A Few Photos from a Recent Trip in Yellowstone
January 13, 2018 • Leave a Comment
I recently spent four days leading a private charter in Yellowstone National Park. We spent two days on snow coach, visiting Old Faithful and Canyon before heading to Mammoth Hot Springs and Lamar Valley for the second two days. It was a great time and there were plenty of fun photo opportunities. The first great photo opportunity came on my drive to Bozeman to meet my guests. A herd of 8 to 10 bull elk were near the road but were pretty wary about crossing. This bull was the only one I was able to photograph. Cold temperatures below zero put a coat of frost on everything, including the elk.
The first day found us on a snow coach to Old Faithful. Sunrise on the clear morning found the temperature at -9°F and the Madison River created fog which coated the pine trees in a layer of frost. With the Lionshead Mountains in the background, the scene was incredible. I used a telephoto zoom lens in order to frame this scene just as I wanted it.
Skipping to the last day of the trip, we were fortunate enough to encounter three bull moose near the road. The previous evening, eight were seen out in the willows, but they were too far away to photograph, so we were excited to see these guys near the road. Below, the two bulls may look as though they're sparring, but they're not. They actually went nose to nose just checking each other out.
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