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September 2015 Daily Updates & Photos for Grand Teton National Park & JH: A Monthly Journal

Welcome to September! Foliage Reports September/October 2015 :

Red LeafSeptember is a busy month with lots of changes. This page will contain mostly wildlife and landscape images, plus area tidbits, events and activities. The Foliage Reports page will be a little more “foliage” specific and include updates as I get around to the various areas of the park.

Monthly Overviews for JH / GTNP .

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Nice to See You! Over the past couple of weeks, I have been out in the field a LOT! In the process, I’ve had the privilege of meeting many readers firsthand…sometimes five or six people at a time! Please, keep coming back to the blog throughout the year — even if you aren’t planning on being here for a while. I’ll try to continue to add content that might be of interest to you, wherever you live, and I’ll continue to keep adding photos of things I am seeing. Maybe you’ll be back to the area sooner than later! And please, spread the news about this site whenever you can. MJ

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September 30, 2015 :

Aspen Stand

Aspen Stand: This stand is at the West end of Oxbow Bend. I used a short telephoto to isolate this group. D810 and Nikon 70-200mm lens.

Remaining Aspens

Remaining Aspens: Some of the leaves have blown off, but there are still plenty for a good shot. I don’t think the area had much wind today, so it should look about the same tomorrow. D810 and Nikon 70-200mm lens.

Sunlit Aspens

Sunlit Aspens: This was taken along the road into Cunningham Cabin not long before noon. D810 and Nikon 70-200mm lens.

There will be more foliage shots from today, along with some status reports on this page: Foliage Reports September/October 2015 :

One-On-One Excursions Openings: I have several openings for October. The trips are designed to help people learn to use their DSLR cameras and help photographers find some of GTNP’s nice shooting locations. Click the link for more information. (Golden Era Studios / Mike R. Jackson is an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service and the National Elk Refuge.)

For anyone interested, I sent my Nikon D4 in for service on Monday. Today, I got the price for the repair. I am assuming they will be replacing the sensor. Right now, that old workhorse of a camera as over 670,000 actuations! The shutter was replaced at this time last year when it had 503,000 actuations. With a new sensor, it should be good to go for another round!

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September 29, 2015 :

Reflections and Clouds

Dark Clouds Over Schwabacher Landing: Taken at a point about halfway between the two parking areas. There are things I like about this image, but overall, it seems a little cluttered to me. It actually looks better when cropped just below the row of willows.  I’ve never shot from there, and it was very crowded at all of the other standard locations.

Schwabacher Moon

Waning Moon Over Schwabacher Landing: The moon was still high at sunrise this morning.

Washaking Getting Up

Washaking Getting Up: You can wait hours for a bull to finally get up and move around. Sometimes, they stand up, stretch and then go back down in the same spot. Luckily that wasn’t the case today. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Lip Curl

Lip Curl: Just checking to see if the cow is about ready for mating. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Washakie in Sagebrush and Cottonwoods

Washakie in Sagebrush and Cottonwoods: D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Washakie High-Seppin'

Washakie High-Seppin’: These big bulls are amazingly nimble, with long legs perfectly suited for going through high sagebrush. Even with the large, broad antlers, they can go through tight stands of willows with speed and ease. Most people only see these large animals lazily grazing and strolling through the sagebrush, but they can run very fast through it. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Resting Pair

Resting Pair: This is an unusually clean shot of a resting bull with distant cow. They normally seem to take pride in their ability to bed down with a branch of sagebrush or tall grass in front of their faces. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

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September 28, 2015 :

Great American Total Solar Eclipse (August 21, 2017): GTNP is right in the center of the optimum viewing line with 2 minutes and 19 seconds of coverage. Last night we had a Lunar Eclipse.

Setting Moon

Setting Moon: This is the “Super Moon” people were trying to photograph last evening. It was hazy or cloudy for much of it here in JH. I got to see it, but didn’t get a photo worth keeping. I took this shot from the top of Shadow Mountain.  D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Not Exactly A Truck

Not Exactly A Truck: This was taken on the Gros Ventre Road. D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Bull on the Move

Bull on the Move: Same bull moose crossing the sagebrush near Kelly. D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Young Bull

Young Bull: I took this one near Kelly along the Gros Ventre river. D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

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September 27, 2015 :

North Country Sunrise

North Country Sunrise: Taken looking north over the Snake River river bottom. The white haze is smoke from the controlled burn at Emma Matilda Lake. D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Tetons and Aspens

Tetons and Aspens: I spent a couple of hours at this spot this morning and filled several cards. The light and clouds were constantly changing. D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Mormon Row

Mormon Row: The Thomas Perry homestead seems to get less attention, but when the cottonwood lit up, I had to stop long enough to get a few shots. D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Chambers Homestead

Chambers Homestead: There are a couple of horse trailer parked in the barn area of the Chambers Homestead, but there are always possibilities. D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Cow Moose

Cow Moose: Cow against changing willows along the Gros Ventre river bottom. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Washakie

Washakie: Taken as a thin cloud softened the harsh shadows. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Washakie Scratching His Neck

Washakie Scratching His Neck: At mid-day, harsh shadows can be challenging. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Check out: Foliage Reports September/October 2015 : for more foliage shots.

New Roof

New Roof: Most of the images I post on the Daily Updates are the results of one or two minute adjustments in Lightroom. For print images or keeper images, I’d likely start with some of the same adjustments and fine tune them in Photoshop. The image on the left above shows the current look at the T.A. Moulton Barn. It will be bright for a year or so until it has time to age naturally. I don’t believe the Park Service is planning on staining it, though they’ve stained siding on other buildings recently. I have lots of new Feature Posts lined up for the next few months, but I am going to slip in a “how-to” for burning down the roof in Lightroom and again for Photoshop. Please take a minute to sign up to follow the blog to receive notifications of new Feature Posts including this one!

