Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks (Part One).

It was the journey to a part of the World that I had dreamed off ever since BooBoo told Yogi that `the ranger isn`t going to like it`!

What is now known as The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is in fact two wonderful National Parks where wildlife, stunning scenery (I think the hyperbole is earned here) and unique thermal features come together to keep a photographer and general wildlife lover happy for months, let alone weeks!
Over a period of three weeks I collected 19500 images of which just a very few are to be found on my flickr feed.

The number of images - which spark memories - is so great that I have decided to spend some considerable time deciding what to commit to this blog in the forlorn hope that it might be of interest/use to someone. As with the process of sorting through all those RAW files; the writing of the blog will also help me to cement some amazing scenes properly in my long-term memory as the thermal features of Yellowstone are so numerous and diverse that much will otherwise be forgotten over the ensuing months.

Grand Teton National Park was the first destination; we stayed for a total of six nights in the wonderful Jackson Lake Lodge; the view from the window of our cabin overlooking the Willow Flats had me rushing out in pajamas and slippers to photograph the most amazing mountain view I have ever been privileged to see - just after dawn. If you go to Grand Teton then try to stay in the Mountain View cabins - expensive but....

Sunrise over The Tetons 2

Clicking on the picture above will take you to the photographs taken in Grand Teton before moving on to Yellowstone. Mount Moran looks down on you from everywhere it seems. The Ox-bow Turnout is where Ansel Adams took one of his iconic photos that helped to save this wilderness for us all.
Ox-bow Turnout 400 (9)

It is true that the wildlife are the main reason for visiting this park; moose being my key `target`. We had several sightings very early in the morning of these iconic creatures but it was an unforgettable wildlife trip starting before dawn that yielded the most memorable (and ultimately photograph-able) sights. We were treated to close sights of full-grown males as well as females with calves in the early morning mist and eventual sunlight. The images are inevitably marred by `noise` but I remember the crap film of yesteryear so - I`m satisfied by my choice of micro fourthirds and portability. Here are just a couple of shots - look at others each side of them on flickr.

moose 413 (12b)
moose 413 (32)

Other animals included Pronghorn deer, four species of squirrels, pika, elk, beaver and bison!

Pronghorns -
  Pronhorns 413 (75)

Elk -
  Elk 401 (56)
Pika-
  398 (49)
Beaver -
  beaver 413 (124)
Bison-
  398 (11)
Uinta Ground Squirrel in Mormon Row -
  Uinta Ground Squirrel at Mormon Row 400 (75)

O yes - MORMON ROW....
We discovered this historical site by chance (and the birds etc. that lived within it).
O yes - the birds - and the butterflies and....

I think I need to start another post once I get my thoughts into order. This is like writing a postcard - can`t think what to say and then can`t fit it all in!

More later I think>>>>

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