Grand Tetons NP
My excitement prior to visiting the Grand Teton NP was proven out as I visited the park early in October. An old friend, Wayne Walther and I spent almost two weeks there. We two represented only half of our usual traveling group, as our tour "captain" Robert Russell was unable to go because of a recent hospitalization. Thank God he is now well and prospering. Rusty Johnson who keeps the crowd "entertained" was also unable to go this time.
We had a list of animals that we wished to see and photograph as well as the obvious scenic panorama possibilities. Our list included pronghorn, bear, bison, moose, goats, birds, and deer in no particular order. During our Maine trip in 2009 we had spent two weeks searching for Moose and only got to see one cow and her twin offspring as we left more or less empty handed. The Moose hunt was much more successful this year however and we got some interesting pictures of these huge guys wandering around residential areas as well as in the woods.
This time admittedly I came up short on bear sightings, but still saw a few that I was unable to photograph well enough to display. While not 100 per cent the list was pretty well accomodated by the new images I have been adding to the website. Most of my readers know that I have fairly eclectic taste when it comes to photography subject matter. The Tetons provide an amazing vista that will keep any photographer busy. Surprisingly for me the scenics really inspired me most on this trip. The bison had to be next. These behemoths wander seemingly aimlessly throughout the area seeking food. They claim right of way on all the highways and are totally fearless of humankind. Since I do not live in the area I have no clue as to how the locals react to them on a daily basis. While there I would see many locals charging through the traffic blowing their horn and screaming at the top of their lungs for the buffalo to get out of the way. Maybe that is my clue! From a respectful "tourist" perspective however I believe the buffalo are tolerated, but disliked...
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