Mark Your Calendar: Supermoon and Lunar Eclipse This Weekend

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September 26, 2015 :

Washington Post: Get ready: Experts say a government shutdown is likely. Later reports suggest the important date might be pushed back to December 11th.
No one in JH wants to see this happen. Maybe I should think about updating this page?: Outside the Park: Alternative Places to Visit, Hike, Fish, and Photograph

Morning Clouds

Morning Clouds: Taken towards the east from the hillside above Oxbow Bend. D810 and Nikon 70-200mm lens.

Oxbow Bend

Oxbow Bend: Taken from the parking area after all the big crowds left the area. D810 and Nikon 70-200mm lens.

Schwabacher Landing

Schwabacher Landing: D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

TA Moulton Barn

T.A. Moulton Barn: This was taken from atop a 14′ painters pole using a CamRanger and PT Hub. D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Pronghorns

Pronghorns: This buck is keeping roughly 18 does in his group. I found them along Mormon Row. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Check out: Foliage Reports September/October 2015 : for more foliage shots.

Sign Up!  For all the new visitors to this site, THANKS! Please take a minute to sign up to follow the blog to receive notifications of new Feature Posts. I have lots of them on the drawing board, many of which will translate to readers from all over the country…not just Jackson Hole and the Tetons.

One-On-One Excursions Openings: I have several openings for October. The trips are designed to help people learn to use their DSLR cameras and help photographers find some of GTNP’s nice shooting locations. Click the link for more information. (Golden Era Studios / Mike R. Jackson is an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service and the National Elk Refuge.)

Moose at Water

Moose at Water: Late evening along the Gros Ventre. D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Blood Moon

Blood Moon / Harvest Moon / Supermoon: Taken from the observation platform along Flat Creek. D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

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September 25, 2015 :

Cathedral Group

Cathedral Group: Return of the clouds. Taken at String Lake junction on the Teton Park Road.  D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Clouds

Mare’s Tails: Taken at one of the pull-outs along the highway. D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Alpenglow at Oxbow

Alpenglow at Oxbow: D810 and Nikon 70-200mm lens.

Washakie and Young Challenger

Washakie and Young Challenger: This was taken along the Gros Ventre well after the sun went down this afternoon. The shutter speed was only 1/125th second and the Tamron 150-600mm lens was wide open at F/5.6. ISO was 12,800 on the Nikon D810. Washakie ran the smaller bull across the river without a confrontation. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Waxing Moon

Supermoon Eclipse Sunday Night: Click the link to read more about this rare event. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

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September 24, 2015 :

Story in JH News and Guide: Grand Teton park sets controlled burn near Emma Matilda Lake. This would be very close to Oxbow Bend during peak times. It might be a little early to suggest it, but the fire might fit into this post from a few days ago: “Don’t it always seem to go? You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” Better get your foliage shots soon!

Classic Oxbow Bend

Classic Oxbow Bend: No clouds at sunrise today, but it is still beautiful.  The Bend is very close to peak. D810 and Nikon 70-200mm lens.

Upper Lot

Oxbow Upper Lot: There hare a few hints of lime green in the upper stand, but they are now mostly prime. D810 and Nikon 70-200mm lens.

TA Moulton Barn

TA Moulton Barn: I used a polarizing filter on this one. Colors may still need some adjusting in a final image, but you can see the status there. The cottonwoods are changing daily. The roofers completed the roof on this barn today and should have the remaining equipment out of the area tomorrow. The boards are raw and bright. I burned them down some in the photo above in Photoshop. D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

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September 23, 2015 :

Early Morning Bull Elk

Early Morning Bull Elk: With clear blue skies this morning, I opted to look for elk at dawn. I found this bull not too far from the road near Cascade View Pull-out in the Inner Park Loop Road. There was very little light when I first drove up. This one was taken at ISO 9000. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Bugling Elk

Bugling Elk: As the sun began to add a little more ambient light, the ISO dropped to 4000 for this shot. I was shooting in Auto ISO. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Bulgling Elk

Bugling Elk: The morning temperature was 34° today. I’d have liked it to be 29° or less to get the steam when he bugled. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Two Bull Elk

Bull Elk Confrontation: This was taken in Lupine Meadows. The bull on the right was successfully keeping small bulls away from his harem of cows and calves. When the bigger bull approached, the two thrashed their antlers in the grass. He backed down and allowed the bigger bull to steal about half his harem. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Oxbow BendTeton Sunsets:  Oldie Post
For the people willing to take a chance for a good sunset, this page contains quite a few I’ve taken over the years. My son was just at the top of Shadow Mountain and said the aspens are near peak. It’s a good place for sunsets if you hit it just right.

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September 22, 2015 : First Day of Fall

Oxbow Bend

Oxbow Bend: No clouds this morning, but Alpenglow supplied the color. D810 and Nikon 70-200mm lens.

Aspen Trunks

Aspen Trunks: Taken along the Moose-Wilson Road D810 and Nikon 70-200mm lens.

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September 21, 2015 :

Mountain Maple

Mountain Maple: The weather report predicted clear skies (no clouds) for this morning. I opted to go down the Snake River Canyon and around parts of Palisades Reservoir. The Mountain Maple are less vibrant this year than some of the previous years. They are not turning rich maroon, but more brownish. There are pockets of good color if you make the effort to look for them. Aspens in that area are behind many of the aspens in the Jackson Hole region. It could still be very good there, even if the Maples are gone. D810 and Nikon 70-200mm lens.

Rural Mailbox

Rural Mailbox: I stopped to take photos of nice little rural road with a gate and colorful aspens. This distinctive mailbox was next to the same road. Check out Foliage Reports September/October 2015 : for more foliage shots.  D810 and Nikon 70-200mm lens.

