Days 11 through 13 were spent photographing various locations along the Beartooth Pass and Chief Joseph Highway.
Throughout our stay in Cooke City a forest fire burned about 2 miles west of the town. While it seemed to be under control (well most of the time) we often had to wait for the assistance of a pilot car. While waiting we usually managed to grab a few shots of the fire leaping from tree to tree.
Forest Fire, Shoshone National Forest, Cooke City
Melting Snow at Long Lake, Beartooth Pass
This part of the shoot was intended to give us the opportunity to photograph the wild flowers and birds found in the area. The wild flowers could be found in abundance on the plateau at the top of the Beartooth Pass. Our success in obtaining the bird shots was mainly due to the assistance of a local nature photographer with an intimate knowledge of nesting sites for many of the species found in the area. To avoid disturbing the birds we worked in small groups and only for short periods.
Shooting-star, Beartooth Pass
Mountain Bluebird Landing, Beartooth Pass
Mountain Bluebird, Beartooth Pass
Great Grey Owlet, Beartooth Pass
Great Grey Owl (adult), Beartooth Pass
Red Fox, Silver Gate
Images edited in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.1
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