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October 2016 Daily Journal for GTNP & JH

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Check Out These TWO Popular Pages: If I Had Only One Day in the Tetons and A Trip to Jackson Hole

And…this page might be a valuable resource at this time of the year: Wildlife Reports for September:

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October 31, 2016 –  Halloween!

First Light

First Light: Taken from Antelope Flats Road as a beam of light washed the valley floor. Bison were in the area. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.

Morning Bull Moose

Morning Bull Moose: Taken along the East Boundary Road north of Kelly. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.

Red Fox on Logs

Red Fox on Logs: This little critter was hunting around String Lake. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.

Red Fox on the Move

Red Fox on the Move: It’s time to kiss October goodbye. The Inner Park Loop road will close tonight, cutting us off from the String Lake and Jenny Lake area until next spring.  Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.

Evening Moose

Evening Moose: This is the same moose I photographed earlier in the day. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.

Bull Duo

Bull Duo: Two of half a dozen moose near the Junction to the Upper Gros Ventre. There are lots of moose in the sage flats north of Kelly. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.

Watch for a new “November 2016” page tomorrow! Sign up to follow this site if you haven’t already done so!

Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens Update: I sent the new G2 lens to Tamron for some adjustments. It was returned today. Tomorrow, I will do my AF Fine Tune adjustments and start giving it a new tryout.

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October 30, 2016 – Sunday

Young Bull Moorse

Young Bull Moose: Photographed at the Kelly Warm Springs. This bull, along with a cow and two calves danced around the edge before heading north. I saw roughly 15 moose this morning, including Washakie. I was able to see his broken antler, but didn’t get shots. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.

Cow and Calves

Cow and Calves: Also at the Kelly Warm Springs. Moose cows seem to have had a good year. I’ve seen several mothers with two calves each, plus many of them with a single calf. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.

Bull Moose

Bull Moose: This nice looking bull was grazing around at the Gros Ventre Junction. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.

Wildlife Notes: I saw a couple of remnant Pronghorns along the Gros Ventre Road this morning. A small herd of bison was grazing around just north of Kelly, plus a few near the Mormon Row barns. I haven’t seen them yet, but I would expect to start seeing a few Rough-legged Hawks.

A Few Notes:

  • Elk Reduction Program “The 2016 elk reduction program began Saturday, October 22 in Grand Teton National Park. Authorized through the park’s enabling legislation of 1950, the program allows for the proper management and conservation of the Jackson Elk Herd“….via GTNP site. There will be areas where you might want to wear Hunter Orange.
  • The Inner Park Road (Teton Park Road) will close on November 1st.
  • Much of the Moose-Wilson Road will close on November 1st.
  • The southern 3 miles of Mormon Row Road is closed.
  • The RKO Road is closed.
  • Dead Man’s Bar Road is closed.
  • All campgrounds are closed for the winter.
  • As far as I know, Dornan’s Pizza and Pasta and Gas stays open through the winter. Other restaurants and stations are closed. Flagg Ranch should reopen later for the winter snowmobile and snow coach season.

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October 29, 2016 – Saturday

Teton Pass

Teton Pass: With the rain all day yesterday and last night, I had visions of Teton Pass covered in 3 feet of snow. But, I was wrong! The temperature was too warm for snow, even at that elevation. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm.

Two Trees

Pair of Trees: Also captured on the west side of the Pass. There are still splashes of color scattered in the region. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm.

Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel: Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm.

Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel: Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm.

MikeNumerous openings are available in November. Just ask!

Teton Photo Excursions. I offer LICENSED One-On-One Photography Excursions in Grand Teton National Park, with emphasis on helping clients with their camera and gear. Each trip is customized based on client needs and requests. (Note: It says One-On-One, but I take two people on a trip for the same price). We find some of the best locations for scenic photography, and look for wildlife in the process.  Check out some of the Client Comments. (Teton Photo Excursions is an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service)

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October 28, 2016 – Friday

Round Barn

Round Barn: I made a quick trip to my home state of Oklahoma this week. This old barn, located just east of Edmond, OK along historic old Route 66, has been beautifully restored and is now a popular free attraction. Nikon D500 and Nikon 28-300mm.