Grays River

Grays River: The Grays River joins the Snake River just north of the town of Alpine. Those two join the Salt River and eventually become the South Fork of the Snake as the water leaves the Palisades Reservoir Dam. Grays River runs east out of Alpine, then south. If you are up for an adventure, fill up the vehicle and make the trip. You’ll  either end up at Daniel or all the way to La Barge. I drove up 10 miles today, then turned back towards home. D810 and Nikon 70-200mm lens.

Aspens in Shadows

Aspens in Shadows: Taken along the Palisades Reservoir.  D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Chambers Sheds

Chambers Sheds: D810 and Nikon 70-200mm lens.

TA Moulton Barn

TA Moulton Barn: Progress on the roof. Just down the road, workers replaced some wood siding on a small shed, then stained it to match the remaining siding. I’d like to think they will do the same for the bright new boards they are using on this barn. The workers said they’d be finished by Friday, and they are parking their vehicles behind the barn after hours.  D810 and Nikon 18-300mm lens.

TA Barn

T.A. Moulton Barn: Some of the cottonwoods are starting to change behind the barn. D810 and Nikon 18-300mm lens.

Sleeping Indian

Sleeping Indian: Evening Alpenglow. This is less common in the afternoon than mornings.  D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Swans and Ducks

Swans and Ducks: Very long exposure with passing Mallards and feeding Swan. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

The best color I saw yesterday was around Oxbow Bend and on north toward Lizard Creek, all around Triangle X and Moosehead Ranches, Moran Junction area and the Buffalo Valley Road. Enjoy your day. MJ

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September 20, 2015 :

Upper Band of Trees

Remnants of Alpenglow: Taken at the upper parking lot at Oxbow Bend.  D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

The Bend

The Bend: D810 and Nikon 70-200mm lens.

Trunks

Trunks: Aspen trunks with morning light and shadows. D810 and Nikon 70-200mm lens.

Buffalo Valley

Buffalo Valley: D810 and Nikon 70-200mm lens.

Dark Pond

Dark Pond: Taken on my way up Togwotee Pass. There were very few clouds today.  D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Pinnacle Peaks

Pinnacle Peaks on Togwotee Pass: I was already in the Buffalo Valley when I received a text of a possible Grizzly on a carcass along the highway on Togwotee Pass. I never saw it, nor any photographers.  D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Lodgepoles and Aspens

Lodgepoles and Aspens: On Togwotee Pass.

Brooks Creek Falls

Brooks Creek Falls: The water for this falls flows out of Brooks Lake. There’s more about this waterfalls on this page: Lesser Seen Regional Waterfalls. This could be a tough shot. There’s a fence next to a steep cliff, but it’s about the only vantage point you can get a shot.  D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

CamRanger and Pole

Today, I set up the remote controlled head on a 12′ tall painter’s pole using a CamRanger to focus and compose the shot on my android pad.

Pronghorn

Pronghorn in Thick Sagebrush: This nice buck was focused on a couple of does and had little concern for me being in the area. Taken near Elk Reservoir. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

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September 19, 2015 :

Alpenglow at Schwabacher Landing

Alpenglow at Schwabacher Landing:  D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

First Light

First Light:  D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Oxbow Bend

Oxbow Bend: Low clouds stretched from one end of the valley to the other as the day progressed.  D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Jenny Lake

Jenny Lake: I spent part of my morning driving around and just checking on leaves and access points. The “improved” trail down to Jenny Lake on the one way drive has been closed for a LONG TIME! We are all still waiting on the park to fix a chunk of asphalt. There’s another unimproved trail at the south end of the parking lot that can get you to the water’s edge. This was taken during the bright light time of day towards Cascade Canyon.  D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

I took a lot of panoramic images today. They’ll need to be processed as I have time. Horses were close to the fence at Elk Flats. Bison were way off the road. Pronghorns were scattered. Since I was primarily doing landscapes, I didn’t see many animals.

Jackson Lake Junction

I will be posting quite a few images from today on the Foliage Reports page. Feel free to post your own reports in the Comments section. D810 and Nikon 70-200mm lens.

Moose Rut:

Moose Rut: Taken along the Gros Ventre this afternoon. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

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September 18, 2015 :

Early Snow

Early Snow: Taken just after the clouds lifted off the Grand.  D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Hereford Barn

Hereford Barn: This barn is roughly a mile east of the East Boundary Road, at the end of Antelope Flats Road.  D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Lower Barn

Hereford Barn: This barn is roughly half a mile east of the East Boundary Road, at the end of Antelope Flats Road.  D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Silver Roof

Silver Roof and Damage: Same barn, different angle.  D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

John Moulton Barn and Roofers

John Moulton Barn and Roofers: Weather permitting, the roofers told me they should be finished by Friday of next week.  D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Moose-Wilson Potholes

Moose-Wilson Potholes: Last Wednesday, the gravel portion of the Moose-Wilson Road was closed for application of dust abatement solutions. The rain postponed the application along with any grading they might have done. Right now, the gravel portion is very rough and riddled with potholes. I didn’t count them, but I’d estimate I passed around a hundred vehicles on my drive down the road. They were heading north and I was heading south towards town. I didn’t see a single bear, owl, nor moose.  D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Trapped Raccoons

Trapped Raccoons: Overnight, I captured two Raccoons that had been coming to my yard. This is number two and three for the late summer. I relocated around six of them during the winter months. They are attracted to the bird feed in my back yard. They enter our neighbor’s house through their cat’s trap door and eat the cat food.  D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Raccoon Release

Raccoon Release: My son, Corey, snapped this shot of me releasing the first raccoon. I had a RFN4-s trigger in my left hand which triggered a Nikon D4 with a 14-24mm lens.

