Traveled from Victor to Gardiner Saturday. The temps were moderate enough to pitch a tent in Mammoth. 20s at night is about the same as Canyon Village in June.
The weather has been so nice this late in the season, I decided to camp the last weekend the south roads were open. I wanted to hike around Lamar Valley on Saturday, so I stayed at Mammoth instead of Lewis Lake, which was also open. Last time I stayed up here was in February. I made it to a site at around 8:30.
In the above cover image, one of my images (that bear & wolf pic) was trending #2 in the very popular #yellowstone hashtag. This was even the same time that Nat Geo was releasing images from their Yellowstone edition magazine.
Pretty much as soon as I started to care about photography, I was looking for ways to get my work out there. Instagram seemed to be a worthy platform to share my content with the world and get instant feedback. As I used it more and more, I found it helping me improve in several ways.
I’ve been a fan of these smaller aperture mega-zooms. Compared to something like a Canon 600 f/4, they are lighter, cheaper, and more versatile. All while getting pretty comparable image quality. I have been happy with the first generation Tamron 150-600 lens, and the G2 version is even better.
Headed up from Jackson, driving through the burned areas from the Berry Fire. First campsite is in Canyon, and the sun is setting early now. By the time I made it to Mud Volcano, there was already a nice sunset.
Watching the Maple Fire from a distance, I was curious what it looked like from the roadside, since the map showed it so close. Also that bison carcass at LeHardy Rapids was getting some attention. So, I thought to use up my free Saturday on a quick day trip.
My parents are in town, so it’s a rare occurrence to take the time off work and enjoy a few midweek days in the park.
Just in the park for the a day, but it was great meeting up with people I’ve gotten to know over the last couple summers and also catching up with the latest Wapiti drama. The goal for the day was to see them interacting with the Mollies, and maybe get a picture with them all together.
Arrival (July 1)
Outa work and hauled up to Bridge Bay from Jackson. I heard about the bison carcass in Hayden Valley, so I wanted to get my bearings on that exact location for the following morning. There was a grizzly on the way to the carcass when I showed up, and I got some cool sunset shots of it swimming the river. It was one of those “sitting in a jam, might as well take a picture” moments, and it turned out to be a good capture.
I arrived at Bridge Bay around 9pm Friday. It was already dark from cloud cover, so I went to the ranger presentation instead of heading out for a sunset shoot. Most campsites will have them nightly, and it’s usually an interpretive ranger talking about wolves, bison, park history, etc. Tonight it’s wolves and their history in the park – informative. I also got his opinion on some recent Jackson news I found interesting (and controversial).