Another trip to the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks is over. As was the case on previous trips, our first few days were spent around Jackson Hole (Wyoming). We visited all of the usual favourite locations in Grand Teton National Park. The wildflower meadows at Antelope Flats are were a mass of colour with Arrow-root Balsam, Mules Ears, Penstemons, Skyrockets, Lupins, Paintbrush, etc. Unfortunately, the weather and lighting conditions were less than ideal.
Some time was also spent around the Gros Ventre river and camp site where we came across Western Tangers.
After a few days in Grand Teton we moved on to Yellowstone National Park. As is usual when we visit Yellowstone we based ourselves in West Yellowstone. The town and park were both very busy with much larger numbers of visitors than we expected. The Upper Geyser basin (location of Old Faithful) is another early morning favourite and the following image of Morning Glory Pool is a particular favourite of mine. The wooden deck around one edge of the pool can be a problem due to early morning shadows, but this time I was lucky.
Some time was also spend exploring the Lower Geyser Basin area, especially the spouters and geysers.
We’re always on the lookout for bears as we travel around the park, and this year presented us with more sightings than usual.
Having spend four days photographing the main park we moved across to Cooke City on the south side of the park. From there we had easy access to the Beartooth Mountains.
We spent the next 5 days high up into the Beartooth mountains. These gave us plenty of opportunities to photograph the wild Mountain Goats that roam high up in the mountains, and the wild flowers.
As with our previous spring trip to the Beartooth Mountains we had arranged to meet up with a local wildlife photographer. He had sought out many good nesting sites for birds such as: Red-naped Woodpeckers, American Three-toed Woodpeckers, Mountain Bluebirds and Northern Flickers.
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