Another September in the Tetons watching moose. I’ve been here a week and had some great opportunities so far. When I arrived it was very warm but that ended with a few rainy days and now it is clear and cold. Frost on the van windows the last two mornings. The rain down her bright new snow to the mountain tops.
The three bulls
The moose count has varied, one day 4 bulls and 4 cows, but mostly we’ve seen 3 bulls and a couple of cows. This morning it’s down to 1 bull and 2 cows. Not sure if he’s driven the other bulls off or what.
When the 3 bulls were here they were all sparring together with one exception, see the photos for more info.
The cows seem more active, watching people and chasing each other at times. We have to be very aware of where the animals are because they are big and fast and can get pretty darn frustrated this time of year. Watching a bull
thrash away at a bush then jumping around and trotting away can give you an glimpse of that. They are surprisingly agile given their size. Watching a cow chase another one away or a bull chase a cow brings home the fact these are not sedate harmless critters they are big and fast and not much will stop them.
All three bulls
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I arrived at the Mammoth Hot Springs campground late Wed. afternoon. Since it was a clear night I decided to drive up to the Upper Terraces, above the hot springs to see if I could see the Aurora. Yes! The Milky Way was also visible.
One of the things discussed with a good friend was how unique it would be to photograph the hot springs with the Milky Way above them. On Wed. night that opportunity was at hand. The ambient light did a fine job of lighting the hot springs, the steam clouds make them a bit blurred, but add to the effect.
The Elk are in rut and often seen right in the campground. This bull and his harem were right near my trailer and I was able to get some wonderful images.
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Bison licking my truck, taken through the windshield.
What would Yellowstone be without bison? And how many folks have a bison get as up close and personal as this? This one was causing a jam, had many cars stopped as it stood in the road. Finally it moved so some cars could pass by moving in front of my truck. As I sat there it moved closer and closer and then started licking the truck….. After a few licks he moved to the passenger side, gave a lick or two then moseyed off onto the grass. Needless to say I was dumbfounded and the folks in the approaching lane were cracking up, getting quite a laugh from it all. I think this was a yearling, guessing by its size.
Bison calves (red dogs) playing
The calves sleep, eat, play and follow along where their mothers go.
The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is impressive in its own way.
Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, looking west to the waterfall
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