Grand Tetons to Yellowstone – Photography Blog USA Trip
Photography blog day three – We knew the weather was going to be so so today but we still got up before dark for some landscape photography, planned stop was Mormon Row. As it turned out, the weather forecast was pretty accurate and the Tetons weren’t there. The clouds lacked interest and there was no way the sun was peaking. There was light rain and it was freezing (yes, we’re soft Aussies). Landscapes were abandoned in favour of an early departure to our next destination Gardiner, in the north west corner of Yellowstone National Park. We had checked the hourly weather and there wasn’t meant to be any significant weather until the evening.
Jackson – Moose-Wilson Road – Jackson Lodge via Jenny Lake
We left Jackson via Moose-Wilson Rd and saw a moose but he was gone before we could even get out of the car.
Heading out of Moose we decided to take the Jenny Lake road north. Wow the weather front was insane! Snow started to fall and it quickly turned pretty heavy. We stopped at Jackson Lake lodge to get a current weather update as well as any road closures / restrictions. The radar suggested it was a narrow band and the road north to Gardiner was still open.
South Entrance Yellowstone – Yellowstone Lake
It was a long drive and we passed two cars in the ditch and an ambulance that had rolled and taken out a tree. When we got to Grant Village they were stopping traffic heading south, we’re not sure if they had closed the road or if they were waiting for the plies to do their job. The weather eased considerably after Grant village and the further north we went the less snow had fallen.
As we headed around Yellowstone Lake we started to be able to focus on wildlife again.
Just past Yellowstone Lake we ran into our first wildlife photo opportunity. There was a small heard of bison laying in the snow including a baby bison. As we continued down the road we came across a young coyote hunting pray in a snow field. I was more excited about this than Rachel was.
As we drove into Mammoth Springs we came across the local elk heard having a mid-afternoon snack.
After a quick stop at our hotel and some lunch we headed to Lamar Valley. On our first pass of Lamar Valley we only saw bison, elk and deer. We headed back to the hotel for the night.
You can read day four of our US trip photography blog here.