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October 2017 Daily Journal for JH and GTNP

“October is a Dynamic Mix of Fall and Winter”

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October 20th: Friday

Sunrise

Sunrise: Clouds were beautiful this morning. I stopped near the Gros Ventre Junction and walked out into the sage flats there. This is a three shot pano, stitched in Lightroom.  Click the image to see it much larger! Nikon D500 and Tamron 18-400mm Lens, Handheld, VC On.

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If you are interested in taking a One-On-One Photo Tour with me, click the links below! For inquiries, send an email to info@tetonimages.com. I have numerous openings in October, November and December. Now’s a great time to book excursions for December. Bighorns are often butting heads and Moose are often visible in the snow covered sage flats. Most bulls will still have antlers at that time.

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October 19th: Thursday

Lightroom (Classic) Update:

I installed the new Classic Lightroom program yesterday. In short…don’t do it! Wait until they fix a bunch of speed issues. You can read more about it at Adobe Forums.

Cinnamon Bear

Cinnamon Bear: After spending the past couple of days photographing Moose, I thought I’d drive up the newly graded Moose-Wilson Road and look for Black Bears. The only one I found was well off the road and backlit, but the rim lighting on its fur and slightly transparent nature of the red leaves made the shot worth taking. Remember, the Moose-Wilson Road will close at the end of the month! Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC On.

There are a lot more Black Bear photos and comments on this New Feature Post!: Black Bears in Berry Bushes.

Beaver

Afternoon Beaver: Captured along the Snake River at sunset. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Afternoon Beaver

Afternoon Beaver: Captured along the Snake River after sundown. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

October 18th: Wednesday

New Feature Post!: Black Bears in Berry Bushes.

New Adobe Creative Cloud Updates TODAY! If you are an Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber, click the “Update Apps” command in your Creative Cloud control panel to see the current updates. Updates are always free on the Cloud. My Lightroom and Photoshop program updates are loading as I write this note. I see some interesting new features for both programs, one of which should include new Raw converters for Nikon’s new D850 camera.

Morning Moose

Morning Moose: I went to bed with the post Black Bears in Berry Bushes still on my mind. At 4:30 am, I finally got up and finished it. I hit the SUBMIT button just in time to get to the Gros Ventre for sunrise. My D5 is back from Nikon Service and seems to be working perfectly. I sold my Nikon D810 to a Best of the Tetons reader yesterday and have my name on a Nikon D850 when they arrive at Perfect Light Camera. I see a few of them around the valley now. A few weeks ago, a lady made a lane change into my “new” truck. It spent 10 days in the body shop, but I have it back now. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Morning Moose

Morning Moose: Needless to say, I had a great morning photographing bull Moose. After about 10 years of being out in the field photographing them, I finally got to witness a full on bull Moose fight. I’m not quite ready to post those photos! Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Moose Sparring

Moose Sparring: I have oodles of photos of two bulls “sparring” like these two. They are typically gentle with each other, unlike the real fights. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Cowboy Walk

Moose Approaching Another Moose: When two bulls approach each other, they do what some people call the slow “Cowboy Walk”. The idea is to show off their size and antlers. Ears are usually down—a warning sign other Moose recognize. Most of the time, the larger bull simply intimidates the smaller bull, or maybe the less experienced fighter. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Slow Approach

Slow Approach: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Onlookers

Onlookers: Smaller bulls usually spar among themselves, but occasionally watch as larger bulls approach each other. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Morning Moose

Morning Moose: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Evening Moose

Evening Moose: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Young Cow

Young Cow: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Alpenglow

Alpenglow: Along one of the side channels of the Gros Ventre. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

October 17th: Tuesday

Black Bear

Black Bear: I’m working on a new Feature Post called Black Bears in Berry Bushes. Now is a great time to sign up to follow Best of the Tetons! I’d love to see another hundred subscribers this month! I can also use your help to let your friends know about the site. One easy way is to scroll down to the Social Media icons at the bottom of the page and SHARE this page on Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, and so forth. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Morning Moose

Morning Moose: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Morning Moose

Morning Moose: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Morning Moose

Morning Moose: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Morning Moose

Morning Moose: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Morning Moose

Morning Moose: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

October 16th: Monday

Elk in Fog

Elk in Fog: Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

I have been hoping to hike out to the Old Patriarch Tree while the snow is still on the mountains and before the Park Service closes the Inner Park Loop Road on October 31st. Everything looked promising this morning, but I bumped into a fog bank as I made it to Lupine Meadows. I saw the Elk above and Pronghorns below in that area.

