Antelope wildfire, seen from Dunraven Pass. I believe this was a lightning caused fire. 

A wider view of the fire. If you look closely, you can see the burn path where the fire has already traveled. 

A wider view of the fire. If you look closely, you can see the burn path where the fire has already traveled. 

Smoke rolling into the lower valleys. Taken from Dunraven Pass. 

Smoke rolling into the lower valleys. Taken from Dunraven Pass. 

Ian photographing bison at sunrise. 

Ian photographing bison at sunrise. 

Another shot of Ian photographing bison. (He's the one on the far left if you were wondering)

Another shot of Ian photographing bison. (He's the one on the far left if you were wondering)

We spent the majority of our three days in Yellowstone trying to get a photograph of this black bear sow and her two cubs. We...

We spent the majority of our three days in Yellowstone trying to get a photograph of this black bear sow and her two cubs. We saw them every morning and every evening on the same hillside. Unfortunately she was pretty skittish and never came close enough for useable images. I'm guessing she was a first time mother... Very cautious. Either way, it was great fun getting to see her and her babies so frequently. 

A beautiful row of aspen trees I noticed while waiting for the bears.  ** This image is available as an exclusive limited...

A beautiful row of aspen trees I noticed while waiting for the bears. 

** This image is available as an exclusive limited edition fine art print **

This is a heavily cropped images of one of the curious bear cubs peeking out of the grass to see who I was. 

This is a heavily cropped images of one of the curious bear cubs peeking out of the grass to see who I was. 

Sunrise over the river. Taken near Tower Falls with beautiful fog hanging in the lower river valley. 

Sunrise over the river. Taken near Tower Falls with beautiful fog hanging in the lower river valley. 

Tower falls bathed in early morning light.

Tower falls bathed in early morning light.

On the short walk back from the Tower Falls overlook we spotted yet another black bear. This one was foraging through the thick...

On the short walk back from the Tower Falls overlook we spotted yet another black bear. This one was foraging through the thick brush, which made photography pretty hard. We waited around for a while to see if it would come out into the clearing but it never did. 

Also near Tower, we found this beautiful mule deer buck. 

Also near Tower, we found this beautiful mule deer buck. 

I was excited about this photo when I took it, but became less enthusiastic about it when I realized I focused on the deers butt...

I was excited about this photo when I took it, but became less enthusiastic about it when I realized I focused on the deers butt instead of its face. Oops.

Two ravens at sunset in the Hayden Valley.

Two ravens at sunset in the Hayden Valley.

A large herd of bison graze in an open meadow in the Hayden Valley. 

A large herd of bison graze in an open meadow in the Hayden Valley. 

One of the best moments of the trip came long after sunset while leaving the Hayden Valley. We were pulled over on the side of...

One of the best moments of the trip came long after sunset while leaving the Hayden Valley. We were pulled over on the side of the road when this gorgeous wolf came trotting right past us. We followed it a bit through the woods, and into this field. It never payed one bit of attention to us. I was amazed at how fast this wolf was moving, considering it was traveling at an easy trot. I took this really grainy photo when it was almost dark just to record the memory. A nice surprise indeed. 

On our last morning in Yellowstone we packed up camp and started driving south towards the Tetons hoping to see something on...

On our last morning in Yellowstone we packed up camp and started driving south towards the Tetons hoping to see something on our way. At the midway geyser basin we found a herd of bison in the fog, just as the first rays of light crested the horizon.

Beautiful golden light. 

Beautiful golden light. 

The herd was made up of mostly cows and calfs, but there were a few massive bulls bellowing for their attention. 

The herd was made up of mostly cows and calfs, but there were a few massive bulls bellowing for their attention. 

A deep bellow from this bull bison broke the early morning silence. It's breath visible, on this chilly day.  ** This image...

A deep bellow from this bull bison broke the early morning silence. It's breath visible, on this chilly day. 

** This image is available as an exclusive limited edition fine art print **


This is what a bison looks like when they bellow. It's amazingly intimidating considering how silly they look. 

This is what a bison looks like when they bellow. It's amazingly intimidating considering how silly they look. 

The herd moving through the open field at first light.

The herd moving through the open field at first light.

Another large bull.

Another large bull.

So after a few days of waiting on the bear family to no avail, we found ourselves back in the Tetons hoping for the weather that...

So after a few days of waiting on the bear family to no avail, we found ourselves back in the Tetons hoping for the weather that was predicted to move in. (there are a lot of clouds in this photo. It  was actually taken on the last day of my trip.)