When I last saw this barn at Arcadia, it was in terrible disrepair. It was refreshing to see it in its present form. Historic photos and more info can be found on this site: Arcadia Round Barn.

Round Barn, looking up.

Arcadia Round Barn, looking up: This is an amazing place! The second story is essentially open, often used for events and weddings. Nikon D500 and Nikon 28-300mm.

Windmill

Arcadia Windmill: I captured this one at 1/20th second, using a Nikon D500 and 28-300mm lens. Nikon D500 and Nikon 28-300mm.

Guthrie

Guthrie sprung up following the historic Oklahoma Land Run of 1989. It became the Territorial Capitol of the state until moved to Oklahoma City years later.   TravelOK.com says,”As Oklahoma’s territorial capital, Guthrie’s ongoing restoration efforts make the town’s downtown area the largest Historic Preservation District in the nation.” Here’s some more info on Wikipedia: Guthrie, OK. I took quite a few interesting photos at Guthrie—enough to to make a worthwhile page. Check back! Nikon D500 and Nikon 28-300mm.

Washakie: Glenn Phillips sent a couple of photos by email of Washakie. He has lost his left antler…not sure if it was in a fight…but it is way too early for the antler loss. I’ve seen other bulls lose an antler early in the morning and having to wait to lose the second one. The lack of balance seemed to make them uncomfortable. I will be interesting to see how it affects this big bull.

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October 27, 2016 – Wednesday

On The Road:

cathedral group

Cathedral Group: The Inner Park Loop Road (Teton Park Road) closes for the season on October 31st. This affects such locations as Jenny Lake, String Lake, Signal Mountain, and the Old Patriarch Tree.

String Lake Blue Light

String Lake / Blue Light: In other words…better get there soon!

Patriarch Tree

Old Patriarch Tree: This was taken on October 28, 2010 (the date in the photo is incorrect). It is a bit unusual to get this big of a storm in October, but it is always possible! For maps and more info on this spot, check out: Patriarch Tree

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October 24, 2016 – Monday

Soggy Morning: It’s raining here in town this morning. I am working on some bookkeeping before going to a guide’s meeting at the National Elk Refuge. This allows me to legally take tours onto the refuge road to view the Bighorn Sheep, Elk, Coyotes, Wolves, and occasional Pronghorns throughout the Winter months. Bighorns typically start showing up in the week before Thanksgiving and more in the following week.

On a Personal Note:

  • I will be flying to Oklahoma City tomorrow morning for a few days to visit my Mom. I’ll take a camera and computer to make posts, but the subject matter will change.
  • I am still waiting for my Tamron 150-600mm G2 lens to come back from Tamron. It needed some adjustments.
  • I spent a lot of the weekend going through my hard drives after a drive failure. So far so good, with only a few lost files.

Leaves

Seasonal Notes:

  • The moose and elk ruts are tapering off. Moose are much more visible in the sage flats now than earlier in the year.
  • Bison are hanging around the south end of the park, but staying out of the National Elk Refuge.
  • Pronghorns appear to have left the valley after last weeks snow.
  • Mule deer are becoming more visible along the roadways on the Gros Ventre Road and in the Kelly area.
  • Black bears have not be hanging around the Moose-Wilson Road in a long time.
  • Grizzlies have been spotted regularly in the Pilgrim Creek Area.
  • Most of the colorful leaves have fallen around the Park area, closing the chapter on Fall and beginning the chapter for early Winter.
  • The Ek Hunt is in progress, which affects not only Elk but all of the ungulates.

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October 23, 2016 – Sunday

Sunrise

Sunrise: Taken along the Gros Ventre Road. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm.

Bison and Grand

Bison and Grand: Taken before the sun light hit the valley floor…just north of Kelly. Nikon D500 and Nikon 24-70mm.

Bull Moose and Grand

Bull Moose and Grand: Taken just north of Ditch Creek. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.

Bull Moose

Bull Moose: This bull was standing at the edge of Ditch Creek when I took the image. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.

Bull Moose and Family

Bull Moose and Family: The bull was “on a mission” to find this cow. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.

Lip Curl

Lip Curl: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.