Pronghorn in Fog

Pronghorn in Fog: Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Foggy Patriarch

Foggy Patriarch: I made it to the tree at about 8:00am, then had to wait until 10:30am for the fog to lift. By 11:00, I was hiking back to the car. Nikon D500 and Tamron 18-4000mm Lens, Handheld.

Old Patriarch

Old Patriarch: I took a LOT of photos there this morning, including texture details at the tree, panos, and a variety of locations. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens, Tripod.

Standing Young Bear

Standing Young Bear: Captured along the Moose-Wilson Road.  Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Black Bear in Black Hawthorns

Black Bear in Black Hawthorns: Rangers were fairly tolerant today, we were still farther away than I would prefer. I switched to the DX body. Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

Bull Moose in Evening Light

Bull Moose in Evening Light: UPS delivered my serviced Nikon D5 this afternoon. It has a new shutter and bayonet mount, along with receiving a good cleaning. I tested the AF Fine Tune on my telephoto lenses and then headed out to find a subject before I lost the light. This Bull Moose was along the Gros Ventre.  Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

Bull Moose

Bull Moose: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

Bull Moose in Evening Light

Bull Moose with Evening Light: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

October 15th: Sunday

Mt. Moran and Bull Moose

Mt. Moran and Bull Moose: I had a great day today. I started it with a nice Bull Moose along the Gros Ventre river. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

Morning Moose

Morning Moose: Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

Morning Moose

Morning Moose: Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

Lip Curl

Lip Curl: Bull are still interested in the Cows, but I’d guess most of the rut is over now. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

Cub in Black Hawthorns

Cub in Black Hawthorns: After the Moose, I found a family of Black Bears on the Moose-Wilson Road. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

Cub in Black Hawthorns

Cub in Black Hawthorns: Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

Sow Feeding

Sow Feeding: Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

Cub in Black Hawthorn Bush

Cub in Black Hawthorn Bush: Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

October 14th: Saturday

Togwotee Pass

Togwotee Pass: This Pano was taken on the drive up Togwotee Pass. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

Fighting Bison

Fighting Bison: Four inches of overnight snow changed the region again. This was taken on Elk Ranch. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

Cub in Black Hawthorns

Cub in Black Hawthorns: Captured on the Moose-Wilson Road. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

Cinnamon Sow

Cinnamon Sow: I spent the morning looking for Grizzlies up north, then ran into this opportunity. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

Wagon Wheel

Wagon Wheel: Taken near the Hatchet Resort on my way up Togwotee Pass. The Hatchet Resort closes tomorrow, along with many facilities in GTNP. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld.

Chambers Homestead

I added additional photos on this page: Foliage Reports: 2017. I snapped this photo yesterday afternoon along Mormon Row.

Friday, October 13th:

Sunrise Barn

Sunrise Barn: Skies were “interesting” for a short period of time, but quickly dulled. A cloud covered the top of the Grand, so I didn’t think much about shooting west. As of noon, skies cleared considerably.  Wind is also a factor today if you were trying to capture reflections in the pools.

I received a report that Grizzly Sow 399 was near Antelope Flats Road today.

In case I buried it in this page, you might want to visit the Foliage Reports: 2017. I recently had someone ask about my photos of this year’s Oxbow Bend foliage season, indicating they hadn’t see the Foliage Reports page. The page has a few wildlife photos mixed in with the leaf shots.

Loose Ends: The truck has been in the paint shop all week to repair a recent fender bender. Should be ready on Monday. I have been more or less incognito all week in the rental car. My Nikon D5 went to the repair shop on Monday. The site says the repair is finished I should have it Monday.

October 12th:  Thursday

Bull Moose Crossing Dry Creek

Bull Moose Crossing Dry Creek: I spent the morning watching three bulls and three cows graze and move through the Gros Ventre river bottom.  Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

Sparring Bulls

Sparring Bulls: Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

Moose Cow in Morning Light

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

Road Info: “On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, the UNPAVED section of the Moose-Wilson Road will be closed 7:00am to 5:30pm for rolling and grading.” That’s good news…the road is still listed at a road on the park map, but lately it looks and traveled like a war zone.

Dual Crossing

Dual Crossing: Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

Closures: The Gros Ventre and Signal Mountain campgrounds will close tomorrow around 11:00 am. They were the last two campgrounds open to the public. The convenience store at Colter Bay will close on Sunday. Looks like a lot of the facilities in Yellowstone end services on the 15th, too: Yellowstone Closures.

