Nick Vitale Photography | Yellowstone, Grand Tetons and Rocky Mountain NP: The Wildlife

Yellowstone, Grand Tetons and Rocky Mountain NP: The Wildlife

October 05, 2014

I spent the month of September in Colorado and Wyoming. While I was there I spent the majority of my time exploring the landscape and looking for wildlife. The result: Me coming home with over 5000 images to sort through and edit, and some amazing memories and stories to share about my time spent there. I spent a little over two weeks in three amazing national parks; Yellowstone, Grand Tetons and Rocky Mountain National Park.

The majority of my time in these parks was dedicated to searching for wildlife photography opportunities.  This of course meant getting up well before the sun every day in order to be in a good location by the time it got light, and then staying out until it was to dark to keep shooting. This post is dedicated to sharing some of my favorite wildlife photographs I captured, during this amazing trip.

Between the different parks you can see a lot of different habitat types, which means lots of different wildlife.  In Yellowstone Bison were abundant and easy to photograph.

 

The animals that really attracted me to Yellowstone were the wolves. I had grand plans of watching the various packs of wolves for days and getting amazing shots.  Upon getting there, I was quickly put in my place and learned how hard it is to see them up close.  Below was the typical view most people got to see of the wolves..and this only possible with a spotting scope or a really big telephoto lens.

The level of difficulty in seeing these amazing animals from closer than a mile or two away led me to became a bit obsessed with getting a good shot.  I wanted an amazing shot but of course had to respect the animals, other visitors and rules of the park, which made the task even harder. Many of my valuable mornings were spent trying to get better opportunities. Finally after a bit of hiking, fording a river, some patience and a whole lot of luck, I did get some better photos. No award winners, but I'm still very pleased with what I did get.

 

and of course I saw some of the wolves smaller cousins as well

With all the large wildlife around its easy to forget about the little ones like birds, chipmunks, etc.  I did remember to slow down and give them some attention as well.

In the fall, the Grand Tetons are an awesome place to see moose.

Lots of Mule deer here as well.  A story about these guys in a later post.

Next was Rocky Mountain National Park, which was the place to be in the fall for elk. The bulls were collecting their harums of cows and bugling constantly. They put on a great show.

 


Stay tuned for the landscape photographs from the trip!


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