Cow and Calves

Cow and Calves: Along Ditch Creek. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.

Young Moose

Young Moose: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.

Young Moose

Young Moose: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.

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October 22, 2016 – Saturday

Washakie on Ridge

Washakie on Ridge: A half dozen moose were fairly close to the Gros Ventre Road this morning. When they heard three or four rifle shots, they spooked, making a bee line to the river. Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm.

Cow and Calf Crossing GV

Cow and Calf Crossing the Gros VentreNikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm.

Cottonwood

Cottonwood: Beavers have been busy along the river bottom lately. I see their handy work, but haven’t seen many of them. Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm.

Tree Line

Tree Line: This shot was taken across Blacktail Butte. Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm.

Custer and Snow King

Custer and Snow King: This bull was seen near Ditch Creek. You can see the ski runs on Snow Kink Mountain. I believe the distant mountain is Munger Mountain. Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm.

Custer Scraping on Cottonwood

Custer Scraping on Cottonwood: Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm.

Custer Scraping on Cottonwood

Custer Scraping on Cottonwood: Also in Ditch Creek. Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm.

Custer Drinking

Custer Drinking: Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm.

Resting Bull

Resting BullNikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm.

TA Moulton Barn

TA Moulton Barn: Dark, moody skies prompted me to take a few shots on Mormon Row. Nikon D500 and Nikon 24-70mm.

Moulton Barn

Moulton BarnNikon D500 and Nikon 24-70mm.

John Moulton Homestead

John Moulton HomesteadNikon D500 and Nikon 24-70mm.

Blacktail Ponds

Blacktail Ponds Pano: Two images, stitched in Lightroom.  Nikon D500 and Nikon 24-70mm.

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October 21, 2016 – Friday

Sparring Bulls

Sparring Bulls: So far this year, I have yet to see two bull “fighting”…just sparring. Interestingly, I haven’t seen a large bull actually mating with a cow. I typically see that at least two or three times each year. Nikon D500 and Nikon 70-200mm.

Bull and Cow

Bull and Cow: Even though I haven’t see the “action”, there has been plenty of rut activity, and they are still in the rut. Nikon D500 and Nikon 70-200mm.

Ping and Pong

Ping and Pong: There have been two bulls hanging close to each other all fall. Both of them have ping pong paddle sized antlers. They seem to like to spar with each other, but larger bulls get involved with the sparring at times. Nikon D500 and Nikon 70-200mm.

Three Bulls

Three Bulls: The two small bulls often team up against a larger one. Nikon D500 and Nikon 70-200mm.

Washakie

Washakie: Nikon D500 and Nikon 70-200mm.

Bull Crossing Gros Ventre

Bull Crossing Gros Ventre: This bull went across the stream faster than some. He was definitely on the scent trail of a cow on the other side. Nikon D500 and Nikon 70-200mm.

Custer Standing

Custer: This bull was has been roaming around the sage and creek bottom at Ditch Creek. It appears he has had a couple of fights, based on the missing fur on his rump and a couple of small broken tines. This year, he showed up with an additional index finger sized tine growing out of his skull, but that has now either fallen or broken off. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.

Custer Scratching

Custer Scratching: Another view showing the missing “skull tine”.  Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.

Leaf in Ice

Leaf in Ice: It was 26 degrees when I was driving around this morning. Ice forms along streams, like this one in Ditch Creek. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.

A Few Notes:

  •  Elk Reduction Program “The 2016 elk reduction program begins Saturday, October 22 in Grand Teton National Park. Authorized through the park’s enabling legislation of 1950, the program allows for the proper management and conservation of the Jackson Elk Herd”….via GTNP site. There will be areas where you might want to wear Hunter Orange.
  • RKO Road is now closed to vehicle travel. I suppose you can still walk it, but it’s two miles from Teton Park Road to the river in most places.
  • Mormon Row Road (the southern 3 miles) has been closed for a week or ten days.

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October 20, 2016 – Thursday

Dancing Clouds

Dancing Clouds: I spent the morning dealing with a dead hard drive, but got out in the afternoon for a few shots. Nikon D500 and Nikon 70-200mm.