Also, you might note that the Inner Park Loop Road (Teton Park Road) from Taggart Lake Trail Head Parking are to Signal Mountain closes at end of the last day of October. This will be the last few days to access String Lake, Jenny Lake, Spaulding Bay and the trail heads by vehicle until May 1st of next year. The area and trails around Jenny Lake will be close on October 16th for one day to allow helicopter lifts for trail work.

Moose Cow in Dry Creek

Moose Cow in Dry Creek: Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer: After seeing Mule Deer for 30 years, White-tailed deer don’t look quite right to me! I stumbled upon three of them on my way back to the vehicle today. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

October 11th:  Wednesday

Morning Moose

Morning Moose: I spent part of the morning looking for the bull Moose I photographed yesterday afternoon. I didn’t find that one, but managed to find a couple of others along the Gros Ventre. Remember, if you want to go down the Gros Ventre Road, you need to be there before 9:00 am or after 2:30 pm. Crews are repairing a section of road damaged by this year’s high water during runoff. Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens, Tripod.

Feeding Bull Moose

Feeding Bull Moose: Besides the willow leaves found along the river bottoms, Moose like to feed on Bitter Brush, found mixed in with Sagebrush. Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens, Tripod.

Chipmonk

Chipmonk: Sometimes the little critters are equally interesting and often even more difficult to photograph. Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens, Handheld.

Cinnamon Black Bear

Cinnamon Black Bear: At times visitors and photographers are allowed to stop for a few seconds to take a photo from their window along the Moose-Wilson Road. When another vehicle pulls up behind your vehicle, you have to continue. It takes a fair amount of luck to be stopped at a time when their head in not deep in the branches. They won’t allow people to turn off their vehicle, so it seems to help to have the camera set to a high shutter speed to offset some of the vehicle’s vibration. Nikon D500 and Tamron 18-400mm Lens, Handheld.

More photos and comments on Foliage Reports: 2017

Bull Moose

Bull Moose: Late evening along the Gros Ventre. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod.

Sunset

Sunset: At the John Moulton Barn on Mormon Row. Nikon D500 and Tamron 18-400mm Lens, Handheld.

October 10th:  Tuesday

Alsenglow

Alsenglow: Early morning at Schwabacher Landing. This is a two shot stitched pano. Click the image to see it larger. Just for reference, it was 14°F at sunrise today. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens

Moose Falls

Moose Falls on Crawfish Creek: Just inside the Yellowstone south gate. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens

The Grand

The Grand: Taken near the Jackson Lake Dam. Nikon D810 and Nikon 17-400mm Lens, Handheld (DX Crop).

Bull Moose

Bull Moose: This bull put on a good show for people driving along the highway. Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens, Handheld.

More photos and comments on Foliage Reports: 2017

Bull Moose

Bull Moose: When I saw him last, he had crossed the Gros Ventre Road and was still heading south into the GV River basin. Another bull was hanging out near the Snake River Bridge at Moose. Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens, Handheld.

Cinnamon Bear

Cinnamon Bear: Taken along the Moose-Wilson Road. Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens, Handheld

Tidbits: Yesterday, I packaged up my Nikon D5 and sent it by FedEx to the repair center in Los Angeles. I don’t know how many photos it has taken, but I am sure it is well over the 450,000 expected actuations. By noon today, they had inspected it and gave me a price of $587 to replace the shutter, clean the camera, and replace the bayonet mount. I will have new rubber grips, to help make it look “spiffy” again. Hopefully, I will have it back by the weekend (NPS service). Today, I sent in my Nikon 70-200mm lens. It was acting up under certain situations, and was still under the 6 month warranty from the last repair. You might notice more shots with the D810 and D500 this week!

October 9th:  Monday

Silver Swan

Silver Swan: The Trumpeter Swan stretching it’s wings has a leucistic coloration known as the Mearl or Silver Swan. It’s just one of the many Trumpeters at the Boyle’s Hill swan pond west of Jackson. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC Off.

Swan in Gold

Swan in Gold: There’s enough remnant foliage at Boyle’s Hill to add some color to the water. It’s a good place to hone your “birds in flight” skills, especially if the wind is blowing from the south. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC Off.

Miller Butte

Evening Light on Miller Butte: Nikon D500 and Tamron70-400mm Lens, Handheld, VC On.