First Steps to Freedom

First Steps to Freedom: This is a shot taken with the setup mentioned above.

Approaching Raccoon

Approaching Raccoon: Corey and I switched places for the second Raccoon. This one headed in my direction. I’ll glad we switched places because he would have probably freaked out with the Raccoon heading for him. I kept clicking and he walked right by me and on up the hill behind me. Fun times! D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Check this page for a few more images from this morning : Foliage Reports September/October 2015 :

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September 17, 2015 :

Moose-Wilson Road Re-opens to Through Traffic.   The Moose-Wilson Road was re-opened in its entirety around midday September 17 after black bear activity on the road subsided.

Making the Best of a Rainy Day: Click the JH Weather Reports button for more detailed  info.

Red Maple Leaves

Mountain Maple in Snake River Canyon Update: Just returned from a drive down the Canyon. It is GOOD, but not really peak. There are a few maroon trees, lots of red, orange and amber Maples. At the same time, there are lots of green Maples and some just beginning. The entire area will probably be better over the weekend. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

There are more Mountain Maple shots in info on this page : Foliage Reports September/October 2015 :

Peak Foliage(in some areas) is coming soon!

Rainy Day Suggestion: National Museum of Wildlife Art 28th Annual Western Visions: Wild 100 Show & Sale

Bull Moose

Bull Moose: This bull stood up after two hours of being bedded down. After spinning around, he bedded right back down. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Going Down

Going Down: D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Wildlife Notes: I drove up and down the Moose-Wilson Road this afternoon. I didn’t see a bear or a bear jam. There aren’t a lot of Hawthorn berries left. A ranger told me they had a jam earlier in the day, but that is a far cry from the two or three jams an hour over the Labor Day weekend. I saw a bull moose along the fence on the National Elk Refuge with only one antler. I saw a cow moose with two calves at the junction to the Moose-Wilson road at Moose. I heard more reports of Grizzly sow 610 and her cubs up north. The two Trumpeter Swans were near the observation platform on Flat Creek earlier today.

Mormon Row Notes: The dirt and gravel portion of the road (between the bed and breakfast and Gros Ventre Road) is closed due to the rain. Both barns are getting new roofs and morning photography is definitely compromised. I hope they get the jobs completed before the aspens and cottonwoods turn yellow.

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September 16, 2015 :

Temporary Closure: The Moose-Wilson road will be closed all day through Thursday (morning?) when the unpaved section of the road will be closed for the third application of a dust abatement solution. Park visitors should call 307.739.3682 for specifics. As of this morning, the Park’s site says the stretch of road between the Murie Road junction and Death Canyon road is still closed.

Wednesday Morning: It is dark and raining, with low, dense clouds in town. Rain is in the forecast for today with Thunderstorms for parts of Thursday. Today is a similar day to the one when I wrote this post: Making the Best of a Rainy Day:

Rainy Day Suggestion: National Museum of Wildlife Art 28th Annual Western Visions: Wild 100 Show & Sale

Teewinot Snow

Teewinot Snow: I did a figure eight loop through the park this afternoon. Clouds opened up for short periods in some areas, but the Teton Range stayed mostly covered. This was taken just north of Jenny Lake Junction on the Teton Park Road. The Grand is covered with the cloud behind Teewinot.

Oxbow Bend

Some parts of Oxbow Bend are turning as seen here.  Instead of duplicating all the info, check out this page: Foliage Reports September/October 2015 : D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

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September 15, 2015 :

Moose Bull and Cow

Moose Bull and Cow: I took this photo a week ago (Sept 8th). I liked this one a lot, but I already posted three or four moose shots from that day and left it out.

New Images and Info on: Foliage Reports September/October 2015 :

Foliage is “heating up”. Keep an eye on that page! Today is a similar day to the one when I wrote this post: Making the Best of a Rainy Day:

Morning Photos:

Wet Resting Bull

Wet Resting Bull: It had just stopped raining when I found this soaked bull. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Web_ScentPit_Sept15

Moose Wallow – Rut Pit – Scent Pit:  Check out this post from last year: Moose Courtship Behavior  D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Antler Bling

Antler BlingD810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Washakie Standing

Washakie Standing: D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Resting Yawn:

Resting Yawn: D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Afternoon Photos:

Resting Custer

Resting Custer: There were a few minutes of sunshine this afternoon. I watched this resting bull for well over two hours before he finally stood up. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Moose Courtship

Moose Courtship: D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Mule Deer

Mule Deer: I hiked around looking for another bull Moose. I didn’t find him, but I bumped into this small family. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Trumpeter Swan

Trumpeter Swan: On the way home, I pulled over along Flat Creek to snap off a few low light shots of a pair of Swans. I shot this out the window of the van. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

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September 14, 2015 :

Black Bear

Moose Wilson Road Info: “As of the afternoon of September 11, the Moose-Wilson Road will be closed only from the Murie Ranch Road Junction to the Death Canyon Road Junction.”

You can enter the area by driving through the south station near Teton Village and drive north to the Death Canyon road and up to Whitegrass Ranch. You can drive into the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve and park. The Visitors Center will be open, but the trails are all closed. You can park at the Preserve, then walk back to the Moose-Wilson road and onward to either of the trails to Phelps Lake, but you cannot use the trails down to the Preserve from the Moose-Wilson Road. Bears may be visible along the roads at times. There are quite a few suggestions and rules outlined on this page: The Moose-Wilson Road and Black Bears – My Experiences

Moose-Wilson Road Temporary Closure Amended: This is the Park’s official statement and details.

Logistical Note: If you were to drive to one of the barricades at either end of this closure and then decide to drive to the other, I’d say it will take you close to an hour. You can probably shave off a little time and distance by going down Spring Gulch Road. The actual distance between the two barricades (the closed area) is roughly 4 miles.