Sleeping Indian

Sleeping Indian: Taken from the Gros Ventre Road. Nikon D500 and Nikon 70-200mm.

Washakie

Washakie:  I saw at least 20 moose along the Gros Ventre. Nikon D500 and Nikon 70-200mm.

Cow and Baby Bull

Cow and Baby Bull: You can see the small “bulb” on the little one’s head. Nikon D500 and Nikon 70-200mm.

Crossing

Crossing: A couple of the twenty moose I saw this afternoon.  Nikon D500 and Nikon 70-200mm.

Whitetail Deer

Whitetail Deer: Also seen along the Gros Ventre. Nikon D500 and Nikon 70-200mm.

Grand and Clouds

Grand and Clouds at Sunset: Taken from the Gros Ventre Road. Nikon D500 and Nikon 70-200mm.

Sunset Over the Teton Range

Sunset Over the Teton Range: (Click this one to see it much larger) Nikon D500 and Nikon 70-200mm.

MikeSeveral openings are available in October and November. Just ask!

Teton Photo Excursions. I offer LICENSED One-On-One Photography Excursions in Grand Teton National Park, with emphasis on helping clients with their camera and gear. Each trip is customized based on client needs and requests. (Note: It says One-On-One, but I take two people on a trip for the same price). We find some of the best locations for scenic photography, and look for wildlife in the process.  Check out some of the Client Comments. (Teton Photo Excursions is an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service)

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October 19, 2016 – Wednesday

Moose In Sagebrush

Morning Moose In Sagebrush: Overnight snow covered the valley floor and gave me a few winter opportunities. Nikon D500 and Nikon 70-200mm.

Bulls in Meadows

Bulls in Meadows: These two bulls were roughly the same size, but didn’t appear to have an appetite for an intense fight. Nikon D500 and Nikon 70-200mm.

Bulls in Meadows

Bulls in Meadows: I hiked well off the road to have a chance to photograph these two bulls. Moose are much more visible in the open sage now. I saw at least 15 today. Nikon D500 and Nikon 70-200mm.

Bison Trio

Bison Trio: Roughly 150 Bison crossed Antelope Flats and headed north as I drove by. Another 150 or so were hanging around the Kelly Warm Springs. Nikon D500 and Nikon 70-200mm.

Jumping Calf

Jumping Calf: As the herd approached the road, they changed speed. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.

Running Bison

Running Bison: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.

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October 18, 2016 – Tuesday

The Complete Photography Bundle 2016: Get the full details and grab it here before it’s gone. This might of interest to some readers. I purchased the deal, but haven’t had time to go through it yet. The deal is good for only one more day.

Cow and Calf Crossing

Cow and Calf Crossing Gros Ventre: I hiked quite a ways to get this shot this morning. I didn’t see the bigger bulls in the area, but a river crossing is always worth shooting. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.

Cow and Calf Crossing

Cow and Calf Crossing: In case you missed it, check out the new Feature Post: Snowflakes and Fall Moose. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle: Also captured along the Gros Ventre River. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.

Bison at the Kelly Warm Springs

Bison at the Kelly Warm Springs: It appears the large herds of Bison have moved back south. I’d expect to see them regularly for a while knowing they are hesitant to enter the National Elk Refuge while there is a Bison Hunt in progress. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.

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October 17, 2016 – Monday

Sparring Moose

Sparring Moose: Overnight, we had slushy, wet snow in most areas of the valley. I was out this morning hoping to get a few shots. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.

Moose in Snow

Moose in Snow: Bull moose in cottonwoods along the Gros Ventre River bottom. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.

Resting Bull Moose

Resting Bull Moose: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.

Sparring while Resting

Sparring while Resting: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.

Peach House

Peach House: A moody morning along Mormon Row. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.

Highway Barn

Highway Barn: Taken from a spot along the highway between Jackson and Wilson. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.

Orange Leaves

Orange Leaves: A contrast of seasons. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.

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October 16, 2016 – Sunday

Resting Doe

Resting Doe: I found this group of Mule Deer while hiking around looking for Moose. I took a few shots and moved on. The doe never got up!

