Day 15 and 16 Photo Safari Yellowstone and Grand Tetons

June 25, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

May 15, Day 15:  You can read the entire blog and view photos on our website. If you enjoy the account, Please . . . share it with your friends. Photos from the trip can be viewed at: http://astilesphotography.com/f390536220 Thanks!  We left the motel at 5:00 AM and drove to Oxbow Bend for sunrise.  Too cloudy for any sunrise shots; but while there we heard a wolf pack howling in the hills just southeast of where we were.   We drove slowly back to Pacific Creek Road and then on Pilgrim Creek Road with no luck for wolves, bears, or moose.  I have to make a comment here on another experience in this area.  My method of looking for wildlife is to drive these roads very slowly, stopping often to use telephotos or binoculars to scan the surrounding areas.  However, one idiot with Colorado plates had a different method.  He roared up and down these dirt and gravel roads at about 40 mph, looking for groups of photographers.  He flew around me about four different times, and was too fast for me to get a license number to report him.  Someone like him is probably responsible for the death of the little cub a few weeks later in this area.  Anyway, we checked the area around Colter Bay, ate lunch from the cooler, and then returned to Pacific Creek Road and drove all the way to Two Ocean Lake.  No wildlife at all.  On our return, we found some old dead trees and discovered a Marmot who decided he would show off for us.  Got some good shots of him.  Headed back to the motel.  198 miles  24 MPG

 

May 16, Day 16:  I went out alone at 5:00 AM to try and find the grizzly sow and cubs.  Spotted a young grizzly, maybe 2 years old; but it was walking away from where I was.  I couldn’t get any decent shots.  Returned to the motel at 8:15 to pick up everyone else and get breakfast at The Bunnery.  We drove down Gros Ventre Road looking for moose without luck, then over to Mormon Row for a few more shots around there.  We then drove through Moose Junction and cruised along Teton Park Road to Jenny Lake with the intentions of photographing some wildflowers along one of the trails. Found the trail closed for maintenance, so we drove along the shores of the lake without finding anything interesting.  On the way back, we finally found one old mangy looking moose and got some photos of it.  WE started to go out to the Chapel of the Transfiguration; but a bus load of selfie sticks pulled in ahead of us.  We decided to  head back to the motel and pack up for our trip home tomorrow morning.


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