Washakie and Waiting Cow

Washakie and Waiting Cow: Grasses are turning gold, while some of the underbrush is turning to fall like colors. Taken at the edge of the cottonwoods along the Gros Ventre. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Cow Moose

Cow Moose: D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Cunningham Cabin

Cunningham Cabin with incoming storm clouds. D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Upper Hillsides at Oxbow Bend

Upper Hillsides at Oxbow Bend: Things are heating up at Oxbow Bend.  D810 and Nikon 70-200mm lens (stitched pano)

Stormy Teton Range

Snake River Cottonwoods: Dark clouds over the Tetons with mist and haze. The cottonwoods are turning in the Schwabacher area, north to Snake River Overlook, but less bright south of Schwabacher. D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Murphy Barn

Murphy Barn. I took this from Antelope Flats Road as a band of light lit the prairie behind. D810 and Nikon 70-200mm lens.

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September 13, 2015 : Sunday

Young Pronghorn

Young Pronghorn: Taken on the two track dirt road running east and west from the Kelly Warm Springs. I’ve heard the road called “Warm Springs Road”. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Lewis in Ditch Creek

Lewis in Ditch Creek: This bull used to hang with another similar sized bull. I called them Lewis and Clark.  D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Lewis in VelvetLewis in Velvet: Sept. 23rd along the Snake River.

I took quite a few shots of this bull while he was in the river and was able to match the pose fairly well. I’d be fairly certain this is the same bull. Currently, his antlers are still partially covered with hardened velvet. Some of it, especially the velvet on the inside portions of the paddles, will be difficult for him to remove now. He’ll be easy to recognize throughout all of the fall and winter. D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Moose Calf in Changing Ground Cover

Moose Calf in Changing Ground Cover: A cow and calf were not far from the bull. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Bees

Bees: There were a few thistle plants near the Shane cabins. I was focusing on the bee on the flower when another one flew into the scene. D4 and Nikon 24-70mm F/2.8 lens.

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September 12, 2015 :

Brown Bear

The Moose-Wilson Road is still closed, but that’s not the only area of the park with bears. They are seen regularly around String Lake, Jenny Lake, Signal Mountain, and Spaulding Bay. We saw a sow Black Bear and cub not far from Pilgrim Creek yesterday. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Black Bear

Black Bear: They will often be on the move from one tree to the next. It helps to have your camera next to you, with the appropriate settings dialed in, so you can roll the window down and get a couple of shots before you are forced to move on. Grizzly 610 and cubs were reported back north recently. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Chipmonk

Many people get bogged down trying to capture images of the big mammals. Be sure to keen an eye out for the more plentiful Critters. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

If you are in town tonight, you might consider going to Tom Manglesen’s Artist Reception & Book Signing at his shop downtown. Hours: 5-9pm.

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September 11, 2015 :

Newest Feature Post: The Moose-Wilson Road and Black Bears – My Experiences

Moose-Wilson Status

Moose-Wilson Status: Road Closed! Larry, a Wildlife Management volunteer is seen here telling a driver the road is closed and he has no idea when they will open it. He told me there were still lots of bears on the road. Additionally, several Grizzlies have been reported in the region, one as close as the Taggart Lake area. Larry also told me Grizzly Sow 610 caused a big bear jam near Oxbow yesterday. The small sign taped to the Road Closed sign tells people they cannot bike or hike through the area. D810 and Nikon 24-70mm F/2.8 lens.

Reflections

Reflections: The Tetons, reflected in the large window on the back side of the Chapel of the Transfiguration. D810 and Nikon 24-70mm F/2.8 lens.

Pronghorns

Pronghorns: These youngsters were sparring near the road along Mormon Row Road.  There were lots of Bison at Elk Flats, much farther north. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Young Coyote

Coyote: Based on the size, I would suggest this is a youngster. It was crossing at the T.A. Moulton Barn. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Oxbow Bend

Oxbow Bend: I snapped this shot from the van to show the status there. Skies were essentially cloudless all day. There is a LOT of yellow up north. Check out Foliage Reports September/October 2015 :  for a lot more foliage photos from today. D810 and Nikon 24-70mm F/2.8 lens.

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Moulton Barn

The T.A. Moulton Barn will be getting a new roof soon. There is a trailer, Loadall, and supplies along the back side. The John Moulton barns appears to be getting a new roof right now, too. There a trailer on the back side, plus one side is stripped of shingles. A porta-potty sits just to the north along the dirt road.

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September 10, 2015 :

Black bear bonanza closes Moose-Wilson JH News & Guide story in today’s paper:

September 09, 2015
Temporary Closure at Jenny Lake and Surrounding Trails

John Moulton Barn

First of the Stars at the John Moulton Barn: I took this one late in the day yesterday. The light was added using a 2 million candle power flashlight. D810 and Nikon 24-70mm F/2.8 lens.

Milky Way Over the Pink House

Milky Way Over the Pink House: The John Moulton Barn is a popular site for night time photography, especially for milky way shots. Last night, there was a construction trailer parked on the back side. D810 and Nikon 14-24mm F/2.8 lens.