Maple Leaf

Maple Leaf: On my way home, I stopped for a few leaf shots and then brought home a few of the large leaves. I sandwiched the leaf between two thin pieces of glass and photographed them in my office. This one has light on the front, while the one below was lit from behind.

Maple Leaf

Maple Leaf:

I added a few new shots on this page: Foliage Reports September/October 2016 :

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October 15, 2016 – Saturday

Last morning, the temperatures had dropped to 22 degrees. Today, the temperature was 40 degrees, with light rain and drizzle.

Just in case you missed it, check out this new Feature Post: RKO Road & Bar B C Road

Morning Moose

Morning Moose: Taken through a sheet of drizzle and at a long distance. Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm.

Sparring Moose

Sparring Moose: Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm.

Sparring Moose

Sparring Moose: Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm.

Antler Admiration

Antler Admiration: Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm.

Bull and Cow

Bull and Cow: This pair of moose were along Flat Creek here in town. Nikon D500 and Nikon 70-200mm.

Bull Moose

Bull Moose: Nikon D500 and Nikon 70-200mm.

Cow Feeding

Cow Feeding: Nikon D500 and Nikon 70-200mm.

Afternoon Lip Curl

Afternoon Lip Curl: Nikon D500 and Nikon 70-200mm.

Calf Splashing

Calf Splashing: Also seen in Flat Creek.Nikon D500 and Nikon 70-200mm.

Bull Near Flat Creek

Bull Near Flat Creek: Nikon D500 and Nikon 70-200mm.

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October 14, 2016 – Friday

A Few Notes: Keep an eye on this “sister page” during early October: Foliage Reports September/October 2016 :

  • The southern 2/3rd  of Mormon Row Road and part of Warm Springs Road is now closed.
  • The Elk Reduction Program (Elk Hunt) begins this weekend. I checked the GTNP web site for a link with more info and maps, but there is nothing current available.
  • Many of the campgrounds will be closing soon. The GV campground closes at 11:00 am on October 16.
  • Deadmans Bar Road, parking area and ramp will be closed beginning at 8:00 a.m. on October 3.
  • Teton Park Road (Inner Park Road) and part of the Moose-Wilson Road closes at midnight on October 31.
  • Temporary Closure Scheduled for South Jenny Lake Area.pdf   Map of Closed Areas at South Jenny Lake.pdf
  • The cones have been removed along the Moose-Wilson Road.

Bull Moose Near Gros Ventre

Bull Moose Near Gros Ventre: Nikon D500 and Nikon 70-200mm.

Bull Moose in Thicket

Bull Moose in Thicket: Nikon D500 and Nikon 70-200mm.

Today’s Lens and Body Combination: For many years, I used a Nikon D300 (DX crop) and paired it with a Nikon 70-200mm lens. It seemed to work well for my moose shots. When I bought a FX body, I switched to a Nikon 200-400mm lens for my Fall moose images. Today, we had heavy, dark clouds, so I decided to pull out the 70-200mm F/2.8 lens and put it on the new D500 DX body. Déjàvu!

Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens Notes: Last Friday, the new G2 version of the Tamron 150-600mm lens arrived. I did some AF Fine Tune tests with it on all three bodies…D5, D500, and D810. I’ve used it off and on all week using all three bodies. As it turns out, my copy of the lens varies considerably over the 600mm length and 150mm length. Yesterday, I adjusted the AF Fine Tune “on the fly”, meaning I set it to -16 when at 600mm and -4 (back focusing lens) at 150mm, and then adjusted it to -10 when close to 400mm. Those shots came out fine. This afternoon, I contacted Tamron USA. They sent a shipping label by email and I sent the lens in for adjustment. Hopefully, the adjusted lens will be “neutral” throughout the zoom range when it is returned.

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October 13, 2016 – Thursday

Washakie in Morning Light

Washakie in Morning Light: Captured along the Gros Ventre this morning. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.

Lip Curl

Lip Curl: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.

Mule Deer

Mule Deer Doe: Also found along the Gros Ventre river basin. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.

Moose in Rut

Moose in Rut: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens.

Cow and Calf

Cow and Calf: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.