October 8th:  Sunday

Early Edition: Heading out soon…I hear my wind chimes this morning, but they are much less active than yesterday morning. The weather report calls for S, SW winds early, then changing to N, NW winds by mid morning and snow through the middle of the day. For the open minded and intrepid group of photographers, today might offer up some special shots. Others may prefer a warm couch watching football games on days like today? Yesterday’s gusty winds may have taken the fizzle off some of this Fall’s foliage season in some areas. Other areas still have green trees.

Storm Clouds

Storm Clouds over Mormon Row: Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens

Moon Over Mormon Row

Moon Over Mormon Row: Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens

Murphy Barn

Murphy Barn: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Isolated

Isolated Way of Life: A two shot Pano stitched in Lightroom, taken at Mormon Row. Click this image to see it much larger. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens

Snow Moose

Snow Moose: Taken along the highway near Blacktail Butte. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Pronghorns

Pronghorns: Taken near Elk Flats. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Pronghorn Buck

Pronghorn Buck: Taken near Elk Flats. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Grizzly

Grizzly: Captured along the Rockefeller Parkway. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Grizzly

Grizzly: Captured along the Rockefeller Parkway. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Black Bear in Tree

Black Bear in Tree: One of yesterday’s captures along the Moose-Wilson Road. The data was still on a card I didn’t download.

Foliage Reports: 2017

October 7th:  Saturday

Dancing Clouds

Dancing Clouds: Skies were essentially clear at sunrise today, but the big weather issue was wind. It was howling all morning and into the afternoon. I am afraid this kind of wind will negate some of the better foliage opportunities for the next few days. I took this shot near the Chapel of the Transfiguration.

Black Bear

Black Bear: I keep going back to the Moose-Wilson Road hoping to get a portfolio quality set of shots of a Black Bear in the colorful shrubs. I heard of a Grizzly roaming around near the Teton Science School on the East side of the Park.

October 6th:  Friday

Two expressions come to mind right now. One is “So many places, so little time.” The other is an acronym: F.O.M.O (Fear of Missing Out). Leaves are at peak or nearing peak during a time we have snow on the mountains. The weather is nice with a few bands of light sneaking through the clouds. And, the animals seem to be active. This morning, the full moon is setting at about the right time. I gotta go! If you can…get out yourself! It should be great here in the Tetons over the next four or five days.

Gros Ventre Full Moon

Gros Ventre Full Moon: The Tetons were socked in with clouds, so I headed up the Gros Ventre. I took this from the Crystal Creek Campground. Nikon D500 and Tamron 18-400mm Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Gros Ventre

Gros Ventre: Same general area, after the first hints of color hit the clouds. Nikon D500 and Tamron 18-400mm Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Mule Deer

Mule Deer: Captured along the upper Gros Ventre near Slide Lake. Nikon D500 and Tamron 18-400mm Lens, Handheld, VC On.

Slide Lake

Slide Lake: Nikon D500 and Tamron 18-400mm Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Slide Lake

Slide Lake Tree Trunks: Nikon D500 and Tamron 18-400mm Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Black Bear

Black Bear: This was a tough shoot today. Branches were almost always in the Bear’s face. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

October 5th:  Thursday

Black Bear

Black Bear: I stayed in town this morning, then did a trip up the Moose-Wilson Road in the afternoon. Some of the bushes are turning red and orange. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Swans

Swans: I went to Boyle’s Hill Swan Pond to check out the color and a report of five Cygnets. As an added perk, there was a River Otter swimming around the pond. Nikon D810 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens, Handheld.

Dead Timber

Dead Timber: Taken along the Moose-Wilson Road. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Jackson Peak

Jackson Peak: Taken from the Moose-Wilson Road. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

October 4th:  Wednesday

Upper Lot at Oxbow

Pano: Upper Lot at Oxbow: I spent most of the morning using my Nikon D500 and the new Tamron 18-400mm lens. This is a four shot pano, taken using a tripod at the upper lot. Those trees are almost prime. (Click this image to see it much larger) Nikon D500 and Tamron 18-400mm Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Oxbow Bend Pano

Oxbow Bend Pano: Taken from the water’s edge. This pano was shot in “portrait” orientation, using about 9 captures stitched in Lightroom. (Click this image to see it much larger) Nikon D500 and Tamron 18-400mm Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Abracadabra: Now You See Them—Now You Don’t! This is the time of the year you can expect photographer and tourists to be in your shots at places like the Mormon Row barns, Schwabacher Landing, and Oxbow Bend. Instead of stressing about it on location, you might consider using tools in Lightroom and Photoshop to take care of the “issue”.

