Grand Tetons – Photography Blog USA Trip
Photography blog day two – Our sunrise plan was to head to Oxbow Bend followed by a walk at string lake. Oxbow Bend was once again uneventful, it was windy so the water wasn’t mirrored and there were no clouds in the sky so there wasn’t much color.
String Lake was a really nice walk, approximately five miles. Again we were limited as while String Lake is small and ideal for mirroring, it was really windy and there were only a couple of calm spots. The photo opportunities here were so so.
After String Lake we changed our focus to wildlife, and boy did we have an amazing day. We started out seeing a heard of elk with a bull, followed by a bear in a tree. These were both late morning on Moose-Wilson Rd and we thought we had hit the jackpot.
When we went out to Moose-Wilson Rd for the evening we jokingly talked about topping the morning bear photos with a mumma bear and her cubs or a moose and bear in the same photo. We started waiting patiently for a moose to stand up, some people had been waiting over two hours. After about 30 minutes someone called out and behind us feeding up a tree was a brown bear. He was no more than 20 metres away. There was no photo to be had but we couldn’t believe we had been standing in one place and had a moose on one side of the road and a bear on the other, both happily going about their business. It was about another half an hour before the moose finally stood up.
Throughout the wait we had also heard there were more bears down the road but they were coming and going. As we left we heard it was a mum and her two cubs, just off the side of the road. It was about ten minutes away and starting to go dark but we decided to take a chance they were still there. It didn’t disappoint. We had to stay in our car but we were lucky to get a spot right opposite them on the road. The cubs were up a tree feeding and mum was keeping lookout. We had about five to ten minutes to photograph before they got down and scurried across the road between the cars.
I honestly don’t know that I’ll ever top this wildlife photography day. The only photo I still want to get is a moose in snow, korin wants some wolves…fingers crossed.
You can read day three of our US trip photography blog here.