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October 12, 2016 – Wednesday

String Lake Outlet

String Lake Outlet: I went out this morning, hoping to find elk, but ended up spending the sunrise period at String Lake taking landscape photos. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm

Teewinot and Grand

Teewinot and Grand Sunrise: Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm

Teewinot and Grand

Teewinot and Grand with Down Timber: Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm

Four Elk

Four Elk: After the sunrise shots, I decided to check out the RKO Road before it closes. I found a variety of large game animals. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens.

Gray Wolf in Sagebrush

Gray Wolf in Sagebrush: And…I was fortunate to see a pair of wolves crossing the valley floor. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens.

Running Elk

Running Elk: This is one of several individual bulls were heading north towards Signal Mountain. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens.

Pronghorns

Pronghorns: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens.

Bison Bull

Bison Bull: Also found along the RKO Road. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens.

The plan is to create a new Feature Post about my morning on the RKO Road. Take a second to sign up to follow this site to be one of the first to see it

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October 11, 2016 – Tuesday

Four Moose Crossing

Four Moose Crossing: Taken along the Gros Ventre River this morning.  Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens.

Drinking Moose

Drinking Moose: Also along the Gros Ventre. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens.

Young Buck

Young Buck: Captured in the cottonwoods along the Gros Ventre River. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens.

Young Moose Crossing River

Young Moose Crossing River: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens.

Young Moose Crossing River

Young Moose Crossing River: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens.

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October 10, 2016 – Monday

First Light

First Light: Bull Elk grazing in early morning light near Jenny Lake. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm

First Light

Morning Elk: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm

Bull Elk

Bull Elk: Taken near Jenny Lake Junction. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm

Bull in Sage

Bull in Sage: Near the String Lake Junction. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm

Cathedral Group

Cathedral Group: Taken on the road entering the String Lake and Jenny Lake drive. Nikon D5 and Nikon 24-70mm

String Lake

String Lake: Nikon D5 and Nikon 24-70mm

Scratching Moose

Scratching Moose: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm

Afternoon Moose

Afternoon Moose: Taken along the Gros Ventre this afternoon.  Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm

Washakie

Washakie: Resting moose along the Gros Ventre. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm

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October 9, 2016 – Sunday

Sunset

Sunset: I took this shot late yesterday and processed it last night. I had hoped the clouds would turn pink or red, but by the time it should have happened, most of the clouds had disappeared. I shot this as a HDR pano and then stitched and processed it in Lightroom. Nikon D810 and Nikonn 70-200mm.

Cow Moose in Morning Light

Cow Moose in Morning Light: Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens.

Wilson Barn

Wilson Barn: There are still pockets of color in the Wilson area, and south along Fall Creek Road. Nikon D810 and Nikonn 70-200mm.

Tractor Wheel

Tractor Wheel: Taken just south of the Town of Jackson. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens.

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October 8, 2016 – Saturday

Teton Range

Teton Range: I added this photo to show the fresh snow on the Teton Range. Nikon D5 and Tamron 100-600mm G2 Lens. (ISO 1000}

Washakie

Washakie: Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens. (ISO 720)

Interested Cow

Interested Cow: Found in the sagebrush along the Gros Ventre River. Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens. (ISO 200)

Pumpkins

Pumpkins: Today is the annual pumpkin sale on the town square. I was there just after the pumpkins were spread out, but before the crowds arrived. Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens. (ISO 720)

Grizzlies: A couple of days ago, grizzly “Blondie” and 399 showed up along Pilgrim Creek Road. I didn’t go up, but I heard a few people got photos. 399, unfortunately, now has a tracking collar.

Afternoon Image:

Evening Moose

Evening Moose: I have been shooting with my three Nikon bodies on the new lens. This afternoon, I paired it up with my Nikon D810, but didn’t find enough subjects to really test it.  Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens.

Moulton Barn

Moulton Barn: Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens.

