Had a great tour with a daughter and father and although today’s guiding goal was large animals, we were blessed with all kinds of small moments and animals. Pikas and Marmots scurried around the tundra in 30 mph winds. We had a conversation with a magpie, visited by a pine squirrel, and amazed by an American Dipper. In the evening we heard the hoot of a Great Horned Owl while visiting beavers. It was a great reminder that some of the nature’s best moments are with nature’s smallest and most subtle beings.
Spent the morning with fellow instructors for the Rocky Mountain Nature Association, very intriguing. Then had an evening Safari where we spotted a Brown-capped Rosy Finch on the tundra, a Great Horned Owl, and then there was some great elk action.
Spent the morning with the Archibald’s photographing Bear Lake for sunrise, the aspens in full color along Bear Lake road, and scenics around Sprague Lake, with a surprise visit from a young bull elk crossing the lake.
Today was two Photo Safaris, with highlights of elk morning and eve, aspen leaves, morning marmots playing in the fresh snow, and evening elk encounters close enough to use a wide angle lens. Great shots ,great moments, and great learning ops for everyone on the safari.
Had two tours today, the morning with a couple from New York City, we started off with the elk rut in the meadows, then watched as a family of 6 coyotes played near some elk then literally walked right past us. Headed down the valley and found 2 bull Moose in Moraine Park. In the afternoon we spent time with a marmot, mule deer, and of course a few hours with the elk, we had a great show. We then rounded out the evening with the Beaver family.
Another mostly cloudy day, but this evening was a Ram’s Horn Elk Spectacular night and the sun came out for a bit, and the elk didn’t disappoint. There were 4 main harems and probably 15+ satellite bulls. It was a blast watching all the squabbles and misplaced hopes of getting a girlfriend. We had it all.
Took the Seley family out for a wildlife safari, it was gray and cloudy with a few sprinkles, but we never got the snow they predicted. So we hit up Bear Lake and saw tons of small mammals like Least Chipmunks and Pine Squirrels and saw the amazing fall color. Watched the Elk rut behavior and had some great moments, chases, pushing cows around, bugling, some sparring, and we rounded off the evening visiting the Beaver family and spotted some raccoons as well.