On my way to Yellowstone I stopped in the Tetons for only 4 nights. Got another great site at Gros Ventre CG. There is a lot of smoke around, sometimes you could be at the south end of the Tetons and couldn’t even see the north end of the range. Last year the fires were raging in both Yellowstone and GTNP, this year they are not in the parks but still affecting them.
The second night I was there it was wonderfully clear so I went out to see what I could photograph. First stop was one of the old Mormon barns. There were a couple of guys there already and they were using some LED flashlights to light the barn. Not the best light since it tends to be a very cold white but I warmed it up a bit in the processing.
The night was so clear I wanted to take advantage of it so I headed down to Schwabacher’s Landing unsure if the setting would work or not. Yes! Just the spot to capture the Milky Way over the calm waters.
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.
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