Departure day and what do I see when I looked out the back window of the trailer at 0630 but a moose cow and calf next to the pond in addition to two of the beavers working. I grabbed the camera and went out, staying well back from the water. She spotted me and was leery, disappearing into the bushes quickly. She eventually came into sight as she left the area.
The route I regularly take to Yellowstone means passing through the Tetons, this trip was no exception. Looks like they had a good winter and the later snow added to the cover.
Mammoth Hot Springs cg is good place to use as a base for visiting Lamar Valley. The Bison calves are old enough to be easily seen, they’re often called “red dogs” at this stage. I was surprised to see the Pronghorn Antelope so frequently. In the past they have seemed pretty skittish but not this year. Of course there were some bears out, but they were generally so far away a spotting scope was needed. I did see sow with 2 cubs,and took a few images,but they are greatly cropped.
There were quite a few elk cows around but it did’t look like they had started calving yet. Back in the campground one elk cow has been chasing people around. Turns out she has good reason to be concerned, she has a very new little wobbly calf. She was very near my trailer when I took a series of images yesterday. She’s moved to the far end of the campground but i’m always on the lookout inn case she comes back this way.
After seeing some bears but too far away to photograph decently i decided to invest in a good spotting scope. I figure even if I can’t photograph the critters I’ll be able to watch them, something I really enjoy. Once I settled in the one I wanted I found for a little more I could get an attachment to take photos with my iPhone. Mind you nothing has arrived yet and there will be a learning curve. The photos I get, if any, will be fun ones, not serious stuff. It should be interesting as the trip progresses.
I moved from Yellowstone to Grand Tetons NP on Sept. 8. From then on my main computer really started giving me problems, freezing up, etc. I thought I could coax it into working until I got home. Ha! Then I discovered the backup’s battery wouldn’t take a charge. Took about a week to get at least 1 laptop working and another week to get the software to process my images (I shoot RAW which complicates things).
When I first thought about stopping in the Tetons for a while I found out that the foliage is at peak around the 3rd week in Sept. so I was hoping to see some color along with some moose. This fine fellow and his lady friend were out and about he first morning after I arrived so I was able to get some very nice images.
As the week progressed another, younger bull showed up and I was able to capture some really interesting images of the two bulls sparring. It is a very slow motion sort of thing. They go at it for a few minutes then take a breather then do it again. With the exception of the two images that I put captions on I never saw either bull exhibit noticable superiority or defeat.
Later in the week a cow with a calf dropped by, along with a potential suitor, but I never got any nice images of the bull.
Jan. 22, 2013, I took a couple of fellow Casita owners from TN to one of my favorite places in the area. The wildlife park has many inhabitants, be they furred, feathered or have fins they are all interesting to see! The mammals include but are not limited to Bobcats, Panthers, Bears, Fox and the manatees. Birds of all sort reside there, some permanent residents due to injuries, others come and go. The park regularly rehabs a wide variety of critters (out of public view for the most part). I’ve included some of the photos taken on this particular visit and they are a tiny sampling of what I’ve taken on my many visits. The manatee photos were taken from the viewing platform that overlooks where the Homosassa Spring run flows into the Homosassa river so there are “wild” manatees rather than permanent residents. More photos are on my website, http://www.borderbrae.com.