Elk in Wyoming

A bull elk with large horns is a dangerous animal to encounter in the wild, but I was able to get a close look at one (and a photograph) from the safety of my car window. (I also used a 600mm lens, and I was not as close as it appears.).

This beautiful elk was taking an afternoon nap by the roadside in Yellowstone National Park, and he woke up to see a few observers. While we watched him, he barely moved a muscle, except to open his eyes.

Have you ever heard an elk bugle? It sounds like this.

This bull elk has grown a large rack of horns this season. September in Yellowstone National Park.

We spotted (and heard) several elk in Grand Teton National Park as well as brown bears, bison, pronghorn and moose. The animals are very active in the Fall. I will continue to post more wildlife as well as landscape photos from our recent trip.

The Hungry Moose

Early on a Monday morning, we visited the banks of the Gros Ventre River in Jackson Hole, often a popular hang out for moose. The sun shone brilliantly on the autumn grass and into our eyes. After a few minutes a bull moose silently emerged from the woods. Backlit by the bright sun, he appeared very dark in the yellow grass.

Bull moose emerges from the woods into a bright yellow field in Jackson Hole.

At a safe distance across the river and on a higher bluff, we watched the moose saunter to the willow bush for a nibble.

Bull moose finds a willow bush in Jackson Hole.
Bull moose in Jackson Hole nibbles a willow bush by the river.
Bull moose shows his long legs as he crosses the shallows.
Bull moose heads back into the woods and out of sight. Grand Teton National Park, September.

Back in the saddle

I needed a little time off this summer, but now I’m back to work with my camera, and my inspiration is renewed with a trip to Grand Teton National Park.

On our first day in the Park, it rained, and the two places we drove to for breakfast were closed. (Thank you, COVID economy.) But we drove past these horses grazing in a field at the foot of the Tetons and stopped for a photo. Those rain clouds made the scene look like an oil painting.