I looked forward to our trip to Yellowstone National Park with great anticipation for months.
The terrain, wildlife and escape from the daily ardors of crowded streets are aspects of the park that are very enticing. All of this was highlighted by visiting Yellowstone in October.
Yellowstone in the Fall promised less interaction with people and greater activity among the wildlife.
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THINGS TO SEE AND DO AT YELLOWSTONE IN OCTOBER
Arriving in the park was everything we had anticipated. Tour buses were few and we often had the roadways and trails to ourselves.
Our week in the park was incredible and relaxing. As a wildlife enthusiast the days were filled with a constant search for new photographic opportunities highlighted by the ever present spectacle of the park’s mountains, lakes, rivers, and volcanic hot spots.
I enjoyed experiencing and photographing the various Yellowstone waterfalls.
Most of the time we were able to enjoy the sounds and serenity of the waterfalls with no other people around.
The power and beauty is inspiring and produced some of the best photographs I have taken.
We realized our desires regarding wildlife photographs to a great extent.
Seeing the gray wolves and experiencing them standing on the hilltops observing us as we shot pictures of them was tremendous. Unforgettable really.
Another great highlight of the trip was a female grizzly lounging in a meadow with her cub.
These were experiences we could have enjoyed for hours on end. Unfortunately the animals soon move on to other places.
What really amazed me though was the couple moving across the meadow toward the grizzly and her cub trying to get a closer view.
We knew the protocol for Bear Safety and I was shooting off the window of our jeep at a safe distance to ensure no disturbance to the bears or danger to myself. The dark side of my character relished in the possibility of scoring a unique and awesome shot of a bear mauling. Such was not to be the case though as a Ranger quickly responded to corral the ignorant and careless tourists back to safety.
The lengths that people will go to get a photograph still astounds me. I know that enormous elk eating on the side of the roadway seems harmless and pet-able but he is a wild creature capable of inflicting tremendous damage in seconds.
Telephoto and zoom lenses allow me to get that great shot of an animal without having to get dangerously close. I don’t want to be one of those viral videos on YouTube depicting some poor person getting thrashed by a wild animal in a bad mood.
One of the best experiences and photographic opportunities occurred when we were least expecting it.
We were out early one morning to shoot waterfalls. I noticed fog sitting interestingly on a lake as we drove past and decided to turn around and check out the possibilities.
As we stood photographing the fog on the lake, a pair of swans swam right up by the bank and began to bathe and dance. It was one of the highlights of our trip and spectacular to witness and photograph.
I could spend all my waking days in the wild photographing landscapes and wildlife.
YELLOWSTONE TRAVEL TIPS:
We highly recommend planning a trip to Yellowstone in the Fall during a less crowded time of year with more comfortable temperatures and no annoying bugs.
Remember to purchase the US National Park Pass – it’s a good deal!
We recommend an Airbnb or hotel suite with a kitchen where you can shop at the grocery store, make dinner at home, and pack lunches to take on our hikes and adventures during the day. Here’s a $40 coupon for Airbnb or use Hotels.com.
We have stayed at, and recommend, the following accommodations near Yellowstone:
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