Morning Shots

Washakie in Willows

Washakie in Willows: When I found this bull, he was with a Cow and Calf not far from the river’s edge. He abandoned them and began a half mile trek to another downwind Cow. He would stop, sniff and then continue in an almost perfect straight line to her. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Resting Custer

Resting Bull Moose: I added some extra texture overlays in Photoshop on this one. You might like seeing this post: Resting Moose: A Collection of Less Seen Lifestyle Images D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl Side-by-Side: Yesterday afternoon, I went out looking for Moose along the Gros Ventre. I hiked maybe 3/4 mile of the river bottom. In the process, I spotted a Great Horned Owl and took half a dozen shots of it before it flew to another tree top. The owl was backlit in the afternoon sky. I opened up a couple of stops and blew out the sky to white to get the details in the bird. In Lightroom, I dragged the Highlights slider down to bring in a little blue. The rest were just basic Lightroom adjustments to produce the image on the left. In Photoshop, I added several textures and used a filter or two from the Topaz Adjust filter set to create the one on the right. I cloned out the small branch on the left and one below the branch. MJ D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

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September 9, 2015 :

Moose-Wilson Closure

Moose-Wilson Road Closure: Last evening, GTNP officials closed the Moose-Wilson Road due to bear activity. At the time, they told us it was because of too many Black Bears along the roadside.

Wednesday Morning Update: LeAnn Rogers Yeates on Facebook wrote, “Mike, a Ranger told us as we were driving out that there’s at least one Grizz in the area, too…….so this will be a 72 hour closure, then they will reassess the risks. Typical for Sept., sure glad we came over when we did!”

GTNPNewsGTNP News Releases: In theory, you could click the top button in the list in the navigation bar and go to the GTNP site for closure information. I did that just now and do not see any closures. I called the park dispatch line and was told the road is closed “due to bear activity”, but she was not sure if Grizzlies were part of the decision. The dispatcher said she would send a note to see if they could update their page.

Togwotee Pass Grizzlies 2013With the closure of the Moose-Wilson Road, you might want to look over this page: Outside the Park: Alternative Places to Visit, Hike, Fish, and Photograph If the Park Service follows their previous policies, the Moose-Wilson Road will remain closed until after 72 hours of their last sighting of any Grizzly Bear in the area. Grizzly Sow 610 has a tracking collar, but they haven’t disclosed specifics. I’ve heard of a Grizzly roaming the Teton Pines subdivision just south of GTNP. Grizzly Bears are also seen regularly along the road towards Dubois (along Togwotee Pass). There are 100 yard restrictions there, too, but you can photograph from the window of your vehicle.

Check this out: Grand Teton National Park on CBS Sunday Morning: Charles Schultz is credited with the footage. Some of it looks like it was filmed in Yellowstone to me.

Photos From this Morning:

Washakie Lip Curl

Washakie Lip Curl: If you are not sure what’s going on here, check out: Flehmen Response or “Lip Curl” in GTNP Moose D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Custer in Cottonwoods

Custer in Cottonwoods: D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Cow Moose in Gold

Cow Moose in Gold: D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Crossed Legged Calf

Crossed Legged Calf: D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Custer and a Rocky Crossing

Custer and a Rocky CrossingD810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Pronghorn Does

Pronghorn Does: These were beside the Gros Ventre Road. I didn’t see a buck, but one was probably close. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

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September 8, 2015 :

The Labor Day Weekend is over but the park and town are still crowded. The JH Rodeo and nightly Shootouts are over for the season. The Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival will be beginning soon. A gallon of Self-Serv Unleaded gasoline “plummeted” to $2.89 from $2.93 last week. Kids are back in school. Some of the summer worker headed back to college. You get the idea—a shift in the business calendar’s seasons! Inside the park, the wildlife is going on about its business of the Fall rut and building up fat and food stashes for the upcoming winter months.

New Feature Post: Foliage Reports September/October 2015 : This page will be updated regularly throughout the month. Keep an eye on it!

Custer, Cow, and Calf

Custer, Cow, and Curious Calf: After stripping their velvet, bull moose are beginning to get interested in the cows. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

After A Good Drink

After A Quenching Drink: D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Cow and Calf

Cow and Calf: Crossing the Gros Ventre with first of the morning light hitting the willows and cottonwoods. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

In Pursuit

In Pursuit: The cow and calf crossed, followed by the motivated bull. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Cinnamon Black Bear in Morning Grasses

Cinnamon Black Bear in Morning Grasses: Bears are feeding on Black Hawthorne berries, moving from tree to tree looking for the “low hanging fruit” at the moment. Some are climbing the trees to get to higher berries. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

The Easier Route

The Easier Route: D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Black Bear Cubs

Black Bear Cubs: D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Cinnamon Cub

Cinnamon Cub: I have a folder of images of the Black Bears and am working on a Feature Post about my experiences along the Moose-Wilson Road. If you are not already a subscriber to this site, now’s a great time to do so. I’d love to have a couple hundred new subscribers!  D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Loose End Wildlife Reports: Over the weekend, I saw two young foxes in the Dornan’s area, along with a weasel on the Moose-Wilson Road. Robins, Western Tanagers, and Cedar Waxwings are feeding on the berries, along with a bat that flew within arm’s length of me. Grizzly Sow 610 and her cubs were spotted over the weekend along Shadow Mountain. At least for the past couple of years, she finds her way to the Moose-Wilson Road for the peak of the berries, and when that happens, expect the road to close.

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September 7, 2015 :

Cinnamon Sow On Buck Rail

Cinnamon Sow On Buck Rail: I saw several Black Bears today, but only took photos of this Sow taking advantage of a step ladder to the Black Hawthorne Berries. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Buck Rail Seat

Buck Rail Seat: D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Standing Black Bear

Standing Black Bear: I’ve heard a few tourists identifying this bear as a Grizzly, probably based on the light tan patch on her back. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

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September 6, 2015 :

Stripped Velvet

Stripped Velvet: Today was a very long day for me. I am making this post at 10:30 pm. The image above is a crop of a very early morning shot at ISO 10,000. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Moose-Wilson Road

Moose-Wilson Road: The rules still say people are supposed to stay back 100 yards from bears, but when Wildlife Management personnel or Law Enforcement Officers are on the scene, people are often allowed to be closer. The road is tight, with few legal parking spots. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Black Bear Crossing Marsh

Black Bear Crossing Marsh: This bear has a yellow ear tag. Bright summer light makes photographing black bears especially tough. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Cinnamon Bear in Hawthorne Bush

Cinnamon Bear in Hawthorne Bush: D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Black Bear Crossing the Creek

Black Bear Crossing the Creek: D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Black Bear in the Forest

Black Bear in the Forest: Late evening, low light shot at ISO 7200. I was heading home when I ran into this bear jam. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Sunset Barn

Sunset Barn: I started before sunrise and ended after sunset today! For this shot, I used an off camera SB910 strobe, triggered with a RFN-4s controller. I was holding the strobe just out of the frame (to the left), set to +3 power and zoomed to 200mm.

