June 30, 2015

Mist on the Gardiner River

The light was so blue in the shade of this valley that the colors were off. Black and white produced a much nicer result. 

Mist on the Gardiner River
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 


June 29, 2015

Canada Geese on the Gardiner River

I returned to the park the next morning to photograph on my own. I was looking for steam rising off geysers, but the mist off the river was a good warm-up.


Canada Geese on the Gardiner River
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming  


June 28, 2015

Wagons Headed for Roosevelt Arch

Fortunately, we had motorized transportation (though not heated) instead of these open wagons that once took visitors through the stone arch and into Yellowstone Park.

Wagons Headed for Roosevelt Arch
Gardiner, Montana


June 27, 2015

Bighorn Ram Resting

We left the wolves to their meal of bison meat and headed back to Gardiner. But we made one last stop to photograph this bighorn sheep resting by a parking lot. (Are they trained or what?) Again, he was completely accustomed to paparazzi photographers and was actually nodding off until he heard another animal noise. That woke him up enough for an alert expression. A perfect shot to end a great day.


Bighorn Ram Resting
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming  


June 26, 2015

Three Wolves

Three Wolves
Lamar Valley Pack
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

June 25, 2015

Four Wolves

Like the coyotes we saw on our way out, these wolves were a long ways from the road, probably a mile or more distant. I was using a very long lens (960mm equivalent) and still cropped the photos you see here. 

Four Wolves 
Lamar Valley Pack
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 



June 24, 2015

Wolf Pair

This mated pair, one black and one silver, are the ones who ran off the coyotes. They spent a lot of time playing with sticks and each other on their way back. So our guide MacNeil Lyons said they were a young couple.

Wolf Pair
Lamar Valley Pack
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming


June 23, 2015

Wolf and Coyote

We turned around to head back to Gardiner after Soda Butte Creek. Along the way, one of the photographers spotted movement out across the valley. It was the coyotes alarm-barking because wolves had entered the area. Wolves and coyotes are not friends, as you can tell by the posture of the (smaller) coyote in the back. Soon a pair of wolves chased the coyotes for at least a quarter mile. Both carnivores were interested in the dead bison further west from this location. 

Wolf and Coyote
Lamar Valley
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 



June 22, 2015

Soda Butte Creek

Soda Butte Creek
Lamar Valley
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

June 21, 2015

Snow Pillow and Ice

Snow Pillow and Ice
Soda Butte Creek
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

June 20, 2015

Snow Pillows #2

Snow Pillows #2
Soda Butte Creek
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

June 19, 2015

Snow Pillows

Snow Pillows
Soda Butte Creek
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 

We left the coyotes to their own devices and headed further east and higher up to find snow. Eventually we did along Soda Butte Creek. The snow that stays on the tops of the rocks in the water looks like soft (if cold) pillows. Finally we found some winter!

June 18, 2015

Coyote Pair #2

Coyote Pair #2
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

June 17, 2015

Coyote Pair

Coyote Pair
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 

After we left the moose, our next encounter was a mated pair of coyotes. Again, they were a long distance from the bus (probably a mile), but we followed them up the Lamar Valley for quite a ways.

June 16, 2015

Bull Moose Resting

Bull Moose Resting
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

June 15, 2015

Four Bull Moose Resting

Four Bull Moose Resting
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Our guide said these were bull moose who had dropped their antlers. Normally, moose are solitary but these guys decided to soak up some winter sun together. They were a very long way from the parking lot on the opposite side of the road from the bison. 

June 14, 2015

Bison #2

Bison #2
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

June 13, 2015

Bison

Bison
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

This guy was separated from the group in the previous post and on the opposite side of the road. Since he was actively grazing, I decided to focus on him. He soon decided to rejoin the group and moved on to the road for easy travel. I got several frames with a 500mm lens before I decided he was too close to me and packed up my tripod and headed for the bus! (Don't be this close if all you have is a cell phone camera!)

June 12, 2015

Bison Group

Bison Group
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

These bison were up on a ridge, again conveniently across the road from a large parking area. They paid more attention to us than the elk did but were more concerned with grazing. Despite the lack of snow in this scene, this stop was one of the coldest of the day.

June 11, 2015

Bull Elk

Bull Elk
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

This guy was just inside the park and across from a convenient pull-out on the road. He was completely unconcerned about the two dozen photographers pointing long lenses at him like paparazzi!

June 10, 2015

Lava Creek and Steam

Lava Creek and Steam
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

June 9, 2015

Absaroka Mountains Panorama

Absaroka Mountains Panorama
Paradise Valley, Montana

Best to view this large....

June 8, 2015

Absaroka Mountains

Absaroka Mountains
Paradise Valley, Montana

June 7, 2015

Absaroka Mountains and Yellowstone River

Absaroka Mountains and Yellowstone River
Yellowstone National Park, Montana

Last February I joined a group from F11 Photo of Bozeman, Montana, for a guided day trip through the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park. It was my first visit since I traveled there with my family as a child. While there was not much snow, we did see lots of wildlife.

This view greeted me at the mouth of Paradise Valley, which leads to the north entrance to the park, on the evening before the trip.

June 6, 2015

Doors and Windows #10

Doors and Windows #10
Missoula, Montana

June 5, 2015

Doors and Windows #9

Doors and Windows #9
Philipsburg, Montana

On photography contests

Rob Sheppard just posted an article on his blog that both describes how most photography contest entries are judged and expresses his opinion of the purpose of such contests for people wishing to improve their pictures. I highly recommend this post.

Photographic Competitions by Rob Sheppard

Maclay Flat
Missoula, Montana 

Note: I am not one to enter photo contests for many of the reasons described in this post! ;-)


June 4, 2015

Doors and Windows #8

Doors and Windows #8
Prince of Wales Hotel
Waterton Park, Alberta, Canada

June 3, 2015

Doors and Windows #7

Doors and Windows #7
Missoula, Montana

June 2, 2015

Doors and Windows #6

Doors and Windows #6
Butte, Montana
Click on the image for a larger view. It's hard to include panoramas and make them fit the page.

June 1, 2015

Doors and Windows #5

Doors and Windows #5
Butte, Montana

As I was preparing these images for my blog, I realized that all of them (except #3) include both doors and windows, though the original suggestions was doors and/or windows.