A quick bite
I have tried for years to get a close up portrait of a Beaver. This year I was finally successful with this very cooperative guy In the Tetons. I caught him happily snacking away on this small log in the Snake river.
Willow flats Elk
I happened to catch this Bull Elk just moments after the sun had broke the horizon and illuminated the Willow flats area. He was only out for a few moments before slowly moving off into the willows behind him.
On my last morning in the Tetons I was waiting on some Moose to make their way down to the Snake River. While I was waiting the sun began to rise behind them and slowly fill the valley with light. I made the cottonwood trees really pop and illuminated the ridges of the ledges in the valley. All while this Moose Cow grazed in the sage brush with a bull somewhere just out of sight.
Portrait of a Moose
I spent a day following this Bull around while on a trip to the Tetons. He had a cow and calf along with him and he was waiting for the sign from the cow that she was ready. However this allowed me many opportunites to capture various shots of him throught the day. This is one of my favorites mostly because of the simplicity of the image. And the boldness of his demeanor.
Making a splash
This bull moose was crossing the Gros Ventre River with his five cows in mid September. The cows all crossed before him and made very little noise nor did they splash about much in the water. However when this Bull moved into the water he made sure that everyone knew he was there splashing about and putting on a show.
The warmth of the setting sun
Having just returned from a two week trip to Grand Teton I have to admit that almost half the time I was there I spent watching and photographing two fox dens. This is an image of a Red fox mother with one of her six kits enjoying a bit of warmth as the sun began to set, just before the cold winds began at the base of the Grand Tetons.
Creating tiny ripples in order to attract a mate
The American toads the other day were really going crazy looking for females. They were so into what was going on that they became completely oblivious to anything else going on around them.
Pronghorn in the lamar valley
My first trip to the Lamar valley and my first time at slough creek looking for wolves. I came across a group of Pronghorn that were very widespread over the area apparently not worried by the wolves nearby at all.
A Wolf in the mist
On my last morning in Yellowstone I got up really early and went to a location I had scouted the day before. It was a very foggy morning and I was hoping for some bison in the fog. Much to my surprise I did not find any Bison but soon I knew why as this lone Wolf emerged out of the fog.
A sliver of light
I found this Barred owl one evening in late summer inside of a large pine tree. At first she was in a darker area but after a failed hunting attempt she moved to another branch. Which just so happened to be where a small bit of light from the setting sun was coming through the bows.
Playing hide and seek with a young mink
This year for my birthday late in June I had an amazing experience with a family of mink. I came across three young mink playing under a pine tree with mom nearby. It didn't take long for the young ones to become curious of me and soon I found myself being part of their game.
It was a long night
On my way one morning to find a brood of Owlets I came across this Raccoon hanging out of a tree. He looked annoyed at me but at the same time kind of curious. I think he just had a long night of hunting and was having a hard time getting to sleep.
I found this young red tail hawk hunting on a small marshy area in a local park. I tried my best to get close to him without disturbing him but the dried leaves made it impossible. As you can tell from the expression on his face I was not sneaking up on him at all.
An awkward game of tag
This bull Elk had been hanging out in the tall grass a quite a distance from me. When suddenly this Coyote appeared near him the two began to drive each other towards the Madison river. Occasionally crossing in front of one another as they moved closer too me.
A bull Elk watching a cow
I found this male Elk towards the end of the day on the Madison river in Yellowstone national park. He had been eating some grass but his attention soon shifted too the female Elk across the river.
Bunnies on the Trail
I caught these Bunnies running down the trail late one evening on my way out of Blacklick woods metro park. I was surprised that they were running right at me and expected something to run out behind them chasing them. However nothing was chasing them they were just playing.
Young Garter snake
This was a young Garter snake that I caught sunning itself on a sidewalk in early may. I almost stepped on him and he slithered off into these leaves to hide. I grabbed my camera and went back to photograph him he posed quite nicely for me and I was able to get this shot.