I dig these Autumn Bighorn Rams
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November is the rut time for this area's Bighorn Sheep. These three Rams were competing for the attention of the ladies. As far as I could tell "the ladies" seemed very unimpressed. Love the horns on these guys, especially the one in the middle! 12 degrees and dropping fast when I took this image. It seems these guys love both the snow and cold. They certainly have the insulating mass for it!
Zebra Slot Canyon (Grand Staircase National Monument)-Close up of the sandstone walls sculpted by water and wind.
Upon arrival at the mouth of this slot canyon, a moderate amount of water filled the floor of the canyon. Slightly above knee deep and icy cold, the water made it a challenge to progress far up the canyon. We later found out that it was chest high just a few weeks back. Now that would have added an even greater challenge, especially keeping the camera equipment dry.
We ended up hiking to this canyon twice over the course of the time we spent in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Spectacular canyon-cannot wait to go back!
Bryce Canyon National Park. Clearing storm in the early morning hours. The outside temp was 18 degrees! A virtual heat wave compared to Bozeman Montana at the moment as we are at -5 degrees this morning.
Fallen Aspen Leaves along Hebgen Lake
Panoramic shot of Aspens and undergrowth in the Tetons!
Two of my favorite things-Elk and the colors of Fall
Fall in Yellowstone country, while brief, is beautiful and quite colorful. As we fast approach November and the closing of Yellowstone for the season, a brief flurry of pics taken this past season for the next few days. I hope you enjoy!
Fall in Yellowstone country can be short but sweet, and it feel to me that this year might just be that. It has been a great Autumn, with spectacular color across the region. The fish, wildlife, and vegetation all seem to be celebrating this magical season. Love it!
Grand Teton National Park
Love the Tetons, but especially love them in the Fall as the variety of fauna in that region goes off the charts color wise. The wildlife can also be quite spectacular with bugling Elk, rutting moose, and feasting black bears adding quite a spice to the days fishing. More to come....
This weekend marks the end of the Firehole Ranch season for 2014. It has been a great summer, with awesome guests, memorable fishing, and as always, the backdrop of the greater yellowstone region making the experience completely special and unique. Thanks to everyone at the Firehole Ranch, from my fellow guides, management, staff, and most importantly the guests and friends (new and returning) that choose to fish with us every year.
The view from the overlook at Tower of the Yellowstone River as it exits the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. This is one of the more stunning views in Yellowstone, and this morning, the fog that had settled into the canyon overnight started to lift as the morning sun stretched it rays down the canyon walls. In a matter of minutes the thick fog that had completely obscured the canyon, had completely dispersed.
3 different Bull Elk around Mammoth, YNP the past couple of days. Lots of bugling early, then these bulls are high tailing it for the trees and higher ground.
One of my favorite seasons, elk time! Not the hunting kind, but the photography kind. The rut is in full swing in Yellowstone National Park, bugles echoing off the peaks surrounding Mammoth, Madison Junction, and the high slopes of the Lamar Valley. Love it!
Madison River in Yellowstone National Park. Cool mornings, and evenings are a great time to hit the Madison in the Park. Grab a few streamers, large soft hackles, or some large nymphs (such as SJW's, rubber leg stones, or prince nymphs) and hit the water between Madison Junction to Baker's Hole.
21 degrees this morning and the leaves of the aspens and the undergrowth are starting to turn a brilliant yellow, orange and red. Lots of frost this morning, time to bundle up in the mornings. The forecast looks absolutely outstanding the next few days. The best of fall is here!