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October 7, 2016 – Friday

Morning Introduction

Morning Introduction: Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens

Passing Bull Moose

Passing Bull Moose: Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens

Cow and Calf

Cow and Calf Crossing the Gros Ventre: Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens

Freemont

Freemont: Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens

Tiny

Yawning Small Moose: Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens

Afternoon Images:

Pronghorn Profile

Pronghorn Profile: Taken along Gros Ventre Road. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens. (ISO 1400}

Head to Head

Head to HeadNikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens. (ISO 1400}

Sparring Bulls

Sparring Young BullsNikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens. (ISO 1400}

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October 6, 2016 – Thursday

Fighting Cows

Fighting Cows: Cow moose are quick to fight if one approaches another cow’s youngsters. Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens

Lip Curl

Lip Curl: This one occurred in thick willow cover. Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens

Sparring Youngsters

Sparring Youngsters: I spent the morning with a group of moose along the Gros Ventre. These two appeared to be the same age and size. Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens

Resting Calves

Resting Calves: Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens

Two Calves

Two Calves: Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens

Gros Ventre Crossing

Gros Ventre Crossing: Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens

Washakie and Calf

Washakie and Calf: In a Gros Ventre side channel. Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens

Calf In Side Channel

Calf In Side Channel: Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens

Bull Crossing Gros Ventre

Bull Crossing Gros Ventre: Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens

Note: I added a few more fall photos on this page: Foliage Reports September/October 2016 :

Tamron 150-600mm G2 (Generation 2) Lens

UPS delivered my new Tamron 150-600mm G2 lens late this afternoon. (I purchased mine from Perfect Light Camera and Supply). I did AF Fine Tune adjustments on three bodies with it, then headed out to see if I could find some sort of subject to photograph. It was late in the day, and ISOs were high, I managed to get a few intro shots.

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Cow and Calf Kiss

Cow and Calf Kiss: These images were taken with a Nikon D5 and the new lens “wide open” with shutter speeds of only 1/100th second and high ISO in the 1400 to 5000 range. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens. (ISO 1400}

Washakie

Washakie : Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens. (ISO 5000)

Get Up!

Get Up!Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens. (ISO 2000)

Lip Curl

Lip Curl: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens. (ISO 2800)

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October 5, 2016 – Wednesday

Canada Geese

Canada Geese: Overnight snow transformed the valley! This was captured at the Jackson Lake Dam. Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens

A Couple of Coots

A Couple of Coots: Thousands of Coots were gathered at the Jackson Lake Dam. Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens

Coots

Coots: Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens

Black-billed Magpie

Black-billed Magpie: While waiting for the Coots to fly, this magpie landed in a nearby tree. Quick spin and shoot! Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens

Cottonwood Creek

Cottonwood CreekNikon D500 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens

Aspen Leaves

Aspen Leaves: Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens

Bull Elk

Bull Elk: Taken near Antelope Flats Road. Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens

Pronghorn Buck

Pronghorn Buck: Taken at the Kelly Warm Springs parking area. Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens

Murphy Barn

Murphy Barn: Taken from Antelope Flats Road. Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens

Note: I added a few more fall photos on this page: Foliage Reports September/October 2016 :

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October 4, 2016 – Tuesday

Lip Curl

Lip Curl: Yesterday, I saw this bull along the Gros Ventre. Today, I found him roughly five miles away on the East Boundary Road. Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens

Oxbow Bend Hold Outs

Oxbow Bend Hold Outs: Most of the front aspens are bare now, but a few colorful trees remain behind them. Nikon D810 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens

Golden Eye

Golden Eye: Found at Schwabacher Landing. Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens

Mallard Duck in Flight

Mallard Duck in Flight: Also at Schwabacher Landing. Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens

Moulton Homestead

Moulton Homestead: Taken at a long distance from Antelope Flats Road. Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens

Last Leaf

Last Leaf: Taken at Oxbow Bend.  Nikon D810 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens

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October 3, 2016 – Monday

  Mule Deer Doe

Mule Deer Doe: D500 at ISO 4500. We had thick clouds this morning, making everything feel very dark. I spent a while looking for “low hanging fruit” (bull moose visible from the road), then began hiking along the river. I’d say I walked 3 miles and another 3 miles back. Instead of carrying a heavy body, tripod and lens, I took the new D500 and a 28-300mm lens…same as early yesterday. Six miles with that combo was tolerable. I found a couple of families of Mule Deer along the river, but the only large moose I found were on the south side of the river and too far away to photograph. The photo above was taken in Manual Mode with Auto ISO turned on. Today was a good test for the body, but I knew my D5 does a much better job with Hi ISO values.  Nikon D500 and Nikon 28-300mm Lens

