Saturday, June 14, 2014


Tuesday, June 10: This morning it was a short drive to Signal Mountain top to photograph sunrise on the Tetons. Only six of us went for sunrise and we were the only ones there with the exception of another couple that showed up. The view is quite good but not one of the iconic views which was nice.

 We also saw a ruffed grouse displaying. Regrettably I did not take time to photograph it as we were a little rushed for time for catching the sunrise light on the Tetons. More wildlife photography and sightings of a bull elk, then landscapes including along Mormon Road. We saw beaver and experimented with making star bursts with flowers.

Least Chipmunk

Arrowleaf Balsamroot

Lichen Detail

Lichen and New Growth

We saw beaver and experimented with making star bursts with flowers.

 Sunset was from Oxbow Bend after some search for moose which are very elusive to us. We have had little luck seeing any, let alone photographing them.

Wednesday, June 11th: We went for sunrise at the Snake River Overlook this morning. It was quite a clear morning so it was important to get the first light on the Tetons. On the way back to breakfast, we saw some white pelicans in quite good light. Back at the the Lodge at Signal Mountain there were opportunities to do “portrait” shots of the individual mountains that make up the Tetons.

Smoking Grand Teton

Cloud over Mt. Moran

While roaming the area we came across some white pelicans, a beaver tree, and some more flowers to photograph in really good light.

Last night I seemed to have lost my Tilley Hat while having an early dinner. I checked the restaurant, and bathroom. Then I checked at the Lodge Registration. Nothing. Well this morning I checked all the places once again, and lo and behold someone had turned it in at the registration desk. I was one happy camper, as it is a great hat for shade as well as photography as the brim is flexible.

Hat has been Found

We were headed back to Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel for our last night, but we spent a long time getting there.

We visited the geyser basins once again on our way North from Teton N.P.  We had only about a 15 minute wait for the “show” but it turned out to be about 30 minutes later than predicted. We also visited the Great Fountain, White Dome, and Pink Cone geysers which all displayed a plume of water and steam. It was quite nice.

Pink Cone Geyser

Pink Cone Geyser

What Traffic?

Yellowstone Coach

White Dome Geyser

Once through the geyser basins, we headed out in search of wildlife once again in the Lamar Valley. We drove East of Cooke City in quest of moose. Once again, we came up empty. Bison were about and we got some herd pictures and solo shots. As this was the day before the full moon, the moon looked quite full and we photographed it as it rose over a ridge. at a “pit” stop along the way back to our Hotel. We saw a red fox up on a small knoll. We photographed it but it will be only a record of having seen it and sharing the experience.

Red Fox at 10:30 p.m.

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