Northern Peaks

Northern Peaks: Taken along Pacific Creek Road. Nikon D500 and Tamron 18-400mm Lens, Handheld, VC On.

Incoming Storm

Togwotee Vista View: Taken from a pullout along Togwotee Pass. A cloud clung to the top of the Grand all morning. By about 11:00m a new storm moved across the range. (Click this image to see it much larger) Nikon D500 and Tamron 18-400mm Lens, Handheld, VC On.

October 3rd:  Tuesday

Bull Moose on Ridge

Bull Moose on Ridge…fresh snow and cottonwoods with a nice morning moose. Taken along the Gros Ventre River. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Bull Moose in Snow

Bull Moose in Snow: Moose seem to be “on the move”, searching for new cows. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Aspens

Aspens: Taken at a long distance along the Gros Ventre. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Bull Moose

Bull Moose: Yesterday’s snow was uncharacteristically heavy on the east side of the valley. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Moose Thrashing

Moose Thrashing: It’s not uncommon to see a bull thrash around on a willow or aspen tree. When this one did it, a pile of snow tumbled down on him. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Moose Thrashing

Moose Thrashing: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Willows with Snow

Willows with Snow: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Aspens and Hawthorns

Aspens and Hawthorns: Taken along the Moose-Wilson Road. More foliage photos and comments on this page: Foliage Reports September/October 2017. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Black Bear

Black Bear: Taken along the Moose-Wilson Road. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Chipmonk

Chipmonk: The berries are feeding a variety of mammals and birds. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

October 2nd:  Monday

Mallard Ducks

Mallard Ducks: The drake’s heads are mostly back to full color now. A few weeks ago, all of them looked like females. This was taken at Schwabacher Landing. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Twigs

Twigs: Also taken at Schwabacher Landing. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Cattails

Cattails: Taken along the Moose-Wilson Road. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Robin and Choke Cherry

Robin and Choke Cherry: The Choke Cherry Tree near my house is now attracting a variety of birds: Robins, Cedar Waxwings, Evening Grosbeaks, White-breasted Nuthatch, Chickadees, and a couple of Wrens. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC Off.

Orange Leaf

Orange Leaf: I had lunch with a good friend and long time reader of Best of the Tetons today. While waiting for the meal, he handed me a brand new Tamron 18-400mm lens! Wow! I put it on my D500 and tried it out in my yard. Very nice! Nikon D500 and Tamron 18-400mm Lens, Handheld, VC On.

Wren

Ruby Crowned Kinglet (?): The image was also captured with the D500 and Tamron 18-400mm lens. Nikon D500 and Tamron 18-400mm Lens, Handheld, VC On.

Spring Gulch

Spring Gulch: I did a quick spin in the snow to try out the new lens. Nikon D500 and Tamron 18-400mm Lens, Handheld, VC On.

Sunset Clouds

Sunset Clouds: Taken as a three shot HDR, merged and processed in Lightroom. Nikon D500 and Tamron 18-400mm Lens, Handheld, VC On.

Moose Crossing Sage Flats

Moose Crossing Sage Flats: Taken as a three shot Pano, stitched and processed in Lightroom. Nikon D500 and Tamron 18-400mm Lens, Handheld, VC On.

October 1st:  Sunday

Wolf Ranch Road

Wolf Ranch Road: As you might guess by the photo above, we had snow in Jackson Hole. Town may have only received a few flakes, but most areas north of Snake River Overlook received a big winter blast. Foliage season is roughly 7-14 days later this year than last year. Aspens on the east side of the valley are nearing peak, while some of the other zones are spotty. Cottonwoods along the Gros Ventre and Snake River are changing now. They are not peak, but have a definite Fall appearance. I’ll be adding more photos and foliage updates on this page: Foliage Reports September/October 2017  Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC Off.

Pronghorn in Snow

Pronghorn in Snow: Captured at Elf Flats. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC Off.

Elk Ranch Cabins

Elk Ranch Cabins: Snow changes simple scenes in a big way. Snow days seldom offer big vista views of the Teton Range. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC Off.

Elk Ranch Cabins

Elk Ranch Cabins: Elk Ranch is located on the north end of Elk Flats. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC Off.

Elk Ranch Chimney

Elk Ranch Chimney: I could have spent the entire day taking photos like this of the area barns and homesteads. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC Off.

