A favorite location to visit in the winter, spring, and autumn is Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Late this winter, we did just that … made the now 7 hr drive into Jackson, WY, which is one of the gateways into the park. The week before it received several feet of snowfall, so we knew that we would be treated to perfect winter landscapes. 🙂We spent a total of 4 days there and were treated to an incredible sampling of wildlife (including birds) sightings and photo opportunities, as well as amazing sunny skies for landscapes.
On this trip, we met up with our good friends, Jen & Travis, and it wasn’t long before the first wildlife was spotted … a “winterized” lone coyote. By “winterized” I mean that it possessed very thick fur and it was quite healthy looking as well. As the coyote tried to make his way through the deep snow, a raven came along to harass it a bit.The bighorn sheep were seemingly everywhere along the cliffs and mountainside. As per usual, the rams seemed to be grouped together and relaxing in the sun.The ewes were more active … in full swing of grazing … and made great portrait images a pleasure as they paused every now and then.In addition to the usual mule deer, we were also treated to some of the white-tailed deer as well. Sporting much smaller ears and white under their tails, they possessed such sweet faces and expressions.Moose were plentiful as well. Seemed like all of the wildlife was quite happy with the sunshine … especially after the winter storm from the week earlier. A moose cow and its calf made their way across the road and into the wilderness right in front of us.A photographer’s dream happened when we spotted a gathering of moose near the Teton Range landscape. As we waited it out, they eventually positioned themselves perfectly in the foreground and away we snapped images. We were thrilled!While Jen and I got images similar to those above, Tom & Travis waited patiently in the vehicle. This bull, sporting simply winter nubs, decided to approach the truck and pay them a visit. They took this image from inside looking out with their cell phone.Ever have a mid-day moment when the action begins to slow down? Well we did, so we decided to grab a quite bite. As we prepared our sandwiches we wished for something cool to come along. As I brought my sandwich to my mouth, I see this handsome ram making its way towards us through the deep snow.Sandwiches down, we grabbed our gear and took images as he politely obliged us by giving us some pauses and poses. What a thrill for us, as he never altered his path much and gave us some close views. 🙂Later we ventured outside of the Tetons and went to search for mountain goats nearby. Of course, one must stop for scenery captures along the way. It was such a picture perfect day!Yep, there they were … though being in the sun for the better part of the day, the snow had melted off, making the scene a bit less than ideal. Such gorgeous thick creamy white coats they possessed.As they skillfully navigated the boulders and cliffs, this one took the time to take care of an itch that was clearly getting to it. LOLOf course my favorite images are when they reach an outcropping when they have little else to do but pose for the lens. One day we found the moose down by the water which always makes for fun shots.So it was quite the successful trip of wildlife viewing … moose, bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, elk, white-tailed and mule deer, coyote … to name a few (quite sure that I’m missing something). However, nothing could have prepared us for what we witnessed on our 2nd and 3rd day. Stay tuned …. and check back in a a few blog posts. Trust me, it’s worth it. :-O Until then, I’ll leave you with another landscape from the picturesque Tetons!
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