Berry

Rose Hip: 1/160th second, F/5.6, ISO 1250  Nikon D500 and Nikon 28-300mm Lens

Area Notes: It appears we are in for a few days of “bad” weather. Rain and snow are in the forecast…Great! The mountains already have a new layer of snow, and at least some of it should hang around this time. Another couple of days and nights of snow in the high country will be welcome, and should make the remaining foliage photos that much better. I’ll definitely be out in the “bad” weather!

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October 2, 2016 – Sunday

Night at Moulton Barn

Night at Moulton Barn: I took a client out last night for some evening and night shots. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens

Eastern Skies

Eastern Skies: Along Mormon Row. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens

Moose on Gros Ventre

Moose on Gros Ventre: Nikon D500 and Nikon 28-300mm Lens

Cody Crossing Side Channel

Cody Crossing Side Channel: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens

In Cottonwoods

Cody in the River Bottom: Taken along the Gros Ventre River. Nikon D500 and Nikon 28-300mm Lens

Pronghorn Buck

Pronghorn Buck Lip Curl: Captured near the Gros Ventre Junction. Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens

Box L Ranch in Rain

Box L Ranch in Rain: Along Spring Gulch Road.  Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens

Recent Additions: More Options! My wife brought home a Nikon D500 last Friday! My other camera bodies are full frame (FX), while the new D500 is DX, or 1.5 effective crop. I spent some time with my LensAlign to do the AF Fine Tune on each lens. This morning, I took off into the river bottom with the light weight 28-300mm lens and Nikon D500. I found a bull moose on the move and was able to take a lot of photos. It worked out well today!

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October 1, 2016 – Saturday

Washakie in Gold

Washakie in Gold: Taken early in the morning along the Gros Ventre River. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens

Intro

Intro: Washakie and an interested cow. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens

Cow and Calf Crossing

Cow and Calf Crossing: Remnant fog over the Gros Ventre River. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens

Washakie Crossing

Washakie Crossing: The rut is in full swing as we enter the first days of October. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens

Chipmonk

Chipmonk: A few minutes earlier, I was taking photos of a 1000 lb. bull moose. This little Chipmonk poser weighs only 2 ounces. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens

Spider Web

Spider Web: Taken along the fence next to the National Elk Refuge. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens

Trumpeter Swan

Trumpeter Swan: The two Cygnets now appear to be about the same size as their parents. Their beaks are mostly gray, while the adults have black beaks. I found all four near the observation platform along Flat Creek as I made my way back into town this morning. Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600mm Lens

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Comments (8)

  1. Chris

    Mike,
    Beautiful images as usual. Thank you for the update I sure would love to experience the Grand Teton NP during fall.

  2. Marcy Starnes

    beautiful – would have loved to stay longer this fall – the color and animals have been fantastic

  3. Ann Van Breemen

    Such beautiful images Mike. They bring back so many happy memories of my visits there. Fall and early winter are my favourite times of the year. Hopefully I’ll get back there again one day.

  4. Lowell Schechter

    such wonderful shots of the Moose. Love the chipmunk also . Hope to be that there next year and really explore the areas of the Tetons we missed when we were there last . Especially the Gros Ventre Road where the moose are.

  5. Dan Hare

    Mike,

    Have you noticed a significant improvement of the G2 over the G1 Tamron lens?
    Love many of the images “your” Nikon 200-500mm produced on “my” camera. :>) Thanks!

    Dan Hare in Boulder, CO

  6. Dan, I just sent the G2 lens in for an adjustment. It was not focusing consistently throughout the zoom range. When I was shooting at the adjusted length it did fine…such as 600mm, but then at 150mm it was off. I am anxious to get it back! (they paid shipping both ways and promised to get it serviced right away). Aside from the focusing issue, I liked it.

  7. Richard Hanks

    I think a “Hunter Reduction Program” would be more appropriate.

  8. Richard Hanks

    I really like the “String Lake Outlet”.

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