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September 5, 2015 :

Soggy Skies

Soggy Skies: After making my normal loops looking for animals (moose with velvet), I ended up at Mormon Road. They make good foreground subjects to put in front of the mood clouds. D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Evening Storm

Evening Storm: The clouds rolling in over the Tetons at sunset were equally dynamic and moody. D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

I got a late start because of the dark skies, rain, and thick clouds.

Cattle Drive

Cattle Drive on Spring Gulch Road: D810 and Tamron 24-70mm lens.

Snow Capped Grand

Snow Capped Grand: In town, we had rain overnight. The Grand received a layer of new snow. D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Cinnamon Bears

Cinnamon Bears: Taken along the Moose-Wilson Road. (I removed a branch across the face of the small bear) D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Cinnamon Bear and Hawthorne Berries

Cinnamon Bear and Hawthorne Berries: D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Black Bear

Black Bear: D810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Sleeping Indian

Sleeping Indian: Taken from the highway on the way home. D810 and Nikon 70-200mm lens.

Spring Gulch

Spring Gulch: Also taken from the highway. D810 and Nikon 70-200mm lens.

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September 4, 2015 :

Schwabacher Morning

Schwabacher Morning: I started out looking for Moose, but ended up at Schwabacher for first light. I tried a shot from this same spot last evening, but the colorful evening sky never happened. This image is stitched from three individual captures using Lightroom CC2015. D800 and Nikon 24-70mm lens. Click this image to see it much larger.

Schwabacher Mossy Pool

Schwabacher Mossy Pool: The water level has dropped in the first pool by the parking lot, revealing aquatic vegetation that breaks up the normal mirror reflections. There is similar “trash” in the water along Flat Creek just north of the Visitor’s center, but the many ducks and waterfowl don’t seem to mind. There were at least 8 vehicles in the south parking lot at Schwabacher Landing this morning. Over the past few years, beavers have been busy building and maintaining a series of dams in that area, creating reflection pools that were not there in prior years. D800 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Gear: The images above were taken with my Nikon D800 body. I recently ordered a new Nikon D810 and it should be here today. My Nikon D4 now has over 670,000 actuations and is going strong! A year ago this week, we were fishing for Kokanee Salmon and the D4 took a couple of second bath. While in for service, Nikon replaced the shutter on it. At the time, it had 503,000 actuations—well above the published life expectations. In the 12 months since, I’ve added over 170,000 actuations!

THE SEVEN DEADLY MYTHS OF INTERNET COPYRIGHT: This page has been on my site for a while, written by a lawyer and specifically dealing with photographs. There are a couple more similar pages linked on that page. Since this page is essentially a Daily Journal of what’s going on, I’ll include a bit more about my personal experiences. A couple of the sites suggest copyright submissions must be made in a timely manner…they suggest 90 days from the time you take a photo. I had my June copyright submission ready for uploading on August 31, but the US Copyright Office site was down and has been down all week. I spoke with a person at the Copyright Office today. She said the “90 day window” is not an issue at all.

There’s a section in yesterday’s post called Area Tidbits: All of it applies today.

Teton Vista

Chris Balmer from Perfect Light Camera and Supply dropped off my new Nikon D810 before lunch. We headed north for a few shots and a little reconnaissance. This is a mid-day shot overlooking Hedrick Pond. D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Aspen Trunks and Ground Cover

Aspen Trunks and Ground Cover: This was taken behind the Camas field near Arizona Creek. D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Red Leaf

Red Leaf: There are hints of rich colors at our door step. D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Orange Aspens

Orange Aspens: After a big rain, you’ve probably seen TV news reports of a guy paddling around in a canoe in a low area of a town. There may be some actual flooding in the area, but they pick the very worst little spot for the new cast—even though much of the surrounding area is relatively dry. That’s the problem with doing random foliage shots. I’ll always find the trees with the most color to post. Right? This group of orange aspens stood out against all the green trees near Jackson Lake Junction in GTNP. There are random trees turning prime all over the park, but most are just beginning to turn. D810 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

I spent half an hour setting the Auto Focus Fine Tune adjustments on the new D810.  I set the AF Fine Tune for each of the telephoto lenses using a LensAlign.

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September 3, 2015 :

Custer in a Side Channel

Custer in a Side Channel: I looked for moose all morning, including hiking a mile or so of the river bottom in two directions. Nothing! I gave up, figuring it just wasn’t my day. As I was driving home, I spotted this bull out of the corner of my eye. D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Mountain Maple

Mountain Maple:  I have been hearing the Mountain Maple are starting to turn in the Snake River Canyon towards Alpine Junction. We had soft, thin cloud cover this morning, so I make a quick trip down. A few of them are beginning to turn. Traditionally, the maples are bright red between the 15th of September and possibly up until October 2nd or so. Last year, many of them looked good when we went down to fish on September 7th.  Check out September 2014: for more photos from down there. D800 and Nikon 70-200mm lens.

September Foliage Reports Page: Coming Soon! Some areas seem well ahead of normal.