Snowy Wagon

Snowy Wagon: This old wagon is located near the highway on your way to Dubois. Look for it next to the Hatchet Resort before heading up Togwotee Pass. I’ve had this spot on my “to do” list for my next snow day. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC Off.

Grizzly in a Mountain Meadow

Grizzly in a Mountain Meadow: This sow was about 50 yards off the road, photographed through a wall of falling snow. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC Off.

Handheld? Most of these images were captured while shooting over a bean bag resting over the back of my truck bed. Most were shot at 1/800th Second, F/9, Auto ISO 560 +/- and at 600mm.

Grizzly with Distant Tree Line

Grizzly with Distant Tree Line: I was using a 150-600mm lens for all images today, giving me the option to grab an occasional environmental shot. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC Off.

Grizzly on the Move

Grizzly on the Move: On a clear day, I cold have captured more details in the eyes and face, but then everyone has those shots. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC Off.

Grizzly in Snow

Grizzly in Snow: Some people call this sow “Felicia”. She has a collar and a pair of teal ear tags. The collar is less visible when she is approaching or is looking my direction. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC Off.

Grizzly in Snow: I took a lot of Grizzly images this morning. I wasn’t dressed properly for standing that long in the wind and snow. No complaints!…I’ll warm up later. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC Off.

These photos are from today, October 1st. September Daily Journal for JH and GTNP is loaded with recent photos and info. The first part of October will resemble the last half of September, so check it out!

Road Closures:

  • The southern portion of Mormon Row is closed due to muddy conditions.
  • Two Ocean Lake road is closed due to road conditions and Grizzlies in the area.
  • The Gros Ventre Road will be closed between 9:00am and 2:30pm each day for the next couple of weeks. Details on this page: 17-67 Gros Ventre Road Construction.pdf

If you are interested in taking a One-On-One Photo Tour with me, click the links below! For inquiries, send an email to info@tetonimages.com. I have numerous openings in October, November and December. Now’s a great time to book excursions for December. Bighorns are often butting heads and Moose are often visible in the snow covered sage flats. Most bulls will still have antlers at that time.

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Comments (10)

  1. Wow. Those grizzly shots are amazing!

  2. Dave Ryan

    Beautiful images Mike, good on ya for getting out in the falling snow!

  3. Jeff birmingham

    Love the snow n bears great shots!!!! We where on that sow two days ago. Man we drove all day and never found a bear
    !!! But we found the wolves tonight . I think we most of been behind you on the elk ranch rd there where a couple fresh tracks in the snow! Hope to see you out there.

  4. Kathy Harrison

    Wonderful bear pics in the snow! Thanks for the exif. Enjoyed seeing your painting pole mount and cam ranger set up for the fall foliage.

  5. Diana LeVasseur

    Hey Mike,

    Great shots from today! Your little bird that looks like a wren is a ruby-crowned kinglet. Great photo of it as they never sit still and are hard to capture.

  6. P2R2

    Nice shots, every day!
    I noticed that you shoot a nikon 200-500 and the tamzooka 150-600 g2.
    I have the g1. What do you suggest for an upgrade?
    Thanks

  7. I have the G1 and after a few speed bumps, like the G2 a lot. I sent it in to Tamaron and they custom tuned it to my D5 where it stays most of the time. Check out: Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens: My Experiences

  8. P2R2

    Thanks so much for the informative write up. I had a very rough start with a Tamron 70-200 f2.8. While in the Tetons last fall, I called Nikon thinking it was my d810. They had me reset to original settings. Got jpegs, no raw. Did not notice for 3 days. When I got to the San Juans, I discovered the af-fine tuning option. My 70-200 was a 19 on the +20 to -20 scale. It was not focusing any where near my sensor plane. The 150-600 was a -8. My Nikon lens were spot on. I did this sitting on a park bench, tripod and focusing on the ridgeline miles away.
    Tamron disassembled, cleaned and calibrated both lens to my body and i believe them to be greatly improved.

    I just got back from GTNP and the San Juans. I’ll compare similar shots.

    It sounds like you prefer the g2 to the nikon 200-500?

    Thanks again fir the write up.

  9. Malia Reiter

    Pure Beauty! We have been here 3 days and Ive yet to see a Moose or Bear. I have two days left. I must need to go at Dawn or Sunset?

    I will being to fallow you, I enjoy your work!

  10. Moose and Elk EARLY….Bears more often in the middle of the day or afternoon.

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