Rocky Mountain Gold – Day 2 (Lander to West Yellowstone)

Day 2 began around 7am with an early breakfast. As with the previous day we had a fairly long drive ahead of us, but this time the scenery along the way should have been more photogenic. Unfortunately, major road works along the road through the Togwotee Pass prevented us stopping. Our first planned stops were within the Grand Teton National Park. Our expectation was that the aspens along the Snake River would be in all their autumn glory and we were not disappointed.

Treeline and Teton Mountains, Grand Teton National Park

Golden Aspens, Grand Teton National Park

Golden Aspens at Oxbow Bend, Grand Teton National Park

Golden Aspens and Mount Moran, Grand Teton National Park

While we spent most of the afternoon photographing along the Snake River and Jackson Lake, we still had another 70 miles or so to drive before getting to West Yellowstone. As we drove into Yellowstone National Park the sky started to cloud over, so our planned stop at West Thumb was abandoned. Instead, we managed to spend a few minutes photographing the Lewis River and waterfall. It was a short stop, but some nice photos were captured.

Lewis River, Yellowstone National Park

A few minutes drive past Madison junction we came across a small heard of elk crossing the West Entrance Road.  We stopped the car and began setting up the cameras for a few shots when we noticed a bull elk heading into the meadow alongside the Madison river. Needless to say we didn’t take much time thinking about what came next. Camera shutters were rattling all round me as the bull stood proud in the golden grasses of Madison meadow.

Bull Elk, Madison Meadow, Yellowstone National Park

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