Area Tidbits:

  • Tomorrow is the last Free Concert at Snow King ball field. Lucas Nelson is playing and I hear he’s really good.
  • The Fort Bridger Mountain Man Rendezvous is underway at Fort Bridger, WY. It is the largest of the year in this region.
  • I’ve driven by the barns along Mormon Row and haven’t seen much new progress lately.
  • There is road construction near the Hoback Bridge and just north of Hoback Junction.
  • Black Bears are still feeding along the Moose-Wilson Road. No reports yet of Grizzlies in the area.
  • I’ve heard a few reports of Great Gray Owls being sighted again, including several reports of them around Munger Mountain.
  • Don’t forget to check yesterday’s new Feature Post.:  Antlers and Wyoming’s Shiras Moose –

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September 2, 2015 :

Antlers Sequence Strip

New Feature Post: Antlers and Wyoming’s Shiras Moose – As I make this post, about half of the bulls have already stripped their velvet for the year. If you are lucky, you might get to see and photograph this important stage in the yearly rut cycle.

The Grand

The Grand and Blacktail Butte: D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Custer in Sagebrush

Custer in Sagebrush: The three Bulls I photographed on Monday stripped their antlers on Tuesday. Quite a few people got to photograph it and I would have liked to be one of them. Still, I was with the bull above on Tuesday as he did a river crossing. I added roughly 650 actuations on my venerable old D4 in the process. Can’t complain! D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Custer in Cottonwoods

Today, I found this one and stayed with him until he bedded down in a cool, shady area. On the way home, I saw another one along the side of the Gros Ventre river with what appeared to be full velvet. It was close to 10:00 am as I drove by and he we still feeding in the warm sun. D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

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September 1, 2015 :

Sleeping Indian

Sleeping Indian: Taken from the hillside along the Gros Ventre Road. Lots of possibilities yet to be explored there! D800 and Nikon 70-200mm lens.

Morning Clouds

Clouds Above the Tetons: I saw this cloud developing over the Tetons, so I did a quick run to the barns for first light. D800 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Welcome to September!

Gros VentreThis photo was taken on August 30th, 2015 along the Gros Ventre River. Based on a few clues like this one, it appears foliage is going to be early again this year. The 30°F morning we had about a week ago might have initiated the early changes in parts of the valley? During September, I plan on adding a JH Foliage Reports 2015 page to accompany this September Daily Updates and Photos page.

August was a banner month for me. If you missed it, check out August 2015 Daily Updates & Photos for Grand Teton National Park & JH: You can get a good idea of what the first part of September will look like. Also check out September 2014:

Oxbow Bend in PinkThis photo at Oxbow Bend was taken on September 21st of last year. Typically (if there is such a thing), Oxbow peaks around October 2nd or 3rd. I haven’t been that far north in a while, but when I do, I’ll report on the status here. I don’t think many leaves will still be on the trees at Oxbow on October 1st this year either.

September Crossing

September Crossing: Bull Moose crossing the Gros Ventre in early morning light. D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.
If you like moose, be sure to look over the last half of August: August 2015 Daily Updates & Photos for Grand Teton National Park & JH:

Beginning of the Month Loose Ends and Reports:

  • FREE in Jackson Hole ~ Areas & Activities: Some of the Free activities end after Labor Day.
  • The Fall Arts Festival will offer plenty of new activities and events.
  • Wildlife is becoming very active. Moose are beginning to shed their velvet. Bison are still in the rut. Bears are looking for berries. Elk are beginning to bugle. Beavers, squirrels,  and other small mammals are beginning to gather winter supplies of food.
  • Smoke has mostly lifted or blown out. Lingering amounts have still been causing great sunrise and sunsets.

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Comments (9)

  1. John Oden

    I’ve been preparing for a 10 day road trip through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. After searching ive come to conclude this site is the finest of its kind for the information one needs for such an adventure. Many thanks for your hard work.

  2. Hi John,
    Thanks for taking time to comment! You are exactly my target reader. I write this site under this premise: “If I were coming to JH and GTNP as photographer or tourist, what would I want to know and need to know”. MJ

  3. Thanks Mike. I love the lip curl this morning. What an awesome photo. You were blessed this morning for sure. Had to send the link to the wife who is at home. Take care and thanks as always. John, themasterslight.blogspot.com

  4. Ly Dang

    Hi Mike, The vast information you provided in your site will make a great book! Thank you for the dedicated work. I was wondering why you don’t include shots of the Elk rut? -LD

  5. Hi Ly,
    The Elk in GTNP are much more skittish than in Yellowstone (because of the hunting in parts of the park and surrounding areas) and pull back into the forests very early. I have to leave an extra half hour earlier for a “chance” to see them. The most reliable areas for Elk are around Jenny Lake and String Lake. There are a few shots of the bulls on last October’s daily updates http://www.bestofthetetons.com/2014/09/30/october-2014-daily-updates-photos-for-grand-teton-national-park-jh/

  6. Ly Dang

    Those shots of the Elk were along Jenny Lake and String Lake Road? So best chance to see/photograph the Elk rut is to go to North of Yellowstone NP (Mammoth area)?

  7. I don’t spend a lot of time in Yellowstone. There are usually several nice bulls around Mammoth, and there used to be lots of bull elk along the Madison. Some of that seems to have changed since the introduction of wolves. In GTNP, the best places are along Jenny Lake and String Lake. Some are at Willow Flats and you can find them randomly in other parts.

  8. Paul

    Much gratitude and the same as John stated. All your efforts put into this blog is vastly appreciated and has been invaluable in planning our trip. Arriving on the 19th for my first visit from Missouri; thrilled that the weather forecast is looking beautiful plus the extra gift of having the new snow on the range. A splendid weekend is on tap considering the unknown when purchasing the plane tickets four months ago…

  9. The photo of the young bull (9/28) is a classic. His eye looking at the camera is priceless.

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