So I’m standing on fishing bridge in Yellowstone taking some shots of the ice still on the lake. I look to my right and I see this grizzly running down the street when he decides to take the sidewalk that I’m standing on. The park rangers are chasing him / her and yelling “Get off the bridge”. So I calmly do, fortunately the traffic is stopped watching this because that’s what getting off the bridge means. Go stand in traffic. I got these three not so great shots of the bear running by.
I was in Yellowstone for four days last week. Never enough time but boy can you see a lot in a short period.
Saw – Bison, Elk, pronghorn, bighorn, coyote, fox, great horned owl right at the visitor center had a nest got two babies in a tree, grizzly w/cub, black bear w/3 cubs, Stayed in Gardner 5 miles north of the north entrance. Great place to stay if you don’t want to be close to Old Faithful. But being there for critters, the north side is the place to be. The lodge at Canyon Village is also a good location and looked brand new and had just opened this past weekend.
When my whale watch / puffin tour got cancelled two days in a row I had to figure out something else to do that was out of the ordinary. How about a ride in a bi-plane? The afternoon flight took me down the coast of Acadia NP. I shot out the side and between the wings and really the best view for the camera was behind me. So a bit of twisting to get a shot. We landed as the clouds began to build and the rain started moving in.
I was told that this is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world. Not hard to understand why. A short walk from the parking lot and a climb down the rocks and you are at this view. Some people don’t realize that it’s an easy trek. If you go later in the day be prepared for the biggest onslaught of mosquito’s you have every seen. Open the car door and they are in your car. Of course in the fall it’s no problem. I have shot at this spot twice before and there is always a slightly different angle that appeals to me at the time.
I needed to get out of Dodge for a few days so I thought, why not go to the northeast where it won’t be super hot and humid like it is in Chicago. Wrong choice, the northeast got hit with high heat and humidity so from a temperature point of view not so good. From a photographers point of view, Acadia National Park is always a good choice. Normally I would go in the fall for the colors, but decided why not?
Every morning I got up at 4:15 as sunrise is at 5 this time of year, and every morning it was foggy with a 40mph wind. Even on a tripod the camera vibrates so blocking the wind or steadying with your hands is essential. A good way to check whether or not the camera is moving from the wind is to go to Live View and check for movement, it’s really easy to see that way. This is Cadillac Mtn. a minute before the fog rolled in and